September 28, 2004
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Mountain Bike Race in the West Celebrates Ten Years
Tenth Annual 24 Hours of Moab Welcomes Back Over 4,500 mountain
Utah (September 28, 2004) The official grand finale to the 24-hour
race season begins October 15 when more than 4,500 dedicated mountain
bike racers and thrill-seeking support crew descend on mountain
biking's most revered destination in Moab, Utah, for a legendary
celebration of cycling. The 24 Hours of Moab hosts an international
field of racers who will compete for bragging rights and $63,000
in cash and prizes.
hard to believe that it has been ten years," said Laird Knight,
race promoter and creator of the 24-hour racing format that is
taking the mountain bike world by storm. "Moab has been an
incredible event right from the start. We've seen record attendance
each year and this year it looks like we're going to fill our
500 team limit earlier than ever before. But the real measure
of success for this event is how important it has become both
socially and culturally. It is a real gathering-of-the-tribes."
Cyclists of all types who step up to the start line at noon on
the 16th will spend the next 24 hours racing, eating or sleeping
while their support crews race to keep bikes tuned, muscles massaged,
stomachs fed, and insure that weary bodies are scheduled for precious
sleep. The majority of 24-hour racers ride on relay teams of four
or five people. The objective is to complete as many laps as possible
on the 15-mile course from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday.
The course has a reputation as one of the longest, fastest, most
challenging courses in the world. It is also one of the most scenic
as it winds its way through the red-rock, high-desert, south of
Moab. Three-time mountain bike world champion, Alison Sydor, remarked
that, "This is the most exciting and most difficult race
I've ever done," after winning a hard fought victory as part
of the TREK/VW Coed Pro/Am team in 2002.
ultra-endurance Pro/Solo racers arrive at 24 Hours of Moab to
do battle against one of the largest and most elite fields in
the world. Many solo racers best more than half the teams. Even
more impressive than that, some will log as many as 17 laps, more
than 250 miles and 18,700 feet of climbing on some of the most
rugged terrain around!
10th Annual 24 Hours of Moab marks Keith Bontrager's fiftieth
24-hour race since 1994. The venerable pioneer of mountain biking
(and designer of Lance Armstrong's winning wheels) turns 50 in
December and, in a Darwinian effort to outpace his competition,
Bontrager is in the best shape of his racing career and will likely
prove a threat to racers half his age.
Gear Productions' unprecedented, state-of-the-art, RealTime
electronic scoring system uses radio frequency ID (RFID) cards
and a satellite internet connection to broadcast real-time results
on grannygear.com. Meanwhile back in at the race venue, a wireless
network broadcasts the results to race participants. Racers eager
to size up returning competitors can research previous years'
lap times for each racer from each team for every race since 2001,
visit: http://grannygear.com/Races/history _results.shtml.
hours and many memorable laps later, weary racers cross the Start/Finish
line and log their team's final lap. Racers from fifteen different
classes will climb the podium at the awards ceremony, which starts
promptly at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Prizes up for grabs include Shimano
965 Wheelsets and NiteRider HID Storm lighting systems.
largest mountain bike race west of the Mississippi, a weekend
of world-class competition and fat tire camaraderie, and an opportunity
to race on some of the most stunning terrain in the U.S. earns
The 24 Hours of Moab its status as one of the most celebrated
mountain bike races in the world. Supporting Sponsors include
NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems, BIKE Magazine, VeloWear.com,
and The American Lung Association. Contributing sponsors include
Shimano USA and East-West Printing.
Gear Productions, a sports marketing and event production company,
has earned a reputation as the industry's most innovative and
successful event organizer. With more than 22 years as a mountain
bike race organizer, Granny Gear President and CEO, Laird Knight,
created the 24-hour racing format in 1991. In 2001, Knight became
West Virginia Tourism's Person-of-the-Year and in 2002, Knight
was inducted into The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.
more information, visit: www.grannygear.com
For photographic material, press credentials, or to set up an
interview with racers from your area, call Wendy at 617-308-2500