Singapore’s ONLY Night-Time X-Country and Downhill Mountain Bike Race

Last year October, we covered the 1st ever Red Bull Flugtag Event in Singapore and it was really a rare sight to behold. If you missed out on last year's 1st ever Red Bull Flugtag Event that was held in Singapore, check out our previous Blog Post about it here: http://awinsomelife.org/2012/10/28/1st-red-bull-flugtag-singapore-2012-was-a-resounding-success/

Well, this time round, we have an interesting piece of news for all of you and that is, the European Red Bull is bringing back the exhilaration of Singapore’s ONLY night-time cross-country and downhill mountain bike race on the 18th of May 2013 with the Red Bull Dark Knights.

Check out a video of the Red Bull Dark Knights to know what the event is really all about! [Credits to Red Bull Content Pool for the Video]

This is not just any ordinary mountain bike race and mountain bikers in Singapore will soon hit pay dirt with Red Bull Dark Knights staging a comeback on the 18th May 2013. Promising to intensify the complexity of the race, the course is one that is part urban and part trail and it will take even the most experienced of riders about a minute to complete.

[Credits to Red Bull Content Pool for the Image]

From Red Bull Dark Knights 2011

Participants will be flagged off at the summit of Pearl’s Hill City Park, right next to a restricted reservoir and they will ride a course that features many obstacles from wall rides, stairs, big jumps, rock gardens and even a jump at the finish line from a height of over 10 feet.

[Credits to Red Bull Content Pool for the Image]

From Red Bull Dark Knights 2011

The Red Bull Dark Knights will be held at Pearl's Hill City Park [Credits to Ariffin for the Image]

The main event occurs after night fall, adding an element of difficulty as competitors will navigate their way to the finish, being guided only by their helmet light and obstacles which are dimly lit.

[Credits to Red Bull Content Pool for the Image]

From Red Bull Dark Knights 2011

This year, the European Red Bull will invite up to 40 elite local and international riders at the event and expects that the open category will feature no less than 100 riders who apply to compete.

If you're intending to join the mountain bike race, here's what you need to know about the race format:

The qualification run for the 100 Open Category riders will begin as early as 4.30pm where only the top 20 fastest times will qualify. These 20 riders from the open category will then join the 40 elite riders after a series of seeding runs to compete in the top 60 shootout.

The shootout is a process of elimination, where after 3 single runs, the top 30 riders with the fastest times will progress into the next round. This shootout process repeats itself until the top 10 are selected. The top 10 riders will then compete in the final race at 9.30pm to determine the top 3 riders of the event.

Prizes for the Top 3 Riders are as follows:

1st Place: SGD 1,000 cash prize + champion trophy + accompanying prize vouchers 2nd Place: SGD 500 cash prize + trophy + accompanying prize vouchers 3rd Place: SGD 250 cash prize + trophy + accompanying prize vouchers

To get your adrenaline pumping, applications for the Red Bull Dark Knights is now open on www.redbull.sg/darkknights and registration will close on 25th April 2013.

Even if you're not intending to join the mountain bike race, the Red Bull Dark Knights is open to members of the public with NO ADMISSION FEE and you can get right up to the action with prime viewing spots. Personally, we feel that the event is also a good training ground for photography enthusiasts seeking to hone their skills in sports/action photography under low light conditions.