Revolve24 is a weekend of racing that incorporates a selection of distance challenges. You can opt to ride 24, 12, or 6 hours around the three mile long circuit – either as part of a team or solo.
Of course – you’d have to be crazy to cycle for 24 hours around a motor circuit that is just shy of 3 miles in length right? But to do it twice…?
Contributor Lorena Jones did exactly that. Here she explains why she took on the 24 hour time trial at Brands Hatch for a second time, and passes on some gems of wisdom that she picked up over her day-and-night-long-cycle ride.
Preparation is key
It’s obvious right, it goes without saying? Well it would be to most people, but despite having planned to do this event again following my first attempt a year ago (and training for the best part of six months) my place wasn’t actually confirmed until the evening before. Whilst I would never suggest wandering around a supermarket filling a trolley with anything that seemed to vaguely resemble a high energy product at 9pm the night before, this is exactly what I was doing.
Plan how you’ll get there
— Lorena Jones (@Lorenita_jones) September 10, 2016
There is no easy way to get to Brands Hatch without a car, especially if National Rail have anything to do with it. Not to mention getting back – a rather more sleepy version of the person you were 24hours before. And so, with their ‘occasional’ cancellation and ‘late running of this train’ National Rail sent me on somewhat of a wild goose chase across London in the opposite direction to Brands Hatch along with my bike, an array of kit to suit all potential weather situations, and a bag stuffed with enough food to feed a small family for a week.
We were off to a good start!
Apparently there’s nothing quite like sharing a drafty pit garage [the space where riders resting/waiting for team mates/etc chill out] for 24 hours to make or break a friendship. And whilst I have heard many stories of the former, thankfully I haven’t heard of any breaking thus far. This and last year I turned up alone and within minutes I had a number of offers to share a pit – the comradery of Revolve24 is exceptional, and somewhat unforgettable, especially when you take into account the variety of team formats.
To help you make friends, Revolve24 have teamed up with Map my Tracks to let the ‘bants’ flow much before the event actually begins. Riders log their rides and aim to move up the leaderboard before the event. You can comment and chat (a bit like Strava, but a special version for Revolve24 riders).
You need good lights
— Lorena Jones (@Lorenita_jones) September 11, 2016
OK so this is one area I didn’t screw up. Having used Exposure lights the first year, there was no way I was changing my tactics here. Set up with my Exposure Strada 1200 light on the front and a Blaze to the back, I had enough juice to light up a London borough – I was good to go. And for those that weren’t quite as lights savvy in advance of Revolve24, Exposure were on hand through the night with lights avail to buy or borrow to make sure no-one fell short. As a sponsor to the event they also dished out some fantastic prizes to the lucky category winners.