Red Bull Dark Knights conquered the Singapore Sports Hub!
CHARLES LEE | 5th June 2016 | NEWS
Global energy drink maker Red Bull has added another success event to its resume of extreme sports involvements. Last Saturday, close to 250 downhill and free-ride enthusiasts from all over the world gathered at the Singapore Sports Hub for the Red Bull Dark Knights to vye for the local downhill championship title.
Currently in its third edition, it was the first time the Red Bull Dark Knights was hosted in an urban setting. The first Red Bull Dark Knights race took place at Kent Ridge in its debut in 2011. The second instalment was held in Pearls Hill after a hiatus of two years.
The sheer difficulty of the 400-metre downhill course, which was marked with narrow stairwells, fast turns, a two-metre vertical drop and slippery surface caused by the afternoon drizzle, failed to deter the participants from pushing against their speed limits. At the staircase section, many of the riders were whizzing past bewildered spectators at speeds of 30 to 40 kilometres per hour.
Whilst the lap-times of several top contenders were marginal and within mere seconds, overseas participant Ben Moore clocked the fastest timing to lay claim to the championship throne. Fitriyanti Riyanti was the fastest woman downhiller at the Red Bull Dark Knights race. Singaporean rider Ng Chee Keong did the lion city proud with his first runner-up position. He also won the Local Hero Award!
Many riders and spectators spoke well of the event! After the prize presentation, Ben said: “The atmosphere here is fantastic, what a nice country! The course was brilliant, the beginning part was very tight, one of the tightest I’ve experienced in a downhill race, but what an atmosphere, thank you Red Bull Dark Knights for this!”
Fitriyanti was in total agreement with Ben. “I’m really happy to have the chance to do the Red Bull Dark Knights, because it’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while. So thank you for the opportunity!” says Fitriyanti.