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24-Hour City emerges in Old Pueblo

Ben Sonntag leads Brady Kappius during the 2011 LeMans start. Dave McElwaine

Mountain bikers from around the world are planned to arrive in Tucson, Arizona 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.

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