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National 24-Hour Challenge

Race reports and information on the National 24-Hour Challenge
  • National 24-Hour Challenge 2015: Kyle’s Report

    Dave and Kyle won their division at the National 24-Hour Challengeby Kyle “Kyle’s Bikes” Robinson

    National 24-Hour Challenge
    Middleville, Michigan
    June 20–21, 2015

    As the name of the event implies, the National 24-Hour Challenge is not really a race but a challenge! So our challenge to ourselves was to make 300 miles.

    After going to packet pick up where we got our back number plates we got the plan together! The format of this challenge is one big loop of 120 miles, then a shorter loop of 24 miles which closes at 8:00 p.m., and then you're onto a 7.6-mile night time protected loop!

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  • National 24-Hour Challenge: Bill's Report

    by Bill “Guru of Shoe” Lorenz

    Bill Lorenz raced the 2014 National 24-Hour ChallengeSometimes the planets are aligned. Sometimes you get to exceed your expectations. Sometimes everything goes just right.

    That’s just what happened to me at the 2014 National 24-Hour Challenge Road Race in Middleville, Michigan. Everything was just right.

    The weather was perfect, I was sufficiently trained, my nutrition plan worked, I had no mechanical issues, and I felt comfortable throughout the ride. The entire day and night was never not fun and enjoyable.

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  • National 24-Hour Challenge: Kyle’s Race Report

    by Kyle “Kyle’s Bikes” Robinson

    Kyle Robinson and Dave Hammer competed in the National 24-Hour Challenge, one of the nation’s premiere cycling events, June 15–16, 2013 in Middleville, Michigan. Kyle is owner of Kyle’s Bikes in Ankeny, Iowa, and Dave is his long-time friend.

    Kyle Robinson and Dave Hammer at the National 24-Hour ChallengeOn the 8-hour drive to Michigan with our wives, Dave and I discussed our strategies and goals, AKA, our game plan. First thing we did when we pulled in town was find the race venue and set up our screened in tent for our home base. Next we found the hotel about 35 minutes away. The Hammers grew up and started their married life in Grand Rapids so we strolled down memory lane a bit. We ended up at Cindy's (Dave’s wife) mom’s for a quick visit, and then off to dinner.

    This town is on the very edge of the Eastern Time Zone, so it's still light at 10:00 p.m. It got late on us and we still wanted to get supplies at the grocery store. Finally back at the hotel room, we decided on a 5:45 a.m. wake-up time so we can eat breakfast in the very nice cafe area in our hotel. That gave us almost 5 1/2 hours to sleep, which went well.

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