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Rollapaluza likely to end as director leaves company to concentrate on Extinction Rebellion

Peter Stuart
5 Aug 2019

The indoor roller racing event has seen Chris Hoy, Geraint Thomas and Alan Davies are amongst Rollapaluza’s past racers

Indoor roller racing event Rollapaluza has been a popular and often beer-fuelled annual event since 2007, but now looks likely to come to an end as director Caspar Hughes leaves the company to pursue environmental activism.

The event, which saw competitors race on static rollers against the clock, was both an annual event and portable installation for various festivities and corporate events.

It was formed in 2007 in the midst of the boom in fixed gear bike couriers and was initially aimed at raising funds for working couriers.

Rollapaluza was subsequently a big hit with the wider cycling community and was showcased on the ITV4 Cycling Show and saw a host of famous cyclists participate – including Chris Hoy, Geraint Thomas, Philip Hindes, Victoria Pendleton and Lawrence Dallaglio.

Director Caspar Hughes, and one of the original four founders of the company, has been a vocal advocate of sustainable transport and has been closely involved in the cycle safety campaign Stop Killing Cyclists.

He now wants to focus on campaigning for climate change activists Extinction Rebellion having previously been involved with the movement.

‘In the coming years we will need future generations to move away from a transport system focused on car journeys,’ says Hughes. ‘Rollapaluza has often been the starting-point for conversations about how cycling is a simple yet brilliant alternative to driving.’

Hughes has recently been promoting the National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist, a London-based national cycling protest on the 7th September demanding increased funding for cycling infrastructure and safety.

Rollapaluza will continue to take bookings until the end of the year, and prospective customers can contact for details.

The company is also open to new management and encourages any interested parties to get in touch.

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