24 Hours of Great Glen bids farewell to fans after 20 years

Pinkham Notch, NH – Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center welcomed back the 24 Hours of Great Glen for its 20th and final edition on August 8th and 9th, 2015. The unique mountain bike race, wrapped into a weekend-long mountain bike festival enticed intermediate and hardcore racers to tackle the single-track and carriage roads of Great Glen Trails at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.
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The race that began 20 years ago as one of the many unique events at Great Glen Trails, had matured over the years into a world-class cycling event which has drawn riders from all over the United States and Canada. But due to changing times and decreasing numbers event organizers felt the 20th anniversary was the correct time to begin looking ahead to a new event.
This year saw 179 teams take the start in either the 12 hour or the 24 hour version of the bike race on a 9.1 mile course that snakes around the base of the northeast’s highest peak, Mount Washington. Riders completed 2,717 laps which totaled 24,724 miles and approximately 3,219,645 ft or 608 miles in elevation gain. To put the total number of miles ridden this year in perspective, the equatorial circumference of the Earth is 24,901 miles, just 177 more miles than the total distance covered in this year’s race.
“Although the decision to make the 20th year the finale was difficult, times continue to evolve and we’re looking to evolve with them.” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager for Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and the Mount Washington Auto Road. “It has been especially difficult for our staff which has worked so hard over the years to perfect race weekend, but we feel confident that the time is right to head in a new direction.”
This year the 24-hour race was won by Team Pure Adrenaline with a total of 35 laps completed and 318 miles traveled. Team captain Billy Biscan, from Haverhill, MA was joined by teammates Brian Oickle, Durham, ME; Eric Oickle, Falmouth, ME; and Jack Perry, Brewster, MA.
Team BikeReg, last year’s overall winner, took second place with 34 laps and rode a total of 309 miles. Team captain Ross Krause from Easthampton, MA was joined by Evan Huff, Southampton, MA; Colin Reuter, Easthampton, MA; and Jay Gump from Conway, MA.
The 5-Person Co-Ed team, Red Jersey Ghost Hogs, made up of mostly local riders from the Conway area, battled to the end with 3 other teams eventually winning sole possession of third place in their division with 28 laps. Team captain Mike Malkin from Conway, joined forces with Erik Nelson from Intervale; Jon McDougal from North Conway; Shawn Waters from North Conway; and Melissa Linne from Franklin, MA.
In the solo category of the 24 hour portion, top honors went to Jonathan Sturm from Gorham, ME who won with a total of 25 laps. In the overall solo women’s category, ​Elizabeth Bove, from Woodstock, CT, took top honors with 17 laps total. In the men’s solo single speed division Andrew Lysaght from Somerville. MA took the win with 16 laps completed.
“The 12/24 Hours of Great Glen was more than a mountain bike race, it was a great excuse to hang out with friends and family and enjoy a full weekend of riding bikes.” said Chris J. Dunn, Owner & Founder of acidotic RACING, LLC. “We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to the staff and volunteers of the Mt. Washington Auto Road & Great Glen Trails for 10 incredible years of mountain bike racing at the 12/24 Hours of Great Glen. Our mountain bike team has grown in large part because of the event. We hope to see everyone again very soon.”
For the third year, riders were given the option of maneuvering over a narrow floating bridge crossing Glen Pond to save time on each lap. Last year a twist was added in the form of an S-turn to the bridge. All competitors were successful at crossing to the other side during the race.
Mother Nature held off any major weather event until competition was completed Sunday afternoon “We were expecting great weather for the weekend and we lucked out with dry conditions during the race followed by a light shower to end the day on Sunday,” said Wemyss.
The 24 Hours of Great Glen is actually many races in one, with both a 12 hour and 24 hour format running at the same time. With so many teams all competing in so many different categories racing all at once, it can be hectic knowing who is in the lead at any time. “All the results are posted on computer terminals under the festival tent, and they even push that information out to the web in real time. Conceivably a rider could check in on their competition while out on course from their smart-phone. It’s pretty incredible how far this has all come,” Wemyss stated.
In the 12 hour race, which also started at Noon on Saturday and ended at midnight, Team Cycle Loft took the top step of the podium with a total of 15 laps. Joesph Stein from Concord, MA led the team of Delvis Gomez, Matt Juros and Rich Blair.
Vladimir Capka from Arlington, MA of Team CycleLoft took the win in the 12 hour solo category with a ride of 12 laps. For the women, the 12 hour contest was won by Sarah Vickers from Holden, ME of Team Dave’s World Bike Racing riding 9 laps total.
A race of this nature requires a large crew, and volunteers poured into Pinkham Notch to help out. The event drew on the well-known cadre of local volunteers who kept the event flowing smoothly throughout the 24 hours. Volunteers helped at the timing table where riders check in and out, worked out on course as course marshals, and in general provided support to the competitors.
In addition to the competition out on course the event had a sizable festival component with many side events and competitions for other family members. This year over 100 kids participated in the “24 Minutes of Great Glen”, a junior version which features laps around a mini course just outside the festival tent. “Who’s a Fuzzy Bunny?”, a marshmallow-stuffing contest, a kid’s movie with popcorn under the tent and the always entertaining “Cheese Doodle Toss” helped to round out the weekend and kept families entertained during race times.
This year’s sponsors included the Mt. Washington Auto Road, North Conway Lodging.com, Red Jersey, Stan & Dan Sports, The Bike Shop, Barker Mountain Bikes, Philbricks Sports, Tri-City Bikes, Downeast Bicycles, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, Pearlizum Factory Store, Point 6, Gorham Family Dentistry, Cooper, Gargill & Chant, Singletrack Cycle Shop, Goodale’s Bike Shop, Green Machine Bike Shop, Red Bull, Coke/Dasani.
Bike shops participating in the event included Red Jersey, Stan & Dan Sports, The Bike Shop, acidotic RACING, Barker Mountain Bikes, Philbricks Sports, Tri-City Bikes, Downeast Bicycles, Papa Wheelies, Likin’ Bikin’, Berkshire Outfitters, Rose Bike, and BikeReg.
Complete results, photography and information on the 20th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Great Glen can be found online at www.24hoursofgreatglen.com.
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is found at the base of Mt. Washington sharing facilities with the Mt Washington Auto Road. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for people at all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit www.greatglentrails.com.

