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Eatough defends 24-hour title; Grigson takes women’s crown

Chris Eatough called it the "toughest race" he’d ever done, and Mary Grigson likely would have agreed. But that didn’t stop the pair from taking the 2001 24-hour solo world championship titles at Hurkey Creek Park in Idyllwild, California, on Sunday. Things didn’t go so well for some of the other race favorites, however, as reigning 24-hour national champion Tinker Juarez dropped out after completing just five laps, and mountain-biking legend Rishi Grewal was good for just seven laps before he bowed out. The primary culprit for all those troubles was the heat. Temperatures topped out near

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Chris Eatough called it the “toughest race” he’d ever done, and Mary Grigson likely would have agreed. But that didn’t stop the pair from taking the 2001 24-hour solo world championship titles at Hurkey Creek Park in Idyllwild, California, on Sunday.

Things didn’t go so well for some of the other race favorites, however, as reigning 24-hour national champion Tinker Juarez dropped out after completing just five laps, and mountain-biking legend Rishi Grewal was good for just seven laps before he bowed out. The primary culprit for all those troubles was the heat. Temperatures topped out near 104 on Saturday afternoon, putting many riders into danger before nighttime fatigue ever had a chance to settle in.

But Eatough and Grigson managed to fight through it. Eatough (Trek-Volkswagen) wound up completing 22 laps of the 10.3-mile course to retain the title he won last year at the same locale. Second place, also with 22 laps, but 10 minutes behind Eatough, was American James Dover. Swiss Marcel Knaus ended up third, with 21 laps. Grewal finished 29th, while Juarez was 33rd.

Meanwhile, Grigson (Subaru-Gary Fisher) took the championship with 18 laps, battling last year’s champion, Katie Lindquist (Moots), the whole race. Lindquist finished second with 17 laps, followed by reigning national champion Cristina Begy (Independent Fabrications), who also finished 17 laps.

All told 47 riders took on the solo race, while another 850 rode in the team events.

Results

24 HOURS OF ADRENALIN WORLD 24 HOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS, Idyllwild, California. September 22-23.; Solo men; 1. Chris Eatough (GB), Trek-Volkswagen, 22 laps in 24:29:05; 2. James Dover (USA), Ellsworth, 22 in 24:39:02; 3. Marcel Knaus (Swi), 21 in 23:54:03; 4. Mark Hendershot (USA), 19 in 23:23:27; 5. Tom Zidek (Can), 19 in 24:44:25; 6. Michael Schell (USA), 18 in 23:30:35; 7. Nelson Snyder (USA), 18 in 24:19:59; 8. Steve Fassbinder (USA), 18 in 24:44:48; 9. Jason Vincze (Can), KHS, 17 in 23:49:05; 10. John Connelly (USA), 16 in 23:07:24; 11. Rob Grant (Can), 14 in 23:01:15; 12. Dwight Sick (Can), 14 in 23:08:03; 13. Graham Barnes (USA), 14 in 23:37:20; 14. David Stowe (Can), 14 in 23:47:06; 15. Gary Hudson (Can), 14 in 24:09:34; 16. Chris Cosentino (USA), Spot-Odwalla, 14 in 24:12:32; 17. Jeff Gaynor (Can), 13 in 23:16:51; 18. Clive Emery (Can), 13 in 23:21:51; 19. Mark Ripley (USA), 13 in 23:39:13; 20. John Moorhouse (USA), Ellsworth, 12 in 23:07:27; Others; 29. Rishi Grewal (USA), Klein, 7 in 6:30:11; 33. Tinker Juarez (USA), Volvo-Cannondale, 5 in 4:06:17; Solo women; 1. Mary Grigson (Aus), Subaru-Gary Fisher, 18 laps in 23:17:52; 2. Katie Lindquist (USA), Moots, 17 in 24:23:26; 3. Cristina Begy (USA), Independent Fabrication, 17 in 24:44:55; 4. Monica Nelson (Can), Gerick Cycle, 16 in 23:58:24; 5. Kerry Lawson (USA), 16 in 24:57:04; 6. Janice Tower (USA), 14 in 23:04:34; 7. Caroline Van den Bulk (Can), Muskoka Bicycle, 13 in 23:03:51; 8. Sandra Musgrave (USA), 13 in 24:36:41; 9. Martha Handford (Can), Independent Fabrication, 12 in 23:05:13; 10. Jennifer Wasylenko-Weber (Can), 12 in 23:35:54; 11. Tracy Vincze (Can), KHS, 11 in 23:49:03; 12. Carrie Edwards (USA), Ellsworth, 4 in 6:33:04