Kona’s Cory Wallace Wins 2017 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships

Cory Wallace has been chasing his 24-hour Solo World Championship title for eight years. That’s a decade of preparation, a number of near misses, and an insatiable thirst for the win. Cory’s an endurance specialist among very few in the world, and he knew this one was within his grasp. Here are some quick details from the man himself:

“My first 24 Hour race was the 2008 Solo Champs in Canmore, Alberta. I ate 40 gels that race and had the equivalent caffeine of 70-80 cups of coffee. I finished 5th and was pretty convinced I could win this one day. It took 9 years, 10 more 24 hour Solo Races, and 7 World Championships to eventually reach this goal.  

Jason English has set the bar really high, cutting pit stops down to just seconds and has only lost two 24hr races in the past 8-10 years. Coming into this year’s race I knew my form was better then ever after spending 2 months at altitude in Guatemala. I figured had the cards to win the race but that it would take the right tactics, some good luck and a solid stomach!  

I went through 42 water bottles, and around 8000-9000 calories. In this years race Jason and I stopped for around 5-6 minutes total over the 24 hours.  Most laps we rolled through just grabbing bottles, and there were two stops of about 1 minute each to put on and take off our lighting systems.

Racing all day and through the night to complete 38 laps – and cover 380 km – Cory’s hard work has finally paid off and he can now add Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike World Champion to his long list of accomplishments. Congrats, Cory. Well deserved.

Cory’s race weapon of choice for these longer events is his Kona Hei Hei DL, kitted out with a Shimano XTR Di2 drivetrain, wheels, and brakes, MRP suspension, and WTB saddle and tires.

Scroll on down for some great photos from 24H di Finale Ligure photographer Francesco Bartoli Avveduti.