JAKE Whitton has emerged from the 2013 Wembo World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships as a world champion.
Whitton won in the 18-23 age category at the event, which was held at Stromlo in the ACT on October 12 and 13.
This is the youngest category in this type of endurance race as competitors must be 18 years and older to compete.
The days were warm and the nights were cold at Canberra and if riders
didn’t think 24 hours on a pushbike was enough, they also had to contend with brown and black snakes sunning themselves on the track.
During the 24 hour race, Whitton rode 371 kilometres of challenging single
track and climbed 8600 metres (equivalent to climbing Cambewarra Mountain 13 times).
Whitton rode a tactical race, knowing he had to ride for 24 hours so he set out at a steady pace.
For the first 12 hours he swapped positions from second to fifth place, with only seconds separating the group.
By midnight Whitton had taken the lead with second place Michael Schmitt only seconds behind him.
Whitton and Schmitt rode together for the next five hours, until just before dawn when Whitton made a tactical decision to break away and make some distance on second place.
Over the next two and half hours, he gained a 40 minute lead and dropped back to a sustainable pace.
By the 22nd hour, Whitton’s father Ian, who was also competing in the 45-49 age group, rode with him, giving him encouragement and support to get him through his last gruelling hours.
Father and son rode over the finishing line together, with Jake crossing the finishing line with a convincing win, having a one lap lead to second place.
Whitton would like to thank his support team who fed and hydrated and encouraged him through a long 24 hours.
Also to his mum Rachael, sister Lilli, girlfriend Jana and his best mate Matt Smith who was also Jake’s bike mechanic, his boss Kane Barrett and also to Ultimate Cycles for their support.