The Town of Costa Rica, in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, hosts this year the WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships. On July 27 and 28, the world's best long-distance MTB cyclists will be in the Brazilian Midwest. Among those confirmed, the two-time champion of the event, Canadian Cory Wallace, winner in 2017, in Italy, and in 2018, in Scotland.
Cory Wallace's first world champion title was won after the runner-up in 2016 and fourth place in 2015. At the time, the Canadian marathon champion ended a five-year hegemony of Australian Jason English, completing 38 laps in 23h48min35, against 37 laps in 24h16min42 of Jason. The following year, the second title came after 27 laps completed in 24h09min08, ahead of North American Taylor Lideen and Australian Jason, second and third place respectively.
"The last World Championships in Scotland were tough. The weather was typical Scottish style and it rained for 20 out of 24 hours. The worst of it hit at 8 in the morning, with the temperature plummeting to 3-4 degrees celsius and big wind gusts. This played into my favour as I grew up in the Canadian Rockies and spent many days out in the crappy mountain weather," says Cory.
"The past World Championships I think I road around 320 km for the title which was one of the lowest kilometres we have ever ridden. This was due to the tough nature of the course with lots of steep climbing, technical descents and the weather which made sections pretty muddy. Some 24 hr races we cover over 450 km which I feel like Brazil may be one of these courses," completes.
The circuit of Costa Rica has 29 km of extension and 500 meters of accumulated altimetry, having as attractions the passage through the beautiful waterfall of the Municipal Natural Park Salto do Sucuriú and also through the middle of an active quarry of the city. "I've heard the Brazilian circuit is a long one with not so much climbing. I'm guessing it will be a pretty fast course and will suite the power riders like myself pretty well. I've also heard rumours that the climate won't be to hot that time of year. Nonetheless I will be doing lots of sauna training leading up to the event to insure my body is ready for any heatwave that may hit Brazil at the time of the World Champs," reveals Cory, who comes to Brazil for the first time ever.
Advice for Brazilians - Experienced in long distance races held in the most inhospitable places, having won three times the Mongolia Bike Challenge and three times the Yak Attack, the highest altitude race in the world, in Nepal, Cory gives advice to Brazilians who will attempt the title of world champion in the most diverse categories by age, masculine and feminine, something that can be unique in their careers.
"For the Brazilian riders that are going for a title in there age group categories I can tell them to just go out there and enjoy being part of the World Championships. It's probably a once in a lifetime opportunity for them to race against the World's best on there home turf so hopefully they can enjoy it and soak in the memories. Also, don't go out to hard unless you have the fitness to hold it for 24 hours. It's easy to get overly excited in the opening hours of a 24 hour race but try to remember that these races generally kickoff in the final 12 hours", explains.
Registration - Entries for the 24-hour Solo Mountain Bike Championships are still open and must be made directly online website: https://app.sprinta.com.br/event/15bc4a294a01c5. All information about the race is on the website of Brasil Ride organization, at: http://www.brasilride.com.br/press/prova/24horasmundial. Any other information please send by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships is organized by Brasil Ride, with the seal of WEMBO (World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation) and has Costa Rica (MS) as host city. The sponsors are Land Rover, Shimano, Specialized and Unidas. Continental Tires, Full Gas, La Maglia, Red Bull and Thule are the supporters.
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Cory Wallace celebrates with the public his first world title in Italy
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Cory during 2017 edition of 24-hour Solo World Championship
(Francesco Bartoli Avveduti)
Cold and rainy weather in Scotland
Cory Wallace during 2018 World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships