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what is a crit race?

14 July 2017 12:34:36 PM AEST

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Red Hook Crit series, the world’s leading track bike criterium race. What started as one-off race organised by David Trimble to celebrate his 26th birthday has morphed into a global annual race series with crits in Brooklyn, London, Barcelona and Milan, bringing together the best riders in the world.

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It’s a race series Knog are proud to have been a part of for many years, supporting great teams such as 2015 Champions Team Cinelli Chrome, Cykeln and F.A.S.T Amsterdam. This year we’re sponsoring new fixed gear crit team Revo Racing, who you can catch at the London Red Hook Crit on July 22nd.

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 That’s all great and everything, but what the hell is a criterium?

A criterium is an action packed and somewhat frenetic bike race that is commonly raced on a closed road circuit loop for a duration close to an hour. Road bike or fixed gear, the pace is intense and is generally faster than that of your typical bike race.  It can also be a hell of a lot of fun. 

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WATCHING A LOCAL CRIT RACE

Crit races are a great spectator sport. Unlike the tour or other road races where you might catch a glimpse of the riders once in the race as they ping past in a blur, crit racing tends to be held on smaller urban courses, where spectators can pick a spot and watch the action unfold lap by lap.

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I want to race, not spectate.

One of the beauts of crit racing is that it is probably the most accessible form of bike racing to get into as an amateur racer. However, that doesn’t mean they’re easy. Criteriums are one of the hardest and most technically skillful forms of bike racing to compete in. Riders on average will be pushing 50km/h for the duration of the race, navigating tight corners, short straights all while trying to stay in contention at the finish.

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WHAT ARE primes?

Primes are basically sprint sections of a race, signaled by the ringing of the lap bell, where racers have the opportunity to win additional money or prizes by crossing the line first at the end of that lap. These occur regularly throughout a race and are super entertaining for spectators.

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The final countdown

Unlike road racing where you know when the finish will be, in crit racing, you often don’t find out until a few minutes before the end of the race. Race officials will be monitoring the lap times and will try to end the race as close to the set time as possible.  About 5 minutes or so before the end of the race the officials will ring the bell and display the lap counter to show how many laps there are to go. This is when the race intensity really kicks on a gear as riders jostle to position themselves for a sprint to the finish. 

Photos by Caro Paulette

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CMWC 2017

27 June 2017 12:01:46 PM AEST

Knog are proud to announce that we will be headline sponsors of the 25th Annual Cycle Messenger World Championships in Montreal, from August 10-15, 2017. 

What is CMWC?

CMWC is a yearly international cycling event where the best and brightest bike messengers from around the world meet for two days of intense mental and physical competition. This year, it’s Montreal’s turn to host, and you're invited with open arms to come race, party, and above all, fall in love with this wonderful city.  

Check out the official CMWC video below, and if you still want to register to ride, then head one over CMWC now and sign up >> http://cmwc2017.com/register/


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Knog Oi x Kosuke Masuda

1 June 2017 2:51:00 PM AEST

We've been a longtime admirer of Kosuke Masuda  (or, ko)- a Japanese artist and Buddhist priest from Yokohama, Japan. His work has featured regularly on such sites as the Radavist and recently he did a mindblowing collaboration with MASH

We decided to get in touch with ko to see if he would be interested in creating a series of unique Oi engravings for the Knog display at Eurobike and Interbike shows. Ko agreed, and what he then sent back was incredible...

Below are a few photographs of Kosuke Masuda's incredible work & some words from the great man himself.  Enjoy.

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I remember when I got the Oi in my hands. I thought these bells were so beautiful and I was excited to start working on them. The smooth black surface and the beautiful shape, I was wondering what kind of tone they have.

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The process of my work is called meditation and samādhi (state of being totally aware from present moment).  It's not just sitting or yoga in general trend. It could be any time and any style. Have you ever imagined how this meditation is going to be? Or “ Let’s do the same meditation I did before”?  It’s like when you ride the same road with your bicycle every day, you see a different view and have different feelings each time. You can’t do the same meditation or ride you have done before. My art is not about the result. I am more approaching process side as meditation.

