Flat Matters just posted this little ditty.
And here’s what Chad sent about the Mini Drome jam:
FIXED-GEAR CYCLISTS SPIN, CRASH, AND TRIUMPH AT THE FIRST EVER U.S. RED BULL MINI DROME
More than 1200 People Pack the House and Watch in Awe as 85 Bikers take to the
World’s Smallest Velodrome
August 26, 2011 – ORLANDO – It was a thrilling night at Firestone Live as an enthusiastic audience watched in baited breathe for more than five hours as 85 fixed-gear cyclists tested their skills (and tried not to fall off the track) at the first ever Red Bull Mini Drome to hit the states. Measuring at 46 ft. x 24 ft. with a 48 degree incline at the 8 ft. high end banking, even the most veteran riders had trouble mastering this one-of-a-kind velodrome. But it was newcomer, Addison Zawada from Jacksonville, who took top honors with his fastest lap coming in at 39.421 seconds. “This is so fun!” exclaims Addison. “I can’t believe something like this exists. I just love to ride my bike and really started getting into fixed-gear for the last month or so. I’m so happy I won.”
Joining Addison on the winner’s podium were Ronnie Govoruhk in second place with a fastest lap time of 43.677 seconds and BMX legend and crowd favorite Chad DeGroot placing third at 43.6 seconds. “I’ve never raced something like this before,” explains Chad. “I had a ton of support from the crowd tonight and I’m just happy to be a part of it.” 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 was one of the most challenging and treacherous thrill rides to hit the fixed-gear scene.