24 Hours in the Old Pueblo
Feb 17 - 19, 2023
Join the fun under the sun February 17-19, 2023 in Tucson, AZ
Celebrating 23 years of riding single track in the Sonoran Desert, the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center is one of the largest 24 Hour events in the world. Ride the event the mountain bike community has been raving about for years!
Join Epic Rides at the #24HOP as we host participants, volunteers, and sponsors for an event experience over a Government Issued Holiday Weekend (Presidents’ Day).
With mid-day highs of 70 degrees, mellow Sonoran Desert vibes, an industry bike + gear expo, and 24 hours of tunes provided by 91.3 KXCI Community Radio this festival is far more than just a 24-Hour mountain bike event.
If the team roster is not quite complete, the captain can still register the team by placing “Rider Two, Rider Three, etc.” for names and use the captain’s DOB and use the e-mail address “firstname.lastname@example.org” in the Rider Details section. When the team captain is ready to finalize the roster, log into the Epic Rides account and select Edit Your 24 HOP Team.
Please see Team Modifications & Rider Swaps for details.
10 a.m. in the Expo Area of 24 Hour Town
Team captains are required to attend however Epic Rides also encourages ALL team members to attend as we will be discussing important details associated with each participant having the best time possible!
Epic Rides recommends shipping your bike with BikeFlights.com for an affordable, reliable, and convenient solution.
Camping is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrive at the event by Thursday for odds on a choice campsite.
Attempting to reserve space whilst not present is frowned upon. Making room for neighbors as 24 Hours Town fills in is appreciated and celebrated.
Bring plenty of firewood to burn in a Chiminea.
Pro tip: we highly suggest using a propane fire pit to reduce campfire smoke in 24 Hour Town, plus no hot coals to dispose of when the event has ended.
Visit our accommodations page for more camping information.
Remember, you’re going to a mountain bike race in the desert — you’ll need water.
The water provided by Epic Rides is only intended to supplement hydration for participants. It is not intended for cleaning bikes. If you desire a clean bike for each lap of the event please bring sufficient water for you to feed your inner cleanliness-desires.
A coffee vendor will be there to keep you warm with their hot cocoa at night, and keep you cool with iced coffee during the day. Blue Banjo BBQ & their infamous ‘Street Tacos’ are always a favorite in 24 Hour Town. All food pricing is reasonable. See event schedule for operating hours.
Good conditions – daytime highs: 76 degrees / Night time lows: 43 degrees. Bring sunscreen.
Bad conditions – daytime highs: 55 degrees / Night time lows: 31 degrees. Bring rain gear, heavy jacket and comfortable gloves.
Please remember to bring a mask.
Epic Rides provides a neutral charging station located immediately next to our friends at Outbound Lighting in the Bike & Gear Expo. Please remember to pick up your battery before noon on Sunday.
Don’t forget to mark both your batteries, charger, and GPS/bike computers with your name and phone number so they can be returned if accidentally left behind or dropped on the course. All unmarked items left behind will be donated.
A pre-ride is the best way to assure a safe good time at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo.
All people pre-riding the course are required to have an Arizona State Land Department recreational use permit (Individual: $15/ year, Family: $20/year) and can be facilitated online.
Note, AZSLD recreational use permits are not required during event weekend because all event attendees are considered part of the event and fall under the events Special Land Use Permit.
Official Bike Shop, Bicycle Ranch Tucson, and industry vendors will be on-site to assist with all bike needs.
We at Epic Rides love dogs! Of course you can bring your dog.
HOWEVER, we also realize not all dogs are alike. All dogs MUST be leashed at all times.
A dog found off leash will result in the disqualification of the owner’s team (or team they are associated with) and the request that your party leave town immediately. Sorry to be direct however past experiences have determined this is the best way to approach the K-9 situation. Thank you!
The “24 Hours in the Old Pueblo” is a team relay and solo rider mountain bike event.
The race begins at 12:00 PM on Saturday and ends 24 long grueling hours later at 12:00 PM Sunday. Both team and solo riders will compete for prizes.
- Each team must designate both a team captain and co-captain. All correspondence for a team before, during and after the race must be conducted through and only through the team captain. In the event that a team captain is unavailable, the co-captain may represent the team. However, only team captains may file a protest. Team captains and co-captains are required to attend the pre-race meeting, we also encourage you to invite your entire team to the meeting as an opportunity for them to clarify any questions regarding the event prior to starting time.
- Only team members, volunteers and event staff are allowed in the rider transition area while the ride is being conducted. A rider on the course may be supported on the course only by other registered riders. Those riders may be a different team and must enter the course under their own power, either on foot or on a bicycle. Any rider who has entered the course in support of another may bring equipment and tools and may even swap bikes with the rider in need of support. Cannibalizing bike parts is permitted in this race.
- Anyone, including other racers, may supply a racer on the course with food and water. However, racers taking on food or water must exit and stay clear of the course. Water will be stationed at the check-in station. It is important that no one litter the course. Any racer found intentionally littering the course will be disqualified along with the rest of their team members.
