Irishman Sherlock’s epic ride at 24hr World Championships

Posted on: February 21st, 2016

Ryan Sherlock has done a fantastic ride in New Zealand, finishing 5th in what sounds like a massively challenging event.


Ryan Sherlock has put in something of an epic ride at the World 24-Hour MTB Championships in New Zealand overnight.

The Irishman looked for a long period like he may take a medal, holding 3rd place for good deal of the event in Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua.

The event, which finished in the early hours of Sunday morning Irish time, saw over 140 riders set out to do battle, with Monaghan man Sherlock among the very best.

The racing was run by Wembo – the World Endurance Mountain Bike Organisation – and came four years after the first championships were held in Italy.

As the title suggests, riders race for 24 hours solo non-stop.

Sherlock’s event was won by Australian rider Jason English who completed 27 laps of the course in a time of 23hrs 56mins 39secs.

While the race is dubbed a 24-hour one, it is completed when the winner reaches the finish at the end of the race lap as close to 24 hours as possible.

Just behind English was Canadian rider Cory Wallace, who completed the same number of laps as the winner but took 24hrs and 49secs to complete his race.

In the bronze medal position, which Ireland’s Sherlock held for a very long time, Tobias Lestrell of Australia completed 26 laps in 24hrs 01mins 13secs.

And just behind him was the first Kiwi rider home Adrian Retief, also completing 26 laps; in a time of 24hrs 46mins 53secs.

Sherlock completed one lap less than that, at 25 circuits of the course, and in the end was in the saddle for 23hrs 53mins 37secs.

We’ll catch up with him for an interview just as soon as he’s recovered.