13th Annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Hosts All Star Lineup!

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Kona Bikes 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Presented by Tucson Medical Center
Welcomes top talent this weekend!

Mountain bikers from around the world are planned to arrive in Tucson, AZ this weekend to participate in the 13th Annual Kona Bikes 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Presented by Tucson Medical Center, set to begin at noon Feb. 18 at Willow Springs Ranch.

Welcoming over 1,800 participants to 24 Hour Town presented by Tucson Medical Center, the event filled in record time. Registration closed earlier than ever, on Dec. 26 2011. Riders will enjoy the 16.1-mile fast and fluid Sonoran Desert course under a forecast of optimal weather conditions.

A list of top talent expected to toe the line are available in the attached spreadsheet. Scroll over each participants name for a sound bite as to why they are included in the spreadsheet. Contact information is also available in the case you’d like to reach out to them for pre, during or post event interviews.

The race continues its six year run as the largest 24 hour mountain bike event in the USA, but the race itself is but one facet of what Epic Rides President Todd Sadow describes as “the mountain bikers burning man.” The event expo area, largest in the 13 years of the event, includes over 35 vendors including brands like Kona Bikes, NiteRider Technical Lighting Systems, Strava Velo and Pro Gold Lubricants.

More than 3,500 people will populate “24 Hour Town presented by Tucson Medical Center,” a tent, camper and RV city that appears on the desert and leaves no permanent trace of its presence during the balance of the year.

The Kona Bikes 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Presented by Tucson Medical Center also raises funds for the University of Arizona Cancer Center’s lung cancer research through the Epic Raffle. Raffle ticket holders have the opportunity to win a Kona King Kahuna Carbon 29’er valued at $3,399.

For more information about the event, maps and to purchase raffle tickets visit www.epicrides.com/twofour/24.htm.

The Kona Bicycle Company designs, manufactures and distributes more than 60 models of purpose-built, high-performance mountain, road and urban bicycles. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Ferndale, Wash., Kona distributes bicycles in more than 60 countries through independent specialty bicycle dealers. Kona funds several professional road, mountain and cyclo-cross racing teams that include world cup champions, world champions and national champions. For more information, go online to konaworld.com or contact Kevin Noble at 800-566-2872.

Tucson Medical Center has been Tucson’s locally governed nonprofit regional hospital for more than 65 years. TMC is Southern Arizona’s leading provider for emergency care and pediatric care (including Tucson’s first Pediatric Emergency Department), with top-notch intensive care units for adults, children and newborns. Other specialty areas include women’s, maternity, cardiac, orthopedic, neuroscience, imaging and senior services. For more information, go online to tmcaz.com or contact Julia Strange at 520-360-3156.

Epic Rides has become world famous for producing events that celebrate the many positive aspects of mountain biking. Events such as the Kona Bikes 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, Show Low Bluff Tour of the White Mountains and the Whiskey Off-Road are popular with participants because they offer challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and health benefits inherent in the sport.

Source: Todd Sadow

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