- Riders pushing bikes must yield the right of way to racers riding bikes. A racer pushing a bicycle may overtake a racer riding a bicycle so long as the racer riding a bicycle is not impeded.
- Lapped riders must yield to riders in the lead. Any rider attempting to overtake another must be vocal. Phrases like “track left”, “track right” must be shouted out. A challenging rider must overtake a lapped rider safely and lapped rider must yield on a challenging riders first command.
- In the event that two or more riders are vying for position, the lead rider does not necessarily have to yield to the challenging rider, however, any attempt to interfere with or impede a challenging rider is considered unsportsmanlike and is not permitted.
- Any attempt by a logged-in rider to take a (short-cut) off of the designated course will result in the immediate disqualification of that racers entire team. Additional penalties, including a permanent banishment of that racer and/or their team from all future races, may be imposed.
- All participants must conduct themselves in a civilized manner. Use of foul or intimidating language or behavior towards anyone including other participants or event officials on or off the course will not be tolerated. Any participant found in violation of this regulation will be penalized. This penalty may include the immediate disqualification of the racer and/or their team. All penalties to be determined by the event director.
- Federal, state and local ordinances must be followed at all times.
- Only registered participants may ride on the course prior to and during the race.
- Protests must be in writing and submitted to the event director any time after the race but no later than 15 minutes after the final race result postings. Only team captains may submit a protest. Protests should describe the incident in detail and contain names, addresses, phone numbers and signatures of participants and witnesses to the incident. A $20.00 cash deposit must accompany all protests. The event director shall make an immediate ruling on the protest. Should the ruling be against the team the deposit will be forfeited. If the ruling is in favor of the team and the protest upheld, the deposit shall be refunded. The race director will make all final rulings.
- Riders must have a primary light rated at a minimum of six watts or 150 lumens during the night ride. Riders must also carry a secondary light such as a small flashlight, penlight or similar lighting system.
- All co-ed teams are required to have a minimum one person of the opposite sex AND each person on the team is required to complete a minimum of one-night lap in order to be considered in contention for a top 10th or 15th spot depending upon a number of teams in a category.
- On a co-ed team, each member is required to have no less than two (2) laps completed from the most completed by the team member with the most laps. (example: Rider A has 5 laps recorded in the books, all the other riders cannot have less than 3 laps recorded in the books.)
- All bicycles must be completely human-powered. No pedal-assist is allowed.
- All attendees, participants and volunteers must follow Epic Rides’ Covid Protocol
Complete registration by January 15th to guarantee your size of the insanely soft Official Event T-Shirt and personalize your number plate plus receive an Official Event Poster, decal & goodie bag.
The fee below includes initial Registration, Tent Camping, and a Donation from the event to beneficiaries. Does not include Late Waivers, Transfers/Modification, RV Camping or Taxes.
|Right on Time
6-10 Person Team
|5 Person Co-Ed||$1,250.00||$1,375.00|
|Junior In Team
18 yrs & younger
18 yrs & younger
For step-by-step registration instructions, visit Build a Team
Ride Tip: Epic Rides highly encourages participants to solidify their team prior to registering in order to avoid reprocessing fees.
Once a team registers, the registration is incomplete until all team members’ waivers have been submitted. Participants have until November 30th to submit a signed waiver without a waiver processing fee. Participants under 18 yrs can download and mail their waiver to the Epic Rides office
Waiver Fee Schedule:
|$20 Per Rider||Dec. 1 – Dec. 31|
|$45 Per Rider||Jan. 1 – Feb. 18|
Any outstanding waivers after February 8th must be submitted in person at packet pickup.
Packet Pick-up Hours
Wednesday, February 15, 3p – 8p*
Dragoon Brewing Co.
1859 W. Grant Rd. #111, Tucson, AZ 85745
*Dragoon Brewing Co. will not have access to packets and cannot assist with an earlier pickup
Friday, February 17, 12p – 7p
24 Hour Town Bike & Gear Expo
Saturday, February 18, 7a – 10p
24 Hour Town Bike & Gear Expo
Rider must present a government-issued ID to receive their packet. If you are not able to pickup your packet, the captain can pickup with a copy of your ID (photo on your phone is fine)
Mandatory Captains Meeting
10 a.m. in the Expo Area
Team captains are required to attend however Epic Rides also encourages ALL team members to attend as we will be discussing important details associated with each participant having the best time possible!
Team captains can login to edit their team name, plus correct rider email addresses, dates of birth, and gender for no charge.
Swaps require the entry to be re-processed and are subject to a processing fee. Any changes to the name fields will trigger the rider swap protocol.
Rider Swap Fee Schedule:
|$10 Per Rider||Sept. 1 – Nov. 30|
|$20 Per Rider||Dec. 1 – Feb. 17|
Any outstanding modification requests after January 15th must be done in person at packet pickup.
Team expansions (adding one or more riders to an existing team) are not permitted after Friday, February 17th or after the event has reached capacity.
If none of the original riders remain on a team roster, it is considered scalped and will be subject to the Scalping Fee of $50 flat fee + $20 per rider (all categories).
Solo scalps will be accepted through January 15th / Team scalps will be accepted through February 5th
Team registrations are NON-refundable; however, if an individual is unable to attend due to COVID-19, then they will be able to transfer their entry to a new teammate.
