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by Shane Stokes
April 4, 2018
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Having already announced an expansion from one to two events this year, the organisers of the Hammer Series stated on Tuesday that a third event will be added to the schedule. It is combining with Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon, the biggest road cycling event in Hong Kong, to organise a Hammer race on October 14.
“We’re delighted to bring the Hammer Series to Hong Kong for a spectacular finish to the 2018 series,” said Graham Bartlett, Velon’s CEO. “We couldn’t ask for better partners than the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Sun Hung Kai Properties to bring a fantastic race alive for the fans in Hong Kong and internationally. The teams are all really up for a big finish.”
The first Hammer event of 2018 will be held in Stavanger, Norway on May 25-27, then the race will return to Limburg between June 1 and 3. The format for those two events comprise three race days with different events on each. The Hammer Climb takes in between 7 and 12 laps of a climbing course, with points being awarded to the first ten riders across the line at the end of each lap. Double points are given at the end of three laps, including the final.
The Hammer Sprint follows the same format, but the course in question is a flat one. The concluding Hammer Chase sees teams go off in the same order as the leaderboard, with the time intervals dependant on the points scoring on the first two days. The team time trial-style discipline will see squads chase each other, and final victory going to the first team across the line.
As regards Hammer Hong Kong, the organisers said that the exact format will be revealed at a later point.