24 Hours of Moab, facts and figures
The 16th Annual 24 Hours of Moab endurance mountain bike race attracted more than 1,500 participants last Saturday and Sunday.
Held approximately 15 miles south of Moab, Utah, nearly 4,000 racers, support crews and spectators created a mountain-bike city in a completely remote desert venue.
Men and women solo, coed Pro/Am, Duo Pro, 5-person coed and singlespeed open were only a few of the 50 classifications made available to cyclists. Each course lap is 14.9 miles.
Grand Junction resident Ross Schnell, 30, was part of the Honey Stinger/Trek team that won the four-person men’s championship. Schnell recorded the fastest lap time at the event, clocking in at 57 minutes, 51 seconds.
Josh Tostado, 34, from Breckenridge, was the top rider in the men’s solo race for the second straight year. He completed 18 laps, pedaled 268.38 miles and gained 24,480 feet in the 24 hours.
Jari Kirkland, 34, from Crested Butte, claimed victory in the women’s solo competition. She completed 15 laps traveling 223.65 miles.