I have read now in two places that World Solo 24 Champions Chris Eatough and Craig Gordon will not be at this years edition of the 24 Hours of Adrenaline Worlds. This is an interesting development on two levels.
Most obvious is that the World's will be a wide open event this year. It's anybodies event for the taking, and this may provoke several riders to attempt to take the coveted crown that has been monopolized by Chris Eatough for six years and now belongs to craig Gordon of Australia. With neither rider coming back, the event should spark some great competition..........or so you would think!
Interestingly enough, it seems that Chris Eatough had signed on to attend the event, but has since pulled out. Hmm.........very strange. Let's take a look at this, shall we?
It's a fact that almost every endurance nutcase out there regards Chris Eatough as "The Man" to shoot for anywhere he shows up. If you can defeat Chris, then it's a major feather in your cap. The thing is, the guy rarely loses, so it's a high bar to get over. I have heard on several occasions that "where ever Eatough goes, that's The World's". Maybe that's about to come true.
What if, (and this is total speculation) Chris Eatough and maybe even Craig Gordon show up at say.......oh, Moab, for instance. Let's say that promoter says it's a world championship. Then is that the World's? Seems to me that it's a distinct possibility.
Whatever goes down, it bears close scrutiny. I sense a change on the wind................