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The 25-hour race: Red Bull Timelaps to return for a second year

Joe Robinson
9 May 2018

The 25-hour long race will return to Great Windsor Park with more entrants. Photos: Peter Stuart/Red Bull

After 500 riders took part in the inaugural event last October, the Red Bull Timelaps is set to return in 2018 pitting its competitors against the world’s longest race.

Taking advantage of the extra hour at the end of British Summer Time, the 2018 event will run across 27th - 28th October, with teams of four riders attempting to complete as many laps of the 6.6km closed-road Great Windsor Park circuit within the 25 hour time limit.

This year, entries for an extra 300 riders will be allowed, with 200 teams of four competing for the overall victory. Entries for the event open at 10:00 on 22nd May and can be found here.

Like last year, the use of a 'power hour' between 02:00 and 03:00 will also be utilised. In this hour, riders will compete on a shorter lap but with laps counting for double. Red Bull also promises a few surprises in this hour which will make rider choice crucial.

You’d expect to be victorious in such an event you would need to enter it with Team Sky precision with a regimented schedule of when and how much one rider will ride, a detailed nutrition plan and sleep.

Yet the 2017 winning quartet of Wellingborough Cycles was anything but this with just one game plan on en-route to victory: just ride really fast.

'We ended up entering the 2017 race as a bit of fun at the end of our season, so it's really great that we ended up winning the whole event,' said team captain Jack Patmore.

'We didn't really have a game plan apart from just letting one of the guys hit it really hard! We are looking forward to coming back this year to defend our title.’

Patmore's team took victory after clocking 138 laps of the circuit with their fastest lap taking 9:23 while averaging an impressive 11 minutes a lap for the entire race.

Head through to page two for our report from the 2017 Red Bull Timelaps

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