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David Millar takes on BMX star Liam Phillips and others at Parkour Ride in London next month

Soon to be ex-pro signs up to spearhead roadie challenge against BMX and MTB riders at multi-disciplinary event


David Millar, whose retirement from the professional peloton is imminent, has added a second date to what is turning into something of a farewell tour – the Garmin-Sharp rider, who last week said he would end his career at next month’s Bec Hill Climb, will also be riding the inaugural Parkour Ride tournament in early October.

The event pits pros against amateurs from a trio of disciplines – road, mountain bike and BMX – and is organised by FACE Partnership, the people behind hugely successful such as the Revolution Series and the London Nocturne.

It takes place at a multi-storey car park at Tobacco Dock in London’s Docklands on 4 October, with racing on a circuit specially designed to guarantee that none of the three disciplines gains an advantage over the other two.

Millar has been signed up as the road pro, while BMX is represented by 2013 world champion Liam Philllips – who helped design the course – and Tre Whyte, bronze medallist at the Worlds this year. Sam Pilgrim and Tom Dowie will fly the flag for the MTB brigade.

Organisers say that more than 100 amateurs have also signed up for the event and provide an equal mix of the disciplines involved. They have also released a second trailer video of the event.

Tickets cost £15 for adults and £5 for children aged under 16 and can be bought through the Parkour Ride website.

The main event starts at 6pm and lasts until 11.30pm and besides the racing, there will be music courtesy of Red Bull Music Academy, streetfood and drink stalls organised by Death by Burrito, and other attractions such as Rollapaluza racing.

Commenting on the recruitment of Red Bull as event partner, FACE Partnership's manageing director, James Pope, said: “Red Bull are the perfect partner for Parkour Ride – they encapsulate every aspect of the event; a sports competition that thrills both riders and audience alike and breaks the boundaries of conventional cycling.

"Furthermore, their music knowledge and talent will really add to the whole event experience and ensure that the spectators have an entertainment experience to rival the biggest music rave nights in London."

Meanwhile, here’s the latest promo video.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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OldRidgeback | 9 years ago

Tre has incredible acceleration and I've seen him race many times - be interesting to see how he'll compete against road and MTB riders

neil2908 | 9 years ago

I've heard his final retirement hurrah will involve him disappearing completely up his own arse.

Rupert | 9 years ago

Looks like fun shame I can't make it  40

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