24 Hours of Adrenalin world championships cancelled
Lack of funding and participants is being blamed for the cancellation of what was scheduled to be the biggest mountain bike event of the year for Canmore.
Organizers have shut down the 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Championships, originally scheduled for Sept. 14 to 16, announcing the news on their website Friday.
“It’s a black day for us,” said 24 Hours of Adrenalin World Championship Founder Stuart Dorland. “It’s a very disappointing day and we’re saddened by the outcome.”
In a statement on their website, Dorland said a funding shortfall caused organizers to cancel the event.
“The priority has always been to ensure that the event lives up to the required standards of the participants, which it cannot do without proper funding. Twenty4 Sports (T4S), who is contracted to operate the event is disappointed as well.”
The world championships operate separately from the rest of the 24 Hours races. It’s run as a not for profit, and an Athletes Assistance Program helps attract elite racers from around the globe. However T4S is contracted to operate the race. The first world championship took place in 1999, organized by Trilife Sports International.
Going into the race, several of the world’s top mountain bike racers had committed to the event, however Dorland said sponsorship support and rider numbers dropped.
“At the end of the day while other areas (lack of sponsorship support) challenged our resources it was the recent loss of overall participation numbers, over the past two weeks that finally made the decision inevitable,” Dorland said.
In the past few weeks, organizers added new citizen categories to the race in hopes of boosting numbers. Despite more than 40 athletes signing up for the citizen’s event, the race still had to be cancelled.
Dorland took the decision personally, and said reaction was mixed to the news. Many athletes train for two years for the event. Some were understanding of the decision while others voiced their displeasure online.
“Economically it’s not feasible to put on without support from various factions,” Dorland said. “Most people are very disappointed. The athletes put a lot of time and resources into the training and all of the sudden it’s not there to compete in.”
Michael Roycroft, area manager of the Canmore Nordic Centre said he’s disappointed the event won’t take place here this year.
“Large anchor events such as the 24hrs of Adrenalin World Solo Championships are important for the Canmore Nordic Centre and the community of Canmore because they help position the Canmore Nordic Centre as a world class year-round event venue and help drive tourism spending in town. We are obviously disappointed that the event needed to be cancelled, but we understand the organizers did everything in their power to make it viable this year. In practical terms, the cancellation has very little direct impact on the centre other than the unfortunate loss of an opportunity to showcase the facility to participants from all over the world,” Roycroft said.
There’s a slight chance another event could be scheduled for the September weekend on such short notice, however the Nordic Centre has several other events scheduled for the day.
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