Race Report: New Course Records for Solo Women by Momber & Duo Men's by Morton/Lideen - 24 Hours In The Old Pueblo

Feb 19, 2024 at 11:45
by Epic Rides  
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The TMC Health 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo celebrated its 24th year of 24 hour racing in the Sonoran singletrack paradise of Willow Springs Ranch north of Tucson Arizona with perfect conditions that saw several race records broken. Nearly 4,000 people brought 24 Hour Town to life on Friday where the event kicked off with registration, a happy hour and the Captains Meeting where the race was proudly dedicated to the Arizona Trail Association (ATA). Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2024, the ATA is a non-profit organization with the mission to protect, maintain, enhance, promote and sustain the Arizona Trail which is one of eleven National Scenic Trails in America.

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Friday happy hour cheers and beers compliments of Dragoon Brewing at the Captains Meeting

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The Orange Seal arch is your entry to all things 24 Hour Town.

At noon on Saturday roughly 567 racers made up of a variety of solo and multi person teams, 2,000 total racers, started their race weekend with a Lemans style running start. Supported by TMC health, Orange Seal sealant, Outbound Lighting, the Bicycle Ranch bike shop and a number of other gear and food vendors both racers and their support staff had all the essentials in place for a most excellent weekend of playing bikes.

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Gosse Van Der Meer near the front of the field in the Lemans start to the AHHA Bike racks finish line.

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The race start is the place to be at noon on Saturday, and it's where you'll find the best type of bike racing mayhem with literally thousands of fellow racers and campers cheer everyone on.

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Alexey Vermeulen leading the first lap.
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Lachlan Morton leading the chasers.

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Kyle Trudeau had the fastest lap on the 17ish mile course with a time of 52:18.

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Kaloin Cummens hitting the kicker!

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Amy Chandos of the Co-ed Duo Maxxis-Hunt-Confluence928 team riding The Bitches. Affectionately named, this section of the race claims its share of victims every year with the high speed ruts that follow a number of punchy double track climbs.

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Lachlan Morton rode the first 12 hours of the race before his teammate Taylor Lideen took over at midnite.

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Team PurEnergy Performance Pro Offroad Team took second overall with 24 laps in 24 hours and 42 minutes for first place for the 4 person male team, which was a new record for that category.

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The second beer garden, compliments of Dragoon Brewing, at the bottom of the rock drop is the place to be at sunset.

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Dusk over the Sonoran Desert.

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24 Hour Town at night.

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Former champion, The queen of Pain, Rebecca Rusch rides through the night.

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Cory Wallace took the solo men's win with 19 laps in 24:03.

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The unicorns come out at sunrise.

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Ellie Kraft of the winning 5 Person Co-ed 0-149 Combined Age team.
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Jari Hyatt of winning duo women's team It's a good life!

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Gordon Wadsworth took the solo men's singlespeed win with 18 laps.

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Julie Momber took the solo women's win, and broke the previous women's solo course record by two minutes for 18 laps in 24:48.

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Taylor Lideen completes his last lap to break the course record by 8 minutes for 24 laps in 24:41 with his duo men's teammate Lachlan Morton.

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It's a last lap party at the rock drop kicker.
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A hard earned and coveted award.

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Solo Women's podium.
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Solo Men's podium with the 24 Hour Town's own Damion Alexander standing in for racer winner Corey Wallace.

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Duo men's teammates Taylor Lideen and Lachlan Morton are all smiles after taking the overall win and setting an incredible course record that was previously held by a 4 person team.

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15 Comments
  • 17 2
 I'd like it noted an Allied BC40 won. I own an Allied BC40 so I am also a winner...just like my Mom always said.
  • 3 0
 My brother from the same mother
  • 3 0
 So you're the guy that bought one, congrats!
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 @bikebasher: Ha...somebody was buying them! Was a decent wait but they were nice enough to send me pictures throughout the build process and there were plenty of BC40 frames on the rack rolling through the process.
  • 1 0
 Actually Taylor Lideen won the race on his Allied bike.
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 @Scott86Otcx: 90% bike, 10% rider is what they always say! J/K, awesome achievements by everyone involved in the event, it's wild. For me I'm happy to see Allied staying as relevant as possible for a small company. I'd love to see them grow and expand their MTB line so keeping my fingers crossed for more press like this.
  • 5 0
 24 laps in 12:41 is nuts.
  • 7 0
 And by 2 people...that accomplishment's been reserved for only four person teams until now. Lachlan and Taylor were not fooling around.
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 And in 12-hr shifts!!!
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 I don't think I've seen any duos attempt 12 hour shifts. Are they the first competitive duo to try that?
  • 1 0
 Total about 396 miles.
  • 4 0
 Shout out to the heros at the PizzArt truck, I must have eaten 8 pies.
  • 3 0
 Cory Wallace not pictured on the podium because he had to ride home to Jasper.
  • 3 0
 Outstanding!
  • 1 0
 Nice Taylor!







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