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Juarez, Busching win 24-hour championship

Mountain-bike hall of famer Tinker Juarez, twice an Olympian andthree-time NORBA National XC Champion, has yet another stars and stripesjersey to add to the collection.Between noon Saturday, May 18 and noon Sunday, May 19, the Cannondalerider successfully defended his 2001 title as the 24 Hours of AdrenalinNORBA National Champion at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California."It's nice to win these days," Juarez, the overwhelming crowd favorite,told VeloNews. "It means so much more to me to win, because thewins are so much harder to come by. Today was the first time I've beenable to race

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By Neal Rogers

Mavic's Aaron Walker helps set up Tinker's lights for the night ride

Mavic’s Aaron Walker helps set up Tinker’s lights for the night ride

Photo: Neal Rogers

Mountain-bike hall of famer Tinker Juarez, twice an Olympian andthree-time NORBA National XC Champion, has yet another stars and stripesjersey to add to the collection.Between noon Saturday, May 18 and noon Sunday, May 19, the Cannondalerider successfully defended his 2001 title as the 24 Hours of AdrenalinNORBA National Champion at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California.”It’s nice to win these days,” Juarez, the overwhelming crowd favorite,told VeloNews. “It means so much more to me to win, because thewins are so much harder to come by. Today was the first time I’ve beenable to race in my national jersey, and I’m happy to have kept it for therest of the year.”In the women’s solo championship, last year’s national champ CristinaBegy (Spot) was unable to defend against Stella Carey (Kelly Bikes) andwinner Nancy Busching (SoBe-HeadShok).


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Laguna Seca, California — Sunday, 11:20 a.m.Volvo-Cannondale’s Tinker Juarez is poised to take another national title as the 24 Hours of Adrenalin NORBA National Champion.

The Le Mans style sprint, Saturday at high noon.

The Le Mans style sprint, Saturday at high noon.

Photo: Brian Lee

Juarez is now resting and waiting the noon hour, as second place rider Ariel Lindsley is all but mathematically eliminated. In order to surpass, Lindsley would have to finish his current lap before noon, and finish another subsequent lap before 1pm, a pace which he has not held even on his fastest laps over the hilly 11-mile course.

On the women’s side, Nancy Busching of SoBe-HeadShok is also set to take the national title. With 40 minutes remaining, Busching leads by more than a lap and has finished for the day. Last year’s stars and stripes winner, Cristina Begy, is currently third, behind Stella Carey (Kelly Bicycles). Laguna Seca, California — Sunday, 10:20 a.m.“I just didn’t have the juice,” a disappointed but philosophical Rishi Grewal explained this morning, regarding his decision to abandon the 24 Hours of Adrenalin NORBA National Solo Championship race while still in third place.”I was completely exhausted, and I wasn’t responding to carbohydrateintake,” he explained.

Words of encouragement ring through the hills of Laguna Seca.

Words of encouragement ring through the hills of Laguna Seca.

Photo: Brian Lee

Citing recurring health problems that have required antibiotics, Grewal added “There was no way I could continue.” Grewal went on to say that Tinker Juarez, who is currently leading therace and stands to win by roughly one hour, is nearly unbeatable. “Tinker’smade for these events. When he’s on his form, he’s hard to beat.”The current standings.Men’s 24 Hours of Adrenalin NORBA National Solo Championship
1. Tinker Juarez (Cannondale)–19 laps–20:21:37
2. Ariel Lindsley (Subaru-Gary Fisher)–18 laps–20:09:38
3. Christoff Philips (Trek)–17 laps–21:00:01Women’s 24 Hours of Adrenalin NORBA National Solo Championship
1. Nancy Busching (SoBe-HeadShok)–15 laps–19:56:42
2. Stella Carey (Kelly Bike Co.)–14 laps–20:29:02
3. Cristina Begy (Spot)–13 laps–20:16:26

Laguna Seca, California — Sunday, 8:20 a.m. With less than four hours to go, the 24 Hour Solo NORBA National Championshiplooks to be in the bag for mountain-bike legend Tinker Juarez. Juarez,who recently turned 40, is leading Ariel Lindsley of Subaru-Gary Fisherby nearly 50 minutes. At that pace, Juarez has the option to pull out onthe last lap and still take the stars and stripes jersey for a second yearin a row.In the women’s Solo NORBA Championship, Nancy Busching of SoBe-HeadShokleads Stella Carey by two laps, and has to be thinking about pulling outsoon for rest.Men’s NORBA Solo
1. Tinker Juarez (Cannondale) — 17 laps — 17:57:56
2. Ariel Lindsley (Subaru-Gary Fisher) — 17 laps –18:46:37
3. Christoff Philips (Trek) — 15 laps — 18:10:34Women’s NORBA Solo
1. Nancy Busching (SoBe-HeadShok) — 14 laps — 18:10:45
2. Stella Carey (Kelly Bike Co.) — 12 laps –18:36:47
3. Cristina Begy (Spot) — 11 laps — 18:15:02

A Family Affair: Tinker Juarez with his pit crew: sister Yvonne Roblero (left) and mother Rose Juarez.

