Red Bull Mini Drome returned to Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works on Saturday, September 22 with over 70 registered riders who were eager to test their skills on the mini velodrome built for this event. The 2011 champion Addison Zawada (Orlando, FL) demolished his 2011 time trials best by almost 3 sec and a total of 13 riders managed to stay under the magic 40 sec mark, compared to 6 in 2011.
Everything was set for an intense elimination round for the quickest 32 riders with a strong group representing the Toronto bike scene and an equally strong delegation of riders from Montreal itching to defeat Addison for the first time on this track. Spectators witnessed the best action, tight heats, and scary falls as soon as the horn rang for the first heat.
After a quick breather where the top 16 riders were presented with custom-made Red Bull Mini Drome YNOT pedal straps, the female winner Sunny D, who almost made the top 32, got her prices presented by Skullcandy and YNOT and the oldest ever Red Bull Mini Drome competitor, Hernan Burgos, got a special award for competing at the age of 70.
The last 4 riders remaining were Pat Gauci, Jon Kinsie, Justin Soares, and Addison Zawada. What must have been the fastest heat ever saw Justin Soares bailing inches away from the finish line and getting Addison the chance to repeat his win. His opponent was Pat Gauci who outpaced Jon in semifinal number 2. The battle for third place then went to Justin who found his speed again and could not be beaten by Jon.
Only one heat was left for the night and the tension was graspable during the final. Addison took a quick lead and proved once again that he does not only have the speed but also the stamina, which makes him shear unbeatable, at least on Canadian soil. Zawada won the finals and was crowned once again Red Bull Mini Drome Champion.
Prior to the the big show on Saturday, Red Bull 381 Projects presented Das Fahrrad "The Bike", which displayed, the finest, fixed gear and track bicycle show in Toronto featuring cycles from various collections and Michael Barry, Sr. (bicycle aficionado and founder of Bicyclesport). Please see the link for more information:
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