More than sixty fixed-gear cyclists were at Bain Mathieu tonight for the first Canadian edition of Red Bull Mini Drome. On world car-free day, Montrealers have demonstrated their skills on a very short and very steep bike track, on which riders battled with speeds reaching 40 km/h. After a challenging qualifying round and an exciting final, Addison Zawada from Jacksonville, Florida won the honors after facing Hugo Lapierre in a duel that impressed the crowd.
On August 26, Addison was crowned champion in Orlando after completing a lap in only 39.421 seconds, the fastest among the other riders. Following his victory at the very first Red Bull Mini Drome in the United States, Addison registered for the Montreal event, where he showed he’s fast and skilled once again.
“This is so fun!” exclaims Addison. “I can’t believe something like this exists. I just love to ride my bike and really started getting into fixed-gear for the last month or so. I’m so happy I won.”
Technical Skills Required
This small scale velodrome was built for the sole purpose of seeing who can complete ten laps in the shortest period of time, demonstrating speed, balance and bravado. Cyclists took their street skills to the track built at Bain Mathieu in a test of mental stamina, technical precision, and raw strength. By 6pm, competitors had a time trial at which point the top riders were placed in a bracket to go head-to-head with each other until there was only one cyclist left to be crowned victorious. To close the night, the Montreal band USA Out of Vietnam offered an electrifying performance to the crowd.
Speed Skaters on Fixed-Gear Bikes
Earlier today, short track speed skaters Charles and François Hamelin tested their skills on the Red Bull Mini Drome track built at Bain Mathieu. Hamelin brothers have put aside their skates for a few minutes to make a few laps on the track on a fixed gear bike, a new experience for the skaters. "Speeding on a small track is fun but at some point scarry," said Charles Hamelin after his first laps.
Red Bull Mini Drome Montreal Results
1st place : Addison Zawada (Jacksonville, Florida)
2nd place : Hugo Lapierre (Montreal, Quebec)
3rd place : Josh Gieni (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
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.
The next Red Bull Mini Drome events will be taking place in Toronto on October 8 and in Vancouver on October 21. For more information, please visit www.redbull.ca/minidrome.