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    New World Solo 24 Hr MTB Championships

    Media release from CORC attached, announcing end of relationship with 24 Hours of Adrenalin, and formation of a new series of world champs events, with the first 3 years of dates and locations confirmed.

    The Italian Riviera next May sound OK ??

    Back in Canberra in 2013 for the Centenary of the City (and the 10th anniversary of the fires from which Stromlo Forest Park grew).

    Then Fort William (Ben Nevis) for the Relentless 24Hr in 2014.
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    Wow,,,just wow

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    Awesome, simply awesome! Exciting time for the sport!

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    Good thing a REAL world challenge :-)

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    Wow indeed!

    I'm guessing impetus for a new body came from the inability of the previous organisers to get their act together for 2011 on the back of what i took to be a pretty successful 2010 event (which I had the pleasure of partaking in).

    Does anyone know why the 2011 event never happened?

    My only fear with this "break-away" syndicate, is that we end up with a divided hierarchy as with boxing, with potentially multiple "worlds" running each year. Such dilution might devalue the significance of both events. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by langles View Post
    My only fear with this "break-away" syndicate, is that we end up with a divided hierarchy as with boxing, with potentially multiple "worlds" running each year. Such dilution might devalue the significance of both events. Thoughts?
    at worst I think we will end up with the American/Canadian so called "Worlds" and the rest of the world Worlds
    which is the case for a number of other sports.......the New World champs will be great events

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    Quote Originally Posted by le Matelot View Post
    Media release from CORC attached, announcing end of relationship with 24 Hours of Adrenalin, and formation of a new series of world champs events, with the first 3 years of dates and locations confirmed.

    The Italian Riviera next May sound OK ??

    Back in Canberra in 2013 for the Centenary of the City (and the 10th anniversary of the fires from which Stromlo Forest Park grew).

    Then Fort William (Ben Nevis) for the Relentless 24Hr in 2014.
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    While I was expecting something like this to occur due to the inability to hold a 2011 Worlds the split also disappoints me. I travelled from the USA last year to compete in Australia and had an outstanding time. I was looking forward to competing in Canmore in 2012. I'm not likely going to spend the money to travel to Italy to partake in a split championship. I am also less likely to travel to Canmore for the same reasons.

    My guess is shortly one of the two "Worlds" races will fold and we will go back to a single race format with a meaningful championship. I intend to jump back in when that happens and stay local until then.

    Hats off to the new organization though as it is nice someone is providing a stable environment for the race to prosper. Russ, I think this was ultimately a good decision but as a racer I'll sit this one out for now.......

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    I am thinking I am up for Italy!

    Especially after the disappointment from lack of race this year, and now the inclusion of pairs and threes at the solo champs in the canmore flavour.....

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    Such great news. After travelling to the "Worlds" in the US in previous years to find a 24 hour event smaller than UK regional races - and also boycotted by all the hot US racers this should get things back on track. Last year I raced the XTERRA world cup in Italy and boy can that nation get behind something - it'll be awesome.

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    Australia in 2013...my wheels are spinning.
    Eat Food. Chop Wood. Ride Bike.

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    Current 24hrs of Adrenaline world champ, Jason English, has signalled his intentions to make the trip to Italy next year along with a small squadron of fellow competitive 24hr racers from Australia, to challenge the best of Europe's riders will be interesting to keep an eye on.

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    Hello

    Does anyone knows when will the event in europe take place next year?
    Tanks for the help.
    I am looking to set up my schedule for next year but the info on this events in europe is very limited.
    Tanks

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    The weekend of 19 & 20 May 2012, in Finale Ligure, Italy. Then there is a team 24hr on the following weekend - same place. In between - well, if you can't find something to do in the Italian Riviera for a week ...

    See the full media release in the first post of this thread.

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    OK tanks

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    Hey guys, when can we enter Finale Ligure?
    Media release says to 'apply' at the site but I can't seem to figure out where or how.... has anyone entered?

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    Historically, they open on Christmas Day ... If its going to happen earlier, you'll read about it here.

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    got it. Thanks

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    This is great!

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    Does anyone know when we more info will be available for this? Someone said xmas day which is only 2 days away....but there is still only a video on the website??

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    Wembo

    Yes - entries for Italy will open on Christmas day. Just had a long chat with the Italian organiser and it is all on schedule.

    WEMBO Website

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    2012 WEMBO World Solo 24 Champs in Italy - Entries Are Open

    Christmas came early

    If you know enough about Italy and just want to enter - here it is.

    Want to find out a bit more about the Finale Ligure event before you enter ?

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    Jason English is Entered

    Current Australian and World Solo 24 Hr CHamp, Jason English, was one of the first to enter ...

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    finally I can register to my sixty-two 24h Race
    yeah!



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    travel

    what do people recomened being the best way to get to Finale Ligure? I have family in the UK so intending to go there first....thoughts??

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbharrod View Post
    what do people recomened being the best way to get to Finale Ligure? I have family in the UK so intending to go there first....thoughts??
    The train travel in Europe is pretty good. so that may be the best. It might also be the least expensive if you have a handful of bikes which might = excess baggage on a plane, even though a cheap airfare may look attractive initially.

    From London by train, have a look at this site for travel to Nice or this site for travel to Genoa. They also have some advice on taking your bike by train.

