Last year the first European 24 Hour and 12 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Championships were held in Scotland with over 200 riders competing from 7 different nations. Racing was hard in very wet conditions and suited the home riders with most podium places held by the English and Welsh despite a strong Portuguese presence and a 3rd place to Germany.
This year the race will again take place in Scotland on Saturday 7th April. The event is the only 24 and 12 hour race only for solo riders in Europe and provides the specific type of facilities solo riders need to help them compete for these durations. The event title sponsor Exposure Lights will provide light charging and light hire, with neutral mechanical support and bike washing from Juice Lubes, energy drink from Torq, lots of trackside camping, massage services and more on a 16km, all-weather course using the Newcastleton 7Stanes trails.
Race entry is GB£65 for the 24 hour event and GB£45 for the 12 hour and we have two entries to give away! To be in with a chance simply go to our facebook or twitter site and tell us why you deserve them!
Entrants get free camping, trackside light charging from sponsors Exposure Lights, free lubing and bikewash by Juice Lubes during the race, Chamois Cream from Juice Lubes (self-application required!), bottle of Juice Lube, energy drink, neutral technical support for all riders, free tea, coffee and boiling water for riders and a goody bag along with their race entry.
The winner of each of the four main categories (Open 18+ Gentlemen & Ladies and Veteran (40+) Gentlemen and Ladies) will receive the European Champion jersey designed by Morvelo Apparel and made by Vitesse. N.B. Age refers to age on the day of the event. Race licenses and club affiliations are not required to enter this event.
UK Solo 24hr & 12hr MTB Championships
As part of “24 Hours of Exposure” and “12 Hours of Exposure” we will be awarding UK champion jerseys to the category winners. Eligible riders must be of English, Irish, Scottish or Welsh nationality.
European Solo 24hr & 12hr MTB Championships
As part of “24 Hours of Exposure” and “12 Hours of Exposure” we will be awarding European champion jerseys to the category winners. Eligible riders must have a European nationality. (Proof of nationality will be needed at event registration, please bring your passport!) If you’re unsure whether you qualify, please email the organisers.
The UK 24hr & 12hr Solo Singlespeed Champion jerseys will be awarded to the highest placed singlespeeders across all categories in their event. A singlespeed must be ridden throughout the entire race. It is the riders responsibility to inform race HQ on the day of the race that they will be riding singlespeed.
Morvelo “Rookie Cup”
This prize will be awarded to the male and female riders that achieve the highest placing across all categories and have never done a solo 24 hour mountain bike race before.
The race is open to all mountain bike riders including experienced endurance riders and riders taking their first step into endurance racing. There are a number of non-UK riders registered already and hope riders will come from all over Europe to make this a really international event so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
For more details please visit www.24hoursolo.co.uk The website has lots of information about the venue, race course, categories, eligible riders, accommodation, facilities, training tips and how to enter. The race is also the final event of the Newcastleton Cycling Festival.
(All photographs courtesy of JoolzeDymond.com)