TORONTO – September 23 – Last year, cyclists descended on Toronto’s iconic Ontario Place for a two-wheeled thrill ride through the now defunct amusement park, marking the first time anyone had accessed the grounds since the doors were shut to the public in 2011. Now, on October 3rd the gates will be unlocked once again with the return of Red Bull Race the Place to Toronto. It’s only fitting that the event returns to the city who’s roots run deep in the urban cycling movement and host a race that will challenge riders, ranging from street-hardened couriers to weekend warriors in both fixed gear and open ger categories, to an all-out battle royale.
Be warned, this is not the kind of amusement ride you might remember as a kid; it’s a spead-soaked chase through the island’s industrial jungle full of hairpin turns, pedal heavy straightaways and other surprises along the way. Skill and experience on a bike are suggested, so leave the training wheels at home. Got what it takes? Register here.
The track features a few new adjustments for the 2015 race, including new straightaways for all out speed. Taking racers on multiple laps of the 3.7km long track around Ontario Place, the track is a fast, technical circuit featuring tight corners, bridges and narrowing lanes that will force riders to jockey for position along with flat out straights that will surely leave legs burning.
This year’s event features a new heat format which will ultimately give riders more time to race on the track, replacingh the individual time trials of the previous 2014 event.
The Road/Cross category and Track riders will compete together in a 2-lap heat format. The top 3 riders from each heat will advance directly to the finals with the following 2 riders moving to the Last Chance Qualifier. The Women’s heat will see the top 5 females from the heat advance directly to the finals.
The Last Chance Qualifiers will feature a 2-lap, do-or-die race with the top 5 riders securing spots in the finals.
The Finals are for all the glory; a mass start race for 40 minutes after which riders will need to dig deep to complete a final 3 laps. Awards will go to the top males and females in each class, including:
- Top 3 Men’s Track (Fixed Gear)
- Top Men’s Road/Cross
- Top 3 Women’s Open Class (Fixed & Open)
- Fastest Overall Lap
Unknown to most, urban bike racing was born and bred right here in Toronto. While many defer to other global culture centers like Brooklyn or London, it was Toronto that cradled the movement. A long and storied history dating back to the mid-80’s features Toronto playing host to some of the most significant underground cycling events that have come to define the culture with iconic events such as The Human Powered Roller Coaster. Fast-forward to today, and Toronto continues to be at the forefront of bike culture and is the perfect backdrop for the brief opening of Toronto’s iconic Ontario Place.
Check out the short documentary Alleycats to learn more about Toronto’s rich cycling history.
Event Page: http://redbull.ca/racetheplace
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