GUARANTEED BETWEEN GLOBAL HEROES AT WORLD 24 HOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS - SEPTEMBER
Gauntlet has been thrown as the current two-time World 24 Hour Solo Mens
Champion, five of the leading Solo Endurance Mountain Bike Category athletes
and entries from over twelve countries across the planet have signed up for the
2012 World 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships to be held in Canmore, Alberta,
Canada from September 13th-17th.
CHAMP COMING BACK FOR MORE -
Jason English (Merida), winner of the last two World Championships, is
returning for his third 24 Hour race at Canmore. English finished 2nd in 2008,
won in 2009, and repeated in 2010.
Worlds in 2012 are going to be much harder than in the past," says
English. "The level of competition has come way up, and it's going to be a
fine balance between pacing yourself and not letting one of the top guys go off
the front too far. I'm really looking forward to it, and feel like this event
is pushing the sport to a new level of professionalism."
"THE LEGEND" RETURNS - Former Champion, World Veteran Mountain Bike Champion, Mountain Bike
Hall of Fame Inductee, BMX Hall of Fame Inductee, and all-around cycling
anomaly Tinker Juarez (Cannondale) will return to collect the title he last won
in 2007 at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.
I was defending my title in Canmore and winning quite decisively, when I got so
much mud in my eyes that I had to abandon the race," states Juarez,
"I've got some unfinished business to take care of this September. I can't
wait to get back to Canmore."
LEADER - Kelly Magelky
(Trek) knows what it's like to lead the 24 Hour Worlds. In 2007, he led Tinker
for virtually the entire event, until Tinker passed him with a couple of laps
came up to Canmore to watch me race in 2008. The beauty alone was worth the
trip, and the whole town was excited to have us there" says Magelky.
"The way that 2012 is shaping up, I believe it's going to be the most
competitive and exciting Worlds to date. I know how prepared my competitors are
going to be. I also know how prepared I'll be and it will definitely make for
an interesting and close battle."
MULTI-TIME CHAMP - New to
Canmore and Twenty4Sports events is Josh Tostado (Santa Cruz), the three-time
U.S. 24 Hour Solo National Champion.
Josh has also
won the 24 Hours of Moab three times, Montezuma's
Revenge twice, and has numerous other victories under his belt.
speaking with Stuart Dorland, the promoter of the Worlds, I can tell we
definitely share a passion for 24 Hour MTB racing," states Josh. "I
have done many 24 hour solo races and it never gets easy, especially when
racing with great competition. It still makes me nervous just thinking about
how far into the pain cave you have to go to win a big race!"
LOOKS TO TOP PODIUM - Cory
Wallace (Kona Bikes) lives right up above Canmore in Jasper, Alberta, and
finished second at the 2010 Worlds in Australia.
really has a chance to do well this year," comments Dorland. "I think
he could have won in 2010 with a little bit better planning for his
off-the-bike support. I think he learned a lot from that
experience and will be ready to throw down next September."
- While hailing from
Canmore itself, Leighton Poidevin (Santa Cruz) has put the hammer down at
events including La Ruta de Los Conquistadores and Trans Rockies, among others.
of Canmore is stoked to have the 24 Hour Worlds back," says Leighton.
"I personally can't wait for everyone to come race on my local trails.
I've been racing here since 2007, and the terrain and scenery are World Class.
The race seems to be gaining a lot of momentum in the Endurance Community
already, and I'm sure it's going to be Epic."
information on the World 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships go to: www.24hoursofadrenalin.com/worldchampionships.