Red Bull Timelaps, billed as "the world's longest one day cycle race," will return to Windsor Great Park this autumn following a hugely successful debut last year.
The second edition will take place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October, which is the weekend the clocks go back - meaning that the event will last 25 hours rather than 24.
This year's edition will see 800 riders compete in teams of four, compared to 500 cyclists last time round, and entries will open at 10am on 22 May on the Red Bull Timelaps website. Entries cost £250 per team or £200 for under-25s.
As last year, one rider per team is allowed on the course at a time, meaning that tactics play a crucial role, and this year’s event also sees the return of the ‘Power Hour’ between 2aam and 3am where laps count double.
The event will once again be hosted at Windsor Great Park, on a 6.6 kilometre course.
Last year’s winners were Northamptonshire-based Wellinborough Cycles who completed 138 laps, winning both the overall title and the under-25 category.
Their team leader, Jack Patmore, said: “We were ecstatic. We ended up entering the 2017 race as a bit of fun at the end of our season, so it's really great that we ended up winning the whole event. We didn't really have a game plan apart from just letting one of the guys hit it really hard!
“We are looking forward to coming back this year to defend our title”.
You may recall that road.cc entered a team last year, and we’re looking at doing so again this time round with a combination of staff and readers, so watch this space!
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.