Stefan “Fish” Vis defies all odds, stealing the overall win on a fixed gear bike.
On April 19th, cyclists from across Toronto and beyond descended on the city’s iconic Ontario Place for the first ever Red Bull Race the Place, an urban bike race challenging competitors to a 3.7km long dash through the now-closed amusement park.
How the unsanctioned bike racing movement grew from its Toronto roots into a global phenomenon.
Being a bike messenger is simple. You deliver a package from Point A to Point B. Or so it seems…
Just with any other job, the devil is in the details. There’s work politics, it’s dangerous, and the culmination of this stress led to riders needing an outlet to blow off steam. Cue “Alleycat Scramble,” a bike race held in Toronto in 1989.
It was unsanctioned, brakes weren’t necessary, and riders could ride any type of bike they desired – alleycat racing was born.
See the Movie: ALLEYCATS: Bike Racing with Less Rules – Photo | Red Bull Bike.
Just found out that the St. Lawrence Market Criterium is being held THIS Sunday, May 29th. It runs from 8am-12pm.
On May 29th Is the ZM Cycle and Fitness Crit (St.Lawrence Market)
The Contest will be held at St Lawrence market at
Scott and Front St.
$20000 In Prizes!
CATEGORY LENGTH START (am)
U17 Men 40min +3 laps 8:00
U19 Women 40min +3 laps 8:00
Master A Women 40min +3 laps 8:00
Master BC Women 40min +3 laps 8:00
Elite 4 Men 40min +3 laps 8:50
Master 3 (CD) Men 40min +3 laps 8:50
U19 Men 60min +3 Laps 9:45
Elite Women 60min +3 Laps 9:45
Master 2 (B) Men 60min +3 Laps 9:45
Elite 3 Men 60min +3 Laps 9:45
KIDS RACE 15 min 11:00
Elite 1/2 Men 90 Min + 3 Laps 11:15
Master 1 (A) Men 90 Min + 3 Laps 11:15
AGE PRE-REGISTRATION RACE DAY
Under 19 30$ 50$
19 Years and older 50$ 80$
Kids Race N/A FREE
For a large downtown racing event, they *really* need to work on their promotion more. I generally make an effort to know about biking events to let BikingToronto readers know about them… but even I wasn’t aware of this until the City released their latest issue of Cyclometer.
I mean yes… cyclists interested in racing probably know about it… but if you want regular people and regular cyclists to come to your event, you have to get the word out.
For the uninitiated, cyclocross is a gritty cycling race in which riders race along an off road course. Technical skill is important as they have to ride in tight quarters with each other but navigate around or through obstacles like barriers, roots, and ruts. Some barriers such as low walls or even stairs force riders off the bike making running and jumping a key element in cyclocross racing as well.
Yesterday, local bike shop ZM Cycle & Fitness hosted the national cyclocross race in Cedarvale Park in Toronto. The best cyclocross racers across Canada participated in the most grueling sport of mud, dirt and hills. I took some photos and video but here’s a sneak peak of what to expect…