Can you give me 20 minutes of your time? … because this is a long video, but if you’re thinking of joining the craze then best you know something about it!
This bike race is a bit different to others that we’ve talked about in the past.
24 Hours of Adrenalin is an extreme mountain bike event series. In 2005, in North America, over 10,000 enthusiasts participated. It claims to be the “fastest growing mountain bike event series in North America”.
So what is so different about this race?
Basically it is a massive relay race, where solo riders or teams of up to ten people compete to ride as many laps as possible in 24-hours, though participants are only required to complete one lap. The race generally favours speed over technical skill and begins with a 600-metre Le Mans start to retrieve bikes. In addition to placings, awards are presented for Best Theme and Best Helmet. First place winners in each category receive a jersey and medal, while other finalists receive prizes donated by sponsors. Thank you to Wikipedia for that succinct explanation.
The following video was shot in Alberta Canada in 2009.
Australia have just had their annual event: The 2010 Scott 24 Hours of Adrenalin Australian 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships and this year it was tied with The 24 Hours of Adrenalin 2010 World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships. A double whammy and one helluva mouthful!
Since its birth over 10 years ago, CORC’s Australian 24 Hour Championships has evolved into arguably the greatest mountain bike festival in the world and so it was only fitting that the two events should unite in the middle of October to form one of the greatest mountain bike events the world has ever seen.
This was the first time in its 12 year history that the world solo 24 hour champs had ventured beyond the boundaries of North America. Riders from around the world including many from Europe participated. Many had never competed at world level before so it was anyone’s guess at the outcome. However, national champions from Australia, UK, NZ, Argentina, Denmark, Austria and Italy were there and ready to do battle.
Over 400 riders entered – twice the amount of the previous biggest ever world solo championships.
Despite the strong international representation, it was the Aussies that walked away triumphant. Jason English and Jessica Douglas won the men’s and women’s divisions. In the men’s race, English completed 24 laps in less than 24 hours to defend his title from 2009. Jess Douglas completed 20 laps.
“It’s awesome to come back and defend, especially given the quality of the riders,” said English.