Hendershot 6th at 24 Hour National Championships
Northern Wisconsin, known for cheese curds, Point Beer, and Brett Farve. America’s Dairyland was also home to USACycling’s 24 Hour National Championships, sponsored by chocolate milk. Chocolate milk? Yes, creamy dreamy chocolate milk. You gotta love Wisconsin.
Mark Hendershot (Santa Cruz Syndicate) finished 6th in his 30th career solo 24 hour race. Chris Eatough (Trek/VW) won a 4th national title. Pua Sawicki (Ellsworth) repeated as the women’s solo winner.
A field of 800 was on hand at 9 Mile Forest near Wausau to duke it out on darn-near flat-as-a-pancake singletrack. Hendershot, normally a fairly high cadence guy, mashed his way through all 24 hours in the big ring. “I started a pedicab business this summer and was told that hauling around chubby drunk girls would make me a masher. I guess that’s true!”
“This was a great race. All the top guys were there. Brett Farve was supposed to be there, but I think he was retired on that particular day.”
“Wisconsin is filled with fun loving folks, my type of people. This race has my favorite aid station of all time. The day before the race there was a keg at the aid station and they were offering beer hand ups. During the race they were carving tiki gods with chainsaws. And man, they rocked out the best music.”
“On the way up to Wausau I ran into a distant cousin of mine at the Point Brewery. OK, so maybe he’s really not my cousin, but rather the brewery mascot known as Conehead. But we could pass for cousins.”
As always, Mark greatly appreciates the generous support of his sponsors:
Santa Cruz Bicycles
Troy Lee Designs