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FASTEST FLAT FIXER CONTEST & CHAMPIONSHIP

Qualifier Event: May 15, 2021

Championship: May 22, 2021

Hawaii Bicycling League is putting together a head to head showdown to find out who will win the coveted title of the Fastest Flat Fixer on O‘ahu

This will be an action-packed, fast-moving, tube-removing, tire-inflating head to head showdown. Competitors from all across the island will show off their fastest flat fixing skills wielding tire levers and pumps in this exciting qualifier event.

Competitors can choose from two divisions – the “Featherweight” Division, which is defined as tires with 80 PSI and above (typically categorized as skinny/road bike tires) or the “Welterweight” Division, which would be tires 35-80 PSI (typical mountain/hybrid tires). The top three competitors from each division, will get a chance to battle for the ultimate crown at the FASTEST FLAT FIXER CHAMPIONSHIP on May 22nd at the Mele Metric Awards Show. Scroll down to register for the Contest!

If you think you're pretty handy wielding a set of tire levers and a pump, we want you to be here.

Don’t want to throwdown but want to get some of the action? You’re encouraged you to come out and bring a friend to be a part of the excitement & participate as a spectator. We can all watch and marvel at the mechanics and everyday commuters as they race against each other and the clock, tire levers & tubes in hand.

Feeling inspired? (We certainly are!) We invite you to get in on the flat fixing action (of course at a more fun and laid-back pace) and attend a complimentary Fix-a-Flat workshop where adults can come to learn how they can perform a smooth and painless flat fixing on their own bike from our friendly & knowledgeable League Cycling Instructors. No competition here! Just learning all the important insider tricks for an effortless wheel change – zero prior mechanical experience needed. The workshop is free of charge and will be offered from 1:00 to 3:00pm on-site, right before the contest. 

To RSVP for the free Fix-a-Flat workshop on 5/15, click the green button

CONTEST (Qualifier Event) DETAILS

When: May 15, 2021 (Saturday)

Where: Hawai‘i Kai Recreation Center

Address: 660 Pepe‘ekeo St., Hon. HI 96825 (Map)

Who: You!

CONTEST DIVISIONS

Featherweight Division: 80 PSI and up (example: typical skinny/road bike wheel)

Welterweight Division: 35 – 80 PSI (example: typical hybrid/mountain bike wheel)

5/15 EVENT-DAY SCHEDULE

1:00 to 3:00 – HBL Fix a Flat Learning Workshop (free!)

2:45 to 3:15 – Contest Late Registration

3:00 to 3:30 – All Competitors Check-in, Judges Equipment Check, and Featherweight Division Competitor Set-up/Prep

3:30 to 3:40 – Pre-Announcements & Opening Remarks

3:40 – Qualifier Event, Featherweight Division START

4:00 to 4:20 – Welterweight Division Competitor Set-up/Prep

4:20 – Qualifier Event, Welterweight Division START

4:40 – Awards & Closing Remarks

Directions to the 5/15 Contest:

The FASTEST FLAT FIXER Contest throwdown will happen at Hawai‘i Kai Recreation Center, next to Haha‘ione Elementary School and behind the Hawai‘i Kai Drive 7-Eleven” (popular cyclist stop) & JAIMS.

From Hawai‘i Kai Drive turn left on to Pepe‘ekeo Street (at the 7-Eleven) which will take you to there. Alternatively, from Hawai‘i Kai Drive take a right on to Haha‘ione Street, then left on Pepe‘ekeo Street. There should be plenty of street parking available in the neighborhood.

FASTEST FLAT FIXER Qualifier Contest – GENERAL RULES

Those interested in being a participating in the FASTEST FLAT FIXER Contest need to register using the online form (BELOW⇩). Day-of registration will be available, but may be limited. 

There is no cost ($0) to enter the contest.

This contest is open to anyone 12 years of age or older. Those competing under 16 years of age must have an adult present.

• Competitors are responsible for bringing their own equipment: wheel with tire & tube, replacement tube, pump, and any tools (i.e. tire levers) they will be using.

Use of an air compressor or CO2 for inflation is NOT permitted in the contest.

Once the contest starts competitors are not allowed to accept any physical assistance from outside sources.

The CONTEST will take place at the Hawai‘i Kai Recreation Center on May 15TH, 2021, as part of HBL’s Mele of Bicycling, and serves as the Qualifier Event for the FASTEST FLAT FIXER Championship taking place on May 22, 2021.

The CONTEST OBJECTIVE is to replace one (1) tube from a complete bicycle wheel and return it to it’s initial PSI as fast as possible, and within 20 minutes. The top three competitors with the quickest times in their respective division – “Featherweight” and “Welterweight” – will be crowned the contest winners and advance to the final showdown (the Championship) on May 22, 2021. #FFFChampionship

ENTER the FASTEST FLAT FIXER CONTEST 

Simply fill out the form below! Details will be emailed to you when your registration is received.

FASTEST FLAT FIXER Contest Registration
Select the Division(s) you will compete in: *
Contest open to all contestants 12 years or older, those competing under 16 years of age must have an adult present.
I have read the contest rules & agree to them. *
This WAIVER AND RELEASE is given by me, the undersigned, to the Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL) in consideration of my application and permitting me to participate in the FASTEST FLAT FIXER CONTEST and CHAMPIONSHIP. I understand that bicycle repair & maintenance involves risk, requiring me to exercise personal skill. I understand that hazards are present, and that obstacles may exist. I agree to follow all rules and regulations and fully assume all risk. I acknowledge that I have inspected and am fully satisfied with the condition of my bike equipment and accept the inherent risk of flat fixing, whether known or unknown. I agree to supervise any persons under age 16 during any time that they use my bike equipment. As a bicyclist, I acknowledge that I am responsible for the way I take apart a bike wheel and the condition of my equipment and take responsibility for any damage that may occur while participating in this contest. I, for myself, my executors, administrators, heirs, next of kin, successors, and assigns hereby waive, release, discharge and agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless HBL its managers, members, officers, directors, representatives, employees, volunteers and agents from any and all actions, claims, causes of action, expenses, damages and demands of any kind, including, but not limited to, any claim of damage for bodily injury, death or loss of personal property as a result of my use of my equipment in the FASTEST FLAT FIXER CONTEST and CHAMPIONSHIP event(s). I give free use of my name, voice, or picture in any broadcast, advertising, or other account of this event. I am of legal age and fully competent. I have read this Waiver and Release and fully understand it.

Sponsorship opportunities exist – email Bicycle@HBL.org for more information.

Questions? Email HBL’s Director of Adult Education, Malia k Harunaga at Malia@HBL.org.