Red Bull Timelaps Returns With A Live In-Person Event

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Like many cycling events, Red Bull’s Timelaps race went virtual in 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. And also like many events, the organisers are choosing to retain a virtual option for 2021 even as the live event returns.

In fact, the race has added even more ways to take part this year, offering people the chance to ride live at either an outdoor or indoor venue, or do so virtually by uploading their activities on Strava.

Wherever and however you choose to take part, the Red Bull Timelaps race involves logging as much distance as you can in 25 hours. The event always takes place on the
weekend in autumn when the clocks go back, and to mark that moment there is a “Power Hour” that starts when 2am becomes 1am again, where the distance you ride in that 60 minutes is doubled.

The race is traditionally a team event for groups of four, with one person riding while the others rest. This year sees the introduction of a solo category for those who want to see how much distance they can log by themselves.

The race is divided into several categories – Male, Female, Mixed and Under 25s – with separate leaderboards. Virtual riders log their distance on Strava and have their own leaderboard too, which will update live so you can track how you’re doing against the completion.

The outdoor in-person event takes place at Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester, West Sussex, while the indoor one will be at Red Bull Studios in London.

However you plan to ride, taking part in Red Bull Timelaps 2021 is free. Start the registration process by linking your Strava account, then select how you want to get involved. If you plan to join an in-person ride it’s worth moving fast because places are limited.

Red Bull is currently hosting a challenge on Strava to help riders prepare for the event. The challenge, set by Red Bull cyclist Tom Pidcock, involves riding 50km between 26th and 27th June. Anyone who completes the challenge goes into a draw for prizes including bike parts and, of course, a year’s supply of Red Bull, while the person who rides the furthest in that 48-hour period will win a jersey signed by Pidcock.

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Nick Harris-Fry
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Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.