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24-hour King Eatough Retiring from Racing

Six-time 24-hour solo world Chris Eatough announced that he will retire from professional cycling following the upcoming 24 Hours of Moab.

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Six-time 24-hour solo world Chris Eatough announced that he will retire from professional cycling following the 24 Hours of Moab in October. Courtesy Photo
Six-time 24-hour solo world Chris Eatough announced that he will retire from professional cycling following the 24 Hours of Moab in October. Courtesy Photo

Six-time 24-hour solo world Chris Eatough announced that he will retire from professional cycling following the 24 Hours of Moab in October.

A professional mountain bike racer since 1998, Eatough dominated 24-hour mountain bike racing for more than a half a decade, revolutionizing the sport by combining cross-country race speed with meticulously choreographed pit stop strategies-a combination that resulted in nearly 24 hours of non-stop racing. Noted for his monastic dedication to seven-days-a week, year-round training, all of Eatough’s professional races and wins were aboard Trek bikes.

“For the past 10 years, I have lived my dream as a professional mountain bike racer,” said Eatough, who also coaches. “Now, it’s time for me to move on. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family while still staying involved with the sport I love through product testing for Trek and my coaching business . Championships are great, but even more special to me are the friendships I have gained through my time in the racing community.”

The subject of the full-length motion picture 24 Solo, which told the gripping story of his bid for a seventh-consecutive 24-hour Solo World Championship, Eatough’s endurance racing accomplishments are unrivaled: five-time 24-hour Solo National Champion; 2007 24 Hours of Moab champion; 2007 National Ultra Endurance champion; 2007 BC Bike Race champion; and ten victories in 100-mile mountain bike races.

“Trek is extremely proud of Chris’s achievements over the years,” noted Michael Browne, Trek’s Mountain Bike Brand Manager. “He embraced a burgeoning discipline-quite possibly the most physically demanding the world has ever seen-and turned it into his specialty.”