Rollapaluza takes roller racing to Brussels

Alex Dowsett Rollapaluza

Rollapaluza are taking "coals to Newcastle" on Saturday (18th), when they export their roller-racing show to the land of bike racing, Belgium, followed by Austria in November.

Condor Cycles are one of the prize sponsors. The unique roller-record shows have already been to Holland, France,  Germany and the Philippines.

Belgian elite BMX rider Arnaud Dubois and Dutch roller-race champion Joelle Rambach - who beat the men in her  national championship - will take on all-comers in Brussels on Saturday.

And Rollapaluza's own Caspar Hughes will be in action, too, one of only 15 competitors - from a massive 15,000 - to ever get under 20 seconds for a 500m sprint.

The organisers have invited many Belgian stars but now wait to see if any dare turn up to ride the special rig.

It can be a chastening experience even for top riders, when an  unknown local in Denim  steps up and thrashes out a winning time.

The Belgian event in Brussels on Saturday (18th) is from 5pm at Fixerati Concept Cyclery, a new Condor stockist.

Location is: 88 Rue du Page/1050 Brussels. http://www.rollapaluza.com/belgium

The Austrian event is at the Hotel Mohrenwirt, Fuschl Am See, on November 27, at Battlecranks, Fuchsl Am See. www.rollapaluza.com/austria

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.