Words: Lou Boyd Diary: Lorena Jones
What did you do with your extra hour when the clocks went back at 1am in October last year? Most of us were probably dancing the night away at a Halloween bash, or tucked up in bed enjoying the extra little bit of snoozing. For all the people who entered the behemoth bike race Red Bull Timelaps in Windsor Park however, this hour was just another chance to rack up their racing points and put power to pedal to cycle through the night.
Starting on midday on Saturday 28 October and finishing at noon the following day, this event saw 150 teams of four riders take on a 6.6 kilometre closed circuit inside the park in the shadow of Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Timelaps is not your usual cycling event. Lasting 25 hours, it tests competing teams on endurance, strategy and determination, as one person from each team must be riding at all times for the entire event, with the team who completes the most laps taking home the winning spot and race trophy.
After finding out about this crazy race, we decided that we had to give it a go, so we sent Lorena Jones with a team of four to Windsor Park, to see if they could survive 25 hours of straight cycling without passing out from exhaustion or losing their minds. This is how they did…