Tour de France winner confirmed for BikeRadar live

Stephen Roche to take on Devil Takes The Hindmost

Tour de France winner Stephen Roche will return to competitive cycling in Britain next month at BikeRadar Live.

Cyclists across the UK are being invited to race with him in The Devil Takes The Hindmost circuit race at Donington Park on Sunday, 31 May.

Roche, who won the Tour, the World Championship and the Giro d’Italia in 1987, said: “I’m really looking forward to getting back on the bike and taking part in a competitive race. The Devil Takes The Hindmost is a great opportunity for cyclists to experience a top-class race.”

Cyclists of all levels are being invited to line up with Roche and former England and CrystalPalace footballer (and keen cyclist) Geoff Thomas, who is also riding in the race. 

Thomas said: “I’ve ridden the Tour de France route a couple of times, so the chance to race against Stephen Roche, one of cycling’s great legends, is something I can’t miss. I think it’ll be a fantastic event.”

The top riders in the men’s and women’s races will share a prize pot of £2,000, and the winners will also win a weekend’s accommodation for two at Roche’s MarinaHotel on Villeneuve-LoubetBeach in Nice.

About the race

The Devil Takes The Hindmost is an elimination circuit race. Riders will set off in a staggered start, based on British Cycling race category or ability. After an hour’s riding, the ‘Devil’ will pick off the back-markers on the start/finish line of every lap.

The idea is for riders to keep up with the main pack to avoid being eliminated. But cyclists will have to keep enough energy in reserve for the sprint on the final lap which comes on the two-hour mark. 

This is a high octane race requiring skill, strength and endurance. Cyclists need to ride a strong tactical race to avoid being eliminated but they have to pace themselves for the sprint on the final lap.

'The Devil' is being staged by HotChillee, producers of the London-Paris 09 Cycle Tour, the professional event for amateurs. 

Entry costs £35 per person, which includes a weekend ticket for BikeRadar Live.

About BikeRadar Live

BikeRadar Live is the biggest ever mass-participation cycling event to hit the UK, and will take place on the weekend of 30–31 May 2009 at DoningtonPark in Leicestershire.

The weekend will be packed full of races and challenges, with something for everyone, whether you want to compete, watch your friends and family or just check out some of the world’s best riders.

Entry into any of the events gives you full access to the festival’s many attractions including spectacular all-weather stunt displays, invitational dirt jump and dual slalom comps, a cycling film festival, live big top entertainment and the Scott Sunset DJ Sessions. Test yourself against pro and celebrity riders in the Procycling Hot Laps, post a time in the Wattbike comp or take the kids along to the Islabikes Children's Skills School. A purpose-built bikes and accessories expo will give festival-goers the chance to ride the latest bikes from leading brands and grab show-only deals on bikes and accessories.

Events include the Cycling Plus Sportive in association with the Geoff Thomas Foundation (100km and 100 mile), Whyte Night night-time enduros (12hr and 4hr), MBUK Eliminator dual-slalom and the Devil Takes the Hindmost circuit race. Click here to sign up.

BikeRadar Live’s world-class facilities include on-site camping with a kids and family area, secure bike lock-up, showers, bike wash, workshop, picnic area, medical centre, viewing stands and food and drink market.

BikeRadar Live is brought to you by Future, the makers of Mountain Biking UK, Cycling Plus, BikeRadar.com, What Mountain Bike, Cyclingnews.com and Procycling. For more details, go to the BikeRadar Live website.

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