When his Kona Endurance Team mates left him last week, Cory Wallace started on a slow journey from Queenstown to the mountain mecca of Rotorua for the 24 Hour World Solo Championships. It’s all part of the Rotorua Mountain Bike Festival and the event should see a massive crowd gather to watch these pain hungry cyclists ride way to fast on way to little sleep. Cory Just fired through this little preview report after checking out the course.
The WEMBO (World Endurance Mountain Bike Organization) World 24 HR Solo Championships are taking place this weekend on the world famous trails in Rotorua New Zealand! It’s been a wet week leading up the race but the forecast looks good for the weekend. The course is pretty easy but the setting is awesome as it feels like your in Jurassic Park with the huge ferns, thick green foliage and steaming geysers surrounding the area.
Current 6 time World Champion Jason English from Australia is trying to break Chris Eatoughs record this weekend by winning his 7th title in a row. He hasn’t lost a 24 HR race in over 7 years and probably over 30 atteWEMBO-Inline-pos-300mpts. There’s also apparently some fast Kiwis, a Swede, an Irish man and who knows who else might show up.
My friend Tarren flew in from Australia on Wednesday to help in preparations and to run the pit with help from Justin Price and Jason Beacham. We have done a lot of races together now and she offers a huge boost of confidence leading into the weekend. Thanks to her and many others I’m better prepared for this 24 HR then ever and can’t wait to get out there to try and stop Jason’s bid for a 7th title and write some new history.
Huge Thanks to Erin Green, Tom, Jeff and Karen Collins, Marcus Peters & Cristy Little for the beds to crash on and travel support the past few weeks! Also big thanks to the Bike Barn Rotorua, Squirt Lube NZL, Allsports Distribution, Hiran @ Radical Lights and my Kona Teammates for leaving all there spare parts! Last but not least a huge shout out to Jonny Mitchell and Kona distributor Bikes International for setting up a Kona Hei Hei DL to use as a 2nd bike during the race 🙂
Righ I’m off for a big ride!