Roche to race the Devil

Cycling legend and Tour de France winner, Stephen Roche is returning to competitive cycling in...

Cycling legend and Tour de France winner, Stephen Roche is returning to competitive cycling in Britain next month and cyclists across the UK are being invited to race with him.

Roche, who won the Tour, the World Championship and the Giro d'Italia in 1987, will compete in The Devil Takes The Hindmost race at Donington Park on Sunday, May 31st.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back on the bike and taking part in a competitive race. The Devil Takes The Hindmost is a great opportunity for cyclists to experience a top class race," Roche said.

The top riders in the men's and women's races will share a prize pot of £2,000 and the winners will also win a weekend's accommodation for two at Roche's Marina Hotel on Villeneuve-Loubet Beach in Nice.

The Devil Takes The Hindmost is an elimination circuit race. Riders will set off in a staggered start, based on British Cycling race category or ability. After an hour's riding, the 'Devil' will pick off the back-markers on the start/finish line of every lap. The idea is for riders to keep up with the main pack to avoid being eliminated by the 'Devil'.

But cyclists will have to keep enough energy in reserve for the sprint on the final lap which comes on the two hour mark.

This is a high octane race requiring skill, strength and endurance. Cyclists need to ride a strong tactical race to avoid being eliminated but they have to pace themselves for the sprint on the final lap.

"The Devil" is being staged at BikeRadar Live by HotChillee, producers of the London-Paris 09 Cycle Tour, the professional event for amateurs.

Entry costs £35 per person, which includes a weekend ticket for BikeRadar Live. Register here.

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