A crowd of 1,500 crazed fans watched 16 fixed-gear finalists at Red Bull Mini Drome late into a beautiful Charlotte night following an action-packed evening of cycling in uptown Queen City. Measuring 46 ft. x 24 ft. with a 48° incline at the 8 foot-high end-banking, even the most veteran riders had trouble mastering this one-of-a-kind velodrome. In the end, it was Charlotte native Tim Dinger who took top honors.
“The starts are the key,” said Dinger. “Red Bull Mini Drome tonight was fun as hell!”
Qualifying for Red Bull Mini Drome time trials lasted throughout the Charlotte Criterium cycling event, as each rider burned 10 laps of rubber to set their best time with the top 32 riding on to the main event after the pro races of the Charlotte Criterium concluded. Rowdy fans cheered Dinger on to victory as he beat Frankie Day in a head-to-head final for the win.
“I knew Dinger was going to be tough; we raced each other in BMX, and he got me tonight,” said Addison Zawada, a four-time Red Bull Mini Drome winner from Jacksonville.
Joining Dinger on the podium were Frankie Day of New Jersey in second place and reigning champion Zawada in third. At Red Bull Mini Drome skill, speed, balance and braves were brought together on this steep, shrunken-down version of the traditional velodrome. With track speeds exceeding 30 mph, it’s one of the most challenging and treacherous thrill rides to hit the fixed-gear scene.
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