Le Mans 24 hour endurance sportive 2013 registation now open

Charge your engine for a unique around the clock cycling challenge

by David Arthur   December 6, 2012  

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We’re always looking for interesting new challenges here at road.cc and the Le Mans 24 hour endurance cyclo-sportive has us raising a collective eyebrow.. Entry for the 2013 event has just been opened and we’re very tempted. Very.

Put simply, it’s a 24 hour cycling team relay on the famous Le Mans Bugatti Circuit circuit. It’s more used to motor cars racing at over 200 mph but on the weekend of 24/25 August over 2,500 cyclists will descend on the circuit for a weekend of racing at slightly slower speeds.

You can ride it solo on your own (if you’re mad) or in pairs or teams up to eight people. It’s tun in partnership with Le Mans Sarthe Vélo (MSV) cycling association and with the support of the French Cycling Federation (FFC).

The world famous track was built in 1966 and is only 55 minutes from Paris and 1h30 from Roissy CDG Airport by train, so it’s easy to get to. For the event the entire track will be floodlight and the course is 4.18km in length.

Registrations are open from the 16th of November until the 22nd of July. Registration fees depend on the number of contestants and on when registration is completed. It costs upwards from 275 Euros. More details at www.24heuresvelo.fr. And if you register before 28 February you can get a 9% discount on the entry price.

To get you interested, the organisers have just released this teaser video. Have a watch:

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Off to find out if its uprights only.....I saw velomobiles in the pits, but only upright on the track

EDIT, It seems if you have a bike, you can ride there

http://www.24heuresvelo.fr/clients/velo24/upload/images/_zoom/x-top-dsc_...

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posted by Gkam84 [8627 posts]
6th December 2012 - 11:05

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Anyone else interested in putting a team together? Or need another rider? Let me know if you are.

BTW Gkam, the technical rules on http://www.24heuresvelo.fr/en/CONTESTANT-INFORMATION-61.htm seem to exclude recumbents. Sorry. That image seems to contradict them though.

posted by robdaykin [159 posts]
6th December 2012 - 12:21

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Strange, there are a few pictures of recumbents there. Oh well, rules me out then once I get mine.

I'd like to know what a "stuffed stem" is though.....

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posted by Gkam84 [8627 posts]
6th December 2012 - 12:38

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No fixed gear bikes allowed? Sad Seems a little unfair... I can see why no track bikes, but a fixed gear road bike with two brakes, lovingly maintained... ?

What about SS?

And according to the rules a pair can't be made up of two women? A mighty wtf to that...

posted by hoski [62 posts]
6th December 2012 - 13:07

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I rode it a couple of years ago, and it's a fantastic event. Would recommend it to anyone who wants to do something a bit different. Very inclusive for all standards of rider - those at the head of the race take it very seriously, but everyone made to feel welcome, and being a short loop there's always other riders around even if you're not going as fast of them. It was the first time I'd had the experience of riding at speed in a large group, which was an absolute blast.

Haven't watched the video, but I seem to recall they had a session of an hour or two where the track was open for everyone to ride (a lot of people had family and friends there supporting them) and there were some more unusual bikes around then, which probably explains the recumbents.

EDIT: just seen the photo with the recumbent in and yes, that looks much more like the open track session rather than the race itself.

posted by graham_f [83 posts]
6th December 2012 - 14:04

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Have been going down there to watch the 24h du Mans sports car race for a few years now. You can drive the course beforehand, but wow would love to cycle it!

posted by qwerky [130 posts]
6th December 2012 - 14:52

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I don't see the attraction of race circuits myself, a bit like as a driver I wouldn't be that fussed about going up Box Hill!

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posted by CraigS [135 posts]
6th December 2012 - 18:36

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qwerky wrote:
Have been going down there to watch the 24h du Mans sports car race for a few years now. You can drive the course beforehand, but wow would love to cycle it!

The bike race is held on the Bugatti circuit, which is a permanent motor racing track of about 2.5 miles, rather than the 9ish mile course of the car race which includes part of the Bugatti circuit but mostly closed public roads.

posted by graham_f [83 posts]
7th December 2012 - 10:13

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Sounds fantastic, I love the idea of these closed-circuit rides. Perfect tarmac, no silly gradients, just you, your bike and the challenge.

I've done a map of it here if anyone's interested: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1975011 note that as above it's the Bugatti circuit NOT the full 9-mile part-public-road circuit they use for the car 24-hour race.

Late August... plenty of time to get into shape too.

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posted by Gizmo_ [704 posts]
7th December 2012 - 12:13

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