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Many of the racers arrived at Willow Springs Ranch up to a week in advance to enjoy the sunshine and the endless trails. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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The 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is as much a festival as it is a bike race. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Hundreds of team captains received final race instructions from Epic Rides founder Todd Sadow. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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A pop-up city called “24 Hour Town” housed over 4,000 racers and their families. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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The Le Mans start is one of the highlights of the race, and finding your bike is not always easy. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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One of the challenges of the Le Mans start is that racers are running and riding on the same narrow track. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Ryan Cox from the Linked Cycling four-person men’s team got off to a fast start. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Apparently even super heroes need to wear helmets. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Apparently even super heroes need to wear helmets. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Nicholas Laughlin from the Cog Gobblers team makes his way down a slickrock descent. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Greg Golet from the Cicho, Baby team heads out onto the course. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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At the start, mid-pack racers had no choice but to wait for the congestion to clear in front of them. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Not so pretty in pink” rider Victory Sheldon clocked an impressive 55:42 first lap. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Tucson resident Shriey Carlton Keene may have come up with the best costume again this year. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Ingreid Drexel turned in an impressive first lap in 1:05:24, for her Culican Pro Team Photo: Dave McElwaine
A tandem team making their way through the cholla cactus.Photo: Dave McElwaine
A tandem team making their way through the cholla cactus. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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The Epic Rides organization had all the bases covered as usual. Riders approach the exchange tent. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Ricky Dimambro rode this section of course fearlessly on his way to breaking an hour for the 16-mile lap. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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A Bianchi rider makes his way down a section of slickrock. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Marc McCombs riding from a five-person co-ed team named “3 salchichas, a taco, y dos peaches”. Photo: Dave McElwaine
This racer apparently was not concerned with wind drag. Photo: Dave McElwaine
This racer apparently was not concerned with wind drag. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Sam Ingham was one of the first runners to make it to his bike. He was riding for the “Ain’t Misbehavin” four-person team. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Racers got to enjoy many miles of buff singletrack during each 16-mile lap. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Racers heding west towards the Catalina Mountain Range. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Racers heding west towards the Catalina Mountain Range. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Some teams clearly had a more laid back look and feel. Adin Baird rode the first two laps for his team that included Taylor Phinney, who recently retired from the WorldTour team EF Pro Cycling. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Taylor Lideen (Pivot) was clearly on a mission. He completed 19 solo laps to take second plce to veteran Josh Tostado. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Riders got to choose this “A” line or a much longer “B” line through the desert. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Riders nearing the finish of their 16-mile lap. Photo: Dave McElwaine
Riders nearing the finish of their 16-mile lap. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Matt Eberly riding for a 5-person co-ed team called, “Swipe Right and do it all night”. Photo: Dave McElwaine
A rider having some fun at the end of his lap. Photo: Dave McElwaine
A rider having some fun at the end of his lap. Photo: Dave McElwaine
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Taylor Lideen (Pivot) told VeloNews that his plan was to best his outing from the year before. Photo: Dave McElwaine