As acknowledged by each captain during the registration process, Epic Rides follows a strict non-transferable, non-refundable registration policy. We do, however, understand “life” happens… The following exceptions will be considered:
- COVID diagnosis – please provide a doctor’s note or diagnosis
- Unscheduled military service – please provide a copy of your orders
- Debilitating injury or illness – please provide a doctor’s note
- Death of immediate family member – understanding this is a sensitive situation, Epic Rides will work with you; some sort of verification may be requested
Please complete this form to request a transfer or refund. Transfers and refunds will begin being processed 30 days after event weekend.
*All Transfer or Refund requests must be submitted within two weeks after the event.
Much like dropping in on a steep rocky descent or committing to ride a distance outside of your comfort zone, risk is inherent in our sport.
The act of registering for an Epic Rides event, although not quite as dangerous as riding your bike, presents risks too.
Epic Rides takes great pride in the high level of organization and scenic venues our events utilize. In order to assure each event is up to par with Epic Rides’ expectations, it’s critical we make sure nature is cooperating in the effort to avoid unnecessary impacts on both the rider and the trails.
If an act of God or another event beyond our control occurs, what can event participants expect?
- Decisions made by Epic Rides will be based on participant safety & environmental impact. Oftentimes these decisions are in the hands of the landowners or agencies through which our events are permitted.
- If an event is required to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, Epic Rides requires each participant to accept the financial responsibility of their entry fee.
The skinny: Epic Rides does not save any money if you do not participate. Epic Rides needs to pay for all the supplies and services associated with the event, regardless of the outcome. These include (but are not limited to) permits, third-party vendors, transport, administrative expenses, and awards.
The COVID EXCEPTION
COVID Cancellation Policy: As COVID’s presence evolves, Epic Rides is making its best efforts to produce mountain bike events safely while avoiding financial insolvency.
Appreciating the number of upfront costs that are incurred prior to an event weekend, if an event is required to cancel due to COVID, registrants will receive the following:
Priority + Discounted Registration into 2024 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo
2023 Refund Amount
- 90+ days out – 70% refund
- 60-89 days out – 50% refund
- 30-59 days out – 40% refund
- 29 days or less – 25% credit toward 2024 event
*Refunds exclude processing fees and donations
If you feel further conversation is necessary, we welcome your phone call at 520-623-1584.
Monday, February 13
|12p||24 Hour Town is open to “Early Campsite Entry”|
Don’t forget your canned goods!
Wednesday, February 15
|3p – 8p||Packet Pick-up Dragoon Brewing Co.|
1859 W. Grant Rd #111, Tucson, AZ 85745
Thursday, February 16
|12p||24 Hour Town is open to “Event Weekend Entry”. Don’t forget your canned goods!|
|12p||Course is marked and ready to ride|
Friday, February 17
|7:03a||Sun rises over 24 Hour Town. Grab a cup o’ Joe from Single Speed Coffee Roasters|
|12p – 6:30p||Bike & Gear Expo opens | Check out the Official 24HOP Gear at the Epic Rides Shop!|
|Noon – 7p||Packet pick-up opens in the Bike & Gear Expo | Last day to make changes|
|12p||Start loading carbs & protein for tomorrow | Grab a tri-tip sandwich at Blue Banjo BBQ|
|1p||Visit Stan’s NoTubes for a complimentary sealant refresh|
|2p – 8p||Dragoon Brewing Beer Garden (poured by SDMB) open|
|4p – 5p||Huck a tire, win a prize at the Maxxis Tire Toss Saguaro|
|4p – 6p||Happy Hour feat. expo-wide Dragoon Brewing Beer Garden|
|6:13p||Sun sets over 24 Hour Town. Grab your camera, & capture Mother Nature’s light show|
Saturday, February 18
|6a||Grab a cup o’ Joe from Single Speed Coffee Roasters, and let it warm up that engine!|
|7a -10a||Packet Pickup for procrastinators in the Bike & Gear Expo | Changes will not be accepted|
|7a – 6:30p||Bike & Gear Expo open|
|7:02a||Sun rises over 24 Hour Town.|
|8a||Blue Banjo BBQ, now serving|
|10a||Captains Meeting in the Bike & Gear Expo|
|11a||First Riders log-in & pick-up baton in the Exchange Tent: Includes all solo riders|
|11a – 9p||Dragoon Brewing Beer Garden (poured by SDMB) open|
|12p||LeMans-style Start | READY…SET…GO!|
|1p||24 Hour Town Showers open|
|1p – 6:30p||Dragoon Brewing Rock Drop Beer Garden open|
|3p||Swag Angel descends upon #24HourTown|
|5:30p||Please mount lights | Check out Outbound Lighting for your light needs|
|6:14p||Sun sets over #24HourTown (Mother Nature’s fist bump)|
|7:30p||Communal fire & marshmallows in the Dragoon Brewing Beer Garden|
|11p||Got insomnia? Volunteer in the Exchange Tent and receive free snacks, hot cocoa and loads of other goodies! + an early registration opportunity into the 2024 event!|
Sunday, February 19
|6:30a||Lights are no longer required. Pick up chargers at charging station before noon|
|7a – 1p||Bike & Gear Expo open|
|7:01a||Sunrises and warms the Sonoran Desert|
|10a||Commence micro-trash cleanup at your campsite. Thanks!|
|10a – 1p||Dragoon Brewing Rock Drop Beer Garden open|
|10a – 2p||Dragoon Brewing Beer Garden (poured by SDMB) open in the Bike & Gear Expo|
|12p||Racers begin to finish last lap…|
|1:30p||Awards Ceremony & Swag Fest in the Bike & Gear Expo|
|2p||Deconstruction of #24HourTown begins… Care to help?|
The 22nd Annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center is dedicated to June Johnson & Phillip Nagle. #alovestory.
