The 8bar crit which took place in September in Berlin is the biggest fixed gear criterium in Germany.
120 men and 35 women signed on for the races with qualifying rounds taking place to determine who lines up in the finals. All riders have to do a ‘hot lap’ and their times for completing this lap of the course determines their position on the starting grid.
The race takes place at the disused Tempelhof Airport. After the airport closed in 2008, the city of Berlin reclaimed the 386-hectare open space and one of the world’s largest buildings in a central location for public use.
Today, the area has a six-kilometre cycling, skating and jogging trail, a 2.5-hectare BBQ area, a dog-walking field covering around four hectares and an enormous picnic area for all visitors.
The lap used for the 8bar crit is 1.09 kilometres long and the women faced 20 laps of the circuit and the men’s race was 30 laps.
Paolo Panzeri (System Cars/Cinelli/RCT) won the women’s race ahead of Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory Racing) and Karla Sommer (Schindelhauer-Gates), with Stefan Schafer (Maloja Pushbikers) taking victory in the men’s race ahead of Alesandro Mariani (IRD Modena SC) and Johannes Kilisperger (Mess Pack Berlin).
This is the official video of the 8bar crit.