True, the Red Hook Crit has lost some of its under-the-radar appeal—the days when the race location was made public only hours before the start are gone—but it's still held at night, and three-time winner Dan Chabanov is a former bike messenger. Racers must use fixed-gear bikes with drop handlebars (and wear helmets). Before you head over to the course at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, prime yourself at The Brooklyn Icehouse, 318 Van Brunt Street. Drinking isn't allowed on site, but the hundreds of spectators usually end up at the official after party, fueled this year by race sponsor Sixpoint Brewery (from Brooklyn, of course), at The Bell House, a beer bar with a chill vibe. Runners can get in on the action, too, with a 5K in the evening before the bikes hit the street. March, 2013 redhookcrit.com
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