Image courtesy of Joolze Dymond
Revolve24, the 24-hour cycling endurance event taking place on the world-class Brands Hatch motor circuit in Kent on 16-17 September 2017, has expanded both on and off the track. The event is attracting interest from both seasoned and novice road riders and time trial competitors.
Revolve24 was a definite challenge – both off the track, while trying to look after yourself throughout the weekend, as well as getting stuck in on the track. It has a great atmosphere here and it was good fun – Jason Kenny
Revolve24, which last year hosted 635 riders, offers the unique experience of riding on the famous motor circuit’s smooth asphalt set in scenic Kent countryside. Tough climbs accompany exhilarating descents, while the designated Brand Hatch pit garages offer warmth, electricity and camaraderie through the long night. Each 3.8km (2.4 miles) lap of GP circuit includes 64m (210 feet) of climbing.
2017 solo female winner Gina Cleere is returning to qualify for the Race Across America while beating her PB of 497km (308 miles)
Established events such as the 24 hour, the 12 hour and 6 hour challenges are once again attracting high numbers of riders.
Previous solo winners are returning this year to beat their personal bests; 2015 solo winner Julian Rider rode 684 km (425 miles), climbing the equivalent of Everest AND Kilimanjaro during his solo effort. 2017 solo female winner Gina Cleere is returning to qualify for the Race Across America while beating her PB of 497km (308 miles). Other notable riders taking part include two-time cancer survivor James Golding and six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny, who is riding with Adrian Trott, father of fellow Olympic champion Laura Trott.
Riders keep coming back year after year: for the cycling, the prestige of riding 24 hours and for the charities they support. We try to provide a friendly, relaxed experience whoever you are and whatever your reason for taking part – Revolve24 co-founder Huw Bunn
Last year Jason Kenny earned his place as King of the Mountain; climbing the 9% gradient Hailwoods Hill that bends into the famous Druids Corner in just 10.1 seconds.
Over the weekend, the free Revolve24 App (iOS/Android) will provide team captains and spectators with real-time tracking of riders. There is a host of other competitions too: King and Queen of the Mountains, fastest lap, sprints and rider categories.
Revolve24 offers a team-matching service to put individuals and smaller groups together into bigger squads. Camping and campervan space is available for riders and spectators the whole weekend.
Entry fee includes track time, professional timing system with live race tracking, British Cycling Insurance, shared use of a pit garage, two nights’ camping and parking, 24hr access to tea, coffee, water and snacks, access to shower facilities, WiFi and charging points for lights and devices.
Revolve24 encourages charity rides and has linked up with several charities to offer official places at £75 (24hr Challenge) £50 (12hr Challenge) and £25 (6hr Challenge). These charities are: Cancer Research UK, Stick n’ Step, Blind Veterans and Operation Smile.
Cover image courtesy of Joolze Dymond.