Chambers, Kirkland ride to 2012 24-Hour MTB Nationals solo titles


Cameron Chambers rode to his second national championship of 2012.
Cameron Chambers rode to his second national championship of 2012.

Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 30, 2012) — After taking early leads, Cameron Chambers (Colorado Springs, Colo./Ethos Racing) and Jari Kirkland (Crested Butte, Colo.) crossed the finish line on Sunday as the new national champions in the men’s and women’s solo races, respectively, at the 2012 USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships.

When the competition began at noon on Saturday, Chambers got off to a fast start and was the first rider to complete a lap. Multi-time national champion Tinker Juarez (Whittier, Calif./Cannondale Factory Racing) followed close behind, but he eventually had to withdraw from the race due to illness.  As daylight waned Chambers started pulling away from the competition, lapping runner-up Wade Newsom (Carbondale, Colo./Honey Stinger-Bontrager) during the night and riding steady for the next dozen or so hours to victory.

For Chambers, who is also the reigning singlespeed cross-country national champion, it’s his fourth Stars-and-Stripes jersey at a 24-hour national championship; he was part of the men’s duo team that won in 2011. He also claimed the fastest lap of all finishers, at one point completing the 13.5-mile course in 55:45.

It was a slightly tighter race for Kirkland, who didn’t start to pull away from eventual runner-up Kristin Desantis (Allenspark, Colo./Tokyo Joe's-Whole Foods/Primal) until after dark. It’s Kirkland’s second 24-hour national title; she also won the women’s solo race in 2010.

Cody Kukulski (Sedona, Ariz./Northern Arizona University), who finished sixth out of all competitors, completed 16 laps to win the men’s solo singlespeed category. Melissa Liebling (Phoenix, Ariz.) took the women’s solo singlespeed national title.

Duo Team Competitions

The Montana duo of Clint Muhlfeld (Whitefish, Mont.) and Ben Parsons (Kalispell, Mont.) made up the Sportsman & Ski Haus/Hammer Nutrition team that took the men’s duo championship.

Yeti Beti riders Amy Thomas (Lakewood, Colo.) and Chelsea McGowan (Lakewood, Colo.) donned Stars-and-Stripes jerseys after winning the female duo race.

Team HSB rode away with the mixed duo title. Jonathan Davis (Blackhawk, Colo.) partnered with Sonya Looney (Boulder, Colo.), who claimed the fastest lap of all women at 1:06:48.

4-Person Teams

The Velo Reno team of Stosh Bankston (Nevada City, Calif.), Robert Letson (Broomfield, Colo.), Kyle Dixon (Reno, Nev.) and Scott Leland (Reno, Nev.) topped the total lap count with 23 to win the men’s 35+ masters race. Earning Stars-and-Stripes in the men’s 45+ masters category was Team Active/Clif Bar, consisting of Stephen White (Avon, Colo.), Mark Roebke (Avon, Colo.), Ty Hall (Leadville, Colo.) and Peter Davis (Eagle, Colo.).

Junior rider Kyle Bloesser (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who turned in the second fastest lap of the competition at just over 57 minutes, led the Colorado 4 Teens to the top of the podium in the junior men’s quad competition. His teammates included W. Grant Ellwood (Boulder, Colo.), Justin Noel (Boulder, Colo.) and Garrett Gerchar (Boulder, Colo.).

The junior women’s quad championship went to two pairs of sisters on the team Pippi and the Long Stockings: Hailey and Morgan Fortin (Albuquerque, N.M.), and Jessie and Hannah Linder (Cedar Crest, N.M.). Click on the video below for a post-race interview from the new national champions.


Jari Kirkland earned her second 24-hour solo title.
Jari Kirkland earned her second 24-hour solo title.

2012 USA Cycling 24-Hour Mountain Bike National Championships
Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 29-30, 2012


Solo Men
1. Cameron Chambers (Colorado Springs, Colo./Ethos Racing) 18 laps, 21:30:21
2. Wade Newsom (Carbondale, Colo./Honey Stinger-Bontrager) 17 laps, 23:28:32
3. Zach Guy (Crested Butte, Colo.) 17 laps, 23:44:49
4. Tim Lutz (Denver, Colo.) 16 laps, 22:33:07
5. Mike Schroden (St. Cloud, Minn./Revolution Cycle-Twin Six) 15 laps, 23:08:20

Solo Women
1. Jari Kirkland (Crested Butte, Colo.) 15 laps, 22:09:08
2. Kristin Desantis (Allenspark, Colo./Tokyo Joe's-Whole Foods/Primal) 14 laps, 22:22:14
3. Kerri Willis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 13 laps, 22:42:06
4. Elizabeth Boese (Fort Collins, Colo.) 12 laps, 21:51:00
5. Monilee Atkinson (Redmond, Wash./Norco Bikes) 12 laps, 22:32:20

Solo Singlespeed Men
1. Cody Kukulski (Sedona, Ariz./Northern Arizona University) 16 laps, 23:05:50
2. Rich Maines (Chandler, Ariz.) 14 laps, 22:34:18
3. Greg Parham (Durango, Colo.) 13 laps, 19:27:25
4. Charles Weaving III (Lawrenceville, Ga./C Town Racing-C Town Bikes)13 laps,  22:31:26
5. Jeff Wu (Boulder, Colo.) 13 laps, 23:27:24

