Can I take part in the 24 hours 2 Le Mans?

Yes! As long as you’re over 18 years of age and can meet the conditions of the challenge in terms of cycling, we’d love to hear from you. If you’re over 65 years of age we’ll need a medical form signed by your doctor. The most important traits you can bring are a love of adventure and a sense of humour!

Do I join the 24 hours 2 Le Mans as an individual or a team?

The route has been split into nine legs of roughly equal distance. It’ll be completed by cyclists riding in relay teams of three, so each cyclist on each team will ride three legs. You’re welcome to enter as an individual and we’ll put you in a team. You can enter as a ready-made team of three. Or you can enter as a larger group and we’ll split you into teams.

How fit do I need to be?

This challenge will undoubtedly be…challenging! You’ll need to be a reasonably competent cyclist with some level of fitness. The nine legs will each be between 60km and 70km. So, to complete the challenge, the pace will need to be around 24km/hr with riders spending around 2.5 to 3 hours in the saddle at a time. You’ll get training support and guidance to help ensure you get the very most out of the challenge.

When exactly is it?

24h2lm will take place the week before the main 24 hours of Le Mans race. We will depart The Royal London Hospital late afternoon on Sunday 11th June 2017. We will cross the channel late on Sunday night, and continue our ride through France during Monday 12th June. We will arrive at the Circuit de la Sarthe early evening on the Monday. We will stay at a private campsite on the circuit overnight, and then depart for the UK during the morning of Tuesday 13th June, arriving back in London early evening.

How many people will be taking part?

We plan to run the challenge for just 45 cyclists. We expect demand for places will be high, so it’s best to secure your place as soon as possible on the participate page here.

How much will it cost to join in the fun?

To secure your place on the 24 hours 2 Le Mans you’ll need to pay your registration fee of £125 per cyclist. We’ll also ask you to commit to raising at least £500 per cyclist for The Sick Children’s Trust.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee and make my minimum donation commitment?

In order to run this event safely and to ensure its success takes money! Our team is working very hard to gain as much corporate support to cover operational costs as possible, however we must ensure that all costs will be covered. Your registration fee will go towards meeting these costs, so that 100% of the money you raise for The Sick Children’s Trust, goes to them.

Any of the total registration fees received  that remain after all operational costs have been met will be added to the final donation to The Sick Children’s Trust.

What will I get from riding the 24 hours 2 Le Mans?

  • An exhilarating 24-hour cycling challenge from London to Le Mans!
  • Return travel, including channel crossings both ways.
  • A full support team, including guides, mechanical and medical support and physiotherapists.
  • Food throughout the challenge including a hearty meal and celebration on Monday night.
  • Accommodation in Le Mans.
  • Public liability insurance.
  • Training support and guidance before the challenge.
  • Help in achieving your sponsorship commitment.

What will I need to bring?

You’ll get a full packing list before the challenge, but examples of what you’ll need are:

  • Your bike.
  • A cycling helmet (this is mandatory for insurance purposes).
  • Wet weather cycling gear.
  • Comfortable casual clothes.
  • A sleeping bag.

What happens with my luggage?

Although the challenge is being completed over a relatively short period of time, space will be at a premium. We’ll stow your main luggage safely during the challenge, and recommend you keep a small day sack for everyday essentials while you’re travelling between legs. When you’re riding your day sack will be transported safely to your next stop.

What if I have a puncture etc?

An experienced mechanical team will travel with you throughout the challenge. They’ll have a comprehensive set of spares (including spare wheels to allow fast swaps in case of punctures) and tools to make minor repairs. If more extensive repairs are needed you can borrow one of several spare bikes that we’ll carry and our mechanics will, where possible (and at your cost for any parts needed), complete repairs swiftly.

Can I stay on in Le Mans?

Of course. We’ll leave to return to the UK on the morning of Tuesday 13th June, if you want to stay on, that’s when you’ll formally part company from the event. Your return fare, food and accommodation will be your own responsibility from then. You’ll also need to arrange for your bike to be collected from Hertfordshire when we arrive home. And we can hold no responsibility for any equipment that we take back to the UK on your behalf if you’re not travelling with us.

Can I bring a bike box?

We cannot accommodate bike boxes during the event. We’ll take every care to transport all bikes safely.

What insurance do I need?

You’ll be covered by full public liability insurance for the duration of the event. You will need to arrange your own travel insurance though (please make sure you tell your insurer that you’ll be cycling and taking part in a charity event: please note that the event is not a race or sportive). Your policy must cover rider, bike, possessions, health, accident and loss on a cycling event in Europe.