Record breaking around the world cyclist Mark Beaumont launched Scotland’s first ever 24-hour cycling endurance track event, to raise funds for leading learning disability charity, ENABLE Scotland. The race will take place on 5 and 6 October at Knockhill Racing Circuit and cyclists will come together in an attempt to cycle the world in 24 hours – by covering the 18, 296 mile distance cycled by Mark when he made his world record. Mark got on his bike at Knockhill today and clocked up a few trial laps.
This is the ultimate cycling challenge of the year, which will see teams of four and solo riders race day and night around the 1.3 mile circuit. The team and soloist with the most laps covered in 24 hours will win the coveted title and secure an invitation to be one of the first to cycle the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome when it opens this autumn. Top fundraisers will also win the chance to cycle the Velodrome. Speaking about launching the event, Mark Beaumont said: “This is a completely unique and brilliant challenge – cyclists to become ‘Le Mans’ style circuit racers for 24 hours. I love such imaginative physical and psychological two wheeled challenges! I am certainly excited to be launching one of Scotland’s most extreme cycling challenges, especially as it is raising the profile and essential funds for ENABLE Scotland, a fantastic Scottish charity.”
ENABLE Scotland’s Assistant Director of Funding, Hazel Mcilwraith believes this will become an annual event which will attract cyclists from Scotland and beyond saying: “This is the ultimate cycling challenge for individual riders and teams. As well as embarking on an incredible personal challenge riders will also be doing something amazing for ENABLE Scotland – helping us continue supporting people who have a learning disability and campaigning to ensure every child, young person and adult is given every opportunity to make the most of life. I think people will see this as their one big challenge of the year and it will attract people from all walks of life.”
Knockhill Events Director said “We are thrilled to be hosting such a unique event. I know loads of friends who take part in established events such as the Etape Calidonia or go for 40 – 50 mile rides at weekends and already there is a buzz amongst those who know about the event. I am sure Enable will have big interest in the event.”
Throughout the event cyclists will have access to the Cycle the World rider village which will include camping facilities, 24-hour food, first aid and mechanical support.
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