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Two race formats will sit alongside each other for Red Bull Timelaps 2021, allowing entrants to choose to compete indoor/virtually or outdoor
An individual category is also introduced, giving ultra endurance cyclists an option to take on the world’s longest one day bike race solo
Red Bull Timelaps, the ‘world’s longest one day bike race’ has announced it’s return for 2021! Taking place over the weekend of the 30th-31st October 2021, Red Bull Timelaps will see riders and teams of cyclists up and down the country compete to ride the furthest distance over 25 hours.
Red Bull Timelaps will be a cycling event like no other. Riders are pitted against each other and the clock, and challenged to accumulate as much distance as possible over the weekend the clocks go back in the Autumn. In a twist, the Continental ‘Power Hour’ will be activated when 02:00 becomes 01:00 again and riders’ efforts are doubled for 60 minutes, helping boost their place on the 25-hour-long race’s leaderboard.
New for 2021 – following on from the virtual Red Bull Timelaps event in 2020, this years’ race will have both a virtual/indoor category and outdoor category, with a separate competition for each. This will allow teams of riders to ride the event on an indoor turbo-trainer set up, compete against other teams outdoors, or do both, with separate race categories available based on a teams preferred choice of getting involved.
The in-person experiences will consist of two locations where teams can race alongside other competitors – either riding outdoors on a closed race track, or indoors on turbo trainers. The locations are as follows – Goodwood Motor Circuit, and Red Bull Studios in London. Riders will be able to sign up for these sessions for free by registering for the main Red Bull Timelaps event, with the option to book into one of the in-person experiences once registration is complete.
In addition, 2021’s race will have a solo category – for any ultra-endurance riders – alongside the traditional race for teams of four – broken down into categories for Male, Female, Mixed and Under-25s.
The virtual Red Bull Timelaps race will give riders the ability to take part from anywhere in the UK by collectively logging their distance on Strava, which will be populated into leaderboards during the event live – so competitors can track their positions. Red Bull are also currently running a Strava training challenge giving entrants the opportunity to train and get some valuable miles in before the race in October.
To celebrate the return of the world’s longest one day road cycling event, Red Bull Timelaps has joined forces with multi-disciplinary bike phenom and Red Bull athlete Tom Pidcock to help kickstart riders training, in preparation for the event in October. By completing the training challenge and signing up for the event you’ll be in with a chance to win a signed Tom Pidcock jersey.
For more information visit www.redbull.com/timelaps and join the conversation @RedBullUK with the hashtag #RedBullTimelaps.
Entry for Red Bull Timelaps is now open, with sign ups for the in-person experiences also available on a first come first serve basis at redbull.co.uk/timelaps
Article by John Levison @ tri247.com