Kerkaa! Alex embodies the spirit of the ice race.
Icycle Ice Race 2016
Toronto's most famous winter bike event rides - and slides - again
Story by Jun Nogami and Tammy Thorne
Photos by Vic Gedris (unless otherwise noted)
It was another night of thrills and spills at the annual ice cycle races on the rink at Dufferin Grove park in Toronto's west end. This year’s event was dedicated to the memory of David Miller and Tommy "Toast" Quesnel, two members of the bike community who passed away this past week. Derek Chadbourne, owner of the Bike Joint and MC of the annual event, sponsored this year's event. All monies raised went to the families of the deceased.
Icycle ice race men's winner, Jordan, has been competing for years. This is his first time taking home the trophy. Last year's winner, Justin, as well as crowd favourite the Ice Stud, gave him a run for his money this year. Congrats Jordan!
Women's winner, Molly, took home the top prize this year. Last year's winner, Linda Shin, did not compete this year and previous long-time women's champ the Ice Queen (Briana Ingram) has moved to B.C. Congrats Molly! (Photo from Jun Nogami.)
Interestingly, both winners rode the same bike which did not have studs in the centre of the tire. (Photo by Jun Nogami.)
More photos of the fun-for-a-good-cause from Vic Gedris, below.
So many studs!
Looks like the only requirement for the chariot race was that there was more than one person on the bike.
Haha look at Derek's face as he admires Dave's attire.
The Ice Stud pushes harder as he is passed by Jordan - the new 2016 men's champ.
George (Parts Unknown) conjuring the spirit of Tommy Toast in the rubber race. Tommy always enjoyed the ice race and usually rode the rubber category, sometimes shirt- and-pantless. RIP Tommy and David. You can make a donation to Tommy's family here.
Related on the dandyBLOG:
Ice Race 2014 - great photos by Vic Gedris, including this great shot of Tommy Toast riding a bike with wooden plank-reinforced front forks
Ice Race 2013 - great photos from a snowier race day, by Jun Nogami