Fixed-gear riders Felipe Castillo of Throne cycles and Asia Morris of Engine 11 took first place in Sunday's OC Brakeless criterium last Sunday evening.
The route, which was housed in an empty industrial setting alongside the 405 freeway, showcased the efforts of over 100 cyclists, all aiming to take the first place in the race. Cyclists were guided by volunteer flaggers provided by founder and organizer Luis Suarez, ensuring the safety of the riders from any possible oncoming traffic. For the most part, the route was quiet and serene, with the exception of a few wandering vehicles.
Families and friends of the cyclists gathered around the grassy areas of the concrete route, sitting in lawn chairs while rooting for their loved ones.
There were a few injuries and close calls during the race, with one female rider falling after passing the finish line during a lap. Cyclefeed's own Allaudin Hightower also had a close call with a cyclist during filming on the back of an organizer's motorcycle after the cyclist was run off the track by another competitor and almost ran into our cameras.
Despite the popularity of fixed-gear events in Los Angeles, races are still predominantly held within the inner city limits, making the events that OC Brakeless hosts a rare treat for cycling aficionados in Orange County.
Although the organization is less than two years old, the need for a space for cycling athletes has risen. One such example can be seen through OC Brakeless' social media presence, who's Facebook following alone surpasses the 1,600 follower mark.
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