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Whistler, British Columbia – Trek/VW East Coast Factory Team racer, Chris Eatough, has accomplished the amazing; the ultra-endurance mountain biker has captured his fourth consecutive World Championship title. Eatough competed round the clock from noon on Saturday until noon Sunday August 30-31 2003, on the trails surrounding the Whistler Mountain Resort in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada where he captured the 2003 24-Hours of Adrenaline Solo World Championship.
The 2003 24-Hours of Adrenaline World Championship saw the largest ever solo men’s field topping off at 165 racers and more than doubling the number of participants in this category two years ago. Each rider in the solo field had to qualify to participate, and racers came from all over the world. “Obviously this is a positive sign for the sport,” says Eatough, pleased at the growth in participation and in the level of competition in his sport, “the competition is getting tougher every year as the sport evolves. Now, to finish top five, you have to ride non-stop. Two years ago, I was the only racer doing this, and everyone else would take breaks. This makes my margin for error much tighter, and really keeps me on my toes.”
How does one manage to attempt, finish, and win not one, but four 24-hour solo world championship events? A lot of specific training and preparation lead up to the event. Eatough credits his physical and mental strength and notes that his durability lends him huge advantage, “This combined with my XC racing background allows me to ride fast the whole time. I am usually able to use my speed early on to get a lead, then use my endurance and no-stops strategy to maintain the gap.”
Also essential to the success of a winning 24-hour ride are the crewmembers that support Eatough around the clock. Preparing food, repairing bikes, giving time splits and race updates, providing encouragement, and often entertainment, the crew makes it possible for Eatough to focus all of his attention on riding the race. The system works so well, that Eatough’s average break during the 24-hours of racing is only five seconds!
With yet another 24-Hours of Adrenaline World Championship title to his name, Eatough is noticeably pleased, “It feels great. I have been thinking about this race all year, and winning was my number one goal for the season. My favorite part is when all the planning, preparation, and training come together, and especially basking in this with the support crew at the finish line.”
Capturing a fourth world championship title is surely a wonderful way to round out another season of mountain biking. Eatough will return home to the East Coast of the United States where he will compete in a few local races before winding down the 2003. Shortly thereafter, he will begin to lay the foundation of fitness that will see him through the 2004 season, and a shot at number 5?
The Trek Factory Team is proud to be sponsored by: Volkswagen, JBL, HKTrafficpro.com, SoundDomain.com, Fox Racing Shox, Trek Optimized Performance Beverage, Power Bar, Nike, Oettinger, Hayes Disc Brakes, Zeal Optics & Gloves, SRAM, Bontrager, Chris King, Time Pedals, Wrench Force, Saris Racks, Powertap, CycleOps and Lupine Lights
Chris Eatough’s personal sponsors include JanSport Hydration Packs, Joe’s Bike Shop, Lupine, Nike ACG, and Stan’s NoTubes
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