The 2016 attendance record is broken for the 9th edition of Pearl Izumi 24 Hours Cycling of Le Mans! 2166 riders will rush on the Le Mans circuit on 26th of August, divided in 500 teams coming from 15 different nations. Mostly registered in teams of 2 to 8 members, this year a hundred single riders will face the Le Mans night on this legendary track. All profiles will be represented according to the chosen category.

François Pervis will start the race. Holder of 7 world titles and Olympic medallist, the captain of the Team S1neo-Okust will race in a 6-rider team, including Ewen Fernandez also multiple World Champion but in roller skate.

Other personalities will be present such as hammer throwing champion Manuela Montebrun, multi-medal Para-Cycling athlete Marie-Amélie Le Fur, or even the skier and pilot Luc Alphand.

At the head of the race, outsiders will have to be strong to counter the S1neo Team Connect, engaged in the 6-rider category. Sébastien Duret (10 seasons professional) and Julien Guay (5 seasons professional) will be the captains of a homogeneous team motivated to defend their titles won in 2015 and 2016. You will also need to count on Team Mutuelle Solimut Center Ocean led by Gérôme Toloni, 2nd in 2016 with less than one lap. And what if the threat would come from the Netherlands with the Baum Cycles team (4 riders)? Ranked 15th in the general category and 4th in the 4 riders category, new reinforcements joined the adventure this year.
As for the singles category, Evens Stievenart will try to retain his title with the aim to ride over 900 km. He will compete with Nicolas Moreau (Team Albert Animation), who is in great shape after winning his title of National Champion FSGT 2017 Veteran. The Dutchman Thijs Verbrugghe will aim for the podium. Baum Cycles has prepared him a bike with a special geometry, with a frame perfectly adapted to the layout of the Bugatti Circuit.

For non-competitors and families, do not miss “La Matinale Le Maine Libre”. More than 1500 people are expected to discover the Bugatti circuit during this one hour ride. This cyclo-tourist gathering is open to everyone with every kind of bikes. The access is free for accompanied children under 10.

Spectators will have free access to the venue and exhibitions proposed in the Village. Dedicated areas will be set up for them on each side of the Dunlop, the perfect place to enjoy the race. All the ingredients are gathered to have a great day with the family.

2017 Pearl Izumi 24 Hours Cycling of Le Mans:

– 2017: 2166 riders registered (500 teams)
– Teams by categories: 100 solos (2 Women), 50 Duos (9 Mixes), 114 teams of 4 riders, 189 of 6 (24 Mixes and 4 Women) and 47 teams of 8 (15 Mixes).
– 40 foreign teams (135 riders): Germany, Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, United States of America, Luxemburg, New Zealand, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Russia and Switzerland.
– Bugatti Circuit: 4185 meters – Uphill: 600 meters from 3, 5 % to 7 % – Downhill: 1000 meters at 2 %
– La Matinale Le Maine Libre (morning event): 1 hour ride on the circuit from 12 to 1pm on Saturday – Registration on site: 10 €
– Visitors: Access to the circuit by the main entry « circuit des 24 Heures » – Free entry and parking at disposal
– Information: www.24heuresvelo.fr