At a former dance-hall-turned-art-studio in the industry area of Queens, 64 of the fastest athletes on two wheels faced intense competition on a rare figure 8 mini velodrome in front of hundreds of New Yorkers. For the third year in a row, Red Bull Mini Drome brought track racing to an unexpected indoor venue with the added challenge for 2015 of steep curves in the form of the mythical figure 8 shape.

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

“I was too young for the first and only figure 8 that I know of,” said Johnson. “To win this is perfect because I can pay homage to the original.”

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The competition was divided into two sections; teams and Red Bull Mini Drome All Stars, which mostly consisted of previous years’ competitors. Testing their speed, skills and tolerance for risk, riders hit tight curves at a steep 45 degrees. The eight fastest teams competed in their own bracket and the All Star race had 32 fixie professionals going head-to-head.

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In the individual competition, Red Bull Athlete and Florida fixie competitor Addison Zawada climbed his way to the top and beat out Bronx native Ryan Locascio by .65 of a second.

“I’m really proud to have had a significant hand in building the unique figure 8 track this year,” said Zawada. “It really means the world for me to have also have won the competition.”

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Results (Team): 1. Deluxe Cycles (Bed-Stuy) 2. Charli&co. (NYC) 3. Dah Shop (LES)

Results (Individual): 1. Addison Zawada (FL) 2. Ryan Locasicio (Bronx) 3. Matt Reyes (SF)

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