The 4th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours Cycling will be held next 25th and 26th of August 2012 on the French Le Mans circuit. This event is opened to everyone by teams of 2, 4, 6 or 8 riders, but also to ultra cyclists as soloists. Romain Gasnal, as the manager of this event, tells us “Registrations have almost doubled since last spring and we are pleased to see the event reputation going beyond the borders. More and more women will be present at this new edition.”
Among the 2000 riders expected in Le Mans this year, to date 200 come from abroad which reflects a massive increase. The English are still the most represented with twenty teams. New nationalities will take up the challenge: one Brazilian soloist and Italians from Imola, town well known for its circuit too.
The 100 % women’s category, created for ladies in 2011, met a big success. They were approximately sixty to divide up into the various categories at the end of April 2012.
The adventure still attracts personalities from very varied backgrounds. 2011 FIA WTCC World Champion, Yvan Muller, will compete as a duo after a first participation in a six riders team. He will have to face the former professional Eric Leblacher’s duo, who will defend his title and attempt to break his record of 958.36 km (595.50 miles), established at an average speed of 39.70 km/h (24.70 miles/h). The Honda driver, Stephane Sarrazin, informed us that he will participate again with a “big team”. During the 2009 first edition, he finished in second.
Mondovelo, cycle retailing shops, will register two teams to compete under its colours. 1997 Road Race World Champion, Laurent Brochard, will take part in this event for the second time and make the first. Gilles Maignan would be part of this group for a nice reunion during those intense 24 hours. 2009 French Road Amateur Champion, Samuel Plouhinec, will lead the second team whose composition remains to be confirmed.
Contestants have until July 25th to register on www.24heuresvelo.fr, and discover the Le Mans unique setting and the special atmosphere of this endurance cycling race.