Revolve24 returns to host another closed-circuit 24-hour endurance event at Brands Hatch on 10-11 September 2016. The challenge offers a combination of smooth asphalt, arduous climbs, exhilarating descents and a supportive festival atmosphere, designated pit garages, along with the thrill of riding on a world-class motor circuit.
Revolve 24 was launched with great success in 2015 by triple Olympic and World Championship cyclist Jason Kenny OBE and has since seen participant numbers soar. The 24hr event is open to soloists, duos and teams of four, six and eight riders. The 6-hour relay returns. New for 2016 is the track-based 12hr “Dusk ‘til Dawn’ challenge.
Jason Kenny says: “Brands Hatch is the best course for this event as you don’t have any of the dangers of the road. It has a lot of interesting undulations, especially as you get out into the forest. It’ll be a real challenge for people as they ride through the night, lighting their own way.”
Whether riders are after an unforgettable challenge for charity or a competitive race against their peers, the Brands Hatch circuit, while being the safe, demands physical and mental endurance. Each 3.8km (2.4 miles) lap has 64m (210 feet) of climbing, with gradients up to 9%. In 2015 the fastest teams cycled up to 833km (518 miles) and climbed 13.6km (44,500 feet) in 24 hours. That is just short of ascending Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro in a day. This year, 24hr riders can also test their mettle against the pros, as HR Owen Maserati RT will be competing. So too is Team Baum, whose riders include Leon van Bon – previous winner of the HEW Cyclassics and two stages of the Tour de France.
The free Revolve24 smartphone app (iOS/Android), powered by Map My Tracks, complements the weekend. Available to all participants prior to the event, it can link with the most popular cycling apps and GPS devices to record training sessions. The app then feeds the data into a race grid so that competitors can compete for pole position ahead of the Grand Start in the 24hr relay.
Over the weekend, the Revolve24 App will provide team captains and spectators with real-time tracking of riders. There’ll be a host of other competitions too: King and Queen of the Mountains, fastest lap, sprints and rider categories.
Photography: Joolze Dymond