Red Bull Mini Drome

The Mini Drome is about to be unveiled in London soon and we got some hi-res photos of the construction of the track.

Red Bull introduces the world’s smallest velodrome to the UK fixed gear scene. On January 15, 2011, Red Bull Mini Drome will be coming to York Hall in London’s East End.

In a UK first, Red Bull will be creating the world’s smallest velodrome to challenge fixed gear riders from across the country, and applications are now open. If you want to ride at Red Bull Mini Drome enter your details into the form on this page, we will be in contact soon. Registration closes at 5pm, January 10, 2011.

Continue reading for the full press release.

The purpose built track has been engineered in Germany by Velotrack, the team that built the velodromes for the Atlanta Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The Red Bull Mini Drome track will maintain race worth dimensions in the smallest possible size to enable a single pursuit. Red Bull Mini Drome will challenge both body and mind as riders will need to navigate themselves around a unique, and technically challenging, course reaching speeds of up to 80 km/h.

Andy Ellis, from Fixed Magazine, will be one of the first to test the track in Germany where it is being built. He said

“Getting to ride the Red Bull MiniDrome before anyone else was like being (I can imagine) one of the test pilots for a secret stealth plane.

For two days straight I got to ride whilst having Velotrack right there to tweak it as and when needed, working out the parameters of the timings/ rules/ laps/ bike standards etc. was an amazing experience.

Don’t miss your chance to ride the MiniDrome and if you can’t ride it, come and watch! It will set the standard for events to follow”

The event will be open to spectators of all ages. York Hall has a 500 people capacity and is free to the public on a first come first served basis. There is no entry fee, however a donation to Herne Hill Velodrome would be welcome.

Qualifying is open to over 100 competitors in a single timed race. Riders will be timed using the Velotrack Timing System. The riders with the quickest time across the 10 laps will progress through the competition to the finals, which will be a single pursuit race format.

A quick guide to velodromes:

There are 3 different designs used when building a velodrome. The UK Red Bull Mini Drome track is being built using the most modern technique of “kloides combined with cirlces”. The Red Bull Mini Drome track in New Zealand was built using the “two semicircles” technique, a technique that was used about 20 years ago. Here’s a quick description of the different techniques:

1) Two Semicircles

That means that you never come out of the turn and you have to ride the track as a circle. This track demands large amounts of banking on the straights and a lot of steering. If you ride on the lower half you will be depressed to the infield and if you ride on the upper half you will be depressed to the outside.

2) Multiple Circles Per Turn

Here you can create a transition from the turns into the straights. The straights have to be gently inclined to avoid being pressed down if you ride into the turns.

3) Kloides Combined With Circles

This is a track that allows the rider to apply consistent pedal pressure and requires no steering work. For this purpose a minimum radius is required.

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  1. G

    They really need to bring this state side, I want to give it a go. :D

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