Kona Adventure team rider Cory Wallace has won his third consecutive 24-hour solo World Championship title this past weekend in Brazil. He completed 460km and finished a full lap ahead of second place. Cory road the Hei Hei CR DL to the victory in what is considered the ultimate mental and physical test.
“It is surreal to have claimed a 3rd straight 24 HR World title. It seems like just yesterday I was winning the first one in Italy. Brazil was a tough race with some hot conditions but over the years I’ve learned to be patient and to attack when the other riders are at there lows. This race played out in my favour as the body was firing on all cylinders after a great preparation this season, first in Nepal and then back in North and Central America. I was confident coming into this year’s race that if I could stay healthy and keep the stomach in line that things would play out in my favour.
Running two identical Kona Hei Hei’s were the perfect bikes for the fast and rough conditions in Brazil. I’m very grateful for the support I have had over the years from my friends and family and the sponsorship support, lead by Kona Bikes which has enabled me to chase this dream and given me so many opportunities to succeed. Big shout out to Seth Cox for building my race bike last minute and my pit crew, long time buddy Leighton Poidevin, Candace Bourque from the Okanagan 24, and Hiran from Radical Lights!
Off to Rio to soak this one in on the beaches of Copacabana for a few days before jetting off to Colorado for the Breck Epic!” -Cory Wallace