After his win at the Nimby Fifty in Pemberton, BC last week, Cory Wallace is now over in Europe for the World Solo 24 Hour Championships. Just a hair off the win last year, he’s hungry! Read on below…
Words and photos by Cory Wallace.
The World Solo 24hr Championships are taking place this weekend on a scenic plateau above the Italian Riviera near the border of France. After coming within 3 minutes of the title last year in New Zealand I’m grateful and excited to be back for another shot this year! It’s shaping up to be quite the battle with riders from over 30 countries showing up to Italy, including 7 time World Champion Jason English, USA Champ Josh Tostado, a number of Europeans and some dark horses.
My friend Leighton Poidevin will be managing the Pit area with help from Hiran who is here with bags of Radical Lights to make sure the night riding is brighter then the day. Leighton and I have been racing each other for years at 24 hour races around the World. He’s one of the most accomplished riders to ever come out of North America and one hell of a friend to volunteer to come over to support this effort. For this year I’ll be running 2 full suspension Kona Hei Hei’s which should help soften the blows on the rocky and short 8 km course.
Huge thanks to my friends and sponsors who have supported me over the years and have enabled this trip back to the start line at Worlds for another shot at the title. Kona bikes has always had my back, local bike shops Freewheel Cycle in Jasper, Straight up Cycles in Victoria, and a huge thanks to Hiran at Radical Lights for flying over with the brightest and best lights in the game.
Live results from the race can be found starting at 10 am on Friday Italian time: which is 2am Friday morning mountain time in North America on the www.tds-live.com website.
Off to work…