Solo Singlespeed Women
1. Melissa Liebling (Phoenix, Ariz.) 12 laps, 22:29:26

Duo Men
1. Sportsman & Ski Haus/Hammer Nutrition – 20 laps
   Clint Muhlfeld (Whitefish, Mont.) 10 laps, 21:28:52
   Ben Parsons (Kalispell, Mont.) 10 laps, 21:17:34
2. Peloton-Specialized Cycling Team – 19 laps
   Paul Doty (Denver, Colo.) 9 laps, 21:40:55
   Stewart Pomeroy (Fort Collins, Colo.) 10 laps, 22:46:14
3. E2 Cycling Team – 18 laps
   Thomas Taylor (Fort Collins, Colo.) 9 laps, 21:39:48
   Paul Tanguay (Ft Collins, Colo.) 9 laps, 21:36:08

Duo Women
1. Yeti Beti – 16 laps
   Amy Thomas (Lakewood, Colo.) 8 laps, 21:04:12
   Chelsea McGowan (Lakewood, Colo.) 21:46:10
2. WMBA Ponytail Posse – 12 laps
   Lindsey Watson (Monument, Colo.) 6 laps, 21:23:39
   Julie Glenn (Monument, Colo.) 6 laps, 20:57:13

Duo Mixed
1. Team HSB – 20 laps
   Jonathan Davis (Blackhawk, Colo.) 11 laps, 22:55:37
   Sonya Looney (Boulder, Colo.) 9 laps, 20:47:38
2. Wewanna – 19 laps
   Nick Thelen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 9 laps, 21:18:03
   Tracy Thelen (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 10 laps, 22:45:49
3. Chamois Butt'r Cycling – 16 laps
   Bill Clinesmith (Cimarron, Kan.) 9 laps, 20:09:00
   Karen Borgstedt (Pueblo, Colo.) 7 laps, 20:31:23

The Velo Reno team topped the men's 35+ masters quad standings.
The Velo Reno team topped the men's 35+ masters quad standings.

Quad Junior Men
1. Colorado 4 Teens – 22 laps
   W Grant Ellwood (Boulder, Colo.) 5 laps, 17:55:57
   Kyle Bloesser (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 6 laps, 22:00:36
   Justin Noel (Boulder, Colo.) 5 laps, 18:01:34
   Garrett Gerchar (Boulder, Colo.) 6 laps, 22:09:43
2. Front Rangers – 19 laps
   Mitchell Goates (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 5 laps, 19:12:43
   Hunter Reehoorn (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 4 laps, 19:24:25
   Nic Jenkins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 5 laps, 19:15:13
   Trevor Von Boeck (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 5 laps, 19:10:53
3. Goathead Jr. Men – 17 laps
   Earl Gage (Albuquerque, N.M.)  5 laps, 18:39:43
   Ryan Doeren (Albuquerque, N.M.) 4 laps, 16:21:24
   John Algermissen (Albuquerque, N.M.) 4 laps, 19:51:39
   Seamas Alessio (Albuquerque, N.M.) 4 laps, 16:57:54

Quad Junior Women
1. Pippi and the Long Stockings
   Hailey Fortin (Albuquerque, N.M.) 3 laps, 14:07:06
   Jessie Linder (Cedar Crest, N.M.) 2 laps, 8:58:31
   Morgan Fortin (Albuquerque, N.M.) 1 lap, 2:22:23
   Hannah Linder (Cedar Crest, N.M.) 2 laps, 9:00:52

Quad 35+ Masters Men
1. Velo Reno – 23 laps
   Stosh Bankston (Nevada City, Calif.) 6 laps, 22:01:38
   Robert Letson (Broomfield, Colo.) 5 laps, 18:56:45
   Kyle Dixon (Reno, Nev.) 6 laps, 20:40:48
   Scott Leland (Reno, Nev.) 6 laps, 21:53:18
2. Basalt Bike & Ski/Honey Stinger – 22 laps
   Jason Lapointe (Carbondale, Colo.) 5 laps, 18:01:03
   Scott Leonard (Carbondale, Colo.) 6 laps, 22:04:26
   Joel Mischke (Basalt, Colo.) 5 laps, 17:59:56
   Shawn Hadley (Aspen, Colo.) 6 laps, 22:04:51
3. Pro Cycling – 20 laps
   Peter Scoville (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 5 laps, 19:26:00
   Robert Gaffney (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 4 laps, 18:27:52
   Christopher Jenkins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 5 laps, 20:33:00
   Matt Javernick (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 6 laps, 19:17:18

Quad 45+ Masters Men
1. Team Active/Clif Bar – 21 laps
   Stephen White (Avon, Colo.) 5 laps, 18:40:03
   Mark Roebke (Avon, Colo.) 5 laps, 18:44:29
   Ty Hall (Leadville, Colo.) 6 laps, 22:56:36
   Peter Davis (Eagle, Colo.) 5 laps, 18:49:45

Solo Non-championship
1. Marc Kriewaldt (Allenspark, Colo.) 15 laps, 23:40:21
2. Chris Cover (Golden, Colo.) 13 laps, 23:35:16
3. Charles Weaving (Lawrenceville, Ga.) 7 laps, 23:39:58

Team Non-championship
1. Canon City Crank Peddlers – 20 laps
2. Think Air Frameworks – 19 laps
3. SocoVelo a Trois – 19 laps
4. Jiraffas-Okapi – 19 laps
5. The Cheering Section – 17 laps

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