Results from the 2001 24 Hours of Moab
Press Releases from the 2001 24 Hours of Moab
5:00pm MST 10/13/2001
The 7th Annual 24 Hours of Moab is underway and, as expected, the competition
is fierce. Five hours into the race and the SoBe/Headshok team is leading
the Coed Pro/Am class and leading overall, with the Trek/VW team not
far behind in second place. Beaver Creek II is hanging in third. All
three teams have 5 laps under their belts with several sub-one hour
laps being turned in by both teams and only 5 minutes between 1st and
3rd places. In the Men's Expert class, Juiciest Hogs is leading the
pack, with 5 laps and a second place overall to boot. In fourth overall,
the Duo Pro team of Ride the Beav is scorching the course--currently
riding in fifth overall. It's still early in the race and anything can
happen. The weather at the site is beautiful but the temps are sure
to drop with the sun. The last several nights have seen sub-freezing
temps with frost on the trails.
8:30pm MST With over 25,000 cummulative miles under their belts, the
racers at the 24 Hours of Moab head into the night with their lights
blazin'. Slowly but surely the Sobe/Headshok team is putting some time
on their rivals. Trek/VW has lost several minutes since the last report
while Beaver Creek II is holding a strong third. Ride the Beav is still
atop the Duo Pro class with Britney Returns and Must be the Money in
second and third, respectively--within 10 minutes of the lead. In the
Men's Solo class, Rishi Grewal (6 laps) holds a ten minute advantage
over Nat Ross while David Herbold is running in third. For the Women,
Nancy Busching is out on her 6th lap while Jenna Woodbury and Sandra
Musgrave give chase.
1:30 a.m. MST
Whew! It's getting a bit chilly out on the mesas and everyone is bundling
up against the cold. Helmets come off at the end of a lap and clouds
of steam rise from the riders head. Those not on the course huddle near
campfires or lay bundled in their sleeping bags. Ole' Gary Fisher himself
decides that it may be better to finish off two laps in a row to build
up some rack time. It's still a long way to the sunrise.
As for competition, it hasn't diminished at all. The Sobe/Headshok
team continues to dominate the race--having turned in 12 laps along
with Men's Expert team Juiciest Hogs. Beaver Creek II has moved into
second place in the Coed Pro/Am class ahead of Trek/VW. It looks as
though Travis Brown had a rough night lap, turning in a 1:20 lap. Ride
the Beav continues to hold its lead in the Duo Pro class and Rishi Grewal
has extended his lead to over 1/2 hour in the Men's Solo class.
Out on the horizon pinpricks of light sparkle from the glowing headlamps
of riders circling the course. It's a long way from over and a lot can
change over the remainder of the race. Only time will tell.
7:30 a.m. MST
Yes, anything can happen in a 24 hour race. For Travis Brown it was
a failed set of lights that led to a sub-par performance. Even so, the
Trek/VW team improved its performance in the wee hours--pulling to within
3 minutes of second place team Beaver Creek II while Sobe/HeadShok maintains
a 4-minute margin at the top of the Coed Pro/Am class. Juiciest Hogs
have maintained their lead in the Men's Expert and moved into 1st overall--completing
17 laps (so far). The racers as a whole have logged more than 50,000
miles on their bikes so far with more frantic ones to come as the race
enters its last quarter. Time to check out the standings and re-evaluate
strategy. Even with the cold and weariness, Beth Housman of "Eat
My Grout" observed to her teammate, "It's pretty out there."
For many, the arrival of the sun will be a sight they have longed for
all night long.
Team Ride the Beav leads Must Be The Money by 45 minutes in the Duo/Pro
class. Both teams have continued their back-and-forth assault with no
doubling up on laps over the night. In the Women's Expert class, Hubs
of Aspen I has worked to a one-hour lead over Poison Spirit, who were
hurt by several longer than usual laps. Nancy Busching holds a solid
lead in the Women's Solo class where individual lap times slowly rose
over the night. In the Men's solo, Rishi Grewal has extended his lead
to a whopping 75 minutes, consistently turning in 1:45 minute laps over
It should be a beautiful Sunday morning in Moab and the warmth of the
sun will be a welcome thing. It will be a competitive morning though
for most as they try to squeeze everything out of their brains, bodies
and bikes as we head toward high noon.
8:42 a.m. MST
Quite the meeting of the greats just occured at log table two. Trek/VW
and Subaru/Gary Fisher were handing off at the same time. It just so
happened that Sue Haywood and Allison Sydor were handing over the baton
at the same time as Mary Griggson and Chrissy Redden. A meeting of more
than a few World, Olympic, National and 24 Hour titles on the course
Beaver Creek II just moved into the lead in the Coed Pro/Am class--3
minutes up on Sobe/Headshok while Trek/VW is only 30 seconds out of
second place. It's going to be a barn burner.
9:40 a.m. MST
The sun is up and things are warming up. With only 2 1/2 hours left
in the race it's do or die time for those wanting to move up. Whomever
has to head out on their lap, they will be pumped up by friends, support
staff and team members. Standing in the log tent, chomping at the bit
as they look to the horizon for a glimpse of their incoming teammate.
For those on the lonely solo journey, another several hours of enduring
the lack of sleep, dust from the trail and general body fatigue.
If you have been around mountain biking for a while, you'll recognize
the accomplishments of one Jimmy Killen. This is the last pro race for
Killen as he heads to retirement. What a treat it would be if he could
help propel his team (Sobe/Headshok) to a win. At last check they were
only 3 minutes back from the leading Beaver Creek II team. He's in the
on deck circle now--warming up for what looks to be his final lap.....and
he's off. Killen's teammate Eric Jones gave him a lift as he posted
a 64 minute lap--moving his team into first place. Killen has proven
to be the rider of the weekend--posting the fastest lap so far at 56:46
but its been almost 24 hours since that feat. Does he have enough fuel
in the tank? We shall see.
9:52 a.m. MST
Beaver Creek II has dropped from 1st to 3rd as Sobe/Headshok took the
lead and Trek/VW moved into second. Looking at average lap times will
tell you that this will turn into a frantic finish--all three team possibly
getting in two more riders prior to the noon deadline. Men's Expert
team Juiciest Hogs continue to lead the overall with an amazing 19 laps--well
on their way to 22 laps which would shatter last years mark of 20 laps
set by the Sobe/Headshok team.
12:42 p.m. MST
It's up to the girls this afternoon. Trek/VW sent out Allison Sydor
30 seconds ahead of Beaver Creek II's Gretchen Reeves while Kerry Barnholt
hit the course 3 1/2 minutes back. It is a race ya'll.
1:04 p.m. MST
It's official--Allison Sydor put the hammer down on her last lap, turning
in a time of 1:08 (her second fastest of the race) to lead the Trek/VW
team to a Coed Pro/Am win. Gretchen Reeves, of the second place Beaver
Creek II team, caught sight of Sydor several times but couldn't manage
to close the gap. Travis Brown and Allison Sydor stated that the experience
of their teammates Chris Eatough and Sue Haywood, veterans of 24 hour
racing, was invaluable in their performance. "It was the hardest
thing I have ever done" said Sydor while Eatough said it was the
most competitive race he's been in..period.