the name Trimble sounds familiar, it should. The Trimble Aero TT Bike
was among the most radical frame designs in the early 1980s. Designers
James and Brent Trimble were on the cutting edge of carbon bike design
and early aero frames such as the Kestrel 4000 and GT superbikes used by
the United States Olympic team in 1996 and 2000.
year old David Trimble is now making his own mark in cycling through
grassroots race organization. Trimble’s Red Hook Criterium will enter
its fourth year in Brooklyn, New York, combining track bikes (fixed
gear; no brakes), night racing, and the off-the-beaten-path energy of
the Red Hook neighborhood. An art exhibit and after-party complete the
Red Hook Crit package, set to run this year on March 26.
Coming from a bike-building family, have you been riding and racing your whole life?
no. I started go-kart racing at age 12 and raced professionally for
several years. I was wheel-to-wheel with a lot of guys who are racing
Indy Car or Formula 1 now, but I didn’t have the money to make the next
big step in Formula 1 racing.
super competitive, and basically decided that I needed to race
something after I “retired” from car racing. I was 21 when I did my
first mountain bike race, so actually I started rather late.
What brought you to New York and how did you get into the racing scene here?
grew up in Alaska, where my dad built the original Trimble bikes, and
also lived in Boston, Arkansas, Houston, and Indianapolis. When I got out
of working as a mechanic on the race car circuit my uncle offered me a
job at his architectural firm here and I’ve been able to apply a lot of
my hands-on mechanical (and problem-solving) skills from race cars.
wanted to get away from anything that involved an engine. I got into
alleycat racing and won a few of the big races. Monstertrack was my
first alleycat. I've raced mountain bikes, track bikes, road bikes...
Last year I did my first downhill race.
Red Hook Criterium in Brooklyn started out as a birthday party for you,
with a bunch of friends showing up to race. How has the race grown
year we’ve had more riders show up and the number of people watching
has been crazy. There’s no formula yet. Every year something completely
different has happened at the race.
What does “bike culture” mean to you? How do you see the Red Hook Crit fitting into the equation?
think New York City is the real center of diversity in cycling. We’ve
got every type of racing here and every type of rider. Everyone is
interested in all facets of cycling (messengers, road racing,
cyclo-cross, alleycats) To me, that’s the appeal of the Red Hook Crit.
aren’t too many options for unique events. Here there’s no real
advantage for any one group. You’ll see kids from the neighborhood
dropping Cat. 2 riders who don’t have the experience riding track bikes.
The first Red Hook Crit was won by a woman (multi-time national
champion, Kacey Manderfield - Ed.).
year you’ll have a closed course for the first time, along with some
big name sponsors like Eastern Mountain Sports, but the race will still
be held at 11pm. Where do you see the race heading?
already taken the format to Milan. The turnout there was bigger than in
New York and the race has already been copied several times in Italy.
We’ll be bringing the winner of the Milan race to Brooklyn this year.
It’s pretty crazy for me to bring a race to Italy and have it copied!
I’m also working on taking the race to Berlin this Fall.
I really want is a short, really hard race. It’s a new style of racing
and I think there’s an opportunity for more cycling events to be cool
and interesting for people who aren’t necessarily cycling fanatics.