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Original photo by Tom Janas, sportograf.com. PSD by Jason Mahokey

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Photo by Rob Lucas, ultrarob.com.

You read about the race, now Eszter Horanyi talks to XXC about Moab, endurance racing, and being a National Champion. XXC: Congrats on the win in Moab, it must feel great? Eszter: Thanks! It did feel good. I always like the stories where the underdog comes out on top. XXC: How many 24 hour solos had you raced prior to winning the 2009 Women’s 24 Hour Solo National Championship? Eszter: Moab was my first. I’d never even been to a 24 hour race before and I was terrified of not knowing how to use the RFID cards to sign in and out on laps. XXC: Do you think that not knowing what to fully expect was actually a blessing? Eszter: A friend had told me that most people do really well on their first 24 because they don’t know how bad it’s going to suck. Even standing on the start line, I couldn’t wrap my head around pedaling my bike for 24 hours. I guess my suffering-meter needs to be recalibrated and from here on out, even long rides are going to seem short.

“It was a very personal battle between me and the trail.” XXC: I think we all play mental games with ourselves to keep going and stay motivated during a race, did you do anything like that, or was just “racing” motivation enough to keep going? Eszter: After a really bad night lap where I couldn’t ride anything, I got angry at the course. I started daring it to make me crash or make me get off my bike. It was a very personal battle between me and the trail. XXC: From what I read and saw it seemed like you had a fun and supportive pit crew to keep you going, that had to play a part in your race sure? Eszter: I’m still not sure how I lucked out with such a great support crew. They’d send someone new down to the section before the check-in and I’d look for them from far up the hill to see if I could figure out who it was each lap. Every lap it was like coming back to a party and they made me feel like a superstar every time I went back out for another lap. Continued > XXC SEASON ONE: ISSUE FIVE

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Saturday’s Iron Cross Lite got racers warmed up for Sunday’s 60 miles in Michaux State Forest. Photo by by Don Pagano

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Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Bishop

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The ten day Crocodile Trophy stage race covers over 1,200KM of dirt roads, trails and pavement, often in temperatures reaching over 100 degrees. Do not let photos of wide dirt roads fool you. This is a tough race! Intense sun, heat, and long days in the saddle on bone jarring roads filled with power sucking dust and sand. There was even a bush fire thrown in for good measure in 2009. Here’s a look back at the 2009 Crocodile Trophy through the photos of John Flynn and Regina Stanger. For more information on this very cool stage race, visit crocodile-trophy.com.

Stage 1: Cairns - Lake Tinaroo 98KM Men’s Stage Winner: Urs Huber Women’s Stage Winner: Monique Zeldenrust

“I know this stage today is a stage like in Switzerland with very big hills and I know it’s my day...” - Urs Huber XXC SEASON ONE: ISSUE FIVE

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Original photo by Tom Janas, sportograf.com. PSD by Jason Mahokey

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Photo by Allison Mann

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