My last race of the year would once again be the 24 hours of Moab. This was the 18th edition of the famed race; unfortunately it was also the final edition. I have enjoyed the 24 Hours of Moab all of the times I have raced it, and was looking forward to being part of the final one.
The sandy course conditions this year were the worst that I have seen in the 6 times I have raced here. But that just evens the playing field for everyone and it’s just part of racing mountain bikes. At least the weather was looking great, with no chance of rain and temps in the 70’s during the day and 30’s at night.
After the long running start I made it to my bike behind about 10 people and was able to quickly pull back all of the fast runners. I jumped to the front of the race and never looked back, after the first lap, I already had a couple minute lead and was able to extend that lead every lap!
By the halfway point in the race I had a sizable lead and started to slow my pace and take it easy enjoying the final laps ever at the 24 hours of Moab. At 7:45 am I had completed my 14th lap and was about 4 hours ahead of second, so I decided to take a long break and see how things would shape up. I was hoping to be able to stop at that point but 2nd place was riding steady and it turned out that I would have to do one more lap. With the sun shinning I went out for my last lap to secure the win! After a long chilly night it was nice to finish up in the warmth of the day.
I feel very lucky to have won this race 4 times; my Santa Cruz Blur XC has carried me to every victory at this race and is the perfect tool for this course. In 6 years of racing in Moab I had zero flats on Maxxis tires, and my Niterider lights make it possible to ride just as fast at night as I would in the day time. I also want to thank Shimano for providing me with hands down the best components available and Infinit Nutrition for keeping me fueled through the long race. Of course Stan’s NoTubes makes the most ridiculously light race wheels, Smith Optics is the beast eyewear on earth and Hydrapak provides the great packs that carry everything I need.
I also have to give a huge thanks to my crew from Avalanche Sports they are the best! It’s been a great season with a ton of fun racing and I’m looking forward to a little down time and hopefully some great skiing, I will be back next year for another great season of racing!
See you in 2013,