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Saddle up: Rodeo-themed party signals final sunset for 24-hour bike race

PINKHAM NOTCH — It ain’t their first rodeo, but it’s their final roundup.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center will mark the 20th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Great Glen this weekend, and then the event will ride into the sunset.

The final 24-hour race, which is wrapped into a Western-themed mountain bike festival that runs Friday through Sunday, began as a kind of off-the-wall event, but has matured over the years into a world-class cycling event that draws riders from all over the United States and Canada to single-track and carriage roads at the base of Mount Washington.

“This is without a doubt the funnest event we put on here during the year,” said Howie Wemyss, general manager for the Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and the Mount Washington Auto Road. “We’ve managed to adapt to changing times over the years and keep it going as a great family event, but times continue to evolve, and we’re looking to evolve with them. So, this will be the final year so we can make room for a new annual event to be announced later.”

In 2014, the race saw 132 teams take the start in either the 12-hour or the 24-hour version of the bike race on a 9.1 mile course that snakes around the base of the Northeast’s highest peak. Riders completed 2,065 laps, which totaled 18,790 miles and approximately 2,447,000 feet or 463 miles in elevation gain. Last year, more than 90 kids participated in the “24 Minutes of Great Glen”, a junior version that features laps around a mini course just outside the festival tent.

A rodeo-style celebration on Friday night will feature music by the Chris White Band under the big top, with chances to ride a mechanical bull, take on the kids’ bike course and kayak on the pond.

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“24 Hours of Great Glen” to Ride Off into the Sunset with 20th Anniversary Celebration

Event finale marks the end of an era while providing a look to the future.

Pinkham Notch, NH Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center has announced that the 20th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Great Glen, which will be held on August 7th, 8th and 9th, will be their final 24-Hour race. The weekend-long race, which began as one of the many off-the-wall events at Great Glen Trails, has matured over the years into a world-class cycling event which draws riders from all over the United States and Canada.

