The Red Bull Mini Drome visited London on Saturday (January 15) for a night’s packed track racing with a difference.

The Mini Drome is like looking at a regular velodrome track through a pair of binoculars the wrong way. Measuring only 25 metres in length, the Mini Drome is a tenth the size of a normal track – and is completely portable.

A total of 105 riders entered the London event, with the top 32 going through to the final rounds.

True to the track spirit, competitors are only allowed to ride on fixed wheel bikes. Skill is needed to keep the bike on the track, let alone survive the dizziness speed at which the corners come around.

Trials star Chris Akrigg won the London event reaching a maximum speed of 22.51mph and best 25m lap time of 3.232 seconds. Akrigg’s 10-lap time of 35.473 seconds set a new Mini Drome record. Christian Vollmer placed second, with Matthieu Trinquartt third.

The track itself is made by Velotrack, who constructed the track used in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

The Red Bull Mini Drome will be touring the UK throughout 2011.

Red Bull Mini Drome 2011, London

The Red Bull Mini Drome in all its glory

Red Bull Mini Drome 2011, London

It’s all corners at 20mph

Red Bull Mini Drome 2011, London

Not much room for overtaking

Final, Red Bull Mini Drome 2011, London

The final between Chris Akrigg and Christian Vollmer

Chris Akrigg, winner, Red Bull Mini Drome 2011, London

Chris Akrigg celebrates his win

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Red Bull Mini Drome photo gallery by Chris Catchpole

  • Charlotte Swann


    On 2nd October 2011, Red Bull will be bringing the world’s smallest velodrome to The Old Fruit Market in Glasgow to challenge fixed gear riders from across the country for the first time in Scotland.
    Red Bull Mini Drome will engage both body and mind as riders navigate around a unique and technically challenging course reaching speeds of up to 80 km/ph.

    The purpose built track has been engineered in Germany by Velotrack, the team who built the velodromes for the Atlanta Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The track maintains race worthy dimensions in the smallest possible size to enable a single pursuit.

    The event will be open to fixed gear riders of all ages. Over a 100 competitors will have the opportunity to qualify in a single timed race and will be timed using the Velotrack Timing System. The racers with the quickest time across 10 laps will progress through the competition to the finals which will be a single pursuit race format.

    The Old Fruit Market has a capacity of 400 people and will be free entry on a first come first served basis, however a donation to Glasgow Bike Shed or Wings for Life would be welcome.

    Neil Cousins from Charge Bikes said, “We’re excited to be part of Red Bull Mini Drome once again. After a thrilling and successful night at the last event in York Hall, London, we wanted to help bring even more to Glasgow.”

    Charge are providing gold, silver and bronze custom Charge bikes for the three winners and all those who qualify for the final rounds will receive a custom Musette Bag crammed with goodies such as a limited edition Charge Saddle to celebrate the Red Bull Mini Drome in Glasgow.

    Register now at
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    Notes to editors:

    • Over a 100 registered competitors will be selected at random to compete in the qualifying round
    • Registration closes on 26 September 2011 at 11:59pm
    Date: Sunday 2nd October 2011
    • Venue: The Old Fruit Market, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ
    • Time: Qualifying between 14:00 – 18:00, main event 18:30 – 22:00
    • Tickets: Free to the first 400 people at the venue

    For more information, interview requests, still and moving images please contact Charlotte Swann at

  • Ken Evans

    Where is the video-o-o-o ?