The Windy City once again opened it's arms to welcome the Fyxation Open fixed gear street crit back to Chicago last Sunday! As one of the featured events of the SRAM Chicago Criterium and the last stage of the Intelligentsia Cup, the Fyxation Open drew big crowds and a larger and more competitive field than the inaugural event that we hosted last year.
Fixed gear criterium races have exploded in popularity over the last few years with the success of the Red Hook Crit which is now hosted in New York, Barcelona and London and the Wolfpack Hustle race series which takes place in Los Angeles. Fixed gear criteriums are fast, fun to watch and are one of the most exciting things happening in the sport of cycling right now. The Fyxation Open is the Midwest's only fixed gear criterium race and for only being a second year event, this year's race drew huge crowds and a packed field.
Clear skies and warm summer temps made for a perfect day of racing and with the addition of a women's crit, spectators were treated to two action packed races. With the increasing popularity of fixed gear criterium races drawing more attention to the sport, the improved level of riders and equipment were apparent from the start of the day. From the first bike check it was clear word had spread that in order to be competitive in the Fyxation Open you better have some crit or track time under your belt.
The first year of the women's race was loaded with action and exciting to watch, and with an average speed of 23.3 mph, this group held nothing back. The hard working ladies split an equal cash purse to the men's race and took home over $1000 in cash and prizes.
Similar to last year, the men's Fyxation Open allowed riders of any category to race with top finishers from last year getting called to the line first, followed by Pro 1,2 riders. This years field was a mix of all categories from Cat 1 to 5 and 53 riders competed for over $2000 in cash and prizes. We had riders participating from all over the Midwest and even had a few riders show up from Colorado, St. Louis and DC.
Ultimately Voltik and Morici made their move on the back side of the course putting a gap between Jordan and the Team EGO riders that Jordan couldn't close securing them the 1 and 2 spots on the podium. The picture below is my favorite from the Fyxation Open. Proving that cycling isn't just an individual sport, Team EGO worked as a team the entire race and were able to use each others breakaway from the field to eventually win the race. Rather than sprinting it out to beat each other to the finish line, the teammates finished together with arms raised in celebration of their victory. This is what cycling is all about!
We would like to thank all the riders that participated in the Fyxation Open and we are looking forward to an even larger and more exciting event in 2016. We would also like to thank Marcus from Yojimbo's garage, the Chicago Cuttin Crew, and the Inteligentsia Cup organizers for their cash contributions that helped us put together a matching cash purse for the women riders! Special thanks to local Fyxation dealer The Bike Lane for helping with race support and rider bike/safety checks.
See you in Chicago next year!