After originally selling out its event in less than three hours, Epic Rides is counting down to the 20th Annual 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo MTB event presented by Tucson Medical Center (#24HOP) on February 16-18, 2019. In addition to its platinum anniversary this year, Epic Rides has confirmed the participation of the Tucson Police Department (TPD).
TPD will be entering a five-person co-ed team named the Thin Blue Line. Officer Jason Dragon is the captain, leading a team of four other riders who are first-timers. Most of the officers are new to mountain biking, but have previous police work cycling experience, and one of the officers is learning to ride mountain bikes for the first time, specifically to participate in the #24HOP.
In order to support local first responders, Epic Rides invited the department to field a team. “This is a great opportunity for the Tucson Police Department to celebrate officer wellness,” said Deputy Chief Kasmar, of the TPD. “The team of officers will experience a great event in our own backyard, and while our team hasn’t had the time to put in extensive training for the event, their overall excellent fitness, determination and being able to react quickly to changes around them are all skills needed to be a first responder and a 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo racer.”
Thanks to Brendan Lyons – a fellow cyclist and first responder – the local chapter of LOOK! Save a Life that he founded is providing the team with jerseys.
“Mr Lyons has partnered with the department on many events to bring awareness to cycling and pedestrian safety in our community,” said Deputy Chief Kasmar. “This is the perfect opportunity to partner again and continue the discussion about cycling safety on our streets where we all work, play and train.”
Todd Sadow, President of Epic Rides, said “In addition to being a bike race, the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is a high calibre team building environment. We are very pleased the TPD has entered a team and will utilize the event to strengthen their ties internally and to the Tucson community.”