SOURCE: Trek Bicycles

October 15, 2007 16:27 ET

Eatough Dominates 24 Hours of Moab

WATERLOO, WI and MOAB, UT--(Marketwire - October 15, 2007) - Trek VW's endurance-racing juggernaut Chris Eatough dominated this year's 13th annual 24 Hours of Moab solo event, racing his Trek Top Fuel to another impressive victory. Completing 14 laps in less than 22 hours, Eatough bested 2nd place Travis Macy by nearly two hours. With six world 24-hour solo championships to his credit, a near clean sweep of this year's National Ultra-Endurance (NUE) series, and now victory in Moab, Eatough's consistent dominance of solo endurance racing has cemented his legacy as the best solo endurance mountain biker the sport has ever known.

"I think what amazes me most is his cool-headed approach to all of this," said Trek's Mountain Bike Brand Manager Michael Browne. "I spoke with him at length before the race and he was as calm as ever. Many racers have enormous egos or get nervous as the start approaches, but not Chris. Talking with him, you'd never know he's the fastest endurance racer around."

Coming out of the LeMans-style start that see competitors run en masse to their bicycles, Eatough sat in roughly 40th position. After the first lap, Eatough had worked himself into the top ten. By lap two, Eatough led the solo division. There was no looking back from there, as Chris's methodical preparation, monastic discipline, and ultra-efficient pit stops helped him steadily put time on his rivals, at the pace of five to ten minutes per lap. As the race continued into the early morning hours, two of Eatough's main challengers -- perennial contender Ernesto Marenchin and the hard-charging Josh Tosado -- abandoned the race. Backing off the throttle and extending his pit stop times a bit to help combat fatigue and the brisk 40 degree night time temps, Eatough nevertheless managed to lap the 2nd place ride by daybreak.

By 9:30 am, Eatough had completed 14 laps, while 2nd place Travis Macy was just starting his 12th. With lap times now taking close to 1:40, Eatough and his pit crew watched and waited as Macy continued racing. At roughly 11 am, Macy started his 14th lap, but a noon cut-off meant it was now mathematically impossible for Macy to start a 15th lap that would challenge Eatough's lead. Victory now assured, at 10:59 Sunday morning Eatough made his way to the timing tent to log out as the race winner. Macy went on to finish his 14th lap at 12:41 pm, giving Eatough an official margin of victory of 1:41:59.

With his victory, Eatough covered an astonishing 208 miles and racked up over 19,000 ft of climbing.

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About Trek Bicycles:

Headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin, Trek Bicycle Corporation is a global leader in bicycle design and manufacturing. From the original hand-built steel touring frames introduced in 1976 to the revolutionary OCLV carbon fiber first introduced in 1992, Trek's passion for innovation, quality, and performance leads the industry with next-generation technology and thinking. With an unprecedented eight Tour de France titles in the last nine years, six straight 24-hour World Solo Mountain Bike Championships, and countless other professional wins, Trek enjoys a rich tradition of victory in the world's premier cycling events. Today, with a broad range of bicycles and cycling products under the Trek, Gary Fisher, LeMond, Bontrager, and Klein brand names, Trek continues to pursue new ways to bring the joy of cycling to all people.

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