Icebike 2009

Today, February 1st, 2009, an event called “Icebike” was held in Winnipeg. It was a grueling, 12km long, cyclocross style race course which saw competitors snake around and through three laps of some of the walking and skating trails at The Forks.

Natural Cycle Courier messenger Ruprict Haacke (pronounced “Haka”) handily won the race, with a substantial lead on the rest of the competition. Riding his courier bike, a white 1970 (something) Hudson’s Bay Company XL100 fixed gear road bike, he beat the best cycle racers in Manitoba… many of whom where riding expensive super-light race bikes.

Ruprict has not only proven that he is very fast on a bike, but that an old road bike can be a very effective tool for transportation in adverse conditions.

“It doesn’t matter wether I’m delivering a package, going to the grocery store, or on a race course. I only have one gear, and I only have one speed. That speed is ‘balls to the wall.’ It’s a fighter plane reference, people.” says Ruprict.

Rupy tears up the slopes in the hunt for Icebike gold (Peter Braul photo).

Rupy tears up the slopes in the hunt for Icebike gold (Peter Braul photo).

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