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It is time to have a look at the 2017 cyclosportive calendar and chose your objectives. If you are available on the 26th and 27th August, be informed that 24 Hours Cycling of Le Mans registrations have just opened. Each year, this cyclosportive gathers more than 2,000 contestants came for a day and night ride. Riders will enjoy the new covering as the Bugatti circuit is currently renovating.

Already 9 years that the 24 Hours Cycling exists on the famous Le Mans circuit. At the beginning, only a handful of people believed in this harebrained idea of CGO Événement. The head manager of Shimano France, André Ghestem, is one of them: “Our parent company already organized a cycling event on the Suzuka circuit in Japan and no equivalent existed in France. What we liked: an atypical race in relay by team, a worldwide known circuit and a great diversity of profiles who rubs shoulders in conviviality.” It is true that riding lap after lap on a 2.6 miles long circuit during 24 hours can surprise, especially when one is used to long road rides.

Philippe Guillaume, Shimano France marketing manager, distributor of the Pearl Izumi brand (www.pearlizumi.com) continues: "Through Pearl Izumi, a leading and innovating brand of cycling equipment, we are renewing our involvement with the 24 Hours Cycling of Le Mans".

Despite the length of the race, the Pearl Izumi 24 Hours Cycling of Le Mans are open to all as the relay management is free. New in 2017, it will be possible to rent a trackside pit lounge above the pit to receive visitors or allow riders to rest and have lunch between two relays.

REGISTRATION on www.24heuresvelo.fr/en with special rate until 28th February.

 

Just like the 5th stage of the Tour de France 2017, Les 3 Ballons, one of Europe’s most renowned cyclo sportive events, will finish on the infamous climb of La Planche des Belles Filles, thus making a comeback. The start will take place in Luxeuil-les-Bains.

The Granfondo Les 3 Ballons offers a course of 211km in the “Vosges du Sud”, which will include the following climbs: Ballon de Servance, Col d’Oderen, Le Markstein, Grand Ballon, Ballon d’Alsace and of course La Planche des Belles Filles. Combined, these make up a total of 4.500 altimeters.

The programme also features a “Medio Fondo” of a distance of 120km, which includes 2.200 altimeters. The organisation will provide sufficient shuttles with bike transport between Luxeuil-les-Bains and Champagney and vice versa.

 

The Tour of Flanders is the race of the Flemish cycling season. It is for World Champion Peter Sagan, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet and other top riders, but also for those who ride themselves! The Tour of Flanders will start in Antwerp and a fourth distance has been added.

Saturday 1 April 2017 will once again be a cycling festival to look forward to! One day before the pros, thousands of amateur cyclists will ride "their" Tour of Flanders. Suffer on the steep hills and cobbled roads, enjoy the picturesque, winding roads through the Flemish countryside and take in the incomparable atmosphere during "Flanders 'Most Beautiful'.

Antwerp new start - extra distance is added

Newly added to this edition is a fourth distance of 180 km which ensures each participant has a course tailored to his or her needs. Those taking part can choose from four different distances with the two longest courses (180 km and 230 km) departing from Antwerp, just like the pros, while the two shorter courses (75 km and 130 km) depart from Oudenaarde.

For the participants departing from Antwerp, the start on the Grote Markt will be followed by a new run-up part along seven cities and towns of the Tour of Flanders (Sint-Niklaas, Hamme-Zogge, Berlare, Aalst, Erpe-Mere, Herzele and Zottegem) in the direction of the Flemish Ardennes and its legendary hills. Besides the well-known hills such as the Oude Kwaremont - Paterberg, the Wall of Geraardsbergen has once again been included in the course.

The internationalization of the Tour of Flanders Cyclo has long been an established fact, which was proven last year since for the first time, the Tour included more foreign riders than Belgians. Everyone wants to ride in the tracks of the area "Flanders", especially those coming from the Anglo-Saxon countries and Scandinavia as there has been an increasing interest in this Flemish race. Following this, the Tour of Flanders Cyclo has now been given the subtitle "We Ride Flanders" in its communication.

Registrations opened today, 1 November

As previously, in 2017 public authorities request the organisation to ensure the safety and comfort on the course which can be achieved by limiting the participants number to 16,000. Therefore, it is very important to sign up quickly if you want to be sure of your race number.

Signing up is possible as of now, Tuesday 1 November, on www.werideflanders.com.

