This event always proves to be a good laugh, and there’s no better way to prove that you’re the king of the hill. Entries for the short uphill sprint race are now closed, but this coming saturday if you’re in Edinburgh you’ll be able to see riders battling it out for the title on whatever type of bike they want. Singlespeed, BMX, road bike, mountain bike…it doesn’t matter what weapon they choose, it’s just about who gets to the top first.
Here’s a little video teaser of the event, and the official press release below that…
“The uphill multi-discipline bike competition moves to Scotland in 2013.
The popular Red Bull Hill Chasers event in the UK will have a new home for 2013. After two years in Bristol in England, the multi-discipline uphill bike competition is moving to Edinburgh in Scotland.
Working with Edinburgh’s City Council, Red Bull has secured the use of the historic cobbles of Grassmarket and Victoria Street in the heart of the city as the race track for this battle between bike disciplines. The uphill sprint will be a challenging 170m race to the finish.
All the action for Red Bull Hill Chasers will take place on Saturday, March 30.
As ever, the unique urban event will give hundreds of bike enthusiasts – from BMX, mountain bike, road cycling and fixed-gear disciplines – a chance to race against elite bike athletes.
Battling head-to-head, amateur racers will be invited to take part in a timed hill sprint to prove that their discipline is the fastest and to qualify for the main event.
Confirmed for the event will be Joris Daudet, Michel Prokop, Martyn Ashton and Danny Macaskill.
Michal Prokop, the three times World Champion 4X rider and Red Bull Athlete, said; “I’m really looking forward to visiting Edinburgh for the first time for this years Red Bull Hill Chasers! The race atmosphere is going to be amazing.”
The fastest 30 riders from qualifiers will be selected for the main event where they will go up against 10 elite cycling legends in a bid to be crowned Red Bull Hill Chasers 2013 ‘King of the Hill’. These main races could see mountain bikers and road bikes up against fixed gear riders or BMX riders. It will all depend on the draw on the day.
The Top 3 prizes will be Charge Plug bikes and custom Oakley Radars and the fastest lady doesn’t miss out either, she will get a Charge bike too! All qualifiers will get a free goodie bag with delights from Rouler Magazine, Knog, Giro, Park, Charge and Elite.
The qualifying rounds for Hill Chasers will be held from 6am on March 30, with the main event setting off at 7pm. So get on up to Edinburgh and see the pros battle against the top amateurs to be crowned Hill Chasers Champion 2013.”