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24 hours of pain

Dan Savickas

This past weekend 103 teams gathered to ride in the 24-hour race at Northstar and rode 1,907.9 miles between the teams. This was the fourth year the event was held at Northstar. The race began at noon on Saturday and concluded at noon on Sunday.

The object of the race is to complete as many laps as possible in a 24-hour time period. The team with the most laps at the end of the allotted time wins.

The winning team this year was Tortuga Loco, with 26 laps. When teams finished with the same amount of finished laps the team with the fastest time wins.

Local teams showed up in numbers and as usual, did very well in their divisions.

Finishing second in the men’s expert division and second overall was the team Crank’n Spank’n with 25 laps. The team was composed of Truckee residents Roger Burns, Monte Boyle, Eric Sachse and Sean Kelsey (a long time resident whom recently moved to Portland, Ore).

“We knew we had a pretty good team going in,” said Eric Sachse. “But we didn’t expect second. We had some mishaps with three flat tires and some light problems,” Sachse added.

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“The rain the night before the competition made the course so nice. The traction got better and better as the night kept going. Moisture seemed to be coming out of the ground,” said Sachse.

Sachse and Burns competed in the race two years ago with their wives.

In the five person open class teams had to have at least one female on the team. Finishing first in this division and fourth overall was the Olympic Bike team with 25 laps. John and Kim Percy from Truckee joined up with Kevin Bazar of Incline village and Chris Larive and Evan Chismark of Tahoe City to form the Olympic bike team.

The Flamurda Cheese team placed second in this division and sixth overall with 24 laps. The Flamurda team consisted of Mike and Mark Henry of Incline Village who teamed up with Garry Morgan, David Rummel and Renee LaChat of Truckee.

In the men’s sport division Marc Rancourt, David Noble and Ross McMahan of Incline Village teamed up with Todd Lindermann of San Jose to for Taco’s and Tequila. The team finished third out of 42 teams in their division and finished 11th overall with 23 laps completed.

“It was a blast,” said Ross McMahan. “The trails couldn’t have been in any better condition.”

In the men’s junior division Bryan Alders and Wyatt House of Tahoe City joined forces with Wayne Smith of Olympic Valley and Chris Griffo of Homewood to finish first uncontested in their division and third overall with 25 laps.

In the six years Granny Gear Productions has hosted 24-Hours of Tahoe at Northstar, no junior teams have performed as well as team Outa Control.

“They were awesome,” race director Laird Knight of Granny Gear said. “It’s always heartwarming to see juniors who are such great sports and who have their heart so completely into it.”

The Cyclepaths team won their coed pro/am division uncontested and finished 22nd overall with 22 laps. The team consisted of Conrad Snover, Greg Christman, and Nicola Burns of Truckee and Kristen Watanabe (a long time resident whom recently moved to Portland, Ore).

“It was my first night racing experience,” said Greg Christman. “It was crazy to do laps at 2:30 a.m. in the morning.”

Team mate Conrad Snover completely agreed, “It was really fun going out on the trail at 4 a.m.”

The competition was gauged by using a Real Time results. Each rider had a card they swiped before and after each lap.

The timing system, “really brings strategy into the race,” said Janet Mourning, special events coordinator for Northstar.

After each lap, riders could check their time on a computer to see how fast they were compared to their competition.

Not only did it help teams see how well they were matching up against other teams, it also inspired individual competitions.

According to Christman, he, Conrad Snover and Ross McMahan used the timing system to push and compete with each other throughout the race.

“It was a great event, they really do a great job putting it on,” Sachse said.