SOURCE: Red Bull Canada

Red Bull Canada

April 03, 2014 15:08 ET

Ontario Place Park Grounds to Host First Urban Bike Race Since Closing

Red Bull Race the Place Celebrates Toronto's Storied History of Cycling on April 19, 2014

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 03, 2014) - For the first time since its public closing in 2011, Toronto's iconic Ontario Place will open its gates on April 19, 2014 to play host to an enormous public urban bike race. Red Bull Race the Place will set the stage for dozens of seasoned cyclists to chase through the island's abandoned industrial jungle, on a track chock-full of both natural and man-made obstacles.

Red Bull Race the Place will push the limits of any experienced cyclist. It will challenge riders ranging from hardened couriers to weekend warriors on a closed track, in fixed-gear or open-gear categories. Taking cues from circuits like the Red Hook Crit Race in New York City, the track format will send racers on multiple laps of a 3.7km long track around Ontario Place grounds. A highly technical circuit, it will feature tight corners, bridges, narrowing lanes and other obstacles that you might encounter on the street.


Registration is now open at Space is limited to 100 participants in each bike category, first-come-first-served. Racers can enter one of two categories: a fixed gear/track bike division or an open/free wheel division which can include anything from a single speed to a mountain bike.


From its modest start with messengers to its less-than-legal rise on city streets, urban bike racing has sparked a global movement. Toronto is home to a thriving bike scene all its own and while many defer to culture centers like Brooklyn or London as founding cities of the sport, it was Toronto cyclists who arguably cradled the 'Alley-cat' movement. Playing host to some of the most significant underground cycling events including The Human Powered Roller Coaster, Toronto continues to be at the forefront of cycling activations and sets the perfect backdrop for the brief opening of Toronto's treasured Ontario Place grounds.


Full details and race schedule can be found here. Regulations, rules and bike specs can be found here. Cyclists can pick one of two categories to enter (fixed or open gear). Time trials will first challenge competitors to race single laps of the track; the fastest 40 cyclists from the fixed gear category along with the fastest 40 cyclists from the open gear category will proceed to the mass start final. First across the finish line wins.


WHAT: Red Bull Race the Place, the first-ever urban bike race on Ontario Place grounds

WHO: Nadir Olivet, race director and founding father of the Toronto urban cycle scene, is available for interviews on request.

WHERE: Ontario Place (995 Lakeshore Blvd W)

  • Parking: Parking Lot 1
  • Event & Spectator Area: Parking Lot 2

WHEN: April 19 (Trials 10:00am-5:00pm, Finals 6:00pm-8:00pm)


Toronto's bike enthusiasts and race fans are invited to come out and get in on the action; activities will be happening throughout the day -- complete with a vendors village and bike demonstrations on-site.

Admission is free for spectators.


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