Red Bull Mini Drome Returns to Canada

Aug 21, 2012
by Red Bull Canada  
Poster for the Mini Drome

Red Bull Mini Drome, the ultimate arena to showcase one’s cycling skills, brings speed, balance, and bravado together on a steep and shrunken version to give competitors the most challenging and treacherous ride of their lives with track speeds reaching up to 50km/h. A scaled down velodrome will be constructed for the sole purpose of seeing who can complete ten laps in the shortest time. On Saturday, September 8th at 2:30 p.m., cyclists will take their street skills to the track built at CBC Building in a test of mental stamina, technical precision, and raw strength.

From its roots across the pond, in England, the world’s smallest velodrome competition will make its way to three major Canadian cities, testing the very best fixed-gear heads to test they riding prowess on the track:

Vancouver, BC - CBC Building
700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Saturday, September 8th, 2012
Qualifiers: 12 p.m. & Competition: 2:30 p.m.

Toronto, ON - Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Saturday, September 22nd, 2012
Qualifiers: 2 p.m. & Competition: 7:30 p.m.

Montreal, QC – New City Gas
950 Ottawa Street, Montreal
Friday, September 28th, 2012
Qualifiers: 6 p.m. & Competition: 11pm

The unique fixed gear event, open to anyone with the courage to participate in an insane and thrilling bike race that takes place on the world’s smallest velodrome. Riders will be giving up dodging trucks, streetcar tracks and cabs to test their track handling, maneuvering ability and speed. Red Bull Mini Drome brings skill, speed, balance, and bravado together on a steep and shrunken version of a track that is far from the traditional velodrome, to give competitors the most challenging and treacherous ride of their lives.

All registrants will get a time trial at which point the top riders will be placed in a bracket to go head to head with each other until there is only one cyclist left to be crowned victorious. Riders will compete in a single timed race, using the Velotrack Timing System. The riders with the quickest time across ten laps will progress through the competition to the finals, which will be a single pursuit race format.

Red Bull Mini Drome Rules

1. Have a wheel size bigger than 26".

2. Have a single-speed bicycle. Fixed Gear Bike: a fixed-gear bicycle (or fixed-wheel bicycle, sometimes known as a ‘fixie’) is a bicycle that has no free wheel, meaning it cannot coast, because the pedals are always moving when the bicycle is in motion.

3. Ensure the front and back wheels are the same exact size.

4. Have crazy courage and gusto to tackle the most skilled road cyclists in Canada.

5. All participants must be 16 years of age or older.

View images from past Red Bull Mini Drome events here.


About Red Bull Mini Drome
From its roots in New Zealand, several Red Bull Mini Drome events took place around the world including London, Mexico, Estonia, Poland, and for the first time in the United States last August. "Mini" means a very small version of its kind” and “drome” is a place to run or compete. These two definitions summarize the concept of Red Bull Mini Drome—provide the world’s smallest velodrome to race in solo and duel. The track of seven meters wide, four meters long, and 3.5 meters high at both ends was built of plywood.


11 Comments

  • 6 2
 I asked my wife's friend whats the deal with fixie that he goes to work with. he hasn't spoken to me since (it's been a year or so).
the bottom line is don't question fixie. ;-)
  • 1 1
 Yeah he knows that they're dumb, and that people with any sense about them also know this. He doesn't have a good answer so he didn't give you one. I suppose they're less expensive 'cuz they're simpler. Oh and they're lighter, if you're ACTUALLY that much of a weenie!!
  • 4 2
 What's the deal with needing a fixie? Would you really have any advantage being on a standard single speed? From what I've seen it looks like you want to be hammering the pedals the whole time anyway.
  • 1 2
 I think they make ideal commuters, pure simplicity and low maintenance. Also no freewheel drag or need for a rear brake.
  • 2 0
 They have their advantages but I was referring spcifically to this event
  • 1 2
 Freewheel drag? As opposed to the inertial drag offered by the forced pumping up & down of two legs when they're tired? No need for a rear brake? Really? Because why?
  • 1 0
 my daily commute is short enough that my legs don't get tired enough to inhibit my speed, never heard of any fixed gear rider complaining about that. I also ride a fixed gear because i believe it makes me a better all around cyclist, I have much more endurance on a mountain bike because of it. As far as brakes, i can slow myself down pretty quick by resisting the cranks all the way around their rotation, another good way to build muscle.
  • 1 0
 That may be all well and good but again, why the restriction for this competition? From videos I've seen, if you're not cranking as hard as you can the whole time, you lose. So why woud they exclude freewheels?
  • 1 0
 That's a good question really, maybe they only allow fixed gear track bikes to keep up with the tradition of track racing.
  • 1 0
 Good for cornering practice.
  • 2 1
 thats true

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