Daniel Munoz Wins the Hot June 12 Hours of Temecula #2 in Southern California
Saturday morning began with perfect riding conditions, low
60's and slightly overcast. Aas the competition heated up for the nearly 700
competitors, the day also got progressively hotter with temperatures reaching a
sweltering 90+ degrees. To avoid mass dehydration
and help refueling, the course was held much closer to the start/finish line
and without the dreaded "Damn Climb.
The venue and race organizers more than made up for the
heat, however. Race director and long
time Phoenix Patriot Foundation (PPF) supporter, Jason Ranoa generously
dedicated this endurance race (the second of three races this year) to help
remember and support the family of a fallen member of the SEAL community, Patrick
Feeks. Patrick lost his life during
combat operations in Afghanistan on August 16, 2012. The Patriot Phoenix
Foundation is similar to the Wounded Warrior Society with more of an emphasis on
our special forces. Additionally the
group also helps its members integrate back into society through mountain
biking and other athletic endeavors after the Wounded Warrior Organization
stops their support.
The dedication of this race to Patrick was particularly fitting
because of Patrick's love for the sport of Mountain biking. If he were
still with us today, Patrick would surely have been hammering up the 8.9-mile racecourse
that SoCal race director Jason created. To memorialize Patrick's passion,
his parents Thomas and Ginny, his sister Regina, and his lovely wife Emily,
along with numerous teammates and friends, were on hand to help keep his memory
alive. The majority of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation Cycling team was
also at the event racing or helping to organize this tribute event.
With everyone's effort and the generosity of the mountain
bike community, the community raised just over $5,400.00 in Patrickís
name. In turn, the Feeks family also decided to generously donate the
money to support the Phoenix Patriot Foundation. This donation, along
with other contributions, significantly helps PPF with their mission, "to
provide direct support to severely wounded veterans enabling them to fully
recover, reintegrate and remain engaged in serving America. I would like
to express my heartfelt thanks to the Feeks family, Jason Ranoa, and all of the
other supporters for contributing so much for a worthy cause.
With this in mind the racers were
off, and the long-standing Menís Pro solo battle between Tinker Juarez and
Danny Munoz continued. The series leader
Munoz started out slow and was on the ropes early compared to the ever-charging
Tinker. However, after 8 laps the heat
and conditions provide too much for the veteran legend and Tinker pulled out as
Danny started his comeback.
1. Daniel Munoz - Specialized - 13 laps
2. Tinker Juarez - Canondale - 8 Laps
In the womenís pro category, Socalís
own Heidi Volpe did not leave anything to chance and charged to a solitary win
on her single speed Elseworth.
1. Heidi Volpe - Socal Endurance - 11 laps
2. Terri Wahlberg - 7 laps
The ever expanding 6hr category was
manhandled by Ronnie Toth, who completed 8 laps in a time of 5:46:42. Giving
him a 5-minute gap over the only other racer to finish 8 laps out of 45! A rough
estimate gives the winning time an average sped of 12.5 mph!
The battle of the day belonged to
the Socal Endurance Team and the class leading KHS/Cytomax teams. Both went
back and forth exchanging leads thorough out the day. The showdown came down to
the last lap where the Socal team came in with a slight lead and was able to
take the win by just 4 minutes.
out the link for full results: http://www.bicycleworld.tv/socal-endurance-race-results/newsc-6/
Phoenix Patriot Foundation along with the Feeks Family would like to thank
everyone for your support. If you would like to support the Patriot Phoenix
Foundation please contact Guy Mcdemott for details.
support the Patriot Phoenix Foundation please check out their site at: http://phoenixpatriotfoundation.org/
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