Pinkham Notch, NH—Clear skies, great course conditions and awesome mountain bike riding made up a terrific weekend at the 15th Annual 24 Hours of Great Glen hosted by Great Glen Trails. Close to 500 mountain bikers raced this year.
Sunny skies during the days and clear skies at night made for smooth conditions on the nearly 8-mile course throughout the race. The premier 24-hour mountain bike race in New England, the 24 Hours of Great Glen challenges mountain bikers to complete as many laps as possible within the 24-hour time period. During the race, mountain bikers race around the clock either solo or in teams of two, four or five riders. Not only competing against the other teams, but riders also tackle a course that features a mix of carriage roads and technical singletrack all while climbing more than 1,000 feet per lap.
Once again this year, the 24 Hours of Great Glen featured RealTime™ Scoring from Granny Gear Productions, the premier 24-hour mountain bike event production company. The addition of RealTime™ Scoring allowed riders to see in-race lap times and standings. In all divisions, the racers were able to receive up-to-the-second information on how they were stacking up against the competition, which was especially critical in the tight races.
The tightest race of the entire weekend was the quest for the men’s solo title. Chris Gagnon of Watertown, MA was able to dethrone two-time defending champion Gregory Jancaitis of Lewiston, ME. Gagnon took the lead on the very first lap, but Jancaitis remained right on his heels for the entire 24 hours. In the end, both riders completed 27 laps, 224 miles, with Gagnon winning by just 14 minutes. A total of 56 riders tackled the course in the solo categories. The top female was Lauren Kling of Allston, MA, completing 16 laps.
The race for the overall team championship was nearly as close with two teams in the Men’s Pro Division battling throughout the entire race. In the end, Team Hamster Head was able to squeak out a one-lap victory over Team B2C2. Team Hamster Head, made up of Adam St. Germain, Justin Lindine, Robert Stine and Shawn Mottram, completed 37 laps, a total of 307 miles. Lindine also posted the fastest lap of the entire event: 33:41.
Along with the mountain bike race, the 24 Hours of Great Glen also features Festival 24, a weekend-long celebration with games and activities for the entire family. The highlight of Festival 24 is the 24 Minutes of Great Glen, a mountain bike race for the kids, which had a record number of racers this year with more than seventy future 24-hour mountain bike racers taking part.
Complete results for all divisions, including the 12-hour categories are available at www.24HoursofGreatGlen.com.
The cycling events at Great Glen Trails continue this summer with the final 2 Tuesdays of the Summer Mountain Bike Series presented by Dakine still to come, and the racing will continue into the fall with the Porky Gulch Classic on November 6 & 7. The Porky Gulch Classic is a true test of all around cycling with three unique stages over two days. The first stage, The Toughest Two, is a two-mile hillclimb up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. The second stage, the Story Land Criterium, is a race through the popular amusement park. The race concludes on Sunday with the Rockpile Rampage, a cyclocross held at Great Glen Trails. The cycling season wraps up at Great Glen Trails with the Cross in the Glen Cyclocross Series, October 31, November 7 & 14.
Great Glen Trails is open daily for biking and paddling.
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