Last weekend, the fastest fixed gear riders around gathered in Long Beach for Wolfpack Hustle’s 2nd annual Short Line Crit. The SoCal sun sizzled the asphalt as hundreds of racers and spectators rode down for what’s widely becoming recognized as much more than “just another four-corner crit”. Like everything Wolfpack, the event was part bike race, part party, and all awesome!
After checking in and grabbing their numbers, the Pure Fix Race Team stretched out, hit the rollers, and got ready to race. Men’s Captain Jason Rivera was joined by Women’s Captain Smaish Ketchum and rising-star Jordan Ellison to rep the team. You may remember Jordan as the winner from Wolfpack’s last Drag Race and one thing’s for certain, this girl can sprint!
It was a full day of racing. The closed streets of Long Beach first filled up with qualifying runs to set the men’s and women’s field and the races lasted well into the night. Even after hours of racing, the carnival-like atmosphere never relented and really created the sense that we were somewhere else. Somewhere special. Like everyone was on vacation with a few hundred of their closest friends and nothing to do but celebrate two-wheeled speed.
Even the motor-pacer was a friendly face! Head-mechanic (and Pure Fix TV Host) Christian did the honors on his beautiful new bimmer. And who better to have out front than someone who lives bikes as much as the racers?
The women stole the show in qualifying with Smaish snagging the 7th position and Jordan blowing everyone out of the water to take 1st place and the pole!
The racers lined up for their main events under the light of the setting sun, and the excitement in the air was palpable.
And by the time the men took to the track night had fallen completely. They raced through the dark, dappled by the strobing flashes of fans’ cameras.
If you’ve never been to a race, go check one out, the atmosphere is addictive. And if you’ve never been to a Wolfpack event, you’re missing even more!
Stray tuned for a recap from the Race Team, race video, and more! Check out the PFTV training tips if you’re interested in racing yourself, and make sure you visit your next local competition, even if it’s just as a spectator. You won’t regret it. And we’ll see you there!