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2015 Strathpuffer 24 Hour – 24 hours in an ice box

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight. Not a tyretrack to be seen. A kingdom of isolation, and it looks like I’m in the lead. The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside. Can I keep it going. Heaven knows I’ve tried. Don’t let them catch up, don’t let them see. Be the
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2014 WEMBO 24 Hour Solo World Championship

“If I finished the race and was carried off the course and had to go to the hospital for a couple of days, I don’t think (my wife) would ever let me race my bike again.” Chris Eatough, 6 time 24 Hour Solo MTB World Champion, 2006. For anyone who hasn’t seen 24 Solo; the
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Torq In Your Sleep 2014 – Third time lucky ?

  Pair: a set of two things used together or regarded as a unit. Having missed the 2013 edition to race the classic Grand Raid Cristalp, it was nice to be back on home soil enjoying the fun and fast flowing trails of Minley Manor. There may have been less climbing than the Swiss marathon
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Holeshots and Autopilots

Shock, horror: 24 Hour racer takes holeshot at XC race! Now I admit it’s not that remarkable really. Plenty of people can ride a mountain bike fast for a few minutes. But this is a big deal for me. I’ve devoted a significant amount of time in the last few years to making my body
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A course of two halves at the Welsh XC Series Round 1

The sun sneaks through the gap in the curtains and wakes me. Normally I’d curse myself for not drawing them properly the night before but I check myself. It’s 6.30am, its light and the sun is shining for the first time in what seems like six months. It’s time to get up, start the day
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Steady away & keep it rubber side down – National & European 24 Hour Solo Champs

“Steady away and keep it rubber side down”. The advice was sound so what was I doing sprinting past riders on the grass verge narrowly avoiding spectators, gazebos and pit lane setups. Well, a good start is crucial; there was only 23 hours, 59 minutes and 30 seconds to make up for a bad one!
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Night of the Knobbly Tread

It’s mid-October and we’ve passed the ‘meat and veg’ of the Mountain Bike race season and by now are well into the ‘cheese and biscuits’. And I love a bit of cheese. I’d heard great things about the West Drayton MTB Clubs ‘Night of the Knobbly Tread’ night time cross country race, with a unique
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Torq In Your Sleep 12 Hour

There is a lot to like about the Torq In Your Sleep 12 Hour event, held at Minley Manor, home of the Royal Engineers for the last five years and organised by the experienced Gorrick crew. Ranking high amongst those highlights are the superb course, friendly atmosphere and the fact that the venue is only
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WEMBO 24 hour Solo World Champs Report

“You promised me sunshine!” This was a phrase commonly quoted by wife and crew chief Jo in the run up to and during the WEMBO 24 Hour Solo World Championships. And she was quite right, I had. After enduring 15 hours of rain during our last 24 solo at Bontrager Twentyfour12 in 2010, I figured
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3rd Place! One of two Brits on the podium!

Exciting finale in Finale as the top 2 brits battled to decide the podium positions. Quote at the finish: “That was the most horrific, worst and best race I’ve ever done… A lot can happen in 24 hours!”.
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Finish coming… Craig is closing the gap….

The gap is coming down and Craig is giving it everything he has….. is there enough time to close it down and catch Jason Miles for the silver medal ?
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Back in the race for the podium

We don’t know where it came from but Craig has found his legs and knocked out a 1hr 7 minute lap time, moving from 5th to 3rd and more than halving the gap to second. Its is going to be so close but he still has a chance to catch Team JMC’s Jason Miles…….  
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Rain – just like racing in the UK

The rain is here and the UK riders will be in their element….. but our crew chief is not happy, she was promised sunshine……
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Morning – 6 hours to go

6:46am here at the WEMBO World 24hr Solo Champs. Battle for the top 5 places is hotting up. Craig is suffering but hanging in there in 5th. Just over 6 hours to go…..
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We’re nearly half way

The tough course is taking its toll on the riders. Thomas Wildham has dropped out leaving Jason English with a good lead out front. Craig still holding his position. Some say the real race starts now !
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Party time in the arena

It’s midnight here in Finale Ligure and a live band have taken to the stage. From the pits we can see many lights floating around the surrounding trails, and still hear much cheering as the riders battle their way around the tough course. Craig still going strong.
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4th Place – Great work

Pit row and the support crews being entertained by music from the main stage. Great atmosphere with the British teams. Craig looking good and running in 4th.
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Darkness falls

Night has fallen on the course… Pit crew fed and Craig has a fresh set of clothes. Temperature is dropping a little now. He is still comfortable, and is locked in a battle for 3rd with RAAM fastest rookie of 2011 Matt Warner-Smith. 14.5 hours to go!
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Support crew going strong – getting ready for the night

Craig’s still sitting 3rd place. Support crew going strong. Sun setting and darkness is falling. Exposure lights are now on his bike.
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Dinner time but no stopping for Craig

A few of the more casual racers are stopping for food. We’ve even spotted the racer pitting next to us down in the on site Italian restaurant eating pizza ! Craig won’t be stopping. He’ll take a bottle and keep rolling.  
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3rd Place – riding strong

Thomas Wildham and current World Champion Jason English leading. Craig holding 3rd place and looks comfortable. Just gone 6pm here, 22 degrees…
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Inside the pits..

The support crew are crucial to make sure Craig has everything he needs…..
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Puncture, puncture, bike, bike, bike…..

Puncture just before the last downhill but Craig rode the flat back to the pits and a quick bike change with ace mechanic Reg means time loss was minimised. He’s back on course in about 11th place and moving back up.  
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Opening loop – 6th place

6th place after the first half lap. 3 riders off the front with small gap. Craig looking comfortable.
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Le mans start

It was a hectic start but Craig was on the front row and got away cleanly. He was first to pick up his bike and latched onto the back of a 5 man leading group. Some confusion with the course marking tape led the leaders off course but they quickly recovered and Craig led the
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Rider Briefing Under Way

Dual language rider briefing under way. Still some confusion as to the arena layout but it will soon become clear. Italians are very laid back but also warm and very passionate.
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Lighting the trail with MaXx-D

Thanks to Exposure lights for supporting us with lights for the race. We’ll be running Maxx Ds on the bikes and helmet mounted Joysticks. Lots of power, great definition and ample batterly life for the expected 9 hours of darkness.
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9am – On route to the venue

Buongiorno! Craig, along with support team are heading up from our accommodation to the venue. Three hours to go and everyone’s feeling fresh. Weather looking overcast, currently sunny and possible rain for tomorrow.. we shall see!!!! Next update will be from the venue, where we hope to get some photos up too.  
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Live pit updates from Finale Ligure – Italy

As the race progresses the pit crew will be updating this site with updates and photos. The race starts at 1pm Italian time… that’s midday to all of you at home in the UK. Further details on the race available here: http://finaleligure2012.com/en/ http://www.wembo.com.au/
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Finale Ligure – 19th May 2012

Craig will be competing in the WEMBO World Championships 24 hour solo race held in Finale Ligure starting at midday on Saturday 19th May 2012 http://www.wembo.com.au/ Exposure Lights are supporting Craig at this event.
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New Site – Live!!

Welcome to the new website for UK Enduro Rider Craig Bowles. News, updates, race results and live feeds from the trackside will be posted here. For sponsorship enquiries please contact Craig directly at info@craigbowles.co.uk Check back for new updates soon! CraigBowles.co.uk Web Team
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