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Tucson’s Birtch captures solo title

Citizen Staff Report

Citizen Staff Report

Tucsonan Dejay Birtch won the men’s solo single speed category Sunday at the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo mountain biking event.

Birtch finished 15 laps on the 16.5-mile course, finishing at noon.

About 1,650 riders took place in the race, which began at noon Saturday in the Willow Springs Ranch area, north of Tucson, near Oracle.

Evan Plews of Salem, Ore., won the solo male category. He finished 18 laps on the 16.5-mile course, finishing at 12:01 p.m., ahead of Ian Leitch, who ended his 18th lap at 12:39. Tinker Juarez finished third with 17 laps.

In the corporate race, Tucson’s Team Hosie Cow/Cirrus Visual was edged out by Area 51 by 16 minutes. Both teams finished 20 laps.

Other results:

• Women’s single speed: Lynda Wallenfels, 16 laps

• Women’s solo: Sarah Kafmann, 15 laps

• 4-person men’s single speed: Mountain Flyer (Brian Riepe, Steve Mabry, David Ochs, Engelbert Humperdink), 20 laps

• 4-person men’s open: Adrenaline Race Team (Jeff Herrera, Sam Schultz, Andy Schultz, Chris Suter), 22 laps

• 4-person women’s open: P. Power (Edy Light, Katie Tuttle, Kris Hanning, Nancy Turman), 17 laps

• 5 person coed 0-149 combined age: Racer’s Racers (Arthur Morris, Aaron Fox, Shaelie Johansen, Jessica Morris, Kellie Williams), 15 laps

• 5-person coed 150-199 combined age: Ergon Corporate (Yuki Saito, Sonya Looney, Dave Weins, Jeff Kerkove), 21 laps. Notable: Teams can race with less than five members.

• 5-person coed 200-plus combined age : Weapons of Destruction (Nicholas Stevens, Rick Callies, Philip Simpson, Dave Million, Shannon Gibson), 20 laps

• Duo female: Natalie Luhtala and Alacia Sooter, 14 laps

• Duo co-ed: Mario Correa and Heidi Volpe, 18 laps

• Duo male: Jordan Williford and Jeff Zurakowski, 20 laps

Tucson’s Birtch captures single speed solo title

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