Aspen riders excel in 24 Hours of Moab
Last weekend marked the fifth annual 24 Hours of Moab, an event that in its short lifespan has become one of the top endurance mountain biking races in the country.
The race has also, over that lifespan, been the setting for top performances for Aspen-based teams. This year’s race was no exception.
In all, 10 teams and at least two solo riders from the area made the trip to Utah to pedal through the desert night in one of the most demanding mountain bike races to be found anywhere.
The racers started at noon on Saturday, Oct. 9, and by the time the dust had settled at noon on Sunday, Aspen teams had once again pedaled their way to stellar finishes.
The ZG Men’s Veteran team of Kevin Willson, Stuart Edgerly, Michaelangelo Marbe and Thomas Hayles took top honors in the men’s veteran division, completing 19 laps on the loop course outside Moab and finishing at 12:32.
An Aspen-area team also recorded the win in the men’s sport category, with the Pomeroy Peregrines finishing 18 laps at the stroke of noon. The Peregrines consisted of Chris Halsey, Randy Dahl, Tommy Schramer and Chuck Percey.
The Peregrines’ female counterparts, the Pomeroy Powderpuffs, rode their way to a second-place finish in the women’s expert division. The Powderpuffs, Carole Sharp, Heather Lafferty, Kelly Murphy and Alena Gauba, finished 15 laps at 12:06.
In the men’s expert class, three Aspen teams placed in the top 10, led by the Hub of Aspen team, which completed 19 laps at 12:33 to finish third depite one of the team members getting sick.
The Hub team, a two-time winner of the race, was comprised of Charlie Eckart, Danny Sullivan, Mark Logan and Mike Scanlon.
Just three places behind in sixth were the Sweaty Hogs, a team made up of Butch Peterson, Joel Mischke, Gavin Seedorf and a man known only as Crazy Vic.
The Sweaty Hogs finished their 19 laps at 1:08. A team from Aspen Velo rounded out the top men’s expert finishes by completing 18 laps at 12:48, good for ninth place.
The Timberline team posted a fifth-place finish in men’s sport, while Sausage Kings of Aspen took 25th in the same category and GRINN, another local squad, took 99th.
And in the five-person open division, a team calling itself Two Studs Chasing La Cocina Betties finished in 70th position to round out the finishes by Aspen-area athletes.
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