20th May 2016
Written by Vicki Bunn
We were blessed with a fabulous Indian Summer for our inaugural 24 Hour event at Brands Hatch during the weekend of 19/20 September 2015.
The weekend kicked off, literally, with our Pasta Party on the Friday evening with the first match of the Rugby World Cup being shown on the screens during the evening. Ex-England captain Phil de Glanville enjoyed the evening meeting lots of the riders as they started their weekend.
On the Saturday morning the venue started to fill up and registration began. All riders received a goody bag containing a High5 water bottle and gels, MucOff cleaning products, Nutrifizz tablets, Reactiv bodycare samples along with various vouchers. The garages began to fill and the residents began to set up their areas with kit, spares, chairs and even massage tables and got to know their pit-mates - the camaraderie within the garages was one of the highlights of the weekend.
The Paddock slowly filled with vehicles dropping off their equipment along with RVs/campers/cars that had purchased weekend parking in the Paddock - thus keeping their kit (and beds/food) in close proximity.
After a Captain's briefing and an hour's track orientation the tension built towards the 3pm start of the race. Competitors lined the track (Pole Position holders taking the first grid) and sprinted to their bikes as the 5 red lights counted down to green and they were off!
For the next 24 hours riders battled their way around the undulating track - the sun set and 12 hours later it rose again. For night and day the garages were a hive of activity - riders snatching sleep, eating, maintaining their bikes. The pit lane was busy with relay handovers and riders gathered round their laptops in the garages keeping a close eye on their teams' progress with the live tracking.
Dan Jarvis kept everyone up to date with the event whilst circulating amongst the riders and commentating on the events on the track. From time to time he would acknowledge achievements amongst the riders - for showing sportsmanship, assisting other riders, riding for charity ... general 'Ass Saving' gestures - by handing out Revolve24 Ass Savers!
On Sunday morning all riders were treated to Up & Go energy drinks to get them up and at it for the remining chapters of the race. The massage team found themselves extremely busy with tired and sore riders from the early hours of Sunday morning onwards refreshing weary riders for the day ahead. At 9am the riders for the 6 hour race joined the track and brought with them fresh legs and new faces!
The chequered flag went down at 3pm and everyone could look back on their incredible achievements over the previous 24 hours, assisted by refreshments in the form of locally sourced Curious Apple opened with their momento in the shape of a Revolve24 bottle opener (made from recycled bike chains).
In our eyes all participants of the race were winners for their endurance, achievements, camaraderie and sportsmanship. However, it was duly fitting to acknowledge the ultimate effortts made by the winners of the many categories and our Prize Giving Ceremony took place on the track under the Revolve24 gantry.
Sensecore Racing team of 4 completed 213 laps to take home the Revolve24 trophy, some Chapel Down bubbly and a cheque for £500.
The Royal Signals Racing Team A were presented with a cheque for £250 for their 211 laps.
Parkinsons UK, another team of 4, took home £150 having completed 208 laps.
The Royal Signals Racing Team B completed 152 laps which earned them first place and £250.
Julian Rider won Ashmei Clothing (cycling top, shorts and shell jacket) for his 175 laps along with a bottle of Chapel Down bubbly and his Revolve24 Trophy.
Chris Hollis took home a bottle of Chapel Down bubbly for completing 152 laps.
David Stoyles completed 145 laps and also received a bottle of Chapel Down bubbly.
Alimpiada Cassidy completed 110 laps and was honoured with a Revolve24 limited edition Castelli cycling top along with a bottle of Chapel Down bubbly.
Lorena Jones completed 95 laps, followed by Claire Duncan who racked up 84 laps.
Ashmei Giros completed 207 laps and they took home MucOff cleaning kits.
The Leicester Fatboys were presented with Ashmei clothing for their 199 laps.
Sensecore Racing also took home some MucOff cleaning kits having completed 213 laps.
HH Racing finished on 175 laps and took home Ashmei clothing.
Niall Warne (riding for the 6 man team The Essex Boys and Girls) was presented with Wahoo Bike Computer sets (courtesy of Map My Tracks).
Laura Vipond (riding for The Locals 4 man team) also received Wahoo Bike Computer sets (courtesy of Map My Tracks).
