Red Bull introduces the world’s smallest velodrome to the UK fixed gear scene. On January 15, 2011, Red Bull Mini Drome will be coming to York Hall in London’s East End. In a UK first, Red Bull will be creating the world’s smallest velodrome to challenge fixed gear riders from across the capital. Applications are now open, so if you want a chance to ride at Red Bull Mini Drome, head over to the Mini Drome website and enter your details.
The purpose built track has been engineered in Germany by Velotrack, the team that built the velodromes for the Atlanta Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The Red Bull Mini Drome track will maintain race worth dimensions in the smallest possible size to enable a single pursuit. Red Bull Mini Drome will challenge both body and mind as riders will need to navigate themselves around a unique, and technically challenging, course reaching speeds of up to 80 km/h.
Andy Ellis, from Fixed Magazine, will be one of the first to test the track in Germany where it is being built. He said “I think you should expext an atmosphere not unlike the legendary six day races held at Madison Square Garden roughly 100 years ago. Red Bull have gone and executed this precisely how it should be done. It could be the beginning of something much more for the scene”.
The event will be open to spectators of all ages. York Hall has a 500 people capacity and is free to the public on a first come first served basis. There is no entry fee, however a donation to Hearn Hill Velodrome would be welcome.
Qualifying is open to over 100 competitors in a single timed race. Riders will be timed using the Velotrack Timing System. The riders with the quickets time across the 10 laps will progree through the competition to the finals, which will be a single pursuit race format.