2014 El Tour de Mesa Wrap-up

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

It’s One for the Record Books at the Holualoa Companies 24th El Tour de Mesa presented by Pierson Construction Corporation

2012 ETM logo300x446pixSome 1,554 event participants, the largest in event history, enjoyed a near perfect day for bicycling and setting some new course records.

This year’s event was dedicated to Milt Fort, a longtime rider and the former assistant director of the Mesa Convention & Visitor Bureau, who has been a strong advocate for El Tour de Mesa for more than two decades.

Beginning and ending in downtown Mesa, the crowds witnessed an exciting finish as at least 27 riders broke the previous record of 2:43:48.74 for men set by Craig Streit. All 27 riders came in at 2:40. Streit, 36, a Scottsdale resident, claimed the individual men’s title for the fourth year at 2:40:36:21. Kyle Reedy, 34, Mesa, took second place in a time of 2:40:36:32 while Robert Dolman, 42, Scottsdale, rounded out the men’s podium in a time of 2:40:36:43. (All times are unofficial pending confirmation.)

For the third year Mesa resident Kimberly Johnson, 35, placed first for women in the 70-miler with a time of 2:44:50 for a new record and defense of her title. She broke her own course record set last year of 2:46:35. Johnson was eighty-sixth overall and just four minutes behind the lead peloton. Amber Peterman, 45, Oro Valley was second for women with 2:52:13 while Alexis Gannis of Phoenix rounded out the women’s podium with a time of 2:52:24.

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28-mile 3rd Place Finisher, Michael Hemmerlin (L) with 2nd Place Finisher, Dan McGehee (R)

In the 28 miler first place male went to Dustin Williams 33, of Ft. Huachuca at 1:14:43. It was nearly a tie with Dan McGehee, 51, of Mesa just 1/100 of a second behind at 1:14:44 on a mountain bike. 14-year old Michael Hemmerlin of Mesa took third place on the podium with 1:15:16.

The women’s 28-mile division saw Randi Najac, 43, from Phoenix take the top place female win in 1:26:54. Second place woman was Elizabeth Jacobsen, 40, also from Phoenix coming in at 1:29:10 and Sin Lin Wu from Tempe took third in 1:29:21.

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Mark and Laura Russell were the 1st Place Mixed Tandem in the 70-mile event. They blazed the course and then rode the 11-mile Fun Ride with their son.

In addition to the awards for the top finishers in the 70 and 28-mile events, Perimeter Bicycling recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of many. Click here for a complete Awards Summary including awards for the top tandem teams, El Tour Junior Awards, Most Distinguished Awards, Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Bike Patrol, and more.

Check your results and MarathonFotos! We’ve posted videos and photos on Facebook. Share your stories and photos. The May/June issue of Tail Winds will include full coverage of El Tour de Mesa, CycloMesa and the El Tour Twilight Criterium presented by Two-wheel Jones.  Registered riders will receive a copy in the mail. You can pick up Tail Winds at your local bike shop or read Tail Winds online.

As Central Arizona’s premier springtime cycling event, El Tour de Mesa had the help of over 400 volunteers. Since its inception, the event has welcomed more than 20,000 participants and has raised nearly $400,000 for charities.  This year’s event will benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Uphill Into the Wind, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Winded Foundation, Esophageal Cancer Action Network and Perimeter Bicycling Association of America.

The 2014 event was supported by Holualoa Companies, Pierson Construction Corporation, Berge Ford, Bikes Direct, City of Mesa, HSL Properties, Pactimo, Paragon Cycles, Performance Bicycle, Perimeter Bicycling, REI, Superstition Springs Endodontics, Swagel Wootton Hiatt Eye Centers, Tail Winds and TransCity Property Management, Two-wheel Jones.

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