SOURCE: Trek Bicycle

Trek Bicycle

September 21, 2009 12:15 ET

Endurance Mountain Bike Racing Legend Chris Eatough to Retire

"24 Hours of Moab" Last Professional Race

WATERLOO, WI--(Marketwire - September 21, 2009) - Six-time 24-hour Solo World Champion and long-time Trek mountain biker Chris Eatough has announced that he will retire from professional cycling following the upcoming "24 Hours of Moab" (October 10-11). A professional mountain bike racer since 1998, Chris Eatough dominated 24-hour mountain bike racing for over 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 Chris 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 Chris Eatough. "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, Chris 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' 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. While forging this discipline into its current high-profile form, he set the standard for performance and professionalism, won more titles than any other 24-hour racer, and even became the star in a feature-length film. His attention to detail, his discipline, and his pure will power demanded the world take notice."

Chris Eatough is sponsored by Trek, Bontrager, JBL, Fox, Shimano, Oakley, and Infinit Nutrition as an Elite rider of the Trek Racing Cooperative.

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