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Photos of Icycle 2011

Posted by Derek Flack / February 14, 2011

Ice Bike Race Toronto Icycle 2011The Dufferin Grove Ice Rink was home to one of the more wacky cycling events of the year on Saturday evening as the 16th annual Icycle Race demonstrated, once again, that with a little will and some studded tires, it's possible to handle a bike in the most slippery of conditions. Organized by the Bike Joint's Derek Chadbourne with help from the Bike Pirates and Leah Hollinsworth, the proceeds from the event went to Peter McKenzie, the cyclist who was hit on the Bloor Viaduct just before Christmas.

It's slightly mind boggling to witness the more adept cyclists carve out turns on the ice surface, but perhaps the most impressive feat this year belonged to the unicyclist who deftly navigated the slippery conditions with ease. Here's a selection of photos from this year's edition courtesy of Martin Reis, who has many more on his Flickr page.

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Discussion

11 Comments

zxc / February 14, 2011 at 02:24 pm
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Hey...this has nothing to do with Valentine's Day...that's not right.
Syncros / February 14, 2011 at 03:14 pm
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great photos. Good to see Albert (with the broom) is still rocking the ice after many, many years. I couriered with him in the mid-90s!
Sean / February 14, 2011 at 03:27 pm
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Am I the only one who thinks that would actually be easier/safer to do on a unicycle than a bike?

I mean, since bikes can go much faster, and you have such a small window of time to bailout in case things go pear shaped, I would much rather do that on a unicycle.

Either way, these people are braver than I am.
Derek replying to a comment from Sean / February 14, 2011 at 03:30 pm
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Good point. What must be the most difficult is leaning into turns, something that you don't really have to do on a unicycle.
Greg / February 14, 2011 at 05:47 pm
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Toronto Maple Leaf Captain has a sick bike. Giant?
Bubba / February 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm
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all that's missing is some blood and teeth!
EricM / February 15, 2011 at 08:11 am
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Thanks for destroying the ice of a hockey rink where children skate with the metal knobs on the tires of the bikes.
Shurp / February 15, 2011 at 08:34 am
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These kids need to add polo to the game and only then will it be a real sport.
BitMedler replying to a comment from EricM / February 15, 2011 at 11:10 am
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You're welcome!

Ps. - Unlike the spring roads, nothing a Zamboni won't fix in 20 minutes.
Shazam / January 3, 2012 at 11:48 am
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Is the Ice Race on for 2012?
EprickM replying to a comment from EricM / January 3, 2012 at 03:04 pm
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You are wanted under the bridge. Troll.

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