5 years ago we partnered with the Intelligentsia Cup to bring fixed gear street criteriums to the Midwest when we hosted the inaugural Fyxation Open in Chicago. The Fyxation Open turned 5 in 2018 and this year we decided to pass the baton to our friends over at Chrome Industries. Hosting and planning an event like the Fyxation Open takes a ton of work and we felt that bringing in some fresh stoke to the event would help keep this great race going in the future and Chrome, having a retail hub in Chicago, was the perfect company to hand the reins to.
Introducing the Chrome Coveted Crit. Offering Men's Open and WTF category races, with equal cash primes and payout. Using the model of the Fyxation Open these 2 races took place in Chicago at the Intelligensia Cup Fulton Street Finale. With races like Mission Crit and Redbull Bay Climb, Chrome came up with a Fixed Gear Speed League point based championship. This tracks the riders race results in combination with city challenges to find out who the overall winner is taking home $3000. Check out the Chrome Grand Slam details here.
With larger teams out on the field working with team mates was required for victory. Team Pratt/Phil switched pack positions often to share the load.
On the men's second to last lap, things got interesting with a snaking chain of riders attempting to keep everyone in their position
Nicolas Kote made some time up on the back stretch of the course finally laying down all the watts for a final sprint to the finish.
WTF Category 1st place goes to Evelyn Williamson from Team Pratt/Phil - See full results here
Men's Open Category 1st Place goes to Nicolas Kote from Team IBIKE. See full results here.