The 12 and 24-hour long mountain bike race wrapped into a themed, weekend-long mountain bike festival, is currently one of the largest and longest-running 24 hour bike races in the country and has enticed intermediate and hardcore racers to the single-track and carriage roads of Great Glen Trails at the base of Mt. Washington. Event officials believe that the 20th anniversary of the race offers the best opportunity to mark the end of an era while looking forward to the future.

“This is without a doubt the funnest event we put on here during the year. We’ve managed to adapt to changing times over the years and keep it going as a great family event but times continue to evolve and we’re looking to evolve with them so this will be the final year so we can make room for a new annual event to be announced later,” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager for Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and the Mount Washington Auto Road. “We’ll be going out big with what will be a really fun western theme, a great party on Friday night, and the addition of some great sponsors to help us celebrate these 20 years.”

In addition to the competition out on course the event now has a sizable festival component with many side family-friendly events and competitions. Each year the race has followed a particular theme to add to the the excitement and to entice additional participation from racers, family, friends and spectators.

For 2015, event coordinators at Great Glen have chosen a western, rodeo-style theme. A Friday evening anniversary celebration will be added this year as a thank you for 20 years of racing. Friday evening entertainment will include live music under the big top by the Chris White Band, the opportunity to ride a mechanical bull, a kids evening fun bike course (no lights required), and free kayaking on the pond. The celebration will be complimentary for racers and their families/support crew while a limited number of tickets will be offered to the general public. Barbecue will be available at additional cost by Glen View Café, and BYOB will be allowed.

Red Bull athlete Tim Johnson, a six-time national cyclocross medal winner, 2-time Mt. Washington Bicycle Hillclimb winner and a Global Bicycle advocate, will enter a team in the race for the 20th celebration. “As a fellow New Englander, this event means a lot to me.” said Johnson. “In my years as a professional cyclist, this race has always kept its place as a great east coast event. The 24 Hours of Great Glen will challenge the best of them!”

Red Bull Energy Drink will also have a presence throughout the weekend to help provide competitors the energy and stamina needed to perform at their best during the grueling 24 hour race. Red Bull plans to bring their MXT, a giant military-style vehicle that transforms into a state-of-the art sound system and multi-media center plus DJ booth.

The race course takes riders over the carriage roads of Great Glen combined with single track through birch forests and spruce woodlands. Riders are given the option of maneuvering over a narrow, floating S-turn bridge crossing Glen Pond to save time on each lap. For the first time, the bridge will be lit up at night so riders can safely cross throughout the night.

“The 24 Hours of Great Glen has been a part of my life since 1997.” mentions Sven Cole, long-time racer in the region. “My children have grown up around the race, I’ve grown up around the race. It is a race like no other, the community, the venue, the people- it’s such a great vibe.” Cole continues. “The course has evolved over the years and it is now the best it has ever been. For those who have never done the race – do it. If you don’t you will regret it. If you’ve done it before – do it again, if you don’t you’ll regret it.”

In 2014, the race saw 132 teams take the start in either the 12 hour or the 24 hour version of the bike race on a 9.1 mile course that snakes around the base of the northeast’s highest peak, Mount Washington. Riders completed 2065 laps which totaled 18,790 miles and approximately 2,447,000 ft or 463 miles in elevation gain. Last year over 90 kids participated in the “24 Minutes of Great Glen”, a junior version which features laps around a mini course just outside the festival tent.

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Past results, photography and additional information on the 20th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Great Glen can be found online at www.24hoursofgreatglen.com, www.facebook.com/24hoursofgreatglen, or by calling (603) 466-2333.

This year’s sponsors include Red Bull Energy Drinks, Red Jersey Cyclery, The Bike Shop, Dasani, Coca-Cola, Downeast Cyclery, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, Gorham Family Dentistry, Cooper Cargill Chant, and Down East Bicycle.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is found at the base of Mt. Washington. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for people at all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit www.GreatGlenTrails.com.

