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Manchester Velodrome Set to Host Inaugural 'Le Manc 24 Hours' Event

by Nick Gregory

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A mixture of 16 corporate, cycling club and charity teams will take to the boards of the World famous Manchester Velodrome for a 24 hour challenge on the weekend of November 8 & 9, with the team that covers the greatest distance being crowned inaugural Le Manc 24 Champions. 

"Le Manc 24 Hours" is a unique event which will have the buzz and excitement of its French namesake, but indoors on the cycling track.  The pressure will be on to complete as many laps of the 250 meter track as possible, cycling through the night to fulfil the challenge. 

With the recent boom in cycling participation and the continuation of the Olympic legacy, this is an exclusive opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement of velodrome riding, on the same track that in recent years the likes of Sir Chris Hoy MBE, Dame Sarah Storey DBE and Joanna Rowsell MBE have trained on the way to collecting multiple Olympic and Commonwealth gold medals. 

Le Manc 24 Ambassador, Dame Sarah Storey DBE said: "Don't miss out on this unique challenge to spend 24 hours clocking up as much distance as possible alongside your team. The Manchester Velodrome is an iconic venue and this event will provide participants with another chance to create history inside a building that has already seen so many records established and broken." 

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Riding as a team, participants can share this amazing experience between a maximum of 6 riders, with each expecting to complete at least 3 hours in the saddle. Team strategy will certainly be crucial as well as the need for physical strength and endurance.

  • Racing starts at 12 Noon on Saturday 8th November
  • The chequered flag drops at 12 Noon on Sunday 9th November
  • 16 teams maximum, with a maximum of 6 riders per team, with only one rider from each team on the track at any one point
  • Open to teams that consist of both male and female riders

Included in each team entry are many of the elements that professional velodrome riders will be accustomed to. The use of a track bike, helmet and track bike shoes enables cyclists to come to the venue and perform with the exact equipment needed for a great experience along with mechanical support, and chip timing for the all important distance recoding and speed data. 

The Le Manc 24 event adds to the ever growing portfolio of the UK's leading independent sports tour operator, Sports Tours International.  Event Director Brendan Fox said: "The charity runner is becoming a charity cyclist and needs bigger, better and more unique challenges to assist with much needed fundraising for good causes.  Le Manc 24 is unique and a major challenge". 

For more information visit www.sportstoursinternational.co.uk/cycling/lemanc24