The 2012 World 24 Hour MTB Championships that was scheduled to be held in Canmore Alberta Canada September 14 – 16, 2012 has been cancelled due to economic factors as well as lack of participation.
Press release from World 24 Hour MTB Championships.
Regrettably due to a number of contributing factors, it is with sincere sadness that I announce the cancellation of the 2012 World 24 Hour MTB Championships scheduled to be held in Canmore Alberta Canada September 14 – 16, 2012.
Today is a hard day… it’s like the loss of a family member. I’m sad for all the racers (and families) who trained hard and devoted resources to being in Canmore this September. I’m sad for those in the community of Canmore that supported our desire to build a world-class event. I’m disappointed and sad beyond belief at the cancellation today, which is a real blow for the whole endurance family.
That said, a number of situations this past month leaves us with no alternative but to cancel. This is not a decision that was made lightly and I know that many of the current entrants will be upset with this decision however, at this point, it would be irresponsible to continue with the event. It was determined (yesterday) that it would not be economically and administratively feasible to keep the event on the calendar.
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.
Dating back to 1998 when it was decided that we (Trilife Sports International) would underwrite the creation of a world championship (1999), this event was always dedicated to showcasing the best endurance athletes. It’s been our vision to provide the endurance community with the ultimate test for both elite and age group mountain bike athletes.
After announcing that Canmore, Alberta Canada would host the championships back in August of 2011, W24C have worked hard based on a “not for profit” model to provide the best possible event for all athletes involved. An Athletes Assistance Program was created, which had the top elite racers committed to the race. What looked to be an epic battle on paper had the best international group of elite racers attending in the 13-year history. 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
I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused people in their training plans and holiday commitments and remain optimistic that we will find the support that our sport deserves in order to continue to highlight our best to the world.
Refunds to all racers who had not cancelled or had outstanding balances will be completed within 72 hours.
Stuart Dorland – founder