RAD Race 2017 kicks off in Berlin, plus the Northern Irishman who’s mastered steel and carbon
LOCATION BERLIN, GERMANY, 4 MARCH 2017 LATITUDE: 52°52’00.00” LONGITUDE: 18.104.22.168
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 rad-race.com.
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 drops – flatbars, elbows out, is a common sight at Rad Race events 5/ RAD Race also organise the unofficial Fixed Gear World Championships, which takes place over 42km 6/ Think fixie riders are too cool to show emotion? Think again… 7/ German bike manufacturers Canyon sponsor the RAD Pack team