By Steve Medcroft
Endurance phenom Monique Sawicki is getting an aggressive start to her 2006 season - she's already won her first race of the year. At the 12 Hours of Temecula in Vail Lake, California, Sawicki won in 11 laps; 24 minutes ahead of 2005 La Ruta de los Conquistadores winner Louise Kobin. On the way to the win, Sawicki posted a 49 minute opening lap that stood as one of the fastest laps of the day of any competitor.
Later this month, the two-time NORBA Marathon National Series winner and 2005 U.S. 24 Hours Solo National Champion will be giving a clinic at the site of the Vision Quest MTB race (in Lake Forest, California). Sawicki will be talking to racers about nutrition, training and the equipment required to make the most out of endurance mountain biking. After the clinic, Ellsworth will be on hand with their travelling demo trailer to offer free demo rides to the clinics attendees.
The 56.5-mile, 11,000 feet of climbing Vision Quest is scheduled for Saturday March 4th.