Epic Rides and the mountain bike community extend our gratitude to June & Phil for their labor and love of trail building. Everyone who’s set foot in 24 Hour Town is a better person due to their cultivation of the trails that reside at the foot of Fortified Peak.
Join us at 5:30p on Friday, February 18th in the expo for a dedication toast (beers by Dragoon Brewing Co.) in 24 Hour Town!
The 21st Annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center is dedicated to endurance cycling legend Rebecca Rusch. Rebecca is known as the “Queen of Pain”, a Red Bull-sponsored athlete with four consecutive Leadville 100 wins and a seven-time World Champion. But before she was a mountain biker, Rebecca was a well-known adventure racer.
There is so much more to Rebecca than on the bike, including her journey as an author of Rusch to Glory, an Emmy Award-winner for the documentary Blood Road, a public speaker, public lands advocate, firefighter, entrepreneur, creator of Rebecca’s Private Idaho gravel event and the Be Good Foundation.
We are honored for Rebecca’s return to 24 Hour Town for the first time since 2014, when she rode with a team of National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) female athletes. We spent a few minutes learning more about Rebecca’s past and present.
Of all the new adventures you’ve taken in life, which was the most challenging and rewarding to learn?
The most impactful was my journey down the Ho Chi Minh Trail in 2015; the biggest bike expedition of my life and the biggest personal journey to find the place where my Dad’s plane was shot down in 1972 during the Vietnam war. I needed decades of experience in adventure racing, climbing and cycling to prepare. The physical challenge of 1,200 miles along the Ho Chi Minh Trail was not the hardest part. The hardest part was being vulnerable and open with my teammate and a film crew.
I’ve built a tough exterior, so breaking that down along the trail was an emotionally challenging but rewarding process. It helped define my life purpose, my equations for success and reinforced what I’m doing in my career. That trip was my Dad teaching me, even in his absence, that I’m on the right path. He helped me focus and define what the path is and what I stand for.
You’ve created equations for life’s most enduring lessons. Curiously, one of them is Dogs = Teachers. Can you explain?
Movement is my meditation. While writing my book, the Blood Road film tour and the time away from outdoor movement, my work and mood suffered. Getting outside is essential for well being, and my dog Diesel taught me that. While I was at the desk banging my head against the keyboard to make the words come, Diesel would put his nose on my leg and look up with puppy eyes and make me take him for a walk. After those short breaks and walks outside, the words would come. This is when I realized movement and blood flow is brain flow.
Dogs are my teachers because they wake up happy every day, they run, eat, sleep with passion. They are always happy to see their friends and loved ones. They’ll snuggle you when you’re sad and run and play with you anytime.
In your career as a professional athlete, what was your lowest moment? How were you able to navigate through that low and manage to put your life path where you are now?
2003 was the year my friend and fellow adventure racer Nigel Aylott was killed during an adventure race by rockfall. The race and my racing career came to a halt due to sponsorship losses and my loss of motivation. Then I found 24 hour mountain bike racing.
I went to the 24 Hours of Moab with some friends; I just needed to get outside and be with people who I loved. I’d never done a bike race before. Our women’s team “Ketchum If You Can” was comprised of my friends. We won and I had the fastest women’s times on the course despite running down all the technical sections. The ride reinforced my need to be outside, to continue to race in some sort of endurance sport, to be active and surround myself with friends.
This was an important formula for me and finding this on a 24-hour mountain bike course was a fluke. The way I got through that, as with any challenge that has presented itself, is with a small group of trusted friends, and being outdoors and moving to find the answers.
It’s exciting to return to the 24 HOP and the roots of my MTB career. I’m still great friends with these same women, and they are the same ones who are coming back to race with me as Ketchum If You Can 17 years later!
Since you’re kind of experienced at this whole endurance riding thing, besides staying the hell away from the cholla, what advice do you have for newcomers to the 24 Hours?
Recovery and time off the bike is essential. Treat the time off the bike as seriously as you do the riding. Control the controllable; gear dialed, food dialed, lights dialed. Take all the guess work out so you can just focus on riding and recovering. A tiny twinge, a bunched sock, whatever it is, it will get bigger so take care of it now. Steady wins the race. I’ve never been in the lead at the start or first parts of any 24 hour race I’ve won. Play the long game and be patient.
Embrace the night laps because it’s the best part! Most of all, look around enjoy the experience, we are lucky to get to ride our bikes.
