Red Bull Road Rage: Fast, Steep, and
By Ben Lyon
As the bears fatten up for hibernation,
their season nearing its end, what do the cyclist do?
Sure, many joke and point out the extra Christmas pudding of select riders to
entertain their Seasonal Affective Disorder. Whether it’s due to having no races
to follow or the lack of warm weather and sunshine is causing a severe case of
boredom induced criticisms we all hope to keep entertained some how.
Unlike our fattened up grizzly friends cyclists do as the geese do and head
south; some to Mexico others far away as South Africa, but along their journey
there they make a few stops, and one layover is in Malibu for Red Bull Road
Rage. After a long summer’s work its time for the guys to get on the bike for a
Red Bull style kick in the pants.
What is this thing you ask?
Well, the Red Bull Road Rage is a crossing of paths, pro road riders mixing it
up with pro downhill riders for a mad man’s take on who is a descending titan.
It is a 2.4 mile downhill road race where speeds that would leave the average
Joes’s bibs a little wet are combined with 120 degree turns and steep roadside
drops, all to see which rider can descend like a champ.
Roadies or Mtn Bikers Rule?
Will a roadie beat out the DH guys for top spot? Who has the leg power to get
the speed and the vision for smooth lines so they may outwit every millisecond
that comes their way? On November 5th someone will give us an answer. Is that
it? Heck no, this is Red Bull so obviously there will be an after party where
those who built themselves up and can cut themselves loose, and relive the
highlights of the day. Trust us, it will be good.
The Usual Suspects?
So who is going? Well, a number of
people are, from the top notches of the downhill scene like Cedric Gracia and
Brian Lopes to the wattage junkies of the peloton like Baden Cooke and Erik
Saunders, even 47 year old Tour de France stage winner Steve Bauer is game to
show the kids how its done. With a diverse list of riders, there are also a
number of invitees including George Hincapie, Il Falco, Robbie McEwen David
Zabriske, and many more, all of which may turn up to earn their Red Bull wings.
So before these guys fly on to nest in
their summer homes and work out their plans for the “recovery” season, they have
a few litres of adrenaline left to purge and a hunger for some competitive fun
that needs filling. Pull up the website (www.redbullroadrage.com)
and keep checking back at here at DP for the latest word. What better way to
spike some excitement into what otherwise would be a boring month of rain, B
rated movies, and trainer rides than to throw a full face helmet and pads on
some roadies, a road bike under some downhill riders and see you are the true
kings of speed. It’s like some sort of twisted sports and social science
experiment, so definitely has our vote!
The Cyclists Have Been
Chosen. The Event Is Drawing Near.
25 Of The World’s Best
Will Race On November 5th At The First Red Bull Road Rage in Malibu, California
on October 18, 2005
Top cyclists from around the world have accepted the invitation to race down the
legendary Tuna Canyon and find out who is the fastest descender at the inaugural
Red Bull Road Rage, co-sponsored by Giant Bicycle. Riders will take on a 2 mile
course with a 2,000 foot elevation drop, cliff-hanging berms and 120 degree
turns around rock faces at speeds up to 60 mph through the historic Tuna Canyon
in Malibu, Calif.
With nearly half of the riders being
California locals, out of towners like Marty Northstein from the East coast and
Cedric Gracia of France, will need to be on their game if they want to win
the gold at the end of the day! Here’s a sneak peak at the competition!
Who are these brave riders who accepted
the invitation and challenge?
From the Road Cycling world, we have:
Steve Bauer (Ontario, Canada)
Marty Nothstein (Orefield, Pennsylvania Navigators)
David Clinger (Woodland Hills, California)
Erik Saunders (Twentynine Palms, California)
David McCook (Mountain View, California)
Devon Vigus (Castro Valley, California)
Eddy Gragus (Ft. Collins, Colorado)
Carl Decker (Bend, Oregon)
David Richter (Seattle, Washington)
Kayle LeoGrande (Upland, California)
Butch Stinton (Simi Valley, California)
Dean Meyer (Covelo, California)
Pete Lopinto (Boulder, Colorado)
Sean Watkins (Encinitas, California)
And from the Mountain Biking scene
Brian Lopes (Mission Viejo, California)
Eric Carter (Temecula, California)
Cedric Gracia (Pau, France)
Marla Streb (Los Osos, California)
Dave Cullinan (Santa Ana, California)
Mark Weir (Novato,California)
Mike King (SanDiego, California)
Shaums March (Highlands,
Colin Bailey (Big
Todd Tanner (Sun
Duncan Riffle (Santa
World class athletes will descend upon
Tuna Canyon for practice on Friday, November 4th from 1 noon until 5pm.
November 5th will be race day! The first race will begin at 9:45am.
Once the race has begun, it will consist of two formats:
Time Trials, where individuals race against the clock; and
Pack Race, a boarder-cross-style race format, where the top 16
riders from the Time Trial will be placed into 4 man heats and throw it on the
Final Heats: The top two riders in each heat will advance through
the bracket and after three times down the hill, the fastest one in the pack
will be crowned.
For more information, please visit
After the event Daily
Peloton will have a full review of the action, so check back..