Haydn James (4 man team Spokes of Bagshot) recorded an incredible time of 05:36:000 and took home a year's supply of True Start Coffee.
Laura Vipond also took this title with an amazing time of 06:27:633 and was rewarded with a year's supply of True Start Coffee.
Duo Alpe-Nuun-Sigma-Sport completed 53 laps to take home the Revolve24 trophy and a cheque for £125.
Darren Franks was presented with a cheque for £75 for his 46 laps.
Medway Masters, another duo, took home £25 having completed 46 laps.
Francine Hill can be proud of her 36 laps which earned her first place and a limited edition Revolve24 Castelli Cycling top.
This went to Cameron Fraser (of Alpe-Nuun-Sigma-Sport) for his time of 05:56:9 and he recieved Beet It energy juice.
Many of our riders were riding on behalf of various charities.
We had teams registered with Breast Cancer Care - the Angmerig team of 8 raised a staggering £3500 and 1664 (a team of 4) raised an amazing £2000. Also riding for Breast Cancer Care were teams Road Hogs (£585) and Fairplay, along with rider Jon Luck.
Soloists were also out there with a fundraising mission - Julian Rider raised over £1000 for his chosen charities of Orchid Ministries and Homestart, Chris Hollis was riding in aid of the RAF Wings Appeal (£435) and Dale Cowling raised £725 for the John Radcliff Hospital in Oxford as a thank you for saving his life after a road accident 15 year ago.
The Red Rockets team of 6 postmen and postwomen from across the UK were cycling for The Stroke Association and The Royal Mail matched them pound for pound - between them they raised a fantastic £5000.
We also had teams from Parkinsons UK and Cystic Fibrosis riding for their charities.
Well done to everyone for their efforts.
Here's what some of you had to say after the event:
Julian Rider, Winning Soloist: "Thank you for the best cycling experience of my life... Superbly professional and so friendly. It was simply perfect and you did yourself proud. I will spread the word that this is no ordinary cycling experience ... Quality, thank you."
Here’s what some of you had to say after the event:
Chris Hollis, Soloist: "I thought the event went really well, and the best memory I take from the weekend is the sense of camaraderie, friendship and support between so many different riders and teams, regardless of what event they were in and what time of day it was."
Ian Upham, Road.cc team of 6: "The atmosphere was brilliant. Such a variety of people. All lovelyl in their own way. Although it was clear that were all here for a competition, it was all done in good form, with the display of sportmanship from all the participants proving why the sport of cycling is one of the best there is."
Phil Brown, Sensecore Racing team of 4: "Well done to the R24 team - a great event, even if the course was a little tougher than we'd expected! Well organised, great concept and what luck with such stonking weather!"
Sheraz Rashid, Arrows team of 8: "Amazing event and we are already looking forward to coming back next year. Thank you for a brilliantly organised event and the fantastic service."
Robert Gaddie, Ashmei Giros team of 8: "On arrival the site is impressive. A very well considered layout with nothing left to chance. The site has every facility you could wish for. This mixed with event staff everywhere, ready to make the event work was very impressive from the word go.
A great visual 'le mans' start - kick started 24 hours of great fun. Forget flat. The course was anything but. The course has all sorts of tricks for the riders. Then factor in the night riding and fatigue and you have a very exciting 24 hour challenge. Team garages and plenty of friendly rivalry made for a thrilling game of tactics, team orders and in some cases collaborations and pacts.
All night food, clean fabulous facilites, masses of visible marshals, great event team plus cider to finish - what is not to like?"
Thank you! to all the participants for their sportsmanship, camaraderie, endurance and inspiration.
Thank you! to Recycles for tirelessly attending to any mechanical problems that they were presented with.
Thank you! to all the partners and sponsors for their generous prizes - Ashmei, MucOff, Chapel Down, Map My Tracks, True Start Coffee and Beet It.
Thank you! to Renault for providing two electric cars for us to use on the track when required.
We had two photographers in attendance at the event.
SportivePhoto who were photographing all the riders and you can search for your photos with your race number on the following site: SportivePhoto
Joolze Dymond was also photographing a documentary of the event for Revolve24 (see all the photos above!) and by popular demand has released a collection for viewing on her website (click on the four little squares in the bottom right hand corner to see the full collection): Joolze Dymond
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