24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

 

This past Presidents’ Day weekend, racers put their legs to the test at 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. This race, presented by Tucson Medical Center, celebrated its 17th year, turning the Sonoran Desert into an all-night and all-day race course. Home base for 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo has been called “24 Hour Town” due to the large group of campers piled into one area. The event provides racers, friends and families the chance to kick back and relax with great food, a large bike expo, and live music from 91.3 KXCI. Thanks to the sunny and warm weather, over 4000 people attended the event and close to 1800 racers lined up at the gate. The race offered a Le Mans-style start, requiring racers to sprint to the bike racks and find their bikes. Collectively, the riders at 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo clocked over 7,000 laps and well over 110,000 miles. If you think you’re tough enough to race 24 hours, then check out this event next year when it comes around again, at www.epicrides.com.

See the results here: 2016 Results 

Photos by Brian Leddy/Epic Rides.

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The 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo race is famous for its Le Mans style start. This race begins with the riders running full speed to their bikes, jumping on, and pedaling like crazy.
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The 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo consists of miles and miles of singletrack that start out fairly friendly to riders of all levels, but after many miles and hours, they can get quite challenging.
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When the sun goes down, the racing doesn’t stop. Spectators watch as the sun sets and the racers prepare themselves for the night.
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Welcome to “24 Hour Town.” This race has been called the Burning Man of mountain biking due to its large size and party attitude.

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Ride hard, relax harder. Racers tag-teaming the race have the benefit of relaxing between hard efforts.
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The desert landscape at the Old Pueblo challenges riders with loose sand, numerous rocks and dry desert air.
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24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is all day and all night, so make sure you bring your best lights.
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Watch out for cacti. The Old Pueblo course is riddled with sharp, pointy needles ready to puncture your tires–or worse, your skin.

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Tucson, Arizona, provides racers with flowy singletrack as well as technical rocky sections.
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Some riders tried to catch hang time at every opportunity.
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Cruising down the trail, 24-hour races require riders to pace themselves, unlike conventional full-sprint, cross-country events.
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