 


The countdown has begun: the 9th edition of the Shimano 24 Hours Cycling of Le Mans will be held on 26th

and 27th August, 2017 on the legendary Le Mans track. The organizer (CGO ÉVÉNEMENT) just revealed the

official poster.

Since 2009, one comes from far to ride the largest number of laps in 24 hours and to live the unique

experience of a relay by night on the Bugatti circuit. Open to all in teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8 people, and even as a

solo rider, more than 2000 riders get together every year on this exceptional covering.

Registrations will open next 22nd November on www.24heuresvelo.fr.

- 2016 Le Mans Shimano 24 Hours Cycling: 2141 riders registered (476 teams)

- Foreign countries represented in 2016 : Australia, Belgium, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, United States, Denmark, Spain, Great Britain,

Greece, Italia, Netherlands, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

- La Matinale Le Maine Libre: 1500 participants - 1 hour ride on the circuit (from 12 h00 to 1 h00 am) – Registration on the spot : 10€.

- Le Grand Prix Bugatti: 180 participants – FFC 2 hours race (9 H 45 – 11 H 45).

- Bugatti Circuit: 4185 meters - Uphill: 600 meters from 3, 5 % à 7 % - Downhill: 1000 meters on 2 %.

- Visitors: Free Admission to the venue – Access to the Village and « spectators zone » alongside the racetrack.

  • Informations: www.24heuresvelo.fr


The UCI Gran Fondo World Series, the UCI’s masters and amateur mass participation series, will grow considerably in 2017 with 19 qualifier events. The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships will take place in Albi, in the south of France.

Two events have already taken place in the past few months, starting with the Poznan Bike Challenge (Poland) which attracted 6500 starters and Amy’s Gran Fondo (Australia) with 5500 participants. Both events scored a new participation record.

Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge is a new qualifier in the series. Last year, the biggest cycling for all event in the Middle East attracted some 2000 participants to the iconic city of Dubai. The event will be held mid-December.

Tour de Bintan is the second new event and takes place on the exotic island of Indonesia, which is easy accessible from Singapore. This event is a perfect example of one of the goals of the series: to combine cycling and tourism. Riders have a chance to participate in a high quality cycling event and at the same time benefit from the region’s touristic offers.

Cyprus Granfondo is an existing stage race that becomes part of the UCI series. It will be a chance for European riders to qualify early in the season in good weather conditions with flat but also hilly courses.

Blayney to Bathurst (B2B) Cyclo Sportif Challenge is the new qualifier in Australia. The event near Sydney gives the Aussies another chance to represent their country at the Worlds. Australia has been the most successful country in number of participants in the World Championships over the past 6 years.

The Tour of Ayrshire, in Scotland, is the fifth new event. After a very successful Tour of Cambridgeshire in the past two years, the same organisers decided to export their concept to a second UK event near Glasgow.

When Fränk Schleck decided to retire from professional cycling a few weeks ago, one of his goals was to set up a mass participation event on his training routes to show people the beauty of the region where he prepared his Tour successes. Schleck Granfondo is the perfect opportunity for riders from central western Europe to qualify for the Albi Worlds.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Series is also happy to announce a new US event with the Cheaha Challenge Granfondo in Jacksonville, Alabama. The century ride (100 miles) takes riders two times over the Cheaha Mountain.

Tour de Campeche in Mexico is the last new event in the series: a flat race with a time trial and road race in the touristic Yucatan region, the safest place in Mexico.

Other classical venues remain in the series: Forrest Grape Ride, Rhodes Gran Fondo Tour, L’Albigeoise, Tour of Cambridgeshire, Maraton Franja, Grey County Road Race, Niseko Classic, La Leggendaria Charly Gaul and Gran Fondo Denmark are all proven high quality events.

The UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France, will take place from August24 to 27, with a 22km time trial and a 146 or 94km Gran Fondo on undulating roads, a typical classical course for strong riders.

The Poznan Bike Challenge and Amy’s Gran Fondo next September will be the first qualifying events for the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. Poznan has been awarded the organisation of the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in 2019.

UCI Gran Fondo World Series

 

Four stages, each of them with a different flavour to enjoy the best taste of MTB enduro

With great pleasure and a bit of emotion Superenduro announces the 2016 racing calendar. The choice between the different candidates has not been easy and the staff had to take their time to personally visit the locations that stepped forward and to carefully select the four destinations where to take the riders for the approaching racing year!