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So what is it about? It’s like an ongoing drawing of a line. A line consists of dots. The line as the harmony and the dots as the phenomenon. You might see mountains, trees, waves, stars and space in my works but it’s consisted of dots. These are the harmony of the phenomenon. A dot could be a star or just dot, it depends on how you looking at or how you imagine it over the dots and lines. The truth is not in the artworks or even in nature. The truth is in your soul or heart, in Japanese we call it “Kokoro”. So my process of work is that a dot brings another dots and a line brings another line. Then the concentration of dots and lines expand the truth of our Kokoro. There is no beginning and ending. It’s all about phenomenon and harmony. 

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No Ordinary Night - The Winners

6 March 2017 3:48:00 PM AEDT

No Ordinary Night is an annual film contest by Knog that heroes the best night-time adventure videos on the net. From midnight mountain biking to sunset surfing and everything in between.

What was the brief? Show us your stunning, creative, or just plain bonkers 2-minute No Ordinary Night video clip & you could win over $15,000 in prizes.

This year we received over 50 film entries from nearly as many countries. And not just bike videos either! We had films as diverse as horror movies, alien abductions (sans probing), nocturnal ice skating, fingerboarding, skateboarding, cave diving and, well... check out all the films at >> noordinarynight.com

To judge each of the great film entries we called upon Ben Welsh Chief Creative Officer at DDB, Cohen Summers Head of Global Training at GoPro and Sam Moore Head of Brand & Marketing at Knog.  

The winning videos were judged based upon 4 criteria; Cinematography and Composition, Degree of Difficulty of Shooting , Performance and Style and Story. The winning films were chosen based on how well they matched this set criteria.

And the winners are.........

Check out the No Ordinary Night wrap up video below to see what lucky son-of-a-gun was crowned winner of No Ordinary Night 2016/17. Enjoy!



Thanks to this year's No Ordinary Night Sponsors: Tern Bicycles, Oakley, Burton, GoPro, Rapha, Ass Savers, Timbuk2, and Camelbak.

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How to Build Your Beginner Women’s* Racing Field

20 January 2017 4:47:52 PM AEDT

When women race bikes, magical things happen. Whether you’re a race promoter, team captain, bike shop owner, or just someone who wants to race in bigger and more competitive fields, here are 5 tried-and-true methods that you can use to get more beginner women racing bikes...


Make a Team

Having a strong beginner women’s field and having a number of strong women’s teams go hand-in-hand. If there’s a need in your community for a certain type of team that appeals to beginner women, create one! Gather up some friends, come up with a name, write a manifesto, find a couple sponsors, design some sweet kits, and get racing! Then, once you feel like you’ve got a handle on everything, encourage others to do to the same.

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Hold Racing Clinics/Info Sessions

Hosting race clinics for different disciplines is a great way to empower women who’ve never raced before to give it a try. Connect with local experts to see if they’ll help lead the clinic and offer advice to new riders. Cover things like what to expect on race days, how to warm up, how to pin a number, what to expect during the race, and what kinds of equipment they’ll need. Tip: You may need to go through your region’s cycling governing body for insurance purposes (in our case, we went through USAC).


Info sessions are another great way to help bridge the knowledge gap between newer and experienced riders. Free (or donation based) classes on nutrition, training, gear, etc. are always helpful.

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Host Group/Social Rides

Before race season starts, host an unsanctioned race (alleycat, fixed gear crit, etc) or throw a couple social rides! Both of these are great ways to showcase your sponsors as a team, create an environment for women racers to connect, and practice racing skills like drafting, cornering, or sprinting in a more relaxed setting.

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Create an Online Community

Online groups are a great way to organize bike or ride shares, hold each other accountable, and reassure beginners that they’ll see a few friendly faces when they show up to a race (tip: do a social media “roll call” before races to have people informally RSVP and build excitement!).

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Go the Extra Mile, It’s Worth It

If you’re a more experienced racer and you see someone who looks like they’re new to racing, introduce yourself, offer to pin their number, ask them how they felt about the race afterwards, and encourage them to come back. Those simple gestures help to welcome in new women who might not have a team yet or are intimidated by racing.

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If you’re a race promoter, give beginner women the same amount of attention, resources, and time you give the beginner men. They’re racing just as hard as the beginner men, if not harder (smaller field = less people to draft off of). Don’t make comments about the pace, or chide them for having a smaller field than the men. Support them. Period. Everyone (including you, race promoter!), benefits from more women racing bikes.

*The term “women” applies to anyone who identifies as woman/femme.


Photos & words by Koochella Racing

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