Red Bull Timelaps is a very unique event. 'The longest one day race in the world' at 25 hours, Windsor Great Park becomes a veritable cycling festival for the end of daylight savings time. The mad, bad and dangerous to know of the London cycling scene gather to punish themselves on the one day that everyone else in the country is 'enjoying the extra hour in bed'. Anyone who says cyclists aren't crazy need only head to Windsor when the clocks go back!
One Dirty Wknd team took part in the inaugural Red Bull Timelaps last year, and they actually did pretty well. Our team of 4 - Patrick, David, Fraser and Jake - finished in around 12th and had an absolute blast. Fast forward 12 months, and we were again pulling up to Liz's backyard at 7am. This time with fives teams instead of one! That's 20 members who had answered the call, apparently not put off by tales of last year's sleep deprivation. We had 5 gazebos, at least 8 tents (one got used) 15 track pumps, 3 turbos, 2 camp stoves, 32 tubs of pasta, 407 Clif Bars and about 3.5 kilos of chamois cream. We also had a videographer (Adam) and a photographer (Patrick). Pro conti teams probably have less kit for a week long stage race!