Cycle: High School Girls Get Chance to Ride with National Champ in Tucson

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Are you or do you know a young female mountain bike nut who's looking for a chance of a lifetime? The good folks from the newly formed Arizona High School Cycling League along with the Sho-Air/ Cannondale pro mountain bike team are joining forces to send three high school girls to race in next month's 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo with seven-time US national champion Pua Mata.

The three winners along with Mata will comprise an official 4-person Sho-Air/Cannondale team for the 14th edition of this fabled endurance race held in the Sonoran Desert just north of Tucson. The winners will also get a pre-race skills, nutrition and race prep clinic from Mata, on-site event accommodations for the race, and a whole bunch of swag from the team and the Arizona High School Cycling League.

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To enter, interested high schoolers need to make sure they attend an Arizona high school, get parental permission to go race, and then submit an email to ridewithpua@arizonamtb.org that answers a few basic questions such as "What got you into mountain biking?" and "What is one word that best describes you?". All entries must be received by midnight on Jan. 27 with the lucky ladies announced on Feb. 1.

The 24 Hours race has become of the largest events of its kind in the world and follows a beautiful, flowy 16-mile course with a moderate climb at the end of each lap. The race has become such an event that the race village typically turns into a small municipality of nearly 4,000 racers and spectators partying throughout the night and morning.

The race starts at high noon on Saturday, Feb. 16 with a massive Lemans-style running start to the bikes before heading out for a solid 24 hours of racing. The winning team is whoever finishes with the most laps completed over those 24 hours.

Registration for the race is now closed, so if you are a young lady looking to ride, this is your last chance.

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