18 February 2008

Welcome to Sunny Tucson

We're back from this year's 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo just North of Tucson, AZ. 1,600 or so teams and over 3,000 people set up in 24 Hour Town, about 10 miles off the road and into the desert. 24HitOP is a well-run, friendly and reasonably-priced event. We come from all over the Southwest for some good weather, good singletrack and friendly competition.

Despite some unexpected snow on Thursday into Friday, the clouds cleared by the opening shotgun blast and the course was largely dry by nightfall. A couple of era miles of singletrack compared to last year meant longer lap times and less recovery. We got a chance to chat with and ride gear from several manufacturers, including Ay Up, Siren Cycles, Uvex, Swobo, Ergon, Specialized and Spot- look for reviews over the next couple of weeks.

Team bikefix? We did well- a respectable 14 laps for 14th place despite a possible lack of training and some GI problems. We caught up with old friends, ate lot and enjoyed the the sunshine when it did come. All in all, a great way to spend the holiday weekend.

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