Vis Takes Victory at Red Bull Race the Place

Stefan "Fish" Vis defies all odds, stealing the overall win on a fixed gear bike.

© Dale Tidy / Red Bull Content Pool

On April 19th, cyclists from across Toronto and beyond descended on the city’s iconic Ontario Place for the first ever Red Bull Race the Place, an urban bike race challenging competitors to a 3.7km long dash through the now-closed amusement park.

A lone rider works through the picturesque course© Dale Tidy / Red Bull Content Pool

The event marked the first time that Ontario Place has been opened for a public event since shutting its doors in 2011.

 

When the going gets tough. Chris Firek pushes on© Mitchell Hubble / Red Bull Content Pool

Ranging from professional street-hardened messengers to weekend warriors, 200 racers put their skills to the test in one of two categories; fixed/track bike or open.

Racers had to adjust to quick lighting changes© Mitchell Hubble / Red Bull Content Pool

Each racer took to the track during individual qualifying rounds to set their times. The fastest 80 times across both categories moved onto the mass start finals.

Things got hectic with 80 riders at the mass start© Paul Swanson / Red Bull Content Pool
Riders powered off the start line for the holeshot© Paul Swanson / Red Bull Content Pool

The course proved to be a unique ride, snaking around Ontario Place on the shore of Lake Ontario. 

Power in numbers© Dale Tidy / Red Bull Content Pool
The views were breathtaking. © Paul Swanson / Red Bull Content Pool

With sun shining and spring-like conditions, over 3,000 spectators stopped throughout the day to take in the action.

Gregory Addo (57) took 2nd in the Fixed Category© Mitchell Hubble / Red Bull Content Pool
Survival of the fastest, survival of the fittest. © Dale Tidy / Red Bull Content Pool

FINAL STANDINGS
From a deep pack of riders, it was Stefan “Fish” Vis who claimed first place in the fixed/track category, netting himself a $500 prize purse. Vis also recorded the fastest lap time of the day, earning himself a custom made Giant bicycle.

In the open category, Richard Machhein took first place while Linda Shinn took the win among the ladies, each earning a $500 prize purse.

Womens Category podium© Mitchell Hubble / Red Bull Content Pool

Women's Podium:

1st: Linda Shin, 2nd: Paula Manzano, 3rd: Ioana Stanca

Fixed Category podium© Seetoh Lang / Red Bull Content Pool
Fixed Category podium© Dale Tidy / Red Bull Content Pool

Fixed Category Podium:

1st: Stefan "Fish" Vis, 2nd: Gregory Addo, 3rd: Marc Seguin

Open Category podium© Mitchell Hubble / Red Bull Content Pool

Open Category Podium:

1st: Richard Machhein, 2nd: Jon Slaughter, 3rd: Hugues Lapointe

If you're looking for the full results from the Time Trials, click here, and click here if you're looking for the full results from the Finals. 

For more on the origins of Red Bull Race the Place and the racing movement that inspired it, hit the link below to watch the documentary ALLEYCATS.