Le Mans 2017 – Let’s ride

Le Mans 2017 -Shimano 24 Heure Velo

Le Mans 2017

Upon scanning the event calendars for the upcoming cycling events, which are taking place between July 1 to September 30 2016, it was with great excitement that we came across the cycling of the 8th edition (yes – 8th!) of the Le Mans Shimano 24 hour cycling event. Our immediate reaction was that if it’s just like the motor race, but on bicycles – it’s brilliant!

If you are one for a challenge, in other words, you like long-distance, long-hours in the saddle, something unique and something which would be a great story to tell at many a social occasion, then this is an event that you should consider. Just imagine for a second: sowing the seed among your friends on a Saturday morning cycle, watching it germinate into a plan for 2017. And then, add some logistics, an airline ticket or two, a race entry, some training and next August you could be boarding a flight to Le Mans 2017.

Some of the important details

A quick scan of the www.24heuresvelo.fr website and you are quickly made aware that entries open in December, and an early bird offer is available until the end of February. You can cycle solo, as a duo or as a 4-, 6- or 8-man team (just enough options to get others involved). It also appears that you can adopt a social or serious approach, which perhaps suits you and your team-mates. Early bird entries to the 2016 Le Mans Shimano 24 hour cycling event range from €275, for a solo entry to €880, for the eight man team. 

So many good reasons

Besides the offer of taking your family on a holiday, or leaving them behind (as you wish?) – the Le Mans race experience offers a great challenge to keen cyclists, in a unique setting.  The 2015 Le Mans cycling event video provides a teaser for your next step on this journey- take a look.

Below we list more great reasons to consider this adventure:

  • The circuit of Le Mans – need we say more – feel like a motor racing driver on your bicycle

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  • A variety of routes – a hilly and technical route
  • Over 4000 other cyclists – there are already 4066 entrants to the 2016 event

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  • Multi-national participants – meet fellow cyclists from around the world
  • Accommodation in a tented resort for the duration of the event

and I am sure bragging rights and stories for a long time to come will round off the many good reasons to complete the 2017 Le Mans Shimano 24 hour cycling event.

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