Race organizer and Tuesday Night Fast Fixed Gear Ride creator Aaron Passmore said he and his friends had been kicking around the idea of a sprint race for a while and figured since Tucson doesn’t have a Velodrome he would have to organize it himself.
“We’ve been talking about the need to throw an underground race event of some kind for over a year now and finally decided that a drag race style, match sprint would be amazing,” he wrote in an email. “We knew the perfect location and the weather is finally nice again, so we just pulled the trigger and named the date and time.”
The date and time are Oct. 1 at ‘high noon.’ The race will take place at the “Superditch” which is a paved drainage ditch near Golf Links Road and Alvernon Way.
Here’s how the race will work:
“Since it is simple race of 400 meters, head to head with another rider in a bracket format, there will only be 16 people racing for the prizes,” Passmore wrote. “In order to become one of the 16, you will have to run a 200 meter time trial to determine your ranking. If you do not qualify for the top 16, you will receive $2 of your $5 entry fee back. The rest of the money collected will all go towards the prize money with 1st place getting 80%, 2nd getting 10% and 3rd and 4th 5% each. This is more about bragging rights than cash and prizes. We just want to have fun and sprint our bikes since we don’t have a velodrome.”
Passmore said in addition to the cash, racers can win prizes provided by State Bicycle Company, Ordinary Bike Shop, RC Bicycles, and VICES. He said one major prize will be given to a random racer that is picked out of a hat.
Racers must be 18 and wear a helmet.