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OVER 18,790 MILES LOGGED BY 132 TEAMS IN THE 19TH ANNUAL 24 HOURS OF GREAT GLEN

Pinkham Notch, NH – Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center welcomed back the 12 & 24 Hours of Great Glen for its 19th season on August 9th and 10th. The unique mountain bike race is wrapped into a weekend-long mountain bike festival enticing intermediate and hardcore racers to tackle the single-track and carriage roads of Great Glen Trails at the base of Mt. Washington.

A cannon fired precisely at noon marked the start of the 19th annual 12 and 24 Hours of Great Glen. The race that began as one of the many off the wall events at Great Glen Trails, has matured over the years into a world-class cycling event which draws riders from all over the United States and Canada.

This year saw 132 teams take the start in either the 12 hour or the 24 hour version of the bike race on a 9.1 mile course that snakes around the base of the northeast’s highest peak, Mount Washington. Riders completed 2065 laps which totaled 18,790 miles and approximately 2,447,000 ft or 463 miles in elevation gain.

“We’ve been running this race for years and it never ceases to amaze me the energy and excitement that converges on our quiet spot here in the White Mountains every year in early August,” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager for Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and the Mount Washington Auto Road. “This race sees riders of all ability levels and fitness levels racing together in a format that encourages mutual support and supreme competitiveness at the same time.” Wemyss continued. “With the added family games and entertainment for the kids, it makes for a great weekend outing for the family”

This year the race was won by Team BikeReg.com from Easthampton, MA with a total of 32 laps completed and 291 miles travelled. Team captain Ross Krause, from Easthampton, MA was joined by teammates Jay Gump from Conway, MA, Evan Huff from Southampton, MA and Colin Reuter from Leeds, MA.

Team BikeReg.com won by just 28 minutes over second place Team Pure Adrenaline from Haverhill, MA. who also completed 32 laps. Team Bikeman.com, from Bryant Pond, ME placed third with 31 laps.

In the solo category the top honors went to Kenneth Wiley from Claremont, NH who won with a total of 23 laps. In the solo women’s category, Elizabeeth Bove from Woodstock, CT took top honors with 16 laps. In the men’s solo single speed division Chris Bryant from Glastonbury, CT took the win with 16 laps completed.

On a weekend that saw near-perfect weather, competitors enjoyed dry trail conditions and a full moon to help with lighting during the night hours. “Riding at night is something everyone should do at least once in their life.” Said Sven Cole, from North Bridgton, ME, who was enjoying his 18th year of racing in the 19 year-old event. “You zero in on the trail and you feel like you are literally flying through the woods.”

Cole, who has has logged in over 100 laps around the 9-mile course over the years has seen it all. “I’ve raced on teams that have included my wife, my Mom, Dad, and hopefully next year my daughter, for a total of three generations. The crazy part is that my daughter was still a few years away from being born the first years I raced in this event.”

For the second year, riders were given the option of maneuvering over a narrow floating bridge crossing Glen Pond to save time on each lap. This year a twist, literally, was added in the form of an S-turn to the bridge. Although a few riders took the plunge off the bridge into chilly, spring-fed waters during practice, all competitors were successful at crossing to the other side during the actual race.

Mother Nature held off any major weather event until competition was completed Sunday afternoon “We were expecting great weather for the weekend and we lucked out with dry conditions during the race followed by a dramatic thunderstorm to end the day on Sunday,” said Wemyss.

The 24 Hours of Great Glen is actually many races in one, with both a 12 hour and 24 hour format running at the same time. With so many teams all competing in so many different categories racing all at once, it can be hectic knowing who is in the lead at any time. “In the past we did this all by hand, with scorers keeping laps counts by hand, meaning that the information teams had could be up to an hour or so old.” Explained Wemyss. “However a few years ago we partnered with Granny Gear Productions, who pioneered the 24 hour racing format, and now we use their timing system that uses radio frequency chips to track all the riders in real time. All the results are posted on computer terminals under the festival tent, and they even push that information out to the web in real time. Conceivably a rider could check in on their competition while out on course from their smartphone! It’s pretty incredible how far this has all come,” Wemyss stated.

