One week after the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans won by the Toyota Gazoo Racing team and its GR010 Hybrid from the Conway / Kobayashi / López trio, a new 24 hour race will take place on the Bugatti circuit. After Hypercars, prototypes and GTs, it’s time for bikes. Nearly 2,400 cyclists will take on the challenge of the double clock tower during the 12th edition of the Shimano 24 Hours Cycling. The participants will take turns in teams of two, four, six or eight cyclists. The bravest will compete in the solo event. They will all face the Bugatti circuit, a course that covers 4.185 km and consists of a 600-meter climb of 3.5 to 7%.
Bernard Hinault, one of the greatest French champions with five Tour de France to his name, three Tour of Italy and two Tour of Spain, will start at 3pm. Other former professional riders like Sylvain Chavanel, Jérôme Coppel, Michel Laurent or Roger Legeay will be present.
Spectators will have free access to the Bugatti circuit through the north entrance (Luigi Chinetti square) from 8 a.m. on Saturday. As with the participants, access to the site is conditional on presentation of a valid health pass and compliance with the health protocol (wearing a mask is compulsory).
Bruno Vandestick, official announcer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will host a video system with regular broadcasts on the Facebook page of the 24 Heures Vélo Shimano.