October 18, 2005 – Top cyclists from around the world have accepted the invitation to race down the legendary Tuna Canyon and find out who is the fastest descender at the inaugural Red Bull Road Rage, co-sponsored by Giant Bicycle. Riders will take on a 2 mile course with a 2,000 foot elevation drop, cliff-hanging berms and 120 degree turns around rock faces at speeds up to 60 mph through the historic Tuna Canyon in Malibu, Calif. With nearly half of the riders being California locals, out of towners like Marty Northstein from the East coast and Cedric Gracia of France, will need to be on their game if they want to win the gold at the end of the day! Here’s a sneak peak at the competition!
From the Road and Mountain cycling world, we have:
-Marty Nothstein (Orefield, PA)
-Brian Lopes (Mission Viejo, CA)
-David Clinger (Woodland Hills, CA)
-Eric Carter (Temecula, CA)
-Erik Saunders (Twentynine Palms, CA)
-Cedric Gracia (Pau, France)
-David McCook (Mountain View, CA)
-Dave Cullinan (Santa Ana, CA)
-Steve Bauer (Ontario, Canada)
-Mark Weir (Novato, CA)
-Carl Decker (Bend, OR)
-Mike King (San Diego, CA)
-David Richter (Seattle, WA)
-Shaums March (Highlands, BC)
-Kayle LeoGrande (Upland, CA)
-Marla Streb (Los Osos, CA)
-Eddy Gragus (Ft. Collins, CO)
-Colin Bailey (Big Bear, CA)
-Devon Vigus (Castro Valley, CA)
-Duncan Riffle (Santa Barbara, CA)
-Butch Stinton (Simi Valley, CA)
-Todd Tanner (Sun Valley, ID)
-Dean Meyer (Covelo, CA)
-Pete Lopinto (Boulder, CO)
-Sean Watkins (Encinitas, CA)
World class athletes will descend upon Tuna Canyon for practice on Friday, November 4th from 1 noon until 5pm. Saturday, November 5th will be race day! The first race will begin at 9:45am. You will need to be there by 8:30am for media check-in and media shuttles to the starting line.
Once the race has begun, it will consist of two formats: Time Trials, where individuals race against the clock; and Pack Race, a boardercross-style race format, where the top 16 riders from the Time Trial will be placed into 4 man heats and throw it on the line. The top two riders in each heat will advance through the bracket and after three times down the hill, the fastest one in the pack will be crowned.
For more information, please visit www.redbullroadrage.com. On a side note, there will be a welcome reception on Friday Nov. 4th from 7-9:30pm for media and athletes @ Dukes in Malibu, CA. If you are planning to attend practice, the media reception, or the event itself, please fill out the attached accreditation form and return it no later than October, 28th.