Ride by light has record field at Northstar
Competing on the familiar trails of Northstar-at-Tahoe, a host of Tahoe area mountain biking teams reached the winners’ podium at the fourth annual Toyota 24 Hours of Tahoe this past weekend.
The two-day event put on by Granny Gear Productions is a grueling race which began at noon Saturday and finished at noon the following day. The races followed a relay style with emphasis placed on teamwork. Participants ride throughout the night, wearing headlamps to guide them along the trails.
This year’s event saw a record 143 teams compete in 15 different divisions for cash prizes.
Among the top finishers were the South Lake Tahoe-based Down Under Thunder, who placed third overall in the men’s sport division with a finishing time of 24 hours and 33 seconds.
“We were successful due to good steady pacing, practice and a bit of good luck,” team member Drew Bray said. “There is always a bit of good luck in these races when you avoid equipment failures or health problems.”
Down Under Thunder also attributed their good finish time to a strategy they employed, allowing team members to get a bit of a rest during the night.
“A lot of strange things happen at night, so we tried to give people a bit of a rest,” Bray said.
Other notable teams with Tahoe roots included the No Ho Rockets/Bio Wheels comprised of South Lake Tahoe residents Ryan Weibel and Gavin Gonzalez. The twosome rode to a third-place finish in the duo pro division.
Sierra Cycle Works competed in the five-person open and rode to a fourth-place finish. Team member Michael Olson also turned in the 10th-fastest overall lap of the race at 1:04:33.
Two teams from Truckee also rode into the winners circle.
The four-person husband and wife team, Sprocketheads, finished first in the coed pro/am division. And Sheetcake finished third in the five-person open.
For complete results from the race dubbed as the “ultimate Tahoe challenge” visit http://www.grannygear.com.
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