Each year the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center is dedicated to someone who’s been an inspiration to others and has left a legacy in the sport of mountain biking. This year’s event is dedicated to not one person, but a group of people who’ve left an invaluable mark on mountain biking all over the Tucson region: the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB).
Founded in 1998 just before the first #24HOP, SDMB has since grown into an influential mountain bike advocacy group with 350 annual members. Their impact on the region has ranged from ensuring public lands stay accessible to multiple uses to being the boots on the ground building new trail, like the eight miles of new singletrack in Tucson Mountain Park built since 2013.
And one of SDMB’s most significant contributions, especially to the #24HOP, was designing the original event course 20 years ago. What started out as a 12-mile loop of mostly Jeep road linked together by various cow trails has evolved into a 16-mile ribbon of world-class singletrack. There’s no doubt that the success of the #24HOP is directly tied to the course SDMB and folks like Mark Flint and Jon Shouse helped evolve, for, without great trails to ride, there can be no great event.
The next chapter for SDMB is taking on the ambitious task of creating a purpose-built mountain bike park called Wood Bike Park. Set on an old Air Force base east of Tucson on 100 acres, thanks to SDMB, Wood Bike Park has already established a Development Agreement with government agencies to begin the planning buildout process. However, the total cost of this project will run $2.5 million, including facilities, dirt jump park, pump tracks, an expo, and kids area and several miles of singletrack.
Considering all that SDMB has done for the #24HOP over the years and all they’ve done for developing mountain biking in the greater Tucson area, consider making a donation, becoming a member and volunteering to help at sdmb.org.
This year’s 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center is dedicated to Victoria Cramer, a veteran #24HOP participant who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer when her twin daughters were only eight months old. Her story of overcoming the disease is one of conviction and positivity, using the mountain bike and the #24HOP as a way to stay active through two years of chemotherapy. Her book, Living Life Loudly, documents this life-changing journey and serves as inspiration to anyone going through a cancer diagnosis. We chatted with her about the bike, the #24HOP and how staying active was central to her success in beating cancer.
The Man Behind the Original 24 Hour MTB Event
“Without Laird Knight, there’d be no Epic Rides.” – Todd Sadow
Mountain bike events come and mountain bike events go. And although Granny Gear Productions is no more, the man behind the legendary event production company, Laird Knight, is still hailed by many as one of the very first and most successful mountain bike event promoters. It all started way back in 1983 when Laird held his first mountain bike race, and as far as he knows, the very first East Coast mountain bike event permitted on U.S. Forest Service land.
Putting the stam in stamina, John Stamstad was the first to ride a 24-hour mountain bike event solo – Laird Knight at Granny Gear didn’t allow solo entrants yet, so John sent a four-man team entry with his name spelled four different ways.
But that’s only the tip – John won two different distance Iditasports in the frozen tundra of Alaska eight times, was one of the first to ride 3,500 miles off-road across the desert of Australia, he’s a 1994 winner of the Leadville 100 and completed a 1999 crossing of the 2,500-mile Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in 18 days and 5 hours. The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inducted John in 2000, right about the time when he retired from mountain bike racing.
In the name of love, the 2015 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is dedicated to not just one person, but a couple who have racked up more than 15 National Championship titles between them and accolades including 2004 Olympic Mountain Bike Team member, a Gold Medal at the Pan Am Games, and to keep it real, a Singlespeed World Champion tattoo.
As focused, driven and successful as they are, Heather Irmiger and Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski – aka JHK – never take their careers too seriously, always finding time to step back and just enjoy riding with each other and traveling the country with their dog, Crash. Heather and JHK’s love for the bike is forever tied to their love for one another; a unifying source of strength that neither one of them ever takes for granted.
Each year Epic Rides dedicates the #24HOP to an individual who’s made an enormous impact ongrowing the popularity of mountain biking. And what greater person to dedicate the 15th ‘Old Pueblo’ to than a man who is not only a 2007 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee, but who also spent 23 years at USA Today as a Sports Reporter and was named by Mountain Bike Action Magazine as “one of the 25 most influential people in mountain biking”.
Whether writing for 10 Olympic Games, six Tours de France or waxing poetic on his famous Dirty Words column, the prose of Sal Ruibal has captured the hearts and imaginations of thousands of readers around the world, helping bring our beloved sport into the mainstream. He can also ride a mountain bike something fierce, having secured a podium spot in Masters 45+ at the 2002 24-Hour Solo World Championships.
Every year Epic Rides dedicates the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo to a person in the mountain biking community who’s had an unforgettable impact on growing the success of our beloved sport. 2013 is the first year that the Old Pueblo is dedicated to not just one person, but a group of dedicated people who’ve guarded and grown our rights as mountain bikers through advocacy and sustainable trail building – the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
The Mission of IMBA is to create, enhance and preserve great mountain biking experiences. Through a combination of grassroots advocacy, presence in Washington D.C., working with multiple trail user groups and encouraging volunteer trail work, IMBA succeeds in gaining and preserving land access to build and maintain low-impact, multi-use trails that are sustainable and fun for all ages.
