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Jason Kenny joins cycling stars at Brands Hatch this week

Wednesday, September 07 2016

Brands Hatch celebrates its cycling roots this week, with two pedal-powered events on the Grand Prix circuit featuring competitive appearances from several sporting stars, including British record-equalling Olympic Gold Medallist Jason Kenny.

Four years to the week that the venue hosted the road cycling events for the London Paralympic Games, cyclists will return to compete on the famous motor racing venue in two sportive events.

Thursday 8 September will see the return of Cyclothon UK, the annual 8-hour race organised by VU Limited. Company founder and former England Rugby Prop Victor Ubogu will be welcoming many of his former colleagues and rivals from Great Britain's national Rugby teams and other sporting stars that includes Rugby's Lee Mears and Shaun Perry, plus Olympic Silver Medallist Jazz Carlin, along with teams from the general public as they tackle the challenging hills and bends of the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

This will be followed by the return of the Revolve24 event on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September, featuring a range of cycling challenges headlined by a 24-hour race. Joining the competitors will be Jason Kenny, who equalled cycling buddy Sir Chris Hoy's British record of six Gold Medals in Rio last month.

Jason said: "I've ridden round the circuit and it's hard work to be fair! It will be a laugh - it's just with my dad and uncle. We'll do the full thing, just because we want to; it's a good challenge, so we'll see how we go.

"Rio was amazing and the speed of change after it all; you have such a definite plan for so long and you take that plan away and you're left not really knowing what to do with yourself, so things like this are a good distraction, it's still competing and just having a laugh as well."

In addition to the round-the-clock challenge, there are six and 12-hour distances, plus an Omnium event that includes a Time Trial and Road Race. Visitors missing an automotive fix can also find a display of cars in the lower paddock courtesy of motoring website Pistonheads.

Both events are open to spectators, and entry to the venue is free of charge.