High Winds Mark the 2013 Cochise County Cycling Classic
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc., Sierra Vista Regional Health Center (SVRHC), and LifeNet announce unofficial results for the first through third place finishers in all distances of the Cochise County Cycling Classic. More than 420 cyclists – a new record – participated in the 26th Cochise Classic in the 165, 97 and 49-mile distances. Due to the strong winds most of the day, the route proved more challenging than usual. Start and finish for all distances was at the Cochise County Fairgrounds. Click Cochise Classic Results for complete unofficial results. Check our Cochise Classic Facebook page to view and share pictures. Official results and complete listing of awards is published in the Tail Winds Nov/Dec issue, which will be published in two weeks.
165-Mile, Male; first through third place finishers are: Richard Horn, Tucson AZ, 8:13:34; Bob McKenzie, Tulsa OK, 9:04:35; Charles Wheeler, Paradise Valley Az, 9:30:21
165-Mile, Female; first and only finisher: Jessica Walter, Tucson AZ, 10:14:59
97- Mile, Male; first through third place, all with times of 4:11 are: Scott Flanders, Minneapolis MN, 4:11:47; Tim Carolan, Tucson AZ, 4:11:47; 3rd – Shawn Daly, Tucson AZ, 4:11:48
97-Mile, Female; first through third place finishers are: Kathleen Kirk, Tucson AZ, 5:18:18; Lynn Meyers, Tucson AZ, 5:29:54; Emily O’Winter, Tucson AZ, 5:35:41
49-Mile, Male; first through third place finishers are: Terry Stager, 66, Oracle AZ, 1:32:44; Seth Lewkowitz, 32, Paradise Valley AZ, 1:32:45; Jason Smith, 33, Tucson AZ, 1:32:45
49-Mile, Female: first through third place are: Marti Papke, Gilbert AZ, 2:03:20; Seana Hogan, Valley Springs CA, 2:03:59; Lynda Edoff, Tucson AZ, 2:19:35
The 4C’s Rider Award goes to the rider who embodies the spirit of the event ~ sportsmanship, resilience, and camaraderie. Cristobal Ortiz of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico ~ a member of the Rancho Feliz Vencinos team ~ was awarded the 4C’s Rider Award for his positive attitude and determination to finish the 97-mile event. His longest rider prior was 49 miles. Cristobal finished in 12:42:25 and was followed in by Curtis Foster, long-time event official.
Outstanding Support Crew goes to Rudy’s Carillo’s crew ~ his fun-loving brothers. Rudy currently lives in Florida where hill training is nonexistent. Rudy’s brothers cajoled him along to a finishing time of 13:46:22.
The 2013 Cochise Classic honored Seana Hogan ~ cycling legend; elite, world-class ultra-marahon racer, Transcontinental Record Holder and member of both the Race Across america (RAAM) Hall of Fame and the Ultracycling Hall of Fame. She was honored at the pre-ride pasta dinner and dedication ceremony and rode the 49-mile event.
The 2013 Cochise Classic in Douglas benefits Douglas Association For Retarded Citizens (DARC), whose mission is to support and involve people with developmental disabilities within the Douglas community. Their ultimate goal is to place people in jobs in the community. This year’s 2013 Cochise Classic introduced the involvement of border charity, the Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation, Inc. Rancho Feliz was established in 1987 as a volunteer organization based in Scottsdale, AZ and dedicated to providing opportunities along the US/MX border. Since it’s inception, Rancho Feliz has hosted over 17,000 U.S. volunteers at is facilities in nearby Agua Prieta, Sonora (just across the border from Douglas, AZ). This year Rancho Feliz included the Cochise Classic as part of it’s “BIGGER than Borders” service weekend. Rancho Feliz provided a timely international presence bringing 150 new riders from Mexico and Arizona to the event.
Since its inception, the Cochise Classic has raised over $106,000 for both DARC and the Arthritis Foundation. The 2013 Cochise Classic receives support and cooperation from the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center; LifeNet; United States Border Patrol; Cochise County; Dakotapro.biz; Douglas Dispatch; Sierra Vista Herald; KDAP radio; Clif Bar, Cochise County Fairgrounds, Douglas Police, Freeport McMoRan, Gadsden Hotel, Kola’s LLC, Motel 6 – Douglas, Pactimo, Perimeter Bicycling, PuroClean, RAEchel Running, Southwest Gas, Tail Winds, US Border Patrol, and VisitSierraVista.com.