Silver medalist at the world’s? Check. Olympic medalist? Check. NORBA color commentator? Check. Mountain Biking Hall of Famer? Yep.
Susan DeMattei’s legacy as one of the most prolific mountain bikers – ever – lives on. Epic Rides is honored to dedicate the 13th Annual 24 Hour in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center to a woman that continues to inspire generations of singletrack lovers.
Steve Anderson has been involved in the planning and design of trails and bikeways throughoutArizona, from urban paths to backcountry tracks. He led the charge to have Saguaro National Park’s Cactus Forest Trail opened to bikes in 1991, the first singletrack permitted for bike use in the U.S. National Park system. He served as board president for the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), was a founding board member of the Arizona Trail Association, and founded and served as chair of the Central Arizona Project Trail Association.
He currently works with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department, to ensure that we can all enjoy hiking, biking and horseback riding on thousands of acres of public land in Southern Arizona. Steve’s vision and leadership have provided Southern Arizona with more than 150 miles of state-of-the-art singletrack trails completed in the last 10 years, with many more miles to come
There are very few individuals who have truly revolutionized the mountain biking experience…and Stan Koziatek is one of them. Stan is the man behind Stan’s NoTubes, and thanks to his innovative product, most of us can ride for months without a flat tire. Gone are the days when every mountain bike ride in the desert included patching tubes.
Epic Rides is honored to announce Dave Wiens as our dedication recipient as we celebrate a Decadein the Desert at the 10th Annual Kona Bikes 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. Known to many in the world of knobby tires as “Wiensy”, Wiens will be the guest of honor and a speaker at the Exchange Tent Dedication Dinner on Friday, February 13th!
Dave, the consummate good guy of mountain biking, has been successfully representing the industry since the early 80s. He was most recently highlighted after his win at the 2008 Leadville 100 Race Across the Sky, which is arguably one of America’s most difficult endurance events. Dave rode Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong off his wheel while claiming his 6th consecutive Leadville win.
Epic Rides is excited to announce the 8th Annual Kona 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is dedicated to Richard Cunningham. No, not Richard “Richie” Cunningham from Happy Days, but the far more exciting Richard Cunningham, founder of Mantis Bicycles, editor of Mountain Bike Action, Trail Advocate and 1995 Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee.
We’ll encourage you to learn more about mountain bike legend Richard Cunningham at the following links:
A Jane-of-all-trades there is little room to maneuver Marla’s impressive life resume. At the age of 28, she began to seriously pursue a new-fangled sport that promised thrill. Quickly picking up speed, Marla has blasted her way through countless National Championships, earned the title of Single Speed World Champion, and has yet to really slow down. Prior to her career in mountain biking, she earned a Master’s degree in molecular biology, so it’s no surprise that as a hard working intellectual Streb’s successes have reached beyond cycling. Like the two books she’s authored or the digital and public presence, she’s maintained to assist in her advocacy for the sport, not to mention the successful trail design business she created with her husband. Taking this all into consideration, it’s easy to see why Streb earned her place among the greatest in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.
A true cycling legend, Tinker Juarez made his way from a humble beginning to the absolute highest level of achievement in many two-wheeled disciplines. With an enduring career that reflects his grit and love for the sport, Tinker started by first racing BMX bikes at the fledgling age of 13. A pioneer of style and acrobatics, It took 3 years for Juarez to go professional in 1977. He raced BMX professionally until the summer of 1986, where he then left the sport of BMX behind and retooled himself to become a career mountain biker. His major achievements include a Silver Medal at the 1994 UCI World Championship, a Gold at the 1995 Pan Am Games, and winning the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA) cross-country championship… three times. And if that’s not impressive enough, he won the solo category 24-Hour national championship 4 years in a row, and represented the United States at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics. More recently, Juarez has participated in a variety of ultra-endurance bicycle races, picking up a third-place finish in the 2006 Race Across America Enduro and a first-place finish in the solo category at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo of the same year.
With a career that started in motorcycle racing and tuning, Keith Bontrager brought his talent as a mechanic and background in Physics to the developing sport of mountain biking. Building his first mountain bike in 1980 he went on to found the company Bontrager Cycles that same year in Sunnyvale, California. Keith began a journey of innovation setting his sights on all aspects of the mountain bike.
Finding new ways to construct lighter, and more compliant bikes, he published articles on design and continued to produce bikes and components out of his one-man shop until 1992. It was in 1992 that his company became a limited production facility and in 1995 Bontrager Cycles was acquired by Trek. Bontrager went on to do product development at Trek, and the rest is history!
Mark Flint has been building trails in Arizona since the 1990s. Renowned for his trail-buildingexpertise, he’s played a part in designing trail systems such as 50 Year Trail, Tucson Mountain Park, Sweetwater Preserve and the 24HOP race course. Flint has authored a manual for trail design in desert environments and is a frequent presenter. His focus is on creating sustainable trails that do not erode and require low maintenance. Flint serves as the trails program coordinator for Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.
