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  • Thu September 06 2007
  • Posted Sep 6, 2007
Perfect weather and great trail conditions greeted 72 mountain bikers at the start of the 24 Hours of Iowa on Saturday. 24 hours later we had a new first time 24 hour solo champion. Squirrel (Brian Pottorff of Rasmussen Bike Shop) took the early lead amongst the soloists at the gun and never looked back. 18 laps later (126 grueling miles) an exhausted Squirrel plunked down in his lawn chair in a heap with smile going from ear to ear. Why was he smiling? Because he knew by 9am that he had a big enough lead that he wouldn't have to go out and do anymore laps. It could also have had something to do with $1,000 in cash first prize that he was about to receive! Andrew Carney of Ames, Ia came home in 2nd place with a total of 15 laps. Apparent newcomer Jacob Espey followed in 3rd place. Jane Reissen of Des Moines brought home the women's solo victory with a total of 7 laps. Apparently Jane had such a huge lead before nightfall that she decided to crack open a beer(s) and take a 7 hour break before beginning her next lap! In the 12 hour solo race, Lincoln, Nebraska's Matt Gersib (Monkey Wrench / Salsa Cycles) took advantage of his good form coming off of a great cross country season in the Nebraska Psycowpath mountain biking series to bring home the victory, followed by Oakley man Rob Versteegh of Des Moines. Taylor Webb of Mercy Specialized rounded out the top three in 3rd. In the team competition, the Rasmussen Bike Shop team of Cam Kirkpatrick, Jed Gammell, Ben Garrett and Andy Lueck took the win with a total of 28 laps, followed by the All9Yards / Rasmussen Bike Shop team of Dave Mable, Jason Alread, Brian Benson and Herb Hollwanger with a total of 26 laps. 3rd went to MBWC / Team 14 posse of Jeff Burnett, Brad Patty, Matt Scotton and Brian DePenning with a total of 25 laps. The fine folks of Singletrack Promotions would like thank all that came out and "braved" the absolutely beautiful weather! Singletrack Promotions did an outstanding job in putting together a great event, great trails, good friends, mountain biking all night, camping, all you can eat pasta feed; what more could a cyclist ask for?! Full results will be posted shortly! Cam Kirkpatrick President; IMBCS Urbandale, IA

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