    There is some travel advice for Italy on the WEMBO site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbharrod View Post
    what do people recomened being the best way to get to Finale Ligure? I have family in the UK so intending to go there first....thoughts??
    Hi, I suggest airplane:
    The race is far from Nice Airport (France) 138 km, and is far from Genova Airport (Italy) 70 km.
    For esample, with Easyjet (Book cheap flights online. Low cost flights & deals from easyJet) one way flight from Gatwick (UK) to Nice cost about 105 euros. (one person, oneluggage and one bicycle)
    For other option look Cheap Flights - Book cheap flights to Europe with Ryanair

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    Does anyone have any further information about what will be supplied??? Will there be options to hire tents and so forth for us international people? Havent been able to find much info on the website yet...

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    I think there will be a rider pack posted at some point - hopefully soon

    I am wondering the same things as you! Tent hire, schedule, when the course is open for practice etc!

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    Latest List of Entries

    Both Male and Female World Champions are in, plus the legendary Tinker. Lists by Name and by Country ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by le Matelot View Post
    Both Male and Female World Champions are in, plus the legendary Tinker. Lists by Name and by Country ...
    There's been a change in schedule. Tinker won't be in Italy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTJEnterprises View Post
    There's been a change in schedule. Tinker won't be in Italy.
    I do not know, from those who have heard the news?

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    Too bad the two groups split. From the other side Canmore is still on as one of the World Champs for Sept 2012. And even with the split still has some very legit racers signed up. Hopefully the two groups get things figured out because n the longnrun it doesn't help the sport to have two different championships claiming to crown the best in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilki View Post
    Too bad the two groups split. From the other side Canmore is still on as one of the World Champs for Sept 2012. And even with the split still has some very legit racers signed up. Hopefully the two groups get things figured out because n the longnrun it doesn't help the sport to have two different championships claiming to crown the best in the world.
    I propose a race pitting say the top 4 from each category in each race against each other to duke it out for final World Champion supremacy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TR View Post
    I propose a race pitting say the top 4 from each category in each race against each other to duke it out for final World Champion supremacy.
    I propose the two sides learn how to play well in the sandbox and go back to a single Championship

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    WEMBO 2012 World Solo 24 Hour Championships Run and Won

    A bit of a mix of weather over the weekend - with the race ending in some rain, but a great turnout of riders from all over the world in Finale Ligure for the first WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Championships.

    Results are available for view/download here with a link to some photos as well. Entries are open for the 2013 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships in Canberra, Australia on 12/13 October 2013 (the site of the largest gathering of solo 24 hour riders ever) and then on to Fort William in Scotland in 2014.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbne1 View Post
    I propose the two sides learn how to play well in the sandbox and go back to a single Championship
    Not really sure that it was a case of the 2 sides not playing well together.
    From my limited understanding there was several parties offering sandpits to the original organiser to play in.
    1 party did not respond to the invitation for sandpit use and make a decision as to what sandpit out of those offered was to be used.
    As a result no sandpits were used last year.
    The other sandpit owners had people extremely keen to use a sandpit somewhere and given that there was no commitment from the original organiser of the sandpit games, they formed an organisation of their own with a clear vision of what sandpits were to be used and in what countries and even on what dates these sandpits would be used for 3 year period.

    This new arrangement will see the World Championships actually contested on a world stage over this period and I am sure that many racers outside of the US and Canada will see this as a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TR View Post
    Not really sure that it was a case of the 2 sides not playing well together.
    From my limited understanding there was several parties offering sandpits to the original organiser to play in.
    1 party did not respond to the invitation for sandpit use and make a decision as to what sandpit out of those offered was to be used.
    As a result no sandpits were used last year.
    The other sandpit owners had people extremely keen to use a sandpit somewhere and given that there was no commitment from the original organiser of the sandpit games, they formed an organisation of their own with a clear vision of what sandpits were to be used and in what countries and even on what dates these sandpits would be used for 3 year period.

    This new arrangement will see the World Championships actually contested on a world stage over this period and I am sure that many racers outside of the US and Canada will see this as a good thing.
    TR:

    I realize my response was simplistic. I believe I vicariously understand some of the personalities involved here as I have raced events organized by both and have spent some time speaking to both in the past. It was a mistake to miss a year...pure and simple and it is unfortunate it ultimately has led to a split. The bottom line is I really don't care how this shakes out....as a racer I simply want a singular world championship.

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    One organiser pissed in the sandpit.

    In doing so they put a lot of people out.

    There should, of course, only be one World Champs.

    As I see it the onus is on 24 Sports to acknowledge their mistake and join WEMBO.

    WEMBO put on a great event last weekend, are truely international, and are providing transparency and predictability. It seems that they, at least, respect their riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by le Matelot View Post
    A bit of a mix of weather over the weekend - with the race ending in some rain, but a great turnout of riders from all over the world in Finale Ligure for the first WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Championships.

    Results are available for view/download here with a link to some photos as well. Entries are open for the 2013 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships in Canberra, Australia on 12/13 October 2013 (the site of the largest gathering of solo 24 hour riders ever) and then on to Fort William in Scotland in 2014.
    Some youtube video has been added to the results page.

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    Just signed up the the WEMBO 2013 event in Canberra (12-13 October). This will be my first 24 hour solo event....Can anyone direct me to good online resources with training plans / advice ? I have done some pretty long distance riding before (500+km over a week) but never such an intense period of riding over 1 day and I imagine a VERY different plan of action is required.... nervous but excited!

    Cheers and thanks for your help

    Josh

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