A Family Affair: Tinker Juarez with his pit crew: sister Yvonne Roblero (left) and mother Rose Juarez.

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Laguna Seca, California — Sunday, 6:00 a.m. As the sun rises at the Laguna Seca raceway at 6 a.m., riders competingin the 24 Hour Solo NORBA National Championship approach the home stretch:the final six hours.In the men’s competition, Tinker Juarez (Cannondale) holds a commanding36-minute lead over Ariel Lindsley of Subaru-Gary Fisher.Rishi Grewal, who was believed to be the stiffest competitor to Juarez,appears to have dropped out of the race, as his support crew is no longervisible and the lights in his Klein trailer are out. Grewal’s overall placinghas currently dropped from 4th to 8th, with no change in the number oflaps completed over the past two hours.Men’s NORBA Solo
1. Tinker Juarez (Cannondale) — 16 laps — 16:48:37
2. Ariel Lindsley (Subaru-Gary Fisher) — 15 laps — 16:12:17
3. Christoff Philips (Trek) — 14 laps — 16:52:49
4. Chad Swanson (S&M Bicycles) — 13 laps — 15:43:14Women’s NORBA Solo
1. Nancy Busching (SoBe-HeadShok) — 13 laps — 16:28:23
2. Stella Carey (Kelly Bike Co.) — 12 laps –16:44:49
3. Cristina Begy (Spot) — 11 laps — 16:04:15

Laguna Seca, California — Sunday, 3:30 a.m. These are the current standings in the NORBA Solo Championships. Men’s NORBA Solo
1. Tinker Juarez – 14 laps – 14:29:13
2. Ariel Lindsley – 14 laps – 15:00:43
3. Christoff Philips – 13 laps – 15:23:55
4. Rishi Grewal – 12 laps – 12:48:10Women’s NORBA Solo
1. Nancy Busching – 12 laps – 14:56:48
2. Stella Carey – 11 laps – 14:34:04
3. Cristina Begy – 10 laps – 14:24:23
 

24 Hours of wavering Adrenalin

24 Hours of wavering Adrenalin

Photo: Neal Rogers

Laguna Seca, California — Saturday, 8 p.m. Cannondale’s Tinker Juarez, the defending 24 Hours of Adrenalin NORBANational Solo Champion, is currently leading a 22-man field by nearly 20 minutes after eight hours of racing.

In second place is Klein’s Rishi Grewal, the 1999 World Solo 24 HourChampion, at 18 minutes back. Ariel Lindsley, of Subaru/Gary Fisher, sits third, just minutes off Grewal’s pace.

Juarez, 40, and Grewal, 34, are the two standout favorites for the stars and stripes jersey. The intense rivalry between the two caused both men to drop out of last year’s World Solo 24 Hours of Adrenalin Championship early, due to exhaustion.

While stopped to fasten his lighting system, Juarez was asked how he isfeeling this evening. “Good enough,” he replied, adding “There ain’t gonna be no pulling out this time. It’s gonna go all the way.”

In the women’s solo event, Nancy Busching leads Stella Carey by nineminutes.

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Results

Solo Male (NORBA)

1   Tinker Juarez (Cannondale)–21 laps–24:04:44 (Downey,
CA)

2   Ariel Lindsley (Subaru-Gary Fisher)–20 laps–23:06:54
(Boulder, CO)

3   Chad Swanson (Team S&M)–20 laps–24:20:44 (Portland,
OR)

Solo Female (NORBA)

1   Nancy Busching (SoBe-HeadShok)–17 laps–23:20:27 (Rapid
City, SD)

2   Stella Carey (Kelly)–16 laps–23:32:16 (San Francisco,
CA)

3   Cristina Begy (Spot)–16 laps–24:31:30 (Denver, CO)

Solo Open Male

1   Mark Gagner–22 laps–24:16:14 (San Jose, CA)

2   Jeff Chalk–19 laps–22:39:44 (San Francisco, CA)

3   Joe Whitehead–18 laps–23:53:03 (San Jose, CA)

Solo Open Female

1   Lou Kobin–21 laps–24:56:21 (Los Gatos, CA)

2   Kathleen Meyer–15 laps–24:17:05 (Campbell, CA)

3   Aleisha Cline–13 laps–24:20:19 (Squamish, VC)

Open Women (NORBA)

1   Velo Bella–22 laps–24:42:55 (Seaside, CA)

2   Planet Sisterhood–19 laps–24:35:58 (Santa Cruz, CA)

Open Men Team (NORBA)

1   Ride the Beav–28 laps–24:08:20 (Vail , CO)

2   Another Bike Shop/Santa Cruz Mountain Bikes–28 laps–24:30:54
(Santa Cruz, CA)

3   Boyerbikes.com–27 laps–24:33:34 (Marina, CA)

4 Person Teams

1  Team One Gear–30laps–24:43:04 (Seaside, CA)

2   One,Farmer,Recycler,Trucker–28 laps–24:19:18 (Salinas,
CA)

3   Bad Monkey–28 laps–24:28:53 (Pacific Grove)