PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – There was an atmosphere of both competitive drama and family campground as nearly 500 racers and their support teams converged at the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center for the uniquely challenging 24 Hours of Great Glen Mountain Bike race this past weekend. Now in its 16th year, this event brought an international field of competitors together at the base of Mt. Washington to challenge themselves on the 8.6 miles course. The winners in each class of the 24 Hours of Great Glen categories combined time, distance and endurance in a winning formula to take top honors. RealTime scoring added to the moment by moment competitive action, which kept a steady stream of racers and fans in the festival tent throughout the 24 hour marathon.
All told, the racers covered a remarkable distance throughout the course of the event:
Laps completed: 3094
Total distance biked: 25680.2 miles
Total elevation gain: 3666390 ft (694.39 miles)
Winners in top categories included:
Overall team winners: Team “Going Down Swinging” Colin Reuter, Somerville, MA; Kevin Sweeney, Medford, MA; Greg Whitney and Michael Wissell of Allston, MA—completed 36 laps in 24 hours 19 min.
Fastest Men’s Lap: Kevin Sweeney, lap time 35:22
Fastest Women’s Lap: Kelly Dolan, Fairlee, VT 42:30
The youngest participant was Jeff Palmer age 10 and the oldest was 69 year old Denny Lister.
There were many additional activities planned as part of the 24 hours of Great Glen Family Festival, including The 24 Minutes of Great Glen Kid’s Race, which had more than 25 entrants on a mini course with obstacles is set up in the field by the festival tent.
“We were lucky enough to have a beautiful 24 hours of sunshine followed by a full moon, with only an hour of rain at the end of our 24 hours, which was just enough to finally get a little mud on the bikes and racers!” said Howie Wemyss, general manager of Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and the Mt. Washington Auto Road. “With all the families, race teams and supporters camping here all weekend, it has been a wonderful atmosphere and a great part of our 150th birthday season”.
More than 100 volunteers from around the northeast manned course and timing stations throughout the event, many former competitors among them. Presenting sponsor for 24 Hours of Great Glen was Eastern Mountain Sports. Additional sponsors included Light & Motion, The Bike Shop, Mountain Valley Mall Cinema 7, Dakine, Red Jersey Cyclery, SRAM, Felt Bicycles, Cannondale, Michelin, Coca-Cola, Maui Jim, Hammer Nutrition and Precision Endurance.
For additional results or more information about any part of the 24 Hours of Great Glen Mountain Bike Race and Festival Weekend, contact Great Glen Trails at 466-2333 or visit the website: www.24hoursofgreatglen.com