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Pearl Izumi 24 Hours of Cycling Close to Selling Out

by Holly Blades

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You will have to be quick to get your bib and participate to the 10th edition of the PEARL iZUMi 24 Hours Cycling on the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans, on the 25th and 26th August 2018.

The organisation had announced in November: "Registrations will be limited to 520 teams, including a maximum of 100 singles and 50 pairs. Our objective is to control the attendance to guarantee the riders' comfort." By mid-April, 427 teams (2000 riders) were already registered, including 34 pairs and 61 singles. Thus, it is likely that the 93 bibs remaining will be taken by storm before the usual closing date of registrations, on the 22nd of July.

This trial regularly appears in the Top 10 of the most visited French cyclosportives. Beginners or confirmed sportsmen, the race is open to everyone who wants to discover the magic of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and of endurance! You will find all features which make the 24 Hours of Le Mans worldwide reputation: the Le Mans type start, the team races, the pitstops or the all night long ride on a unique, secured and fully lighted surrounding.

The staff members are determined to put on a great spread to celebrate this anniversary in a great deal of friendliness.The «Pasta Party» (Friday dinner) will be replaced by the 10 years Aperitif, which will precede a giant barbecue. Contestants will share a friendship drink before the weekend's rush.

Cyclosportive des 24 Heures Vélo PEARL iZUMi 2018 (24 Hours Cycling of Le Mans) from romain on Vimeo.

For once, the traditional before-race briefing will directly take place on the asphalt of the track. It will precede a gather round which might get together with more than 2000 people. Romain GASNAL (CGO Evénement) declared: "It's been awhile since the idea gets through our mind and our sponsor, Roger Legeay even suggested to do a lap on the big circuit (8miles). I hope the riders will be present because it promises great images and big smiles!"

The partners of this event will also attend just like Shimano France: "Partner since the first hour, this 2018 edition is specialfor us too" declared Philippe GUILLAUME (Marketing Manager) before adding: "anniversary means gifts, that is the reason why we formed a partnership with the 24 Hours Cycling of Le Mans to offer a collector jersey to all the participants! It will be revealed in the near future".

From an edition to another, celebrities from different fields are also present. Sandy CASAR, professional racing cyclist from 1999 to 2013 for the Française des Jeux team, will race for the National Police force, but without any result ambition. The objective is actually to support general management initiative which aims for developing team spirit. Now used to the event, the skier and pilot, Luc ALPHAND, is working on his team's composition "la Bande à Lucho", still formed by Red Bull athletes from different horizons. The riders Tony HUREL and Julien GUAY (Roadborn Team) complete the list which should grow in the next months.

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This article has been translated from French.

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