24 Hours in the Old Pueblo registration is one hot ticket!

Press-Release-Sunset-RiderIn a world where it’s common for 24 hour mountain bike races to experience year-on-year decreases in participation, Epic Rides’ 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo presented by Tucson Medical Center (TMC) is doing the exact opposite.

Registration for America’s largest 24 hour mountain bike event, which is scheduled for February 14-16, 2014, opened on October 1st, and the Men’s Solo Category sold out in less than 12 hours (a new record).  During the previous six years the #24HOP reached maximum capacity two months before event weekend. Rolling strong into its 15th year, the highly anticipated event is close to selling out over four months in advance.

With tremendous cooperation from Willow Springs Ranch and the Arizona State Land Department,  24 Hour Town will welcome over 4,000 riders and support crew members anxious to enjoy a weekend of unparalleled camaraderie while raising funds for local and national non-profits including Tucson’s Bag It! (a cancer survivors resource organization). This year’s event will also mark Tucson Medical Center’s third year as the presenting sponsor.

“TMC is excited to continue the support of the mountain biking community in Tucson as part of a wider effort to promote healthy lifestyle choices across the region. Epic Ride’s 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo never fails to be one of the most challenging and fun events in Tucson for everyone involved,” said Tucson Medical Center’s Vice President of Community Benefit, Julia Strange.

Participants will be arriving from near and far with more than 37% of the field traveling from outside of Arizona to enjoy the government issued three-day holiday, President’s weekend, while riding pristine singletrack under the warm Sonoran Desert sun.

For those still in contemplation Epic Rides has a simple, yet concise message.

Procrastinators beware; at the current rate, registration will be completely full by early November.

Click here for complete event information and registration.

Moots Titanium bike parts giveaway winners announced

OldPuebloIn coordination with the Epic Rides 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo race, TMC and Moots, more than 1000 people took a virtual tour of the soon to be open world-class Tucson Medical Center Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower and registered to win over $4000 in Moots bike parts.

On March 1, Epic Rides and Tucson Medical Center announced the winner of the Moots giveaway.

The winners are:

Justin Hiehle of Tucson, AZ (Moots Cinch Post)

Libby Schultz of Cedar Falls, IA (Moots Open Trail Stem)

Stuart May of Prescott, AZ (Moots X YBB Frame)

Tucson Medical Center congratulates the winners and is excited about the opening of the new orthopaedic and surgical center to service the community of southern Arizona.

Click here to see the Moots bike parts that were given away.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the Tucson Medical Center Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower.

Nutrition tips to get you ‘race ready’

imagesThe Epic Rides 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Race is under a week away. TMC is the proud feature sponsor of the race and also has quite a few employees and brave cyclists participating in this exciting affair.

So the question is, are you ‘race ready’?

There are a number of things that can happen during an endurance activity such as a 24 hour race. Whether it is an environmental challenge, the mistake of a fellow participant or teammate, or an equipment malfunction, let’s face it, accidents happen.

However, there are things we can control like our physical and mental health when preparing for rigorous activity. In addition to one’s training regimen, making the appropriate nutritional choices leading up to recreational or competitive activity is one important way to be sharp and ready to take on unexpected challenges.

“Putting the right foods in your body is one of the many important nutritional choices you can make before a high performance activity,” says Mary Atkinson, Director of Wellness at Tucson Medical Center.

“The energy needs of people that participate in endurance activities are high. Every person’s nutritional needs will vary dependent upon age, gender, and daily activity. One should be sure they consume a sufficient amount of calories, and that these calories come from a variety of healthy sources.”

The following are tips to consider to get you ‘race ready’:

Carbohydrate Needs – Carbohydrates, the primary fuel during exercise, are easily digested and quickly used by the body. It is recommended to ingest 3 – 4 gram per pound of body weight daily for persons participating in heavy and high intensity endurance activities.

Fat – Moderate consumption from healthy fat sources such as fish, avocados, and nuts are a vital source of energy for lengthy exercise and sports training. However, avoid the intake of saturated and trans fats.

Protein – Protein is extremely important in the building and repair of muscles. Although it is not a primary source of energy during endurance exercise, it is recommended that athletes take .5 – 1 gram per pound of body weight daily for persons participating in heavy and high intensity endurance activities.

Atkinson suggests, “Maintain a balanced diet during the days before a race or competition, and make sure you’ve consumed adequate amounts of fluids, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. This should ensure that your nutritional needs will be met for optimum performance on race day.”

The Epic Rides 14th annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo race is one of the largest 24-hour mountain bike events in the world. TMC partnered with Moots, the Official Bike Sponsor, to give away over $4000 in Moots titanium bike parts, raising awareness of the new Tucson Medical Center Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower scheduled to open in April.

To register for the giveaway and get more information about the Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower, click here. 


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