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A video of the 2011 European Champs, courtesy of Josh Ibbett.
After over 14 years of people racing off-road, non-stop and for a whole day, in 2010 we decided it was time for a Solo 24 Hour UK Championships. In 2011 we added a 12 hour event and also created the European Solo Championships. Everyone who decides to ride off-road for such duration takes on a massive personal challenge. 24 Hours of Exposure is pioneering in that it is the only solo-only event in Europe.
Alongside a truly championship worthy course every effort has been made to create a supportive environment for those stepping up for the first time. The aim: happiness, contentment and fulfillment, a badge of honour to be worn by all finishers.
Now in its fourth year the event attracts some of the top endurance racers in the country and from across Europe, with many returning year on year to either defend their jersey or to try and get their hands on one. And this may well be their final chance.
Some of those racers may choose to take on allcomers at the World Championships, but the one they all want and want right now is the UK title: to wear the red, white and blue, to know that they have fought the hardest and that they are the Champion.
Here we outline those contenders who might cover close to 300 miles non-stop to take the European & UK Solo Championship titles.
Don't talk to Ian Leitch the morning before the race or you'll be wound into a crazed frenzy and set off far too fast.
Rob Dean (Leisure Lakes Bikes)
Winner Sleepless in the Saddle 2009