The Pivot TwentyFour12 endurance race event celebrated it’s twelfth year at the weekend in exceptionally wet style. The rain started on Friday afternoon and pretty much didn’t stop until after midnight on Saturday but still there were plenty of finishers riding over the line in the sunshine come noon on Sunday.
The format is 3 races in one with two 12 hour races and an all or nothing 24 hour race running from noon Saturday to Sunday. Perhaps the most unlucky were those opting for the early 12 hour race from noon Saturday to midnight as it pretty much rained constantly through all 12 hours. Those solo racers opting for the torch bearer start at midnight on Sunday were perhaps no luckier even though the rain stopped shortly after they started. From that point the mud grew thicker and stickier. So lets face it.. it didn’t really matter when you started or for how long you raced, it was one of the toughest and muddiest races in the events 12 year history. This being the 12th year the event was given the extra moniker of ‘The Dirty Dozen’ and it was a title that did not disappoint.
The race also incorporated the National 24 hour Solo championships that included a prize pot of £2000 for the podium. Those that made it to the podium had pushed themselves to the limit with some needing a helping hand to step up to claim their well deserved prizes.
In the mens’ 24 hour solo category it was Max Suttie who took the honours along with a cheque for £400 after racking up a staggering 26 laps.
Mens 24 Solo Podium
- 1st – Max Suttie
- 2nd Matthew Jones
- 3rd Michael Mccutcheon
Full solo male results here.
Women’s 24 Solo Podium
In the women’s category it was Naomi Freireich who took the top spot and the cash with 20 laps although she was chased all the way by Isla Rowntree, who was competing in her first ever 24 hour solo race.
- 1st Naomi Freireich
- 2nd Isla Rowntree
- Donna Waring
Full women’s solo results here
But no matter how much wet the weather threw at the riders it couldn’t wipe the smiles off the faces of these riders.
Gallery Of Smiles
The event has been sponsored by Pivot Cycles for 2 years as the title sponsor but for much longer as a minor sponsor and all visitors to the event could pick out a bike from the Pivot demo fleet to take around on a lap or two with full technical support on hand thanks to the Pivot mechanics. There was even opportunity for us to get a bike check run down on both the all new Pivot Mach 5.5 and 4 bikes. Check out our Facebook Live broadcast below.
And speaking of PA…
The Night Gallery
It took some patience to get it going but there’s nothing like a dangerous fire in an old washing machine to take your mind off the lack of sensation in your feet.
Were You There?
Dave Hayward was the official photographer for the event. If you were out on course when he was then he probably has a shot of you encased in mud. Check out his website for hundreds of images from the weekend.
We went out on course on Saturday evening to see how it was wearing in. A little too much wear was the consensus.
And we even broadcast the podium presentation, which included a prize money pot of £2000 for the National Solo Champions, live on Facebook.
For more information on the Pivot range of bikes see their website here.