2023 24 Hour Town Map
About 24 HOUR TOWN: Your home away from home…
24 Hour Town Rules
This “master planned community” boasts direct access to over 20 miles of single track and endless amounts of double track and jeep trails. Those residing in 24 Hour Town will enjoy uninterrupted vistas of the Tortolita, Catalina, and Galiuro Mountain Ranges.
Per the Arizona State Land Department’s rules for access, Epic Rides needs all people attending the event to camp within 24 Hour Town‘s designated camping area. Please do not camp in areas marked with “no camping beyond this point”. Please comply with Epic Rides staff and signage in order to make sure everyone fits in the area provided, as well as to assure we don’t cause unnecessary impact to Willow Springs Ranch lands. If you are not sure whether where you are camping is appropriate, please find an Epic Rides representative to verify.
If you choose to camp in non-camping areas, you and your team will be disqualified and asked to leave town immediately. This is a zero-tolerance request, as those who break the rules put the existence of the entire event in jeopardy.
Please utilize only the space necessary for you and your team, and be prepared to modify your footprint accordingly if it’s going to help a neighbor get situated a little easier. If you’re going to bring an RV, please make sure you get optimal utility out of it – one RV per team. Not per person. Follow?
Campsites are first-come, first-served. Please refrain from taping off camping spaces. Additionally, all fires must be above ground (no fire pits!), limited to a 3′ diameter circle, and away from generators. Epic Rides suggests utilizing an oil pan, chimenea or barbecue grill to stoke your campsite at this year’s event. A dumpster for your coal is available on Epic Rides Expressway for your convenience.
Your cooperation is extremely appreciated (and 100% necessary). A final note on this topic: keep in mind, personnel from Arizona State Land and Pinal County will be on site, supervising. Don’t be “that guy” with the over-sized fire pit located next to your generator and an RV per person on the team. That’s inconsiderate.
24 Hour Town Camping Fee Schedule
Event Weekend Entry via vehicle 20’ or less for participants is included in the registration fee. Non-participants are required to pay $5 for tent camping at the entrance when arriving on Thursday. See chart below for early arrival and large vehicle camping fees.
ALL attendees (riding & non-riding) are required to donate a minimum of 2 canned goods at the entrance.
Camping Passes are no longer available for purchase online.
After January 31st, Camping Passes can be purchased starting Monday, February 13th in 24 Hour Town and Wednesday, February 15th at Packet Pickup.
|Camping Fees |
Total vehicle length includes vehicles/trailer towed
|Early Campsite Entry:|
arriving February 13 – 15, 2023
All fees below include everyone arriving in vehicle for the entire week
|Event Weekend Entry:|
arriving February 16 – 19, 2023 RV fees below include everyone arriving in RV/Trailer for the weekend
|Participant in vehicle 20’ or less||$50 & 6 canned goods per vehicle||2 canned goods per participant (fee is included in registration)|
|Attendee (Non-Participant) in vehicle 20’ or less in total length||$50 & 6 canned goods per vehicle||$5 & 2 canned goods per attendee|
|RV/Large Vehicle, 21′ – 30’ in total length||$100 & 12 canned goods||$50 & 12 canned goods|
|RV/Trailer, 31’ or more in total length||$100 & 72 canned goods||$50 & 72 canned goods|
|Volunteers & kids 14 and under||No charge, 2 canned goods per attendee encouraged but not required||No charge, 2 canned goods per attendee encouraged but not required|
*Why do over-sized RVs/Vehicles have to bring more cans than everyone else? This is Epic Rides’ way of encouraging smaller vehicles and carpooling, thereby respecting the environment by reducing crowding and keeping the 24-Hour Town footprint to a minimum.
Friendly Reminder – Attendees that choose to drop off an RV or trailer are required to accept any & all liability associated with leaving their belongings unattended. Arizona State Land Recreational Permits do not give access to camping in 24-Hour Town while the special event permit is in effect during the month of February.
Black/Grey Water Pumping – Stamback Septic offers RV waste removal for $40/pumping
For the Benefit of
BAG IT reaches out to cancer patients, of any gender, age, or cancer type, at a critical time – right after their diagnosis. The information is designed to help them cope with their diagnosis, move more competently through the treatment process, empower them to become an active member of the treatment team, and transition to follow up care. BAG IT provides information to people with any cancer and their families to help them cope with their diagnosis and treatment. BAG IT helps Fight The Fear.
The Cascade Foundation of Southern Arizona, Inc. was formed to provide a local network of resources for the bleeding disorder community in Southern Arizona. Working in collaboration with the Arizona Hemophilia Association in an effort to provide a wide range of programs and services to the entire state of Arizona.
The Arizona Cycling Association is a locally incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2012. The ACA is self-governed, self-funded and self-supported. ACA facilitates the development of interscholastic cycling teams for grades 6-12 and provide the education, training, licensing and insurance for student-athletes, coaches and volunteers. The league produces a high-quality mountain bike racing experience that emphasizes the value of all participants, camaraderie among peers, a positive sporting behavior and the cultivation of health over competition.
The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a continuous, 800+ mile diverse and scenic trail across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, communities and people. The Arizona Trail Association’s mission is to build, maintain, promote, protect and sustain the Arizona Trail as a unique encounter with the land.
