We finished up the bike build for Lucas this evening... thanks to the donations from Ed it came in at right around $600 out the door. Build specs: Specialized Rockhopper frame, bontrager wheelset, LX Cranks & BB, Microshift Shifters and Rear D, Deore Front D, Manitou L7 fork, Chris King Headset, Avid BB-7 Disc Brakes, Ergon Grips, Shimano Pro Seatpost, Salsa Stem, Richey Bars, Ergon Grips, SRAM 971 chain, Wellgo Pedals, WTB Tires. All in all a fun build and pretty sweet deal for $600. Thanks to Ed for the fork and headset!
Email From Event Chair Oscar Corona:
This is your official 5th Annual Elephant Head Challenge open invitation. Saturday, May 7, 2011
The Elephant Head Challenge Just got BIGGER! With a 4 mile addition that is guaranteed to pound, bound and trigger you down like a slingshot at 40-45 mph. (Check out the new addition in GPS images marked in blue in the attachment on this mail).
More good news!......Online registration is now free!! Yes, that means no extra charge for registering online. (Available this Friday). But why wait? Go to the official event site and download the application now.... www.xtremebicycling.net
Plan ahead and make this a 5 de Mayo celebration weekend for the whole family. Escape and rediscover at the Rex Ranch Resort "Home of the Elephant and Event After Party" For more information log into the official event web site and click over the Rex Ranch logo. (Don't forget to mention the event for amazing rates)
The Elephant Head Challenge is a 20-Mile Mountain Bicycle Adventure through the Santa Rita Mountains in the Coronado National Forest, Southern Arizona.
This year's racers (minus a couple of the 1/4 beaners who were working the Rincon market tent).
This year's support crew.
50 MPH wind gusts? Yes / Hail? Yes / Sleet? Yes / Rain? Yes / Cold as Hell? Yes / Destroyed Rincon Market booth? Yes. Needless to say this year's 24 ITOP was not without it's challenges.
However, in the end... fun was had... beers were consumed... and most impressively Brad, Jordan, Matt, & Ed (aka Sonoran Pirates Night at the Knoxbury) put in a record performance coming in 21st out of 142 teams in the 4 Men Open category with 18 laps in 24 hours. My hat goes off to the warriors. The following teams raced under the pirate flag this year...
The Sonoran Pirates...
- Night At the Knoxbury - 4 Man Open
- Donkey Chasers - 4 Man Open
- Quarter Beaners - 4 Man Open
- Caca Pasa - Duo Male
Live Results Link
24 Hours ITOP Race Website
So This confirms that any cool place you have ridden or thought this would be awesome to host a mountain bike race through or you just wanted to ride it yourself RedBull probably has hosted an awesome event in something like it.
Here is an old DH race through a Gold Mine.
They also just had a Freeride comp down a Gold Mine Quarry in New Zealand in December. AWESOME