24 Hour Town?  Quite literally a town of tents and RV’s in the middle of the Sonoran Desert that never (or very rarely) sleeps. Epic Rides really knows how to put on an epic event. 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is a competition heavy and family friendly event that just celebrated it’s 15th annual race last weekend. The event takes place just North of Tucson Arizona and is one of the largest 24 hour events in the world. The course is a 16.3 mile loop consisting of relatively non-technical, smooth desert singletrack.  24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is absolutely more than just a 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race. Epic Rides provides a huge bike expo, music and entertainment, and a beautiful natural venue on Willow Springs Ranch. What more could you want? With 80 degree temperatures and the sun beating down, the 15th annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo began with a rowdy Le Mans style start at 12 noon on Saturday, February 16th.  I say rowdy because when you have over 500 mountain bikers sprinting a half a mile to their bikes on a narrow fire road, it is bound to get messy. The race this year had absolutely perfect weather compared to some of the previous years. The highs hit 80 degrees on Saturday and the lows only dipped down to upper 40’s and lower 50’s. Last year was cooler and windy and it has even snowed and rained in previous years. The fun-loving atmosphere of 24 Hour Town brings in a diverse group of attendants.  There were people racing on their fat bikes and in full costume – the beer was most definitely flowing. One notable rider bikepacked the 40 miles from Tucson to the race. DSC_0088 The categories of this 24 hour race vary from solo riders to corporate teams of up to 12 people. Some of the most competitive categories include Men and Women’s Solo, Men and Women’s Duo and Co-ed Duo. This years results show the level of competitiveness that this race holds. To read more about 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo and to see the full results from this weekends race click here.  

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