24-hour solo champ Eatough retiring

Trek racer dominated solo racing for half a decade

Multiple solo 24-hour mountain bike world champion Chris Eatough will retire from professional cycling after the 2009 24 Hours of Moab in mid October.

“For the past 10 years, I have lived my dream as a professional mountain bike racer,” Eatough said. “Now, it’s time for me to move on. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family while still staying involved with the sport I love through product testing for Trek and my coaching business.

"Championships are great, but even more special to me are the friendships I have gained through my time in the racing community,” he added.

The six-time 24-hour Solo World Champion has raced for Trek since 1998, and dominated 24-hour mountain bike racing for over half a decade after pioneer John Stamstad retired.

A native of Great Britain, Eatough was also the subject of the full-length motion picture '24 Solo', which documented his bid for a seventh-consecutive 24-hour Solo World Championship. His palmares are impressive:  five-time 24-hour Solo National Champion; 2007 24 Hours of Moab champion; 2007 National Ultra Endurance champion; 2007 BC Bike Race champion and 10 victories in 100-mile mountain bike races.

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