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Red Bull Timelaps: World’s longest one-day road cycling race returns next week

George Smith
17 Oct 2019

The world's longest one-day road race Red Bull Timelaps back for third year with new solo category

The world's longest one-day road cycling race, the Red Bull Timelaps which sees competitors complete as many laps as possible around a 6.6km track in 25 hours, will return for a third edition next week.

The race has previously only been open to teams, whereby just one rider per team is permitted on the course at any one time to complete laps - meaning that tactics, as well as sheer strength and willpower, play a decisive role.

However, for the third edition, a solo category has been added this year. Individuals will be able to really challenge themselves, with the only support they receive coming from their chosen pit stop crew.

Endurance cyclist Chris Hall, who has taken part in both previous events as part of a team, is eager to see how he fares alone.

‘I've always wanted to have a crack at it solo as a 25 hour race. I’ve done a fair few 24 hour races and the opportunity to see if I could push myself a bit further for that extra hour has always appealed to me.’

Chris is particularly looking forward to the infamous ‘Power Hour’. This occurs between 2am and 3am: when the clocks go back an hour a shorter circuit is opened and laps count as double.

‘The race itself is a fun event, which has lots of good vibes, and I’ve also never raced the Power Hour, so to be able to do that in the 25-hour solo category definitely appeals to me,’ Hall said.

The race will take place around Great Windsor Park on the outskirts of London. There will be an hour-long recon at 10:30am before racing gets underway at 12pm, continuing until midday the following day.

Back-to-back team champions, Team VeloElite U25 from Northamptonshire, finished the 2018 edition with a remarkable 146 laps - completing 8 laps during the Power Hour to cement their victory.

The fastest single lap completed on the main 6.6km course was set by none other than time trial National Champion Alex Dowsett, who set a time of 8:42:03.

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