For the first time in 14 years, the Classic Bol d’Or and the real 24 hour Bol d’Or will be taking place at the same event. Also, for the first time in 15 years, the Bol d’Or returns back home to the Paul Ricard Circuit in the south of France.
These two factors combined are sure to attracts huge crowds, which might be a slight problem as there were only five turnstiles the last time Russell Benney of Sweatshop Phase One visited earlier this year for the European Classic Bike Series. A bucket list event for many riders, like a visit to the famous TT races, over 100,000 riders could be expected to arrive at the circuit which lies between the towns of Aubagne and Toulon over the course of the weekend to watch the action and revel in the atmosphere.
Phase One will be taking their Peckett & McNab Suzuki across the channel with high hopes for this year’s classic, which consists of two 2 hour stints on the Friday night, and a further 2 hours on the Saturday morning. The Classic and Post Classic races will both be run at the same time, rather than as stand alone races.
Riding the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR shod Suzuki will be Phase One stalwart Peter Lindén, who’s usual partner Hugh Brasher is unavailable. Standing in for Hugh, the team have secured the services of two time South Africa Superbike champion Mike Dickinson, who they hope will be able to help them to victory ahead of last year’s Post Classic winners Martin & Mertens. They will have some work to do however, as the Martin & Mertens RC30 is a good 6 years younger than the Phase One Suzuki – but team head Russell is in a positive mood, and thinks victory is possible.
Russell and team leave the UK for France this morning, and we wish them the very best of luck for the race!
Find out more about the ContiRoadAttack 2 CR classic race tyre here.