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50 teams of nine riders to take part in event this August, ranging from F1 and MotoGP teams to British Cycling affiliated clubs

Bicester Millennium Cycling Club from Oxfordhsire has teamed up with the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in neighbouring Northamptonshire to host a team time trial in August featuring 50 teams, which it believes may be the largest event of its kind ever held in the UK.

The event, called the 9-Up Team Time Trial, will be held on the evening of Friday 10 August and aims to raise money for Help for Heroes as well as charities local to the Silverstone circuit, which is owned by the British Racing Drivers’ Club.

Some 40 teams, including professional and semi-pro teams and British Cycling-affiliated clubs, as well as teams representing Formula 1 and MotoGP outfits, have already responded to invitations to confirm that they will take part.

The time trial will see the teams tackle three laps of the Grand Prix Circuit for a total distance of 11 miles.

On the way, the teams will take on the likes of Stowe and Copse Corners and the Hangar Straight made famous through the Grand Prix held at the venue since the 1950s, although Fernando Alonso’s lap record of 1:30.874 set two years ago is unlikely to be troubled.

Bicester Millennium says that the decision to partner with Silverstone for the event, which will be raced on road bikes in accordance with British Cycling and UCI rules, was inspired by the success of the summer Team Time Trials that the club, founded in 1999, has previously organised in the past few years.

It adds that spectators are welcome to attend and that racing will start at 7pm with teams, which will be allocated pit lane garages for their race preparation, departing at one-minute intervals.

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.

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bigmel [106 posts] 3 years ago
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Many thanks for the article, Simon.
We at the BMcc are really looking forward to running the event on behalf of the BDRC.
Provided the MoD provide us with access to RAF Weston-on-the-Green we also hope to be able to host our annual CTT 9-up Team Time Trial a week beforehand.

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GrahamF [15 posts] 3 years ago
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Like-wise, we're looking forward to this event! Can I point out it's only 3 laps of the GP Circuit though. Would the road.cc riders like to try their hand at this? Is there a staff team?!

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Simon_MacMichael [2443 posts] 3 years ago
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GrahamF wrote:

Like-wise, we're looking forward to this event! Can I point out it's only 3 laps of the GP Circuit though. Would the road.cc riders like to try their hand at this? Is there a staff team?!

I think my brain fused, now corrected. I'll flag up to Tony and Dave about potentially getting a team together  3

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Trev Allen [132 posts] 3 years ago
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A roadcc staffers team would just be a case of who can hang on to Liam's and Matss wheel for as long as possible..

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timbola [241 posts] 3 years ago
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How about a Schwag to win a place or places on the road.cc team ?

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Amos [33 posts] 3 years ago
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Has williamsf1 been contacted over this? If not please drop me an email Matthew.sims [at] williamsf1.com

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GrahamF [15 posts] 3 years ago
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Yes, but have sent you an invite Mat.  16
If others would like to participate (subject to room on the grid of course) please see
http://www.bmcc2000.com/Downloads/Bmcc_Silverstone_TTT.pdf for further info and email address.

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farrell [1950 posts] 3 years ago
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Strange, I was working at Silverstone on Saturday and thought to myself "I wonder if race tracks like this ever get used for cycling". I would love to have had a ride round myself.

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CarbonBreaker [84 posts] 3 years ago
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farrell wrote:

Strange, I was working at Silverstone on Saturday and thought to myself "I wonder if race tracks like this ever get used for cycling". I would love to have had a ride round myself.

Farrell - Happens quite regularly in some places, weekly in the UAE:

http://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/Events_Detail.aspx?gid=91

Or Malaysia:

http://www.malaysiangp.com.my/news/sepang-circuits-kencana-sic-bikeathon...

I'm sure there are others, but those are the ones I've direct experience of!

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bigmel [106 posts] 3 years ago
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You CAN ride around Silverstone.
Tomorrow - Friday 27th April.
6pm until 8:15pm for a fiver to charity!

http://www.silverstonebikeride.co.uk/