24 hour mountain bike races

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24 Hour Mountain Bike Races are a form of Endurance mountain bike racing where solo competitors or teams race for a period of 24 hours. The 24 Hours of Canaan (July 13-14, 1992) is accepted as the first sanctioned 24 hour mountain bike event 24 Hour of Canaan - History. At the 24 Hours of Indiglo (later renamed 24 Hours of Adrenalin) 17-year-old Ed Hunt became the first solo competitor at a 24 hour mountain bike event 24 Hours of Adrenalin Hall of Fame.

Solo Categories[edit]

  • Elite Male
  • Elite Female
  • Single Speed
  • Age Group

Team Categories[edit]

Male, Female or Mixed teams of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 - 10 riders. Teams race in a relay, taking turns to complete a lap of the course. During the night racers use lighting systems to negotiate the course, however a few events now offer "No Night" Categories.

These races attract elite professional racers, experienced non-professional racers and amateurs. Many of them also have a festival component to them including kid's races, bands, beer tents and an expo area. Part of the 24 hour mountain bike experience is the camping and friendships made during the weekend of the event.


There are two alternative methods of determining the winner.

The usual winner is the team or rider that completes the most laps with the first lap after the clock has ticked over 24 hours counting to the result, i.e.

  • Team A covers 23 laps in 24:03:06
  • Team B covers 24 laps in 24:12:09
  • Team C covers 24 laps in 24:45:23

The ranking would be:

  • 1st: Team B
  • 2nd: Team C
  • 3rd: Team A

Some races end the race at 24 hours and it is the team with the most laps in the 24 hours that wins, i.e.

  • Team A covers 23 laps in 23:50:55
  • Team B covers 23 laps in 23:58:12

The ranking would be:

  • 1st: Team A
  • 2nd: Team B

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