Jacksonville Wins Red Bull Mini Drome
WHOA! This past Thursday I went down to Orlando for the first ever Red Bull Mini Drome held in the U.S. Burro has had a long, close relationship with Red Bull in the Southeast. They've supported our events and we've participated in theirs again and again over the past few years. We were stoked when they asked us to be involved in the planning process and ultimately create the prize bag for the winner.
Suffice it to say, the event was a blast! Whether cycling or fixed gears are your thing or not, the Mini Drome is one wild spectacle either way. More than a few people couldn't even ride the damn thing, much less get the speed necessary to qualify for the races. I was surprised to see many different styles of bicycle represented. From fancy track bikes to trick frames to single speeds, everyone was allowed to at least try it out. Although Ronnie did have to take his pegs off first at least, haha!
What was even more surprising was that those fancy track bikes didn't even seem to help as the faster riders were those with the smaller ratios, particularly single speeds and trick bikes. And what was even more surprising than that was who came out on top. Pro BMX-er Chad DeGroot took third on a single speed, Ronnie Govoruhk came in second on his fgfs bike and Jackosnville's very own newcomer, Addison Zawada brought home the gold on a freakin' Motobecane (the kid's only been riding fixed for a month or so!).
There were a handful of nasty spills that were just gnarly enough to be entertaining without causing too much injury. The venue was set up perfectly to allow a good view of all the action, of which there was plenty. For five hours we watched people ride around in circles and it never once got boring. That should tell you something.
The event was a huge success in my opinion and a very positive thing for the Florida fixed gear scene. Big ups to Red Bull
for taking a chance with it, Ace Metric
for building the scene and all of the kids who came out to participate and spectate.
Check out some more event pics of the event via Red Bull and be sure to check out the Orlando Sentinel's pics