Parkour Ride is a brand new event that will pit different kinds of cyclists, from BMX riders to roadies, against one another in a race through London’s Tobacco Dock on 4 October.
Amateurs will take on cycling stars such as Tour de France stalwart David Millar, former world BMX champ Liam Phillips, European Trials MTB champion Danny Butler and 2013 FMB world champion Sam Pilgrim. Two athletes will face off at a time, buzzing through a specially designed 11-storey circuit that features jumps, pinch points and chicanes.
Organiser FACE Partnership says the obstacles will be strategically placed to super charge the racing and give the riders a risk and reward choice, to gain the edge over their opponent.
The event will also feature a full entertainment package with a dedicated music floor – through which the bike route shoots – led by the Red Bull Music Academy and food from Death By Burrito.
As well as viewing the action from the music floor, spectators will also be able to track riders on the Parkour Ride map while each rider will also be fitted with a Go-Pro camera.
Liam Phillips said: “This is what cycling is all about, head to head elimination racing and live entertainment. Having had a few trial spins around the course, it reminds me of watching the Monaco Grand Prix, if you’re one inch out, you’re out and down.”
James Pope, FACE Partnership MD, said: “The concept for Parkour Ride came from a desire to create something completely unique in cycling and unite different types of riders in a big melting pot of racing and entertainment. It’s not just a bike race but a festival, party and food feast!”