Epic Pro Cycling Win Season Opener in Arizona Desert
The Gear Movement/Epic Pro cycling team have won the 13thannual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo this past weekend. They overcame world-class
competition from the Kona factory racing team to complete a record breaking 23
laps in the four-man open category.
Bryan Alders took the first lap of the 16.1-mile
cactus-lined course, putting the team in contention behind Kona, before Chris
Baddick moved the team into a commanding position at the front of the race. As the
evening progressed, the Epic Pro teamís lead stretched to almost and hour. With
cholla cactus lining the course, the Stanís wheels and sealant combination
performed flawlessly Ė multiple cactus needles were pulled out the tires
without any need to change a flat.
Jordan Williford, an experienced night rider and veteran of
the Old Pueblo race, battled through mechanicals in the early hours of the
morning and put Sam Morrison on track to lap the Kona team by sunrise. The
Cateye Sumo lights used by the team were putting out 1800 lumens Ė bright
enough to ride at full speed without hesitation.
Sam Morrison said the sunrise gave him extra motivation, "As
soon as the sun came up, I knew we would be able to lap second place. The
daylight and warmth made the morning laps really enjoyable.Ē
Alders joked after the race, "Iím sure the Kona guys wished
they were riding a 17 pound Flash.Ē Referring to his Cannondale Flash. Three
out of the four team members chose the Flash hardtail over the Scalpel full
suspension offerings, reflecting the smooth fast nature of the course.
The team is heavily dependent on the support of itís
fantastic partners and this effort would not have been possible without the
hard work of a number of individuals and companies: the team would like to thank the Gear
Movement for our professional base camp and pit area set up; race nutrition was
courtesy of Carborocket and honey Stinger. Team bikes were supplied by the
ever-innovative Cannondale Bicycle Corporation and they were kitted with Schwalbe
tires and SRAM components.