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Criterium racing is about to get a whole lot more exciting now that Red Bull has entered the mix with the Red Bull ‘Last Stand’. The night-time event held on Saturday, October 15th at The Alamo will be free for all spectators and will offer spectacular views of athletes riding at speeds of up to 40 mph with the iconic Alamo serving as the backdrop to the race. Red Bull Last Stand’s race concept will feature some of the most intense cycling seen in the sport, as riders will aggressively try and knock one another out by sprinting out of corners as they battle for position.
For the ‘Last Stand’, the typical crit format is getting a Texas-style overhaul with the new ‘Eliminator’ format. In this setup, the rider who crosses the finish line last on each lap gets eliminated until there’s just one rider left to take their final celebration lap. Red Bull ‘Last Stand’ will consist of two divisions riding in two separate races, open fixed gear and open geared.
One of the favorites to take home the win is fixed gear rider Addison Zawada. The 21-year old competitor is fresh off of a first place finish in a California race but knows that ‘Last Stand’ isn’t your typical crit, especially with competition like crit specialist, Dan Holloway, Texas native Colin Strickland and the formidable Dallas-based “Elevate Cycling” team that features rising stars Alberto Covarrubias and Nick Torraca.
“I’m beyond excited to race in Texas again. It’s one of my favorite places to visit and compete because it has a culture all its own,” said Zawada who’s looking forward to the innovative ‘Last Stand format. “The Alamo seems like a perfect home for this format, which will engage the crowd as well as us riders. It’s not over until the white flag waves and there is one rider left standing!”
For those who would like to compete in Last Stand, registration will open up in May. Stay tuned to the Last Stand Facebook page for updates and more information.