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The Gear Movement/Epic Pro Cycling Race Video 24Hrs of OP

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |March 14, 2012 2:06 AM

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.

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