Cycling fans will be given the chance to ride six of the most iconic motor circuits in the world - from their own home, as the 24-hour event goes virtual.
SBS Cycling Central

12 Nov 2020 - 12:56 PM 

After the cancellation of Revolve24 Australia due to COVID-19, the orgnisers created Virtual Revolve24 (vR24). 

There will be three challenges to choose from - 24 hour, 12 Tracks or 6 Tracks with cyclists being able to ride as a soloist or, uniquely, in relay teams of two or four.

David Fell, the director of vR24 said the event would allow cycling fans to be connected. 

“This virus has taken so much from so many but at the end of the day we will always have cycling and can be virtually connected,” Fell said.

The six circuits are Nürburgring in Germany, the GP circuit in Monaco, the F1 circuit of Silverstone, Laguna Seca in California, The Bend Motorsport Park in Australia and Brands Hatch in the UK. 

Bend Motorsport Park and Brands Hatch have been filmed especially for vR24.

The solo 24hr Challenge in vR24 is a Race Across America qualifier.

Whatever goal, the challenge is to ride as far as you can in 24hrs with the full course being just under 900km with 12.5km of elevation gain.

The 12 Track and 6 Track Challenge can be started at any time during the 24hr event period.

Riders will need to leave themselves enough time to finish the course as these two challenges are ‘how fast can you ride the course’.

The 12 Track course is 320km long with the 6 Track being half that distance.

There will be live leader boards and in-App track maps so that riders will always be able to see where they stand against the other riders.

“We are really excited to have riders already registered to participate from all over the world to virtually meet up as part of vR24 with 14 countries represented to date. We have riders entered, from the US, Canada, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Slovenia, India, Australia and New Zealand. This is like our very own virtual Grand Tour!" Fell said. 

“It’s great to have Australian cycling icon Rupert Guinness taking part in the 24hr solo - fresh after his epic ride in vRAAM where he completed 3,357km in 15 days - he is aiming to beat his best distance of 584km achieved in the real life Revolve24 24hr. The man is a machine, so focused and committed to his personal goals, something we can all learn from."

Meanwhile, four of the InternationElles are looking forward to coming together virtually to race in Revolve24. The four-woman team for Revolve24 are from UK, USA and Australia.

Despite the challenges of 2020, the team have still managed to push hard for equality and boost women's cycling.

Each rider has Everested and the team completed the full distance of the Tour de France in less than 100 hours during a turbo relay challenge.

vR24 also offers free coached rides in the lead up to the main event. Global cycling coaching company, Spokes, will be leading twice-weekly rides.

Spokes will offer advice on the best way to ride each racetrack as well as ‘top tips’ on nutrition, mental preparation, kit and all other aspects that riders will need to know in order to be ready.

Riders are being encouraged to use this platform to raise funds for their charity of choice.

Virtual Revolve24 will be held 21 - 22 November 2020 and you can register here

Registrations close on 14 November at 11am (AEDT).