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Huw Thomas - Euro Champ!13th APR 2012

2012 24 Hours of Exposure, UK and European 24 Hour Solo MTB Championships

Huw Thomas, riding for Niner/Stans/Ergon UK with Loco Tuning completed 20 laps (360km) and 10,000m climbing at the 24 Hours of Exposure at the weekend, winning the UK and European 24 Hour Solo Mountain Biking Champion title, the overall win, and also picked up the Giro Hot Lap for the fastest lap in the 24 hour category.

“The Newcastleton course is one of my favourite endurance event courses. It’s tough, with some 500m climbing for each 18km lap. The climbs include some quite steep singletrack sections which are usually wet but you are rewarded with some excellent fun, fast and flowing singletrack,

The event organisers, SIP-Events, and the town of Newcastleton put a huge effort into this event and it shows, and it was a great feeling to line up at the start in the town centre with a big turnout of locals and supporters.

With the UK and European title up for grabs, I was amongst a tough field of very competitive endurance racers. I kept a cool head and paced himself well, keeping within sight of the lead riders until the 14th lap, where I took the lead, pulling away towards the end, finishing 2 laps ahead

This was my 3rd 24-hour Solo. I first tested the water at 24-hour soloing at Twentyfour12 in 2010 and came 4th, which got me thinking that I could work on that result. In 2011 I raced at Relentless 24 in Fort William and won the Senior Male solo title. I said to myself before Relentless 24 that if I did well in that then I’d enter the UK and European Championships in 2012, so in the 6 months between, I trained and prepared hard for it, and it paid off!

Both my Niner bikes were used for the race, my Jet 9 RDO and Air 9, and both were faultless. Set up as similarly as possible they were built up with Niner RDO seatpost, stem and 710mm flat bars, Rotor Cranks, Ergon GS1 Grips and Stans Gold, and Crest wheels.”

First two photos thanks to www.joolzedymond.com

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