Ok, maybe not Paris, but the 2010 World 24-Hour Championship will be held this Spring in Brive, France. The race is on May 13-14, a Thursday (Ascension Thursday - National Holiday) and Friday. Brive is about 4 hours by train southwest of Paris.
We have recently received some information about the course. Much of the route goes through a city park. The course is approximately 1200 meters and will be run in a clockwise direction. About 1/3rd of the course is a fine crushed gravel, a short portion is a dirt path with the remaining part on asphalt. There is one small hill with about a one meter rise and around 100 meters in length followed by a descent of the same amount. There is also a number of both left and right hand turns within the loop. Looks like the French will do a fabulous job and I am very excited to run the event.
This year, both the women's and men's US teams are very strong. On the women's team, we have Jamie Donaldson (4th overall last year), Jill Perry (US National 24-hour champ); Suzanna Bon, Anna Piskorska, Amy Palmiero-Winters and me. On the men's team, there is Phil McCarthy (US National 24-hour champ), John Geesler; Dan Rose, Serge Arbona, Scott Jurek and Michael Henze.
We are hoping to bring home some medals. Let's keep our fingers' crossed!