Urban Cyclist - - Contents - Words: James Witts Pho­tog­ra­phy: Bjo­ern Resch­abek; Bengt Stiller; Ar­turs-Pavlovs

RAD Race 2017 kicks off in Ber­lin, plus the North­ern Ir­ish­man who’s mas­tered steel and car­bon


E arly March in Ber­lin sig­nals one thing – the start of the Euro­pean fixed- gear sea­son. Over 180 riders headed to the Kart­bahn in Ber­lin for the in­fa­mous duo of RAD Race Last Man Stand­ing and Last Woman Stand­ing. Around 3,000 on­look­ers rev­elled in the spec­ta­cle and an es­ti­mated 40,000 watched events un­fold on

The RAD Race Last Man Stand­ing is a knock­out event com­pris­ing a spec­i­fied num­ber of riders per heat. Af­ter each lap, the slow­est rider is elim­i­nated. Come the fi­nal, eight riders start, be­fore whit­tling down to the sole sur­vivor – aka the Last Man Stand­ing and Last Woman Stand­ing.

The race day in Ber­lin could not have started bet­ter with spring tem­per­a­tures and sun­shine cre­at­ing a ge­nial mood. The qual­i­fiers flew by and, come 11pm, it was time for the women’s fi­nals. By now, ex­cite­ment and al­co­hol com­bined to forge an elec­tric at­mos­phere, which seemed to spur on 8bar’s Sa­man­tha Moreno, who stormed to the ti­tle. Be­hind her came Fran­cisca Cam­pos of the San­taFixie BLB team with Canyon RAD Pack’s Tamika Hingst in third.

In the men’s event, it quickly be­came clear that this would be a spec­tac­u­lar head-to-head race be­tween Ad­di­son Zawada from Cal­i­for­nia and 2016’s win­ner, Ital­ian rider Au­gusto Reati. Ul­ti­mately, Zawada, from Team State Bi­cy­cle Co, dug deep­est to win in front of a fren­zied au­di­ence. Su­per­nova’s Reati fin­ished sec­ond with Bomb­track’s Ste­fan Vis in third.

2 1/ Over 3,000 spec­ta­tors grav­i­tated to Ber­lin’s Kart­bahn for a fes­ti­val of fixed-gear rac­ing 2/ Neon timing, smoke-filled are­nas… what else do you need in fixie heaven? 3/ The next RAD Race in Ber­lin takes place on 18 June 4/ It’s not all about the...



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