Revolve24, the UK’s leading 24-hour endurance cycling challenge, is headed to Adelaide Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 January 2018, as an associated event for the Santos Tour Down Under.
The inaugural weekend long festival will be one of the first events to take place at Australia’s newest world-class motorsport park, The Bend.
Hundreds of riders will descend onto the newly launched Bend Motorsport Park for Revolve24 to experience the world class 7.779km track, made up of multiple climbs and falls. Riders can choose between 24 hour, 12 hour and 6 hour challenges and enter as a soloist or a team of 2, 4, 6 or 8.
The Australian event is based on the success of UK’s Revolve24 which is now in its third year. Revolve24 takes place every September at Kent’s Brands Hatch GP track and sees hundreds of riders enjoying the smooth asphalt and the steep climbs of the world-class 3.8km motor circuit.
Revolve24 has captured the market for closed circuit cycling endurance events, with riders travelling from all over the UK and Europe to take part – and in 2017 from the USA. Revolve24 UK works in partnership with other famous European circuits.
In 2016 13,000 riders took part in 24hr events at Le Mans, Zandvoort, Rad Am Ring, Monza as well as Brands Hatch. There were over 23,000 on site spectators. With an increasing popularity, and the inclusion of Revolve24 Australia, participation and on-site spectator numbers are forecast to grow by 20% in 2017-2018.
This year, Revolve24 UK is working in conjunction with the BIKE Channel’s PRO Coach programme to offer riders a place on the pro-cycling BIKE Channel Canyon team. Following months of training with World Tour experienced coaches Rob Hayles and Brian Smith, two cyclists will go head to head at Revolve24 to win a 2018 season contract with BIKE Channel Canyon. Riders can apply online via The BIKE Channel.
Revolve24 Australia Founder David Fell says, “Fast, fun and safe, Revolve24 is a team endurance challenge suited to riders of any skill level. We’re excited to be partnering with the Tour Down Under to deliver another incredible cycling event to the thousands of visitors who come to Adelaide in January. This will be the first major event at The Bend and be the very first time cyclists will have the chance to experience this fabulous track.”
“Circuit challenges allow riders to concentrate on their performance, supporting their team mates. Endurance cycling is growing here in Australia, as it is in many parts of the world and Revolve24 delivers a comprehensive, team-based, endurance challenge to participants,” adds Fell.
Although the 24-hour challenge will be the centrepiece of the weekend, the event will be a festival of cycling with a number of other cycling challenges scheduled to take place over the weekend.
Revolve24 Australia will also be a Race Across America (RAAM) qualifier, the only one in Australia and also included in the UMCA World Cup Series.
Revolve24 Australia open for registering interest now. Full registration will be opening soon. Visit www.revolve24.com.au for more details.
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