World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championship innovates with category for riders with disabilities

After seven editions of the international event, race in Brazil will be the first that competitors with disabilities will have specific category. Competition will be held on July 27 and 28 in Costa Rica, Mato Grosso do Sul State

14.03.2019  |  1.058 visualizações

Known nationally for encouraging the participation of riders with disabilities (para athletes) in their sporting events, the Brasil Ride agency announces another important achievement. For the first time in history, the WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championship will feature the para-cyclists category for both men and women. The international competition is scheduled for July 27 and 28, in Costa Rica, Mato Grosso do Sul State, and cyclists from all over the world are expected.

"For the first time we will have world champions in the para-cyclist category, which was a request made by me to the representatives of WEMBO, soon accepted by the organization. In Brasil Ride events, we always encourage the practice of sports in a democratic way. I'm very happy to announce this news, which will encourage more cyclists to pedal for their dreams, not only in Brazil, but also in the whole world," celebrates Mario Roma, founder of Brasil Ride.

Participant of the 2018 Pre-World Championship, Bruno Paim is one of several athletes benefited by the creation of the category. If last season he ran in the category of doubles, next to Mateus de Araújo, completing the race in the fifth place, this time he will have the opportunity to compete in the Solo, fighting for a world champion shirt in his category. Paim does not have both arms, due to a bad formation in childhood.

"I was very happy when I heard about this news. It will be great to be able to compete again at home in the 2019 World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championship. The local public will certainly support me, which is an inexplicable feeling of shivering," says Bruno Paim , native of Dourados, in Mato Grosso do Sul State. "In this type of endurance race, you never know if you're going to be able to finish well. You cannot predict what the performance will be like. You just have to pedal with focus," he adds.

Debut - Para-cyclist Athos Martins, who has his left arm amputated, will make his debut in Costa Rica in 24-hour races. However, the athlete has extensive experience in cycling and in the races of Brasil Ride. In 2014, he competed in the final of the World Road Cycling Championship in Slovenia, thanks to the vacancy he won at Road Brasil Ride that year. In the following years, he competed in the Brasil Ride ultramarathon, held in Bahia State.

"I have a great expectation of running the 24-hour Solo Mountain Bike Championships. It is very good to have a championship of this level in Brazil, because it will bring foreign athletes who are among the best in the sport. It is too good to have the opportunity of this coexistence and to learn from this experience," says Athos. "I've never run a race in this format, but I've already competed four times at the Brasil Ride in Bahia, between 2014 and 2018. I'm training and preparing myself psychologically and physically for this challenge," completes.

Athos takes the opportunity to praise the attitude of the organization of the World Championship in claiming another category at the event. "I am very happy with Mario Roma's initiative in promoting the para-cyclists category at the 24 Hours World Championship. Mario is a person I admire a lot because he is a guy who has always valued us and likes us cyclists. Our inclusion in the event only grows the category and encourages more people with disabilities to practice our sport. Thus, we managed to socialize these athletes and deconstruct the differences ", he concludes.

Registration - Entries for the 24-hour Solo Mountain Bike Championships are still open and must be made directly  online website: All information about the race is on the website of Brasil Ride organization, at: Any other information please send by email:

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. Full Gas, LAF Insurance broker, La Maglia, Red Bull and Thule are the supporters.

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  • Bruno Paim
    (Divulgação / Brasil Ride)

  • Athos Martins
    (Sportograf / Brasil Ride)

  • 2018 Pre-World Champion crew
    (Wladimir Togumi / Brasil Ride)

  • Salto do Sucuriu Natural Park
    (Wladimir Togumi / Brasil Ride)

  • Costa Rica during the night
    (Wladimir Togumi / Brasil Ride)

  • Race passes through local quarry
    (Ney Evangelista / Brasil Ride)

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