Perfect weather resulted in record rides in the Holualoa Companies 23rd El Tour de Mesa presented by AW Contracting Corporation
Monday, April 15th, 2013
MESA, Ariz. – Richard DeBernardis, Founder & Executive Director, announced that some 1,375 event participants, the second largest in event history, were treated to a cool start with light breezes and beautiful blue skies.This year’s event was dedicated to Scottsdale resident George Esahak-Gage (pictured left), 8-time Ironman Finisher, Endurance Coach and Founder of Gage Safer Streets Foundation (GSS).
Beginning and ending in downtown Mesa, the crowds witnessed a terrific final sprint in the 70-mile event. At least 76 riders broke the previous record of 2:49:46 for men set by Craig Streit. The Scottsdale resident broke his own record to claim the individual men’s title at 2:43:48.74. Nathan Mitchell, Phoenix, took second place in a time of 2:43:48.82 while Chris Wilie, another Phoenician, rounded out the men’s podium in a time of 2:43:48.92.
Mesa resident Kimberly Johnson placed first for women in the 70-miler with a time of 2:46:35 for a new record and defense of her title. Johnson was fifty-first overall and less than three minutes behind the lead peloton. Jill Van Marche from Mesa was second for women with 2:52:02 while Alexis Gannis of Phoenix rounded out the women’s podium with a time of 2:52:51.<br><br>More records were set in the 28-mile event as the top 7 riders all finished in record time. Stephen Brown of Los Angeles captured first place men’s with 1:13:15. Peter King, a Canadian from Fort St. John, BC, took second in 1:13:17 while Joe Schuler of Phoenix took third place on the podium finishing in 1:13:19.
The women’s 28-mile division saw Evie Ulibarri from Lakeside, AZ take the top win in 1:22:20. Second woman was Traci Baggot from Chandler coming in at 1:27:41 and Sin Lin Wu from Tempe took third in 1:28:41.<br><br>Matt French and Megan French of Phoenix took the 70-mile tandem title in 2:46:33. First place tandem in the 28-mile was captured by a mixed team in 1:19:49 with Alan Collier and his daughter Emma Collier (13 years old), both of Mesa.
International cyclists in the event included two cyclists from Egypt and twenty-seven of Los Muertos Team, from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The youngest cyclist on the route was Kambrie Skuse, 6, from Chandler, in the 28-mile and Jim Rigney, of Oro Valley, the oldest in the 70-mile at 82 years of age.
The Tour, Central Arizona’s premier springtime cycling event, had the help of over 400 volunteers. Since its inception, the event has welcomed more than 19,000 participants and has raised more than $382,000 for charities. This year’s event will benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Uphill Into the Wind, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Winded Foundation and other Perimeter Bicycling charities.
The 2013 event was supported by Holualoa Companies, AW Contracting Corporation, Berge Ford, City of Mesa, Pactimo, Performance Bicycle, Perimeter Bicycling, REI, Superstition Springs Endodontics, Swagel Wootton Hiatt Eye Centers, Tail Winds and Two-wheel Jones.
Perimeter Bicycling also organizes El Tour Adventure Run, September 21st, Cochise County Cycling Classic, October 12th and El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino del Sol Resort, November 23rd.