Face Partnership, the company behind the Revolution Series and IG London Nocturne, has launched a new event called Parkour Ride that will pit riders from different disciplines against one another, with the inaugural edition taking place this October in a multi-storey car park in London’s Docklands.
Already signed up to take part is the reigning BMX world champion, Liam Phillips who has helped devise the format of the event, which takes place on Saturday, October 4 at the multi-storey car park at Tobacco Dock in Wapping.
Riders from mountain biking and road cycling will also feature in the event on a circuit that organisers say is specially designed to ensure that no one discipline gains an advantage over the others.
According to Face Partnership’s managing director, James Pope, “Parkour Ride will be a multi-discipline head-to-head elimination race. Our vision is to create an urban race where amateurs race against pros, men race against women, BMX against mountain bikes and road bikes - all on the same circuit.
“We’ve been working closely with Liam on the format and the circuit layout. His input has been invaluable as we’ve developed the concept over the past year.”
Phillips added: “Parkour Ride is a hugely innovative concept and I feel honoured to be a part of the team. From the location to the dynamics of the circuit it’ll be such a great experience for all taking part.”
“Parkour Ride will engage riders across numerous disciplines, but the course is designed in such a way to ensure the playing field is levelled, and riders will need a strategy to get that extra edge. I’ve tested the circuit in London, and it promises to be a thrilling ride.”
We're waiting to hear back from Face Partnership with details of exactly how the circuit will manage the challenge of being fair to riders from all three disciplines.
Besides racing, organisers say that the venue will also be transformed into an interactive event space.
Pope said: “We are aiming to design each level differently and work with partners to create an audiovisual experience. We’ll use music, video and other technology to enhance the event production for riders and fans.”
You can find out more information about the event on its website, where you can also pre-register for tickets.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.