Red Bull Timelaps sees 800 riders battle round the clock
A capacity field of 800 riders raced against the clock over a gruelling 25 hours in Great Windsor Park, South East England on October 27-28. Teams had to contend with fatigue, mechanicals and a relentless cold wind in a bid to be crowned the 2018 champions of Red Bull Timelaps.
Billed as the world’s longest one-day road cycling race, each team of four riders competed in a relay format around the 6.6km closed circuit within the iconic Windsor Great Park.
As the temperature dropped overnight riders had to turn up the heat for the ‘Power Hour’ between 2am and 3am as the clocks went back where laps counted as double.
The local team made up of CCBreckland’s Adam Cross, Norwich rider Ed Scarrow and Matt Floyd and Tom Huband of UEA Tri Club, rode a very consistent race climbing from 38th place after the first hour to finish in 23rd overall with a total of 794km.
Returning champions, Team VeloElite U25 from Northamptonshire, retained their title after a tight battle with fellow club mates Team VeloElite RC and Team Walrus spearheaded by Team Katusha-Alpecin rider and multiple national time trial champion Alex Dowsett. Specialized Women’s team were the overall winners in the female race with the mixed race being won by The 5th Floor team.