Red Bull Mini Drome went off in London! Big ups to Rich Booth for pulling off a great event. And they even had crash pads! (sorry Mike D!)
The title of champion was spectacularly won by Chris Akrigg from Yorkshire, who broke the world track record over 10 laps with a time of 0:35.473 seconds. (apart form Mike Lawrence in NZ who raced a 35:37 but couldn’t attend the finals!) Chris said of the event: “It was so much harder to ride than it actually looked and I didn’t think I was going to win. The key was to really hit it hard from the start and everything else just happened.
Over a thousand spectators gathered to get a taster of the World’s smallest velodrome in action. Fixed gear riders from across the capital competed in a test of mental stamina, technical precision and raw strength to be a contender for the Red Bull Mini Drome title.
Speeds of 20 MPH were reached as the 105 riders competed in single timed races on the track distancing only 25m. The 32 fastest qualifiers were then automatically entered into the pursuit style knock out round. The champion title was well and truly earned by Chris Akrigg from Yorkshire, who broke the world track record over 10 laps with a time of 35:473
Chris said, “It was so much harder to ride than it actually looked and I didn’t think I was going to win. The key was to really hit it hard from the start and everything else just happened. What an awesome event!”.
The Red Bull Mini Drome is engineered by Velotrack, the team who built the velodromes for the Atlanta Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The track measures 7 m wide by 14 m long with a track off1.8 meters wide.
London Red Bull Mini Drome Results:
Fastest Lap: 0:03,628
Max. Speed: 19,73 mph
Fastest Lap: 0:03,638
Max. Speed: 19,67 mph
Fastest Lap: 0:03,865
Max. Speed: 18,52 mph
If you want to peep the finals an unofficial vimeo is HERE