2013 24-Hour MTB Nationals set for this weekend in New Mexico


With Colorado Springs in the background, Palmer Park was aglow with riders

Gallup, N.M. (June 13, 2013) — America's top endurance mountain bikers will head to the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico this weekend to vie for Stars-and-Stripes jerseys at the 2013 USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships. Held in conjunction with 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest, championship racing begins Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m., and concludes at 11 a.m. on Sunday when each rider’s completed laps will be counted toward their overall placing.

Four National Titles Up for Grabs

National championships will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Solo Male
  • Solo Female
  • 4-person Open Team
  • 4-person Junior Co-Ed Team

In addition, the non-championship categories as part of the 24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest include:

  • Solo Singlespeed (Male and Female)
  • Duo (Female, Male, Singlespeed and Co-ed)
  • 4-person Team (Female, Male, Singlespeed)
  • 5-person Open Team
  • Corporate Team (Up to 10 riders per team)
  • Enchantedland (2-6 riders per team, aimed at novices, juniors and families)

The Course

A single lap of the course stretches 19.7 miles and is almost entirely singletrack except for a small segment near the staging area. Riders will start at an elevation of 7,785 feet above sea level, but the highest point on course is only 8,350 feet in elevation. With a total of just 1,800 feet  of climbing, this rolling course promises to be fast.

"Gallup and New Mexico are ecstatic to be hosting 24-Hour Mountain Bike Nationals for the first time,” said race director Lindsay Mapes. “A race of this caliber is putting us on the map, finally!"

"The New Mexico Tourism Department was thrilled to learn that USA Cycling awarded the 2013 and 2014 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships to Gallup, NM," said Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson. "Cyclists from all over the country will get to experience this challenging and beautiful course through the Zia Mountains and then discover the many adventures to be had off the course, not just in Gallup, but all over New Mexico."

For more information on the course, including elevation profiles and a course map, click here.

Riders to Watch

Expect to see 2011 24-hour national champion Josh Tostado (Breckenridge, Colo.) near the front of the men’s solo field. Challenging him will be 2013 Pro MTB Ultra-Endurance Tour men’s standings leader Tinker Juarez (Whittier, Calif./ Sho-Air/Cannondale), an Olympian and former world champion, and Evan Plews (Salem, Ore.), the 2011 men’s singlespeed 24-hour national champion.

Defending 24-hour national champion Jari Kirkland (Crested Butte, Colo.) will be looking to hang on to the Stars-and-Stripes jersey for another year in the women’s solo category. Some of the top contenders also aiming for that top podium spot include Nina Baum (Albuquerque, N.M.), Rita Borelli (Morgan Hill, Calif.) and Tracy Thelen (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

Live timing can be found at www.chasing3.com/24hrs. You can also follow the race through the Zia Rides Facebook page or on Twitter through @ZiaRides. The official Twitter hashtag is #24hrNats.

This Article Updated June 16, 2013 @ 06:33 PM For more information contact: