Mata Wins Women’s Solo Race, Tostado Makes it Three in a Row at 24-Hour MTB Nationals

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 2, 2011) - After taking an early lead on their respective fields through the opening lap, Josh Tostado (Breckenridge, Colo./Bach Builders) and Pua Mata (Anaheim, Calif./Team Sho-Air) went the distance to become the male and female solo national champions at the 2011 USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships.

The top three men each completed 18 laps, with Tostado finishing in 22:12:21. Runner-up was Nate Ginzton (Boise, ID) at 23:26:57 and in third was Jonathan Davis (Boulder, Colo./Trek Bike Store Boulder) with a final time of 23:50:57.

Mata earned her win by finishing 15 laps in a time of 22:34:57. KT DeSantis (Allenspark, Colo.) followed with 13 laps through 23:27:00, and rounding out the top three was Laureen Coffelt (Memphis, Tenn.), who completed 13 laps in 23:37:21.

Tostado and Mata dominated on a course that many competitors described as difficult but deserving of awarding a national title. “I actually loved the course. It’s a lot of fun. It’s, I think, one of the harder 24s for sure. You’re constantly using your suspension, getting bumped around,” said Mata.

“I was pretty destroyed at the end because it was a really tough course,” recalled Tostado. “The first six hours I felt horrible. Then during the night I felt really good until about three or four in the morning, and then I definitely was suffering after that. I went really hard in the nighttime, and I paid for it. But I always like to finish with nothing at the end.”

For Tostado, it is his third 24-hour national title in a row. “I feel super lucky to have won a national championship three times. I count my blessing every day that I could have won it three times — and three time in a row! It’s such a hard race; 24-hour racing is just brutal. Every time I do it I’m like ‘Man, I don’t ever want to do that again!’ But you forget the pain and go ahead and do it again.”

Mata’s victory caps a successful season that includes topping the 2011 USA Cycling Pro Ultra-Endurance Tour standings and a national title at the 2011 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships in September. It also marks a triumphant return to 24-hour racing.

“I really wanted to prove it to myself and win the title back,” explained Mata, referring to her 24-Hour Nationals win in 2008. “It becomes a mental game. The mind is such a powerful tool that you have to use it. Everyone is suffering out there, and everyone goes through those rough times. You just have to keep in mind what your goal is.”

Watch a post-race interview with Pua Mata on YouTube:

Solo Singlespeed
After spending an entire day riding in one gear, Evan Plews (Salem, Ore.) and Danielle Musto (Grand Rapids, Mich.) rode into the Stars-and-Stripes jerseys as the solo singlespeed champions. Plews earned his title after just missing one as the singlespeed runner up at this year’s Mountain Bike Marathon Nationals.

Duo Categories
Receiving one of the bigger podium cheers of the day were Cameron Chambers (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Daniel Matheny (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who as the team of Honey Stinger/CTS took home the men’s duo Stars-and-Stripes jerseys. Chambers continued his winning ways at 24-Hour Nationals after claiming the solo men’s singlespeed championship in 2010.

The Daves’ Slaves duo of Michelle Slingsby (Arvada, Colo.) and Coreen Wright (Evergreen, Colo.) combined to win the women’s race. The two were part of a 4-person team that won last year, as well.

Winning the mixed duo competition by four laps was NoTubes Elite/Bike n Sport, made up of Nina Baum (Albuquerque, NM) and Cameron Brenneman (Santa Fe, NM).

4-Person Team Categories
Similar to the solo races, first-lap leads led to overall victory in the open 4-person team races. Jennifer Smith (Gunnison, Colo.) led the SRAM squad off. She was followed by Rebecca Rusch (Ketchum, ID), Sonya Looney (Boulder, Colo.) and Kelly Boniface (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), who crossed the finish line close to noon on Sunday to secure the three-lap win.

In the men’s open 4-person team category, Russell Finsterwald (Boulder, Colo.) was the first rider overall to come into transition after lap one. Along with his Pro Cycling teammates Kalan Beisel (Colorado Springs, Colo.), JJ Clark (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Brady Kappius (Littleton, Colo.), the foursome completed 23 laps in the shortest amount of time of all the teams at the event.

The CA-AZ DEVO team of Tyler Coplea (Fountain Hills, Ariz.), Ryan Geiger (Flagstaff, Ariz.), Shane Skelton (Shadow Hills, Calif.) and Casey Williams (Big Bear City, Calif.) rode to a 10-lap victory over Goatheads Jr. Devo in the men’s junior 4-person team race.

