SPORT English head­lines Thule B24

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - MOUN­TAIN BIK­ING By JUSTIN JENVEY

MUL­TI­PLE world and Aus­tralian solo moun­tain bike cham­pion Ja­son English will head­line the Thule B24 in Bright next week­end.

The seven-time 24-hour moun­tain bike World Cham­pi­onship win­ner and nine-time Aus­tralian cham­pion will ride the event for the first time.

Now in its fifth year, the B24 will see hun­dreds of moun­tain bike en­thu­si­asts from across the coun­try con­verge on Bright to race solo, pairs and team cat­e­gories over Novem­ber 18-19.

English, who won his lat­est na­tional crown in Can­berra last month, said he was ex­cited to be head­ing back to Bright af­ter a brief visit for a Na­tional Cross Coun­try Marathon round sev­eral years ago.

“I am keen to come back and see what other awe­some trails have been de­vel­oped, and there is no bet­ter way of get­ting to know the Bright trails than rid­ing around them for 24 hours,” he said.

“I re­ally like the event for­mat of the B24, and the op­tion to ride with your mates while be­ing on the same team will mean more peo­ple out on the course, which ul­ti­mately means more fun.”

While English will be the hot favourite to take out the men’s solo cat­e­gory, he will face a chal­lenge from Bendigo’s Shane Roberts who has won the event three times since 2013.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to have Ja­son come to Bright to take part in this year’s Thule B24,” race di­rec­tor An­drew Miller said.

“As well as the elite rid­ers who will be out to claim brag­ging rights, the Thule B24 is re­ally about get­ting out there and giv­ing it a go.

“We have the Esprit de Corps cat­e­gory for peo­ple who want to chal­lenge them­selves in a team en­vi­ron­ment.

“Ba­si­cally you ride when you want to ride and if all your team heads out to­gether those hours count to­wards your 24hour time, and it means you don’t have to ride at night.

“This year we have also added a Grav­ity En­duro el­e­ment which is quickly grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity in Aus­tralia.”

Miller said he ex­pects a great week­end of rac­ing af­ter last year’s event was af­fected by wet weather.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to en­ter the Thule B24 head to www.bright24hr.com.au.

GO­ING THE DIS­TANCE: Nine-time Aus­tralian cham­pion Ja­son English will ride in the Thule B24 next week­end.

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