Fixed Gear Bikes Race Banked Figure-8

The Red Bull Mini Drome event — held in a former dance-hall-turned-art-studio in the industry area of Queens, New York — is one unique race.

The 2015 edition of the world’s smallest velodrome added the challenge of a figure 8 shape — turns in both directions with steep banking and even an under/over course intersection. Bikers raced aboard fixed gear bikes while lights strobed overhead.

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The thrill of victory for Addison Zawada; photo by Alex Goodlett/Red Bull Content Pool

Local Bed-Stuy bike shop Deluxe Cycles, consisting of Willis Johnson and Cooper Ray took the team challenge in a close race against NYC shop Chari & Co.

In the individual competition, Florida fixie rider Addison Zawada climbed his way to the top and beat out Bronx native Ryan Locascio by just 0.65 of a second in the finals.

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