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 battled the course, their fatigue and the cold weather in a bid to be crowned the 2018 champions of Red Bull Timelaps.
200 teams, each made up of four riders pushed themselves to their physical and mental limits by tackling a 6.6km closed circuit for 25 punishing hours. Taking place within the iconic Windsor Great Park the event is billed as the world’s longest one-day road cycling race.
As the temperatures dropped overnight, there was extra emphasis on the time period between 2am and 3am when the clocks went back. Fittingly called the ‘Power Hour’, teams tactically kept riders fresh, and those on the course took full advantage of a new shortened course in which laps over the 60 minutes scored double points. The teams nominated their best rider to tackle the shorter course.
Team VeloElite U25 from Northamptonshire, who were overall winners in 2017 under the name Wellingborough Cycles, were once again crowned champions of Red Bull Timelaps. Specialized Women’s team were the overall winners in the female race. The mixed race was won by The 5th Floor team.
Also taking part was Team Katusha–Alpecin rider and time trial specialist Alex Dowsett who completed the fasted lap of 8:42:03. He said “It’s the hardest amount of fun you can have on a bike. It was a lot of fun, but really tough at times. This is more than just racing, the community, a whole other world of cycling that I don’t get to be a part of that often, so I’ve really enjoyed being down here.”