WEMBO World 24Hr MTB Championship
2023 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships

Sat, 4 Nov 2023 - Sun, 5 Nov 2023
University of New England
Entries open
Thu, 04 May 2023 6:00 PM AEST
Entries close
Wed, 01 Nov 2023 11:59 PM AEDT
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2023 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour
Mountain Bike Championships


Rider Entry Refund Period has Closed
If you pay your race entry fee on or after 20 September 2023 (AEST), there will be no refunds of the race entry fee if you decide to withdraw from the event.

Tents & Gas Heaters
From 2359 on 4 October, we won’t be taking any more orders for tents or gas heaters as we need to finalise the orders with equipment suppliers.

Nature of Race

The race is the 2023 WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships. All entrants must enter this race. Subject to WEMBO reaching agreement with AusCycling, result subsets may be generated to determine the 2023 Australian Solo 24 Hour Mountain Bike Champions. Sub-events may have different categories to the WEMBO categories. The race is conducted under WEMBO rules, which take precedence over any other rules. By entering, riders agree to race under the WEMBO rules and agree to the WEMBO entry conditions, and that these rules and conditions take precedence over any other local rules and conditions. Information on entering, race rules, prizes can all be found on the WEMBO Website: Race Information

Racing will be conducted under the control and management of the New England Mountain Bikers club (NEMTB).

WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour MTB Championships History

WEMBO was founded in 2011 to hold world solo 24 hour mountain bike championships. The first event was at Finale Ligure in Italy in 2012, and 2023 in Armidale will be the 10th edition, with the 2020 and 2021 world championships not run due to COVID-19. WEMBO World Championships have been held in Italy, Australia, Scotland, USA, New Zealand and Brasil. Since 2012, 1677 riders from 44 countries have taken part.

Australian riders have a rich history in World Solo 24 Hour racing. Mary Grigson was the first Australian to win a world Solo 24 championship in 2001, followed by Craig Gordon in 2006. On the WEMBO Perpetual Trophy, Australians Jason English has 5 appearances (7 world Solo 24 championships in total), Jess Douglas 2 (3 world Solo 24 championships in total), and Liz Smith has 1.


University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia. The event will be held in the area of the Hockey fields near the sports ovals.

Entries Categories and Age Classification

The minimum race-age for entry is 18.
The rider’s race-age is calculated as on 31 December 2023.

The categories available, for both Male and Female riders, are:

  • Elite
  • Single Speed
  • Riders with a Disability
  • Age Categories: Under 23, 23-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60+

The 60+ age category may be further sub-divided into 60-64, 65-69 and 70+ at the discretion of the Race Organiser and subject to entry numbers in the categories. With 1 month to go, we will be dividing the 60+ men as described, but there are not enough entries to divide the 60+ women.

There is no requirement to qualify to enter a WEMBO World Solo 24 Hour Championships, but there is a cap of 400 solo entries.

To be “WEMBO World Champion” with your name on the WEMBO Trophy, you MUST enter the Elite Category. Only the Elite category receives prize money, which is paid down to 10th place. WEMBO prize money is totally equal for Men and Women placings.

You can only enter ONE category. No matter how many sub-results are produced, you will only pay one race entry fee.


Entry Prices (all in $AUD). Licence extra if required:
Race Entry $ 295.00 (includes empty 3m x 3m solo pit row space)
Pit Tent $ 600.00 closed (erected, 3m x 3m with power, lights, table, chairs)
Gas Heater $ 200.00 closed (column gas heater with two x 9Kg gas cylinders)
Camping $ 20.00 per site per night for Thu, Fri, Sun
Saturday night is free.

Entry Cutoff Dates. While you can enter up to a week before the race, there are specific cutoff dates by which you must enter if you want certain race items. These are:

• by 4 Jul 2023 : last date for cancellation by the entrant with entry refund. Cancellation Period Closed

• by 4 Aug 2023 : to receive T Shirts and Race Bidons. Closed

• by 4 Oct 2023 : to order tents and gas heaters. Closed

• by 15 Oct 2023 : to get custom race plates with name and flag.

• 1 Nov 2023 : online entries close.

License Details. An International UCI Licence will not cover riders for this event. WEMBO strongly encourages all riders to ensure they have travel insurance coverage plus race coverage for medical coverage, ambulance and medical transport flights.

2020-2021 Entrants
Riders who have previously paid through NEMTB for entry to WEMBO 2020 or 2021 World championships in Armidale (deferred due to COVID-19) and have not had their entry refunded, will have their entry honoured at the price they originally paid. Those riders need to contact Russ Baker from WEMBO bakersmtb@mac.com to confirm and validate previous entry.

Supplementary Information

In addition to your Entry, we will need some additional basic information to help with the smooth running of the event. Some of this may not be known to you at the time of your entry (eg international traveller arrival dates, helper name & contact details etc), which is why this is decoupled from entry and requested from you separately.

Please ensure you have completed the Supplementary Information prior to the cut-off date for that information described above. For example, if you want to receive T-Shirts, you would need to enter size information by 4 August 2023.

Supplementary Information can be provided here;

Supplementary Information Form - All Competitors are to complete prior the event

We recognise things can change so you are able to edit that information should you need to update any details.

Further WEMBO Information

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Travel Information and Recommendations

In Australia we drive on the left side of the road. Speed limits and road rules (including the prohibition on use/contact with mobile phones whilst driving) in Australia are rigidly enforced and penalties are high. There are also separate time-based speed zones near schools. Do not expect the speed limit tolerance you may be used to in your home country.

Get used to the size. The drive from the East to West coast in Australia is one thousand kilometres longer than from London to Moscow, or about the same as East Coast to West Coast in the USA.

It is recommended that international riders fly into Sydney or Brisbane. From Sydney, you either fly or drive to Armidale. A Visa is required for entry to Australia and quarantine rules are strict, so make sure your bike and bike clothing/footwear are clean. If you need a letter to support your visa application, contact Russ Baker at WEMBO on bakersmtb@mac.com A letter will only be provided once you have entered the event.

Getting to Armidale from:
• Sydney Fly (QANTAS) or a 6 hour drive
• Brisbane 5 ½ hour drive
• Gold Coast 5 hour drive

Accommodation. There are numerous hotels and B'n'Bs in Armidale, plus camping areas in the area. Easiest way is to use the normal web-based accommodation searches.

Coastal Regions and Beaches. Armidale is about 150 Km inland from the coast. There some great coastal areas a few hours drive away. Just remember, if you want to visit every beach in Australia, spending 1 day at each beach, it will take you 29 years.

Coffs Harbour 2 ½ hour drive : Byron Bay 4 hour drive

Contact Us

australia@wembo.com.au or https://www.wembo.com.au/general/contact-wembo

Entry prices

Online pricing:

Regular entry

A payment card fee may apply (calculated at checkout).