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
… Oi..See you this Saturday…..
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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Rally Cat is on for next weekend! Check the blog early next week for an update on start location.contribute
Don’t miss this event at 111 Minna. It’s for a good cause. We will be giving a Macaframa Raleigh frame away to the winner of the race. Nick Waterhouse and the Tarots will be playing later in the night. Great drink specials all night. A portion of the proceeds go to the SF Bike Messenger Association’s Broken Bones Fund.
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2010 Rules & Categories
The 5th Annual Supermarket Street Sweep is right around the corner! Here are this year’s rules & categories:
CARGO: The Cargo categories will be for Male/Female.
Bring back the required food from the stores listed on the manifest. The heaviest load wins first place, so bring back additional food to increase your chances of winning the category. Additional food does not have to be purchased at the stores listed on the manifest. Racers must be at the finish line by 4pm to qualify. Anyone arriving at the finish line after 4pm will be disqualified. Receipts must be presented to prove that you visited all of the required checkpoints and purchased the required goods.
SPEED: The Speed categories will be for Fixed Male/Female and Road Male/Female.
Be the first to bring back the required food from the stores listed on the manifest to win. Racers arriving at the finish line after 4pm will be disqualified. Receipts must be presented to prove that you visited all of the required checkpoints and purchased the required goods.
All racers who bring back extra food donations not listed on the manifest will be entered into a drawing for additional prizes.
The afterparty will start around 4pm at Rickshaw Bagworks @ 22nd & Indiana St. We’re expecting a food truck, as well as donated goods from Wholesome Bakery and beer from 21st Amendment.
Last year we raised 7,507 lbs of food… what will our total be this year?contribute