Daniel Munoz Takes the first 12 Hour Solo Race of 2013 over Tinker Juarez
What a great way to
start the year! With sunny skies and a challenging
environment. this past weekend was the first races of the year for SoCal
Endurance. SoCal Endurance has been a long-standing Mountain bike race
promotion company heading up the races at Vail Lake
Resort for the last decade! Over the last couple of years the January
races have been very challenging with rainy weather and cold temperatures. Well
not this year. It was sunny skies and not a cloud in sight.
Saturdays inaugural 12 &
6 Hours Of Temecula was set to kick off at 9am. With hundreds of races lining
up under the SoCal sun the demeanor was full of challenge and anticipation.
There were many celebrities in attendance, including Legendary Biker David
" Tinker" Juarez, reigning Xterra world champion Leslie Patterson,
and Motocross legend Johnny " the O show" Omara. The start line
seemed to go on forever. As the 9 am start rolled closer, event promoter Jason
Ranoa got everyone in gear and ready for the challenging day. Right off the bat
as the start buzzer chimed racers were off and hitting the big gears. The top
guys were battling from the gun. The Mountain bike legend and 2 time Olympian
Tinker Juarez lead the pack with Johnny Omara and Joel "The Kid"
Titius in tow. The three pulled the pack throughout the first lap and onto the
There were many epic battles brewing
throughout the day, but one of the most fun and heated was in the " Salty
Dog" Category. The Salty Dog category consists of 4 riders with ages
adding up to 180+. On average the riders tend to be a bit off the pace, but not
this weekend. They were on the gas and competing like pros! The weather was
heating up to a blistering 70+ degrees and the course was in epic shape. By the
end of the day Hundreds of athletes challenged their bodies and minds to finish
In a surprising upset, current reigning 12 Hour champion Daniel Munoz bested Tinker Juarez with 15 laps compared to Tinker's 14. The Cannondale Predator believing he had an insurmountable lead, stopped early and gave up a 30 minute buffer. A dangerous thing to do with an on form Munoz!
Daniel had this to
say:” I knew that if I focused for just one more lap, all of it would be worth
it. Having that in mind all day, I knew once it came around that time, 15 laps
would be the goal. Throughout the day all I wanted to do is keep myself in the
race, not killing myself, but staying close enough to strike till the
opportunity presented itself. The best thing I had going for me all day was
constant support from my friends and family, so I thank them very much. For an
event like this, having confidence in the prep work and pit crew is just as
important to me as having confidence that I have trained well enough.”
1. Daniel Munoz 15 laps
2. Tinker Juarez 14 laps
3. James Pham
In the 6 Hour category Joel "the
Kid" Titius took top honors with Allan Laframboise
in a close second.
1. Joel Titius
2. Allan Lafromboise 8 laps
3. Juan Carlos Nunez 7 laps
4. Benjamin MF Jones
5. Alex Bagg 7 laps
In the ladies race Margaret Gregory took top honors on the
12 Hour while world champ Leslie Patterson took the top spot in the 6 Hour.
The Sunday's Enduro
race was a phenomenal showing of bike handling
and fitness. This new style of mountain bike racing is perhaps the wave of the
future. This style includes 3 mostly downhill courses with some pedaling and
climbing thrown in for good measure. It is the true test of the all around
biker. For such a new race style, hundreds of racers were lined up to give it a
Pro categories were filled with talent and super fast guys. At the end of the
day Chris Powell took top honors in the pro category with young gun Cole
Picchiottino taking second. The categories were hotly contested and times were
fast! It was an awesome day of racing for all the riders.
The next races in the SoCal Endurance calendar are:
March 2-3 US Cup, Vail Lake Resort, Temecula, Ca
June 8-9 12 & 6 Hours of Temecula, SoCal
Enduro Vail Lake Resort, Temecula, Ca
August 24-25 6 Hours Of Tahquitz, Tahquitz
Enduro, Angelus Oaks, Ca
Nov 10-11 12 & 6 Hours of Temecula, SoCal Enduro #3, Vail Lake
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Have a fantastic day!
" Drop a Gear & Disappear "