Competitors in the world's 'longest one day cycling race' at Windsor Great Park were not interested in an extra hour in bed on Sunday - they were too busy cycling through the night as the clocks went back.

Competitors cycling on the closed 6.7km circuit at this year’s Red Bull Timelaps event were all aiming to complete as many laps as possible in 25 hours in a bid to be crowned Red Bull Timelaps champions.

With driving rain and howling wind making riding more gruelling from Saturday afternoon onwards, riders finished the race in idyllic conditions on Sunday with the sun thawing out any cold and tired bodies.

If riding 25 hours as part of a team wasn’t hard enough, George Kirkpatrick and Tamala Mcgee took things to the next level to win respective categories in the inaugural solo race.

Tamala Mcgee completed 79 laps in the women’s race, while Mr Kirkpatrick amassed 101 laps in the men’s race.

He had decided to pass on any sort of sleep throughout the event and says he faced some of the toughest conditions he had ever faced on a bike.

He said: “Obviously it’s a hell of a long time to be in the saddle. I had my brother and my cousin here and it quite simply would not have been possible without their support. They were always keeping me fuelled with food and keeping bottles filled up.”

In their first year competing in Red Bull Timelaps, Vitus Pro Cycling were the overall winning team after they completed a staggering 148 laps in 25 hours, nine more laps than their nearest competitor and covered a whopping 894km. The team consisted of Chris McGlinchey, Mikey Mottram, Frederik Scheske and Timothy Torrie.

Mikey Mottram, said: “I was surprised with just how hard the race was. We started the whole thing doing 60-90 minute stints, but then from early Sunday we started doing 2 hour shifts just because everybody wanted to do their last run and get warm. Red Bull Timelaps is certainly more challenging than you expect it to be, but definitely worth it.”

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