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Saturday
May252013

The 14th Annual Burn 24hr MTB Relay - Wilkesboro, NC 

The team: Adam, Alex, Caitlin, Joe (solo) and Johann
The team: Adam, Alex, Caitlin, Joe (solo) and Johann
Race Type: MTB Relay

Conditions: Partially sunny, dry then damp, 50-70s

Riders Representing: Caitlin Thompson

Racing under the team name PB & Tricycles with a fellow Philadelphian, Alex, and Adam and Johann from Chapel Hill, NC, Caitlin raced in the Burn 24 Hour Relay in Wilkesboro, NC. The four teammates rotated for 24 hours, completing 30 total laps of a 6.2 mile course with 900 feet of climbing every lap. Caitlin rode for 7.25 hours and finished 7 laps, 2 of which were in the pitch black night.

Caitlin getting ready for her first night lap
Caitlin getting ready for her first night lap


The team met all of their goals by having fun, being safe, and always having someone on the course. Caitlin's husband, Joe, also raced in the solo men's class, grinding out laps all by himself.

Caitlin and her husband, Joe, enjoying a quick snack while he was getting ready to race
Caitlin and her husband, Joe, enjoying a quick snack while he was getting ready to race


The course was an excellent endurance course if you like going up hills and enjoying sweeping fast downhills. There were some roots and shale-filled switchback corners but otherwise the course was mostly challenging due to the uphill nature of most of it.

Joe on the podium (far left, 2nd place) for finishing 17 laps, 101 miles, in the solo race
Joe on the podium (far left, 2nd place) for finishing 17 laps, 101 miles, in the solo race


Race Results:
6th team/7 teams for coed 3-5 person teams
Caitlin's husband, Joseph Kopena - 2nd/10 men's solo

Lap times
Final results