On April 28, San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza will once again serve as the setting for the collision of fixed-gear biking and urban contemporary art known as Red Bull Ride + Style. After a highly successful inaugural kickoff in 2011 (see video below), the event returns even bigger and better for 2012.
Red Bull Ride + Style features fixed-gear riders facing off in both track and freestyle competitions, with the obstacles designed and decorated by San Francisco artists. In 2011, the event brought together more than 50 riders from both coasts, including riders from such fixed-gear meccas as San Francisco, Portland, New York and even Japan.
Last year’s top 10 finalists in both categories will be automatically invited back to this year’s event. While the remaining spots in freestyle are invite-only, the track competition will be open to all riders. A qualifying round on the Red Bull Mini Drome will be held on Thursday, April 26 at Mezzanine (444 Jessie St.) to see who makes it into the big show.
This year’s racetrack is being designed with input from selected participants from the 2011 Red Bull Ride + Style event. Details will be released on the new track and freestyle course prior to the event, so riders can prepare themselves properly for the demands of event day. Another update with the full list of invited freestyle athletes and more information about the event will be released shortly.contribute
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Andrew will be reading from his book and hosting a Q&A session at MontanoVelo. Entrance is free.
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On April 30, San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza will serve as the setting for a collision of fixed gear biking and urban contemporary art, creating a visually exciting and awe-inspiring event called Red Bull Ride + Style.
The event will feature riders facing off in both track and freestyle competitions, with the obstacles designed and decorated by local San Francisco artists. Red Bull Ride + Style will bring together more than 50 riders from both coasts, with riders from fixed gear meccas San Francisco, Portland and New York competing, as well as riders from Japan.
The track portion of the event will include a custom art installation by California-based artists Mark Grieve and Ilana Spector. By day, the duo collects debris of discarded bike parts from the dumpsters of nonprofit bike groups, and by night, they then work to reconfigure these pieces, making them into works of art. For the event, they will be creating a one-of-a-kind starting line arch.
The track competition will begin with qualifying runs, and the riders with the best 16 times will advance. From there, the competition will be bracketed out so the top 16 will compete head-to-head until there is one winner left.
The obstacles for the freestyle portion of the event will be built by well known ramp builder Jeremy Witek, and the custom features will don artwork by urban contemporary artists Aaron De La Cruz, Erik Otto, N8 Van Dyke and Arlo Eisenberg.
The four artists will work as a collective, and by merging together their unique styles they will bring the freestyle portion of the event to life through a clever juxtaposition of objects. They will play with the elements of space, dimension and movement, creating an inspiring course for both the riders and spectators.
The freestyle competition will group the competitors into five different heats, six riders in each.
The riders will have a 15 minute jam session to showcase their style and tricks and the judges will pick the best riders from each heat to advance to the final round. The final round will include approximately 10 riders that will compete for the top spot.
Date and Time:
April 30, 2011
Justin Herman Plaza
San Francisco, CA
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Rapha San Francisco
The Rapha Cycle Club returns to North American soil this summer in San Francisco. Launching with the start of the Giro d’ Italia, the San Francisco Cycle Club will be the meeting place for any cyclist passionate about riding, racing and the culture of cycling. The Cycle Club will feature live coverage of both Grand Tours, a complete library of cycling magazines and books, weekly group rides, an evolving gallery of cycling photography and ephemera, and the full offering of Rapha products. Just 10 minutes ride from the Golden Gate Bridge, and with a steady schedule of unique cycling events planned — including weekly showings of great cycling films — the SF Cycle Club should be a hub for every rider this summer.
As you should expect in San Francisco, the coffee and food at the Cycle Club will have terrific character. Featuring, Four Barrel Coffee, and sweet and savory goodness from the Tell Tale Preserve Company, the Cycle Club is an ideal start or finish for group rides.
A full schedule of events coming soon.
2198 Filbert (x. Fillmore)
San Francisco, CA 94123
May 5 – July 31
Monday–Friday: 7am to 7pm
Saturday–Sunday: 7am to 6pm
Note: Open earlier on big Giro and Tour stages with live coverage.