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Daniel Munoz Wins the Hot June 12hrs of Temecula #2 in Southern California

Posted by: Jens Raz |July 3, 2013 9:14 PM
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Daniel Munoz Wins the Hot June 12 Hours of Temecula #2 in Southern California

Saturday morning began with perfect riding conditions, low 60's and slightly overcast. Aas the competition heated up for the nearly 700 competitors, the day also got progressively hotter with temperatures reaching a sweltering 90+ degrees.  To avoid mass dehydration and help refueling, the course was held much closer to the start/finish line and without the dreaded "Damn Climb.

The venue and race organizers more than made up for the heat, however.  Race director and long time Phoenix Patriot Foundation (PPF) supporter, Jason Ranoa generously dedicated this endurance race (the second of three races this year) to help remember and support the family of a fallen member of the SEAL community, Patrick Feeks.  Patrick lost his life during combat operations in Afghanistan on August 16, 2012.  The Patriot Phoenix Foundation is similar to the Wounded Warrior Society with more of an emphasis on our special forces.  Additionally the group also helps its members integrate back into society through mountain biking and other athletic endeavors after the Wounded Warrior Organization stops their support. 

The dedication of this race to Patrick was particularly fitting because of Patrick's love for the sport of Mountain biking.  If he were still with us today, Patrick would surely have been hammering up the 8.9-mile racecourse that SoCal race director Jason created.  To memorialize Patrick's passion, his parents Thomas and Ginny, his sister Regina, and his lovely wife Emily, along with numerous teammates and friends, were on hand to help keep his memory alive.  The majority of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation Cycling team was also at the event racing or helping to organize this tribute event. 

With everyone's effort and the generosity of the mountain bike community, the community raised just over $5,400.00 in Patrickís name.  In turn, the Feeks family also decided to generously donate the money to support the Phoenix Patriot Foundation.  This donation, along with other contributions, significantly helps PPF with their mission, "to provide direct support to severely wounded veterans enabling them to fully recover, reintegrate and remain engaged in serving America.  I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Feeks family, Jason Ranoa, and all of the other supporters for contributing so much for a worthy cause.

            With this in mind the racers were off, and the long-standing Menís Pro solo battle between Tinker Juarez and Danny Munoz continued.  The series leader Munoz started out slow and was on the ropes early compared to the ever-charging Tinker.  However, after 8 laps the heat and conditions provide too much for the veteran legend and Tinker pulled out as Danny started his comeback.

1. Daniel Munoz - Specialized - 13 laps
2. Tinker Juarez - Canondale - 8 Laps

            In the womenís pro category, Socalís own Heidi Volpe did not leave anything to chance and charged to a solitary win on her single speed Elseworth.

1. Heidi Volpe - Socal Endurance - 11 laps
2. Terri Wahlberg - 7 laps

            The ever expanding 6hr category was manhandled by Ronnie Toth, who completed 8 laps in a time of 5:46:42. Giving him a 5-minute gap over the only other racer to finish 8 laps out of 45! A rough estimate gives the winning time an average sped of 12.5 mph!

            The battle of the day belonged to the Socal Endurance Team and the class leading KHS/Cytomax teams. Both went back and forth exchanging leads thorough out the day. The showdown came down to the last lap where the Socal team came in with a slight lead and was able to take the win by just 4 minutes.

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The Phoenix Patriot Foundation along with the Feeks Family would like to thank everyone for your support. If you would like to support the Patriot Phoenix Foundation please contact Guy Mcdemott for details.

 To support the Patriot Phoenix Foundation please check out their site at:


Guy McDermott

Phoenix Patriot Foundation

Chief or Operations/Ambassador

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