Ride24 has become the first UK track event to gain Race Across America (RAAM) qualifier status for solo riders looking to prove they are good enough to take on the ultra-endurance cycling race.
Organised annually by children’s charity Action Medical Research and operated under British Cycling technical regulations, Ride24 is the UK’s only 24-hour cycling endurance track event. This year’s ride takes place at Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit in Sussex on June 18th and 19th and is still open for final registrations. (fee of £299 plus commitment to fundraising required).
Based around who can travel the furthest distance in 24 hours, Ride24 is open to both teams and solo athletes with winners in each of the followign categories: four-man team, six-man team, mixed-sex team, all-female team, veterans and solo rider.
Ex-cycling Olypian Chris Boardman will attend the UK event.
Raam’s Race Director, Fred Boethling said: “We are delighted to include Ride24 as a UK qualifying event for Race Across America. Riding for 24 hours non-stop should give solo participants a very small idea of what they will need to put themselves through should they brave the 3,000 mile challenge of RAAM.”
The winning Ride24 four-man team will secure themselves a free place in the French 24 Heures Velo event at the legendary Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans, and Swiss watchmaker Roamer will present a watch to the rider who completes the fastest lap.