National 24 Hour Champion Jari Kirkland

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National 24 Hour Champion Jari Kirkland

SCOTT athlete Jari Kirkland last weekend won the 24 Hour National Championship held in Moab, Utah. Equipped with both a Spark and a Scale 899, Jari attacked the sandy, rocky 14.91 mile course, completing 15 laps, setting a new course record, setting a new world record for miles ridden by a woman in 24 hours, and taking the victory and national title.

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Let Jari take you through a bit of the ordeal on her way to the podium. “You know a 24 hour race never really starts at noon.  They always start months prior with the training and pre-race racing.  Let me just say that I have amazing sponsors this year so that I could be on a great training and race schedule.  And it has all led up to this race.  After crashing out of the 24 Hour National Championship last year I was gunning to have a good race this year.

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“Then it began, one lap after another.  Trying to keep them consistent.  Everything was going well until around three in the morning when my stomach couldn’t handle the oatmeal that I had eaten the lap before and I proceeded to projectile vomit it all back up in the pit area.  I kept calm (mostly) and was able to eat some fruit and applesauce, and a teammate had given me some warm broth.  The next few laps were a bit rough.

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“The best point of the race came at daybreak.  If you have never done a Solo 24 hour race it is hard to imagine how wonderful daybreak can be.  There are twenty or so minutes when the sky just starts to gain color, when you can see everything around you without the use of lights, and there is warmth from the sun.  I’m almost getting emotional thinking about it.  It is that GOOD!!!

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“So when all was said and done I had gone the 15 laps that I wanted to do and I was the 24 Hour Solo National Champion!!! THANKS to everyone who supported me, who pushed me, and who believed enough to help me.  THANKS!!!!!”

For more information on this or other SCOTT athletes, events, and products, please contact Adrian Montgomery at 208.622.1036 or via email amontgomery@scottusa.com.

Source: SCOTT-Sports

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