The Light and Motion squad rode to the men’s 35+ 4-person team category win, earning Stars-and-Stripes jerseys for Ezekiel Hersh (Frisco, Colo.), Dax Massey (Boulder, Colo.), Thane Wright (Keystone, Colo.) and Jeff Zurakowski (Nederland, Colo.).

Mark Gouge (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Russell Kappius (Littleton, Colo.), Kelly McGrew (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Michael Trimble (Littleton, Colo.) put five laps between them and the competition to earn a national title for their Dirt WattAge team in the men’s 45+ 4-person team event.

For complete results, photos, news and event information, visit the 2011 USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships webpage.

The 24-Hour National Championships will return to Colorado Springs in 2012.

2011 USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships

October 1-2, 2011
Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Men’s Solo

Women’s Solo

Duo Teams

Men’s Teams

Women’s Teams

Men’s Solo Open
1. Josh Tostado (Breckenridge, Colo./Bach Builders) 18 laps, 22:12:21
2. Nate Ginzton (Boise, ID) 18 laps, 23:26:57
3. Jonathan Davis (Boulder, Colo./Trek Bike Store Boulder) 18 laps, 23:50:57
4. Steve Gallo (Auburn, Calif.) 16 laps, 23:39:08
5. Garrett Peltonen (Fort Collins, Colo.) 16 laps, 23:45:16

Women’s Solo Open
1. Pua Mata (Anaheim, Calif./Team Sho-Air) 15 laps, 22:34:57
2. KT DeSantis (Allenspark, Colo.), 13 laps, 23:27:00
3. Laureen Coffelt (Memphis, Tenn.) 13 laps, 23:37:21
4. Kerry White (Vail, Colo.) 12 laps, 22:09:03
5. Timari Pruis (Northridge, Calif.) 10 laps, 23:47:50

Men’s Solo Singlespeed
1. Evan Plews (Salem, Ore.) 18 laps, 23:02:55
2. AJ Linnell (Victor, ID) 17 laps, 23:03:53
3. Andrew Carney (Fort Collins, Colo.) 15 laps, 22:34:14
4. Nick Thelen (Colorado Spring, Colo.) 12 laps, 22:08:15
5. Jeff Wu, 12 laps, 23:12:36

Women’s Solo Singlespeed
1. Danielle Musto (Grand Rapids, Mich.) 12 laps, 22:29:45
2. Noemi Estella (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 8 laps, 22:18:54

Men’s Duo
1. Cameron Chambers (Colorado Springs, Colo./ Honey Stinger/CTS) 22 laps, 23:03:34
1. Daniel Matheny (Colorado Springs, Colo./ Honey Stinger/CTS)
2. Michael Scott (Trek Bicycle Store) 21 laps, 22:54:17
2. Jeremy Young (Denver, Colo./Trek Bicycle Store)
3. Paul Tanguay (Fort Collins, Colo./Echelon Energy) 19 laps, 23:56:39
3. Tommy Taylor (Echelon Energy)
4. Brian O’Connor (B.O.T.T.C.H. Job) 18 laps, 23:59:45
4. Trevor Thomson (B.O.T.T.C.H. Job)
5. Matt Perkins (Castle Rock, Colo./Pedal Forward) 14 laps, 20:52:57
5. Ellison Platt (Westminster, Colo./Pedal Forward)

Women’s Duo
1. Michelle Slingsby (Arvada, Colo./Daves’ Slaves) 10 laps, 22:05:34
1. Coreen Wright (Evergreen, Colo./Daves’ Slaves)

Mixed Duo
1. Nina Baum (Albuquerque, NM/ NoTubes Elite/Bike n Sport) 20 laps, 23:19:47
1. Cameron Brenneman (Santa Fe, NM/ NoTubes Elite/Bike n Sport)
2. Erick Lord (Denver, Colo./Trek Bicycle Store) 16 laps, 23:14:55
2. Jill Hueckman (Morrison, Colo./Trek Bicycle Store)
3. Charlotte Miller (Colorado Springs, Colo./Townie & Mom) 12 laps, 23:19:00
3. Edward Miller (Townie & Mom)
4. Amy Edwards (Woodland Park, Colo./Sonderman-Edwards) 8 laps, 19:11:58
4. Kurt Sonderman (Sonderman-Edwards)

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Source: Jesse Hammond

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