(April 14, 2012) GALLUP, N.M. - Despite the fact that many parts of the Southwest have been enjoying an early spring, a strong snowstorm put the damper on the day's racing festivities at this year's Dawn 'til Dusk 12-Hour Mountain Bike Race. About an hour into the race the first snow began to fall and steadily increased, by 9:30 am the race was called due to heavy snow conditions. The final lap was completed at about 11:30 am.
The high desert in the spring can be notoriously unpredictable, and this year was no different. Last year's event also saw a partial cancellation 10 hours into the race due to a snowstorm. This is the second time in the race's eight year history that it was called due to weather, with 2009 also seeing a cancellation due to snow.
To help racers to made the trek to Gallup to race, Zia Rides plans to compensate them with a free entry to any 12-hour event, or discounted rate to any 24-hour event, within to the next two years to any event hosted by Zia Rides (with the exception of 12 Hours in Old El Paso).
Race organizers aren't making any announcements about future plans for the event, but you can follow updates at the Dawn 'til Dusk homepage.
All photos by Brian Leddy Photography