Four dates to write down on next season's agenda, in four different Italian regions: Tuscany, Liguria, Trentino Alto Adige and Lombardy.

The Series kick-off is going to happen very early in the season: on the 20th March MASSA MARITTIMA will start the 2016 ball rolling. While much of Italy will still be struggling with winter and cold, our Superenduro-ers will be blessed with the first spring warmth in the woods of holm oaks and cork trees on the rolling hills of Tuscany, guests of the wonderful Resort Massa Vecchia and of The Trail Brothers guys.

The riders will compete on some of the most twisty and flowing trails around: definitely the right way to start the season, to help loosen the joints up, pedalling along the fantastic Transfers across the Maremma countryside... and to skyrocket their riding mojo.

For this round the trick is to let the bike go, keeping the right pace during the Special Stages and never losing the momentum! #carrythespeed

For the second round, the Series heads towards Liguria and the coast, where the trails swoop down into the Mediterranean sea and become more technical and tough. The 8th May will be VARAZZE time.

Vaze Free Time, with the project Varazze Outdoor, have prepared a varied selection of racetracks, with surface and conditions that change a lot with the elevation. From the beech and chestnut woods the race will take the riders to the rocky and loose lines within the Mediterranean scrub: a sure rush of adrenaline.

At this round, line choice and riding skills will be key. #fullgas

With the arrival of the summer Superenduro will move into the mountains, to the Dolomites peaks of Trentino Alto Adige, together with the Fassa Bike guys. A breathtaking panorama will be the perfect backdrop for the round of CANAZEI on the 26th June.

There, even the most competitive racers, at least for a few moments, will turn into the perfect tourists who marvel and can't help but admire what mother nature has given us and, most of all, where the mountain-bike can take them for a race.

Race-tape along pristine trails, single-tracks across high-elevation meadows, larches and roots' undergrowth : welcome to the mountains! #enjoyenduro

From the Dolomites passes the Series will gain ever more altitude the 31st July, reaching the summits of the Ortles Cevedale National Park at about 9800 feet (3000 metres) of elevation. The elevation differences around SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA will close the Series and will crown the 2016 Superenduro champions.

As for the previous round, also at Santa Caterina Valfurva in Alta Valtellina, the chairlift will be used in combination with more traditional pedalling Transfers. The goal is to take the race at the top, the very top, where the glaciers retreated over the past few decades and where now the streams spring in between rock boulders as big as houses.

Altitude, elevation differences and endurance are what in these conditions is going to be critical. But you are at the end of the season, so you should be fit enough, right ? #stayfocused

The new web-page will soon be online with the complete info about rules, format changes, registration, and much more.

Superenduro is awaiting all of you at the 2016 edition of the Series. A circuit that we love to think is going to be as a journey through the emotions, the environments and the main ingredients that make the enduro discipline so special.

What do you think?

SUPERENDURO 2016 CALENDAR

MASSA MARITTIMA (GR) TUSCANY | 20TH MARCH

VARAZZE (SV) LIGURIA | 8TH MAY

CANAZEI (TN) TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE | 26TH JUNE

SANTA CATERINA VALFURVA (SO) LOMBARDY | 31ST JULY

 


2016 Registration is open since December 16th on the brand new website www.24heuresvelo.fr. To celebrate this occasion the organisers have decided to propose « Christmas special rates » for any registration made before January 4th, 2016.

Winter is coming and you are trying to figure out your competition calendar for the season to come. If you do not have anything planned on August 20th, 2016 at night and feel like experiencing a real-life adventure, or even riding by day and night on a legendary track in relay by team or solo, the Le Mans Shimano 24 Hours Cycling are made for you.

The 8th edition of this atypical cyclosportive event will be held on August 20th and 21st, 2016 on the French Le Mans circuit. The organisers (CGO) have received confirmation from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest management office.

Most of the 2000 riders attending the event each year participate in teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8 people but there are still a handful of hardliners ready to ride around the clock on their own. Everyone can choose the category which fits them the most according to their profile and the time their willing to spend riding. This challenge is accessible to all despite of the length, keep in mind that you can always stop by the pits after each lap to hand on to one of your teammates.

 


Save the date: Le Mans Shimano 24 Hours Cycling 8th edition will be held on August 20th and 21st, 2016. The organisers (CGO) have received confirmation from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest management office.

