The Devil Takes the Hindmost is set to be one of the highlights of BikeRadar Live, with stars like Tour de France winner Stephen Roche, former England footballer Geoff Thomas and the all-women HotChillee Challenge Team taking part.
The circuit race kicks off at 2pm on Sunday, and the racing is set to be fast and furious as riders try to keep up with the pack. Because after an hour and fifteen minutes of racing, the last group each lap will be eliminated by the ‘devil’.
Roche 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.”
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.”
Other riders in the men’s category include 2009 Imperial Winter Series winner Jerone Walters, ex-cycling pro Chris Ball and Team GTF.
The new HotChillee Challenge Team will be hoping for a strong performance in the women’s race – especially as the event is sponsored by HotChillee, producers of the London-Paris 09 Cycle Tour.
The riders include Olympic bronze rowing medallist Elise Laverick, Emma Davies, a former professional cyclist who has competed at two Olympic Games, 19-year-old Alice Monger-Godfrey and London-Paris Cycle Tour 09 ride captains Rachel Przybylski and Peta McSharry.
The hotchillee challenge team: (l-r) alice monger-godfrey, tanja slater, nikki harris, penny krohn and emma davies: the hotchillee challenge team: (l-r) alice monger-godfrey, tanja slater, nikki harris, penny krohn and emma davies Hotchillee
The HotChillee Challenge Team, pictured during the Cape Argus in March
Team director Sven Thiele said: “Women’s cycling is booming in Britain and the HotChillee Challenge Team cyclists are great role models for women. Top-level competitive cycling is a growth sport for women and The Devil will be an inspiring and challenging event.”
The top riders in the men’s and women’s races will share a prize pot of £2,000. The winners will also win a weekend’s accommodation for two at Roche’s MarinaHotel on Villeneuve-LoubetBeach in Nice.
Entry to the Devil 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 Donington Park 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 CycleActive 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 supported by Pacific Outdoor Equipment (100km & 100 mile), MBUK night-time enduros (12hr & 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 MBUK, Cycling Plus, BikeRadar.com, What Mountain Bike, Cyclingnews.com and Procycling.