The Arizona High School Cycling League and Sho-Air/Cannondale professional mountain bike team have teamed up for a very special opportunity. Seven-time national champion Pua Mata (Sho-Air/Cannondale) will be selecting three girls to join her on a four-person team at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, Feb. 15-17, 2013, in Tucson, Arizona. To enter the contest go to: www.arizonamtb.org/ride-with-pua.
The three lucky ladies will receive a spot on a 4-person Sho-Air/Cannondale female team with Mata; pre-race skills, nutrition and race prep clinics by Mata; on-site accommodations during the event; Arizona High School Cycling League and Sho-Air/Cannondale merchandise; and much more.
Entry is easy. Interested Arizona high school girls simply need to answer a few questions such as: Why should you be selected? What got you into mountain biking? What does mountain biking mean to you? All entries must be received by midnight (MST) on Jan. 27. Winners will be announced on Feb. 1.
"It is going to be 24 hours that they will never forget," said Mata. Since turning professional in 2005, Mata has become a very successful endurance racing champion. In 2011, she captured the pro women's Marathon and Solo 24 Hour National Championships, along with an 8th place finish at the World Marathon Championships in Italy, where she was the top ranked North American. Coming off another great year in 2012 winning the Pro XCT and UET titles and La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike stage race, Mata will be begin her 2013 campaign in the Old Pueblo.
"Last year's experience of racing with my team of high school girls at the 12 Hours of Temecula was amazing," said Mata. "The determination of each young lady was beyond my expectation and I was not anticipating these girls to be so fast! The fact that I get to race with another group of talented young ladies at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is so exciting and I can't wait!"
Celebrating its 14th year of riding single track in the Sonoran Desert, the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is one of the largest 24-hour events in the world.
To learn more about the promotion and enter, visit www.arizonamtb.org/ride-with-pua.