The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists is an all-volunteer non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of the sport of mountain bicycling, and view the sport as a vehicle to promote low impact outdoor recreation, conservation, and mountain bicycling opportunities that are environmentally and socially responsible.
Step 1: Determine how much you want to ride and how competitive you want to be (see past results to research lap times and total laps ridden by the various team sizes)
Step 2: Make a list of your riding buddies; we recommend a balance of fast and slow riding buddies as the faster ones tend to be lightweights when “hanging around the campfire”… If the team roster is incomplete, skip to Step 5.
Step 3: Determine which ones are most likely to muster the goods at 3 am, and which ones are most likely to be passed out (for whatever reason)…then think if you want to be passed out or hammering laps at 4 am. Tiny bubbles…
Now to invite the appropriate group to be on your team…the next step is critical.
Step 4: Email your chosen riding buddies, tell them you have a very important personal matter to discuss and they need to be at your casa wearing facemasks or on a video chat one evening this week. They should bring their Venmo account and a kind six-pack (emphasize beverage selection, remember, it’s a very important personal matter).
Here’s the thinking behind this move, you’re the one that’s mobilizing the crew. Your noble existence has volunteered you to become the “Team Captain”. In exchange, it’s fair that your teammates each donate at least 3 of their beverages to you as payment. Positive correlation being, bigger team, more work from Team Captain and…of course, more payoff from teammates as a token of appreciation. Follow?
Note: if you have too many riding buddies to narrow the selection down to one team, Epic Rides encourages your spirit of competition. Form two teams and battle it out to determine who prefers campfires over 3 am dark-thirty cold laps.
Step 5: Visit epicrides.com to “Pre-register” in order to be notified the moment registration opens.
To Register you’ll need:
– Each teammate’s complete name (incl. nickname if they have one)
– Date of birth
– Email address
The rest is automated and the responsibility of each teammate to complete. If some or all of the team is unknown then it’s okay to enter Rider Two, Rider Three, etc. with the captain’s DOB and “email@example.com” as the email address. When the team captain is ready to finalize the roster, they may do so by logging into their account after registration closes. Note: any changes to the name fields triggers the rider swap protocol –and the rider swap fee (see Team Modifications / Rider Swaps).
Step 6: Once registration is complete the Team Captain will immediately receive a confirmation e.mail from Epic Rides. You’re in! It is the Team Captain’s responsibility to forward the confirmation email to the rest of the team. This is a crucial step; the confirmation email contains important information regarding the event.
Note: Waiver reminders are sent out bi-weekly until completed, please recommend that waivers are completed as soon as possible. Don’t slack, late fees will apply when applicable. I’d like a steak sandwich and a steak sandwich please, charge it to the Underhill’s.
FUEL RIGHT. EAT RIGHT. FEEL GREAT.
As the fueling and hydration partner of Epic Rides, Hammer Nutrition is pleased to provide #24HOP participants with the fuel and hydration accouterments necessary to complete their effort at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo p/b TMC.
Plus, leading up to the event, each registrant will receive a special first-time buyer code for 20% off when purchasing from Hammer Nutrition online and 5 fueling and hydration tips to prepare for success in 24 Hour Town!
Hammer Nutrition will be located in the expo area (next to the exchange tent) prepared to equip all participants with Hammer Nutrition products (incl. Hammer gel, Heed, endurolites, and Hammer bars) to fuel each of their laps for 24 hours.
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Be a Volly at the #24HOP!
Volunteering is a fun way to be a part of the event, meet many amazing people and enjoy a camaraderie-driven event experience!
Opportunities range from Goodie Bag stuffing in the weeks prior to the event to jumping into the action on ride weekend as a course marshal, parking attendant, exchange tent facilitator, or finish line ambassador.
As a small token of gratitude, all Volunteers will receive the following:
- Free camping in 24 Hour Town Thursday – Sunday. (Note: You must be signed up for a Mon. – Wed. shift in order to camp during the Early Entry timeframe)
- An Official Event Volunteer T-shirt
- Goodie Bag full of samples
- 15% Discount on merchandise at the Epic Rides Merch Tent
- Priority Registration for next year’s 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo (in other words, 2023 #24HOP volunteers get the chance to register for the 2024 event before October 1st, 2023). Note: volunteer benefit may not be transferred to another rider. The rider entered during Priority Registration must also be the volunteer.
- and of course, the endless appreciation of the entire mountain bike community
All volunteers should be prepared to spend quality time outdoors. Please remember to bring proper clothing, food & water, sunscreen, and an open mind. Come & go access will not be permitted. Once you’ve arrived at 24 Hour Town, please plan to stay.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Epic Rides Staff & the ever-loving mountain bike community!
Neutral Charge Station (housed at Outbound Lightning)
All 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Results are live and typically appear within 5 minutes after the participant crosses the finish line.
If you have any questions or wish to appeal your results, please email us with as much information as possible including Rider Name, Rider Number, Estimated Finish Time and GPS file if available.
Two weeks after the event, results are etched in stone (no, really –we have a person with a hammer and chisel…). Kidding aside: please bring any concerns to us immediately (again, email is best), and we will address them expeditiously.