Sunday, May 13, 2007

Payson Showdown

I've been on the road now four weekends in a row and didn't get time to write up the Payson race but here is a news clip from the Cannondale Global News page about my win at the Stampede last weekend.


Mike Hershauer, owner of Focus Cyclery was there with his crew supporting me and took these photos. Focus had a nice set up which made it a lot more comfortable since it got so cold. Thanks Mike!


I also wanted to thank the guys from Focus and Chris Malloni from Cannondale for such great support and Dan Basinski for putting the race together. It was an awesome venue.


The town was super convenient to the Fairgrounds and even though Mom Rose didn't get to gamble much at the Casino, we'd like to go back next year and try again.

For the second weekend in a row, Tinker Juarez and Nat Ross battled it out, this time at the Payson Stampede 24 Hour Mountain Bike Challenge May 5-6, 2007 in Payson, AZ. As evening set in, so did cold temperatures and rain. Juarez and Ross kept close watch on each other for a good part of the race. As the evening went on and despite bone chilling temperatures, Juarez felt good on his Cannondale Scapel and established a strong lead after Ross flatted.

Ross wasn't able to recover the time while Juarez persevered on winning the elite solo men's category with 25 laps in 21 hours.

Juarez said "I had it in my mind to race to win without killing myself. After Natt had a flat and lost the time, I put my head down and kept going. My Scalpel and Kenda tires were the perfect combination for this course and without making any mistakes, or mechanical issue's, we were able to bring home the win. That was one really tough workout".
Here is a news article on Cyclingnews.com:
http://www.cyclingnews.com/mtb/?id=2007/may07/paysonstampede07

1 comment:

Matt said...

Con grats on the win. I'm going to have to give that one a try sometime - looks like a lot of fun.