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Red Bull Timelaps returns as virtual event for 2020

The world's longest one-day race will take place from home this October and its free to all entrants

Joe Robinson
24 Sep 2020

The world's longest one-day cycling race, the Red Bull Timelaps, will return for 2020 albeit as a virtual event.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and certain restrictions in place, the team event that has taken place at Windsor Great Park across 25 hours for the past three years was unable to take place as usual.

However, the team at Red Bull has decided to return the Timelaps for a fourth year across Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October using the power of Strava.

Instead of riders marking the end of British Summer Time by lapping Windsor Great Park for 25 hours, Red Bull wants its four-rider teams and solo racers to tackle the race either indoors on their smart turbo trainers or on their local roads, racing via the power of Strava.

The concept will be the same – who can ride the furthest in 25 hours – but for 2020 riders will be asked to participate from home before uploading their rides to Strava from their computer GPS or virtual cycling app to track their position on the Timelaps leaderboard.

As usual, team entrants will only be able to register one rider's efforts at a time meaning strategy and planning could be just as important as endurance and power. Additionally, as is tradition, the 'Power Hour' will also be in effect with all efforts between 2am and 3am counting for double to signify the falling back of the clocks.

This year's event, which has previously been raced by the likes of Alex Dowsett and Pavel Sivakov, will award a plethora of awards throughout the weekend including best team and best individual riders.

Entrance to the Timelaps 2020 will also be free and you can sign up from the beginning of October here.

With the move from a controlled, enclosed event with safety marshals and event staff on hand, to asking people to ride around their local loops in the dark during the early hours of the morning, riders will need to ensure they approach the challenge with the utmost care and attention.

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