24 HOUR Post by David

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo 2023
What an amazing weekend!
After an incredibly windy arrival on Friday we managed to erect our tents, establish our kitchen area and
get settled in. Saturday is the big day, lots of nerves and last minute preparation and time just seems to
disappear before the looming 12 o’clock start. For anybody who doesn’t know, the race starts with a
quarter mile run. 500 people running down a dirt road then a scramble to find and start riding their
We had 5 teams competing this year and everybody gave it their all. 3 teams finishing on the podium.
The real celebration should be the fact the all these amazing kids worked really hard and trusted
themselves and each other to push beyond their limits. Their commitment to the last few months’
training has been outstanding and this showed in the results and lap times. We had numerous sub 1:10
hour laps which is fast and even a 1:01! Bravo Daniel.
We also had 6 or 7 riders who had never ridden a night lap. Quite a daunting task going out in the
middle of the night to ride 16 miles through the dark desert trying to avoid cows and cholla. They all
stood up to the challenge and conquered it in style. Without chaperones! Bravo. Most riders ride one
lap before midnight then another in the small hours which is the real challenge. Getting out of their
sleeping bags to get ready, get some food in then out into the dark again.
As dawn rolls around fatigue sets in but they kept going, rolling through their laps, keeping up their
times hoping they would make it to the podium. The mood in the camp lifts as it gets lighter. Sitting
around the fire telling stories about their night’s experiences. The last few laps then its done. A
completely amazing experience for all who take part.
None of it would be possible without the dedicated help and commitment from the incredible coaches
and volunteers we are blessed with. A big shout out to Shannon for being kitchen camp guru. All the
other great kitchen helpers who were so much fun throughout the race, Alex Green and Dom’s uncle
who were our night light team. A role with huge pressure and you delivered. I promise the generator will
be serviced next year! our amazing handlers, Michelle, Tory, Ryan, Erica, Linda, Matt. Also Keenan, Ben
and Max, alumni who were invaluable in so many ways. A huge shout out to our mechanics, Alex, Otis
and Shoom. Thankyou
Thankyou to our Coaches, Chuck, Lynn, Mark, Curt and me.

You are all amazing people

First and Foremost a huge congratulations to everyone for an amazing weekend.

Thank you to all the volunteers, coaches, parents, and loved ones that came out to the events and helped make such amazing memories for all involved.

I feel truly honored and blessed to be able to do what I do and I have all of you to thank.


TUESDAY– I know that it looks like it is going to rain. But I really want to get all of the riders and coaches together. I want everyone to celebrate, tell their stories and to share. So many of our riders truly had a coming of age event and they need to share with their friends. Truly some of the only people who understand what they just did. You can’t explain to other people what it means to accomplish such a task with friends, so these riders need to get together just to be able to have someone understand what they have experienced.

These events and experiences are what makes the team so special. The sharing of monumental efforts that destroy our created boundaries. We all came together this weekend and with each other did something that we did not think was possible.

We trusted each other to be there.

We trusted that our friend could do the next lap.

We trusted that our friend would lead us out.

We trusted that we could do the next lap.

We trusted the elders in camp to take care of us.

I hope that this trust in ourselves, our coaches, and our teammates is how we tackle the next block of training.

Part ONE complete.

Part two of the season — ON DECK.

The friendships created on Team are different from school and family friends. The amount of trust that we have to have in each other is super special and it allows our riders to be their best selves.

SO YES there is practice tomorrow.

There will be intentional programming.

Everyone then will have 6 days off.

Final Instructions 24 and Valley

Here we GO!!!

I am so excited that all of you have made it to this weekend.
I know there has been a lot of information that has been passed around, but I just want to make sure we all have what we need.
24 Hour Racers and Participants 
Please arrive at the clubhouse tomorrow at 8:30am. 
Ensure that you have had a good breakfast and that you pack accordingly with the packing list. Attached. 
As well PLEASE BRING A LUNCH with you for Friday. 
If we leave at 9am we should be parked at our campsite at 11am.
My hope is that we all then finish setting up camp and get our area all set up.
This should be completed by Noon if we all work together.
At Noon we should eat lunch and prepare to go on a ride.
Leave for the ride at 1pm.
Finished by 3pm.
3pm to 8pm. Hang out around our camp area and prepare for the event to come.
Riders have been instructed not to climb around on the rocks, not to wander around the greater camp as well.
I want riders to enjoy their teammates and our camp area.
Lights out at 9pm.
Please remind riders to stay hydrated and to be careful with the Sun. It is very exposed out there.
RIder have been instructed that they are not to enter anyone’s RV’s during the event. They should stay with their teammates in the team tents. We are a team. This also makes it much easier for our volunteers to find you when it is your turn to ride. So please ensure to camp in a tent with a member of your race team.
When the event is over everyone will be absolutely exhausted and folks will want to just go home. However we will need your help for just a bit longer. We need your help to un pack everything at the clubhouse. SO PLEASE return to the clubhouse. If you do it is WAY easier on everyone and the work gets done super fast. So PLEASE plan on returning to the clubhouse after the race.
Valley of the Sun Racers and Participants 
Meet at the clubhouse at 9am after a solid breakfast. 
PLEASE bring a LUNCH with you as well. 
Depart at 9:30am. 
Arrive to the TT area at 11:30 am ish. 
First rider off 1:59. 
We will be staying in Phoenix but I ask that we bring a sleeping mat or two and some sleeping bags. Just in case we need them. 
For the TT I do not care what skinsuit you wear, however for the RR and the Crit I absolutely want everyone to wear this years kit very proudly. 
The crit on Sunday is over at 10 am ish so we should be back into town at the clubhouse at 2pm at the very latest. 
Please take time to pack well this afternoon and ensure that you have everything. 
Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have. 


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