IN AT THE DEEP END WITH RED BULL MINI VELODROME
For the last few week’s we have been working with Red Bull and gearing up to install the World’s Smallest Velodrome within one of the pools in the historic Victoria Bath’s. The event, which took place on Saturday saw fixed gear cyclists compete against each other in the world’s smallest velodrome. Designed to be a unique challenge for the fixed gear riders competing in the race, the Red Bull Mini Drome has been kept to the same dimensions as a conventional cycling racing track, but on a much smaller scale.
Hundreds of spectators watched 32 riders battle it out head to head in the elimination rounds, with stunt ace Chris Akrigg and GB Paralympic Cycling coach Chris Fuber sharing duties as MC.
The Red Bull Mini Drome maintained race worthy dimensions in the smallest possible size to enable a single pursuit and challenged both body and mind as riders were required to navigate themselves around a unique and technically challenging course reaching speeds of up to 30 km/ph. The final saw Lancashire’s Ricky Crompton fight it out with Toms Alsbergs of Latvia, who won narrowly in a time of 34.769 seconds
The purpose built track was engineered in Germany by Velotrack, the team who built the velodromes for the Atlanta Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games and you can view video from the event here: http://www.redbull.co.uk/cs/Satellite/en_UK/Video/Red-Bull-Mini-Drome-Video-Manchester-2011-021243113060604