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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Competitors pedal across Pendleton

By Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | March 25, 2013

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Garrison Rios rushed past two competitors during the 23-mile course in the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23.

Garrison Rios rushed past two competitors during the 23-mile course in the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Paula Newby-Fraser waits to start the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. Newby-Fraser came in second place for the 23-mile division. “I just couldn’t miss it,” said Newby-Fraser, who is a 25-time Iron Man Champion and eight-time Iron Man World Champion.

Paula Newby-Fraser waits to start the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. Newby-Fraser came in second place for the 23-mile division. “I just couldn’t miss it,” said Newby-Fraser, who is a 25-time Iron Man Champion and eight-time Iron Man World Champion. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Juan Fregozo leans over his handle bars to gain momentum during the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. Military and civilian competitors traveled across base during either 13 or 23-mile courses.

Juan Fregozo leans over his handle bars to gain momentum during the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. Military and civilian competitors traveled across base during either 13 or 23-mile courses. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Military and civilian mountain bikers competed in the first Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. More than 300 bikers competed in 13 and 23-mile courses and traveled over terrain ranging from sea-level to 600 feet in elevation.

Military and civilian mountain bikers competed in the first Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. More than 300 bikers competed in 13 and 23-mile courses and traveled over terrain ranging from sea-level to 600 feet in elevation. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Brian Tasse enters the 13-mile off-road trail of the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23.

Brian Tasse enters the 13-mile off-road trail of the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Justin Hillier and his 2-year-old son, Levi, watch Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race competitor’s race March 23. “I ride with some of these guys for (physical training),” said Hillier, the Geospatial Analyst and RRS manager with Remote Services-Marine Corps NST for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Justin Hillier and his 2-year-old son, Levi, watch Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race competitor’s race March 23. “I ride with some of these guys for (physical training),” said Hillier, the Geospatial Analyst and RRS manager with Remote Services-Marine Corps NST for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Mountain bikers rush through the starting gate during the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. Military and civilian competitors traveled across Camp Pendleton through 13 or 23-mile courses.

Mountain bikers rush through the starting gate during the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. Military and civilian competitors traveled across Camp Pendleton through 13 or 23-mile courses. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Robert Lagos repairs competitor’s bicycle during the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. Lagos is the buyer and operations manager for B+L Bikes, which provided support before and during the 13 and 23-mile course race.

Robert Lagos repairs competitor’s bicycle during the Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. Lagos is the buyer and operations manager for B+L Bikes, which provided support before and during the 13 and 23-mile course race. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Ken Lynch, a 23-mile course competitor, receives a souvenir dog tag from Cpl. Mario Pierre after the first Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. Pierre is a supply clerk with 1st Supply Battalion here who presented the dog tags to military and civilian competitors that traveled across Camp Pendleton during either 13 or 23-mile courses.

Ken Lynch, a 23-mile course competitor, receives a souvenir dog tag from Cpl. Mario Pierre after the first Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. Pierre is a supply clerk with 1st Supply Battalion here who presented the dog tags to military and civilian competitors that traveled across Camp Pendleton during either 13 or 23-mile courses. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Military and civilian mountain bikers received souvenir dog tags for participating for competing in the first Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. The bikers raced through 13 and 23-mile courses and traveled over terrain ranging from sea-level to 600 feet in elevation.

Military and civilian mountain bikers received souvenir dog tags for participating for competing in the first Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23. The bikers raced through 13 and 23-mile courses and traveