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.
The event marked the first time that Ontario Place has been opened for a public event since shutting its doors in 2011.
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.
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.
The course proved to be a unique ride, snaking around Ontario Place on the shore of Lake Ontario.
With sun shining and spring-like conditions, over 3,000 spectators stopped throughout the day to take in the action.
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.
1st: Linda Shin, 2nd: Paula Manzano, 3rd: Ioana Stanca
Fixed Category Podium:
1st: Stefan "Fish" Vis, 2nd: Gregory Addo, 3rd: Marc Seguin
Open Category Podium:
1st: Richard Machhein, 2nd: Jon Slaughter, 3rd: Hugues Lapointe
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.