Though the 2008 Canmore 24 Hours of Adrenalin team event sold out in 2-1/2 days a year in advance, organizers Twenty4 Sports held back five spots which will be auctioned in the next weeks with all funds to be directed to International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Canada–specifically for projects and activities in Alberta.
These coveted spots represent the only way that teams can join the 1,450 team riders and 200 solo competitors for the 10th Anniversary World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin Championships to be held in Canmore, Alberta on July 26-27.
The normal price for team entries is US$750, but given the huge demand, quick sell-out and great cause, the opening bid for these IMBA Canada Entries will be US$1000. That means they're guaranteed to raise at least US$5,000 for trail advocacy, education and building.
"There's a really great fit between Twenty4 Sports and IMBA and we're really pleased to announce this partnership," said Twenty4 Sports Director Stuart Dorland. "We've raised over US$21,000 through our Canmore events for the Isabel Dube legacy fund, and we're looking forward to using these events as a platform to support IMBA Canada this year and in the future."
One of the unique elements of this year's 24 Hours of Adrenalin Solo World Championships is the course setting weekend which will bring together elite and recreational racers, IMBA Canada representatives and local stakeholders to provide course design input for the organizers.
"We really intend to make this the most rider-directed and friendly course ever," said Dorland. "We'll have three 2007 World Champions, Tinker Juarez, Rebecca Rusch and Matt Chaney, our single-speed winner, coming to provide rider input on the weekend. We'll also be getting guidance from IMBA Canada that will be vital in making sure that our 2008 course sets a new benchmark for adhering to best trail practices."
Commenting on the partnership, Mark Schmidt of IMBA Canada said: "24 Hours of Adrenalin Canmore is an ideal way for IMBA Canada to interact with a core group of bikers. We're already brainstorming ways that we're going to raise funds for Alberta trails and make our aid station one of the highlights of the weekend."