5 000 riders and staff members coming from all parts of France and around 15 different foreign countries are expected to take part in this atypical cyclosportive event. They will ride through the night to do as many laps as they can during the 24 hours race in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

You can ride solo or by teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8 people by relay, this cyclosportive is accessible to everyone according to the chosen category. For those who are willing to discover the incredible atmosphere of a great endurance-race on the famous circuit of Le Mans, registration will start by the beginning of December on www.24heuresvelo.fr.

- 2015 Le Mans Shimano 24 Hours Cycling : 3 500 registered riders and staff members (441 teams).

- Represented countries: Germany, Belgium, Denmark, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela.

- La Matinale Le Maine Libre: 1300 participants – 1 hour ride on the circuit (from 12 h30 to 1 h30) – Registration on the spot : 10€.

- Le Grand Prix Bugatti: 200 participants – FFC 2 hours race (9 H 45 – 11 H 45).

- Bugatti Circuit: 4185 meters – Uphill: 600 meters from 3, 5 % à 7 % - Downhill: 1000 meters on 2 %.

- Visitors: Free Admission to the venue – Access to the Village and « spectators zone » alongside the racetrack.

Photo Credits: Yoann Pasquier

 


At the departure of this Le Mans Shimano 24 Hours Cycling 7th edition, 1966 riders divided in 441 teams will rush on the Bugatti circuit, next 22 & 23 of August. Experienced bikers or not, all are getting ready to get on stage for an unusual ballet which is going to bring them through the Le Mans’ night.

Luc Alphand, former skier, racing driver and skipper, winner of the 2006 Paris-Dakar race and former pilot of the Le Mans 24 Hours will start the race on Saturday at 3 p.m.. Within Team Lucho, he will also saddle up to ride on the asphalt of the Bugatti race track beside other champions: Matthias Dandois (4 time “flat” BMX world champion), Pierre Vaultier (Olympic champion at Sotchi in Snowboardcross), Johnny Aubert (twice enduro motocross world champion), Milko Potisek (MX3 enduro vice world champion) and Richard Permin (freestyle skier).

Laurent Aïello and Yvan Muller will complete the list of Le Mans 24 Hours former pilots. Roger

Legeay and Thierry Marie, faithful since the first edition, will also be present.

At the head of the race, keep an eye on the PAYNAME team, winner of the 2014 general ranking. This team will be led by Antoine Besson, current Sarthe cyclist champion. Some others will probably animate the race, among which S1NEO Team Connect of Kilian Patour, Junior French road champion in 2000 and Espoir French road champion in 2003, and professional from 2005 to 2009 with two seasons in Crédit Agricole Team.

For non-competitors and families, do not miss “La Matinale Le Maine Libre” (morning event). More than 1500 people are expected to discover the Bugatti circuit during this one hour ride. This cyclo-tourist gathering is open to everyone with every kind of bike. The access is free for accompanied children under 10.

Spectators will have free accesses to the venue and to their own dedicated areas alongside the track. Animations will also be proposed in the Village: musicians, funny bikes tests, old bikes exhibitions, sports chiropodists, postural studies or cryotherapy care to favor recovery between relays. Novelty of 2015, freestyle BMX initiations and demonstrations will be proposed thanks to a giant airbag. All the ingredients are gathered for you to have a great day with your family.

Speaking of friendliness, riders and their companions will be able to gather at the “Pasta Party” of Friday evening. A moment of exchanges and sharing the day before the race start, a musician will come to set the mood. More than 200 people already answered positively to this new event proposed by organizers.

2015 Shimano 24 Hours Cycling:

- 2015: 1966 riders registered (441 teams)

- Teams by categories: 70 Solos (7 Women), 42 Duos (11 Mixes), 119 teams of 4 riders, 169 teams of 6 (21 Mixes and 5 Women) and 40 teams de 8 (2 Women and 11 Mixes), that to say 134 femmes.

- 39 foreign teams (176 riders): Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Great-Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela

- Circuit Bugatti: 4185 meters - Uphill: 600 meters from 3.5 % to 7 % - Downhill: 1000 meters at 2 %

- Grand Prix Bugatti: Info and registration on www.24heuresvelo.fr - Duration 2 hours (9H45 to 11H45)

- French Cycling Journalist Championship: During the Grand Prix Bugatti. Info on UJSF

- La Matinale Le Maine Libre (morning event): 1 Hour ride on the circuit from 12h30 to 13h30 on Saturday – Registration on site: 10 €

- Visitors: Access to the circuit by the principal entry « circuit des 24 Heures » - Free entry and parking at disposal