In the 12 hour race, which also started at Noon on Saturday but ended at midnight, Team 3rd Times a Charm, with riders Andrew Mumford, from Grantham, NH and Austin Davis from Newport, NH took the top step of the podium with a total of 14 laps. Mark Vojtko from Grantham, NH took the win in the 12 hour solo category with a ride of 12 laps. For the women the 12 hour contest was won by Tracy Gustafson from Dayville, CT riding 5 laps total.

A race of this nature requires a large crew, and volunteers poured into Pinkham Notch to help out. The event drew on the well-known cadre of local volunteers who kept the event flowing smoothly throughout the 24 hours. Volunteers helped at the timing table where riders check in and out, worked out on course as course marshals, and in general provided support to the competitors.

In addition to the competition out on course the event now has a sizable festival component with many side events and competitions for other family members. This year over 90 kids participated in the “24 Minutes of Great Glen”, a junior version which features laps around a mini course just outside the festival tent. “Who’s a Fuzzy Bunny?”, a marshmallow-stuffing contest, a kid’s movie with popcorn under the tent and the always entertaining “Cheese Doodle Toss” helped to round out the weekend and kept families entertained during race times.

This year’s sponsors included Red Jersey Cyclery, The Bike Shop, Hammer Nutrition, Lucy Hardware, Light & Motion Bike Lights,  Dasani, White Mountain Cupcakery, Exposure Lights USA, Clif Bar, The Conway Daily Sun, Coca-Cola, MonkeyLectric, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, Porky Gulch Bike Shop, Androscoggin Valley Country Club, RootBalance, Byer of Maine, AMC, Adventure Medical Kits, Pearl Izumi, Michelin, Udi’s, Tri-City Bicycles, Gore Bike Wear, Stan and Dan Sports, Mountain Hard Wear and Down East Bicycle.

Complete results, photography and information on the 20th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Great Glen can be found online at www.24hoursofgreatglen.com or by calling (603) 466-2333.
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is found at the base of Mt. Washington. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for people at all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit www.GreatGlenTrails.com.

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FINAL CALL FOR THE 19TH ANNUAL 24 HOURS OF GREAT GLEN

Pinkham Notch, NH -Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center welcomes back the 12 & 24 Hours of Great Glen for its 19th season on August 9th and 10th. The unique mountain bike race is wrapped into a weekend-long mountain bike festival enticing intermediate and hardcore racers to tackle single-track and carriage roads of Great Glen Trails at the base of Mt. Washington.

Each year the race incorporates a theme, which just happens to be circus related this year, and is appropriately named “The Greatest Show on Dirt”. Competitors and their crews are invited to join the festival-like weekend with free camping and kayaking as well as a full slate of activities and offerings planned for the weekend, including a gigantic festival tent, expo area, movie night, face painting, numerous circus-themed games, and much more. In 2013, which featured a beach party theme and atmosphere, over 100 teams and 300 competitors logged over 16,000 miles during race weekend.

Registration is still available online through August 6 and includes RealTime scoring (results provided by Granny Gear Productions), RFID card for each team member, onsite camping from Friday, August 8 through Monday morning, August 11, event t-shirt for each team member, a ticket to Saturday evenings meal catered by Moat Mountain Smokehouse, a digital copy of on course photos taken by a professional photographer, 24/7 access to water and portable toilets, hot showers and a bike wash station, access to all festival activities, eligibility for finisher awards & prizes, entry into the 24 Hours of Great Glen post event raffle, and more.

This year’s sponsors include Red Jersey Cyclery, The Bike Shop, Hammer Nutrition, Lucy Hardware, Light & Motion Bike Lights,  Dasani, White Mountain Cupcakery, Exposure Lights USA, Clif Bar, The Conway Daily Sun, Coca-Cola, MonkeyLectric, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort and Porky Gulch Bike Shop with additional businesses signing on weekly.

Volunteers are still needed and can contact Steven Iannuzzi for details at email steven.iannuzzi@mt-washington.com. Updates, course descriptions, maps and additional information can be found on the new Facebook site, online at www.24hoursofgreatglen.com or by calling (603) 466-2333.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is found at the base of Mt. Washington. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for people at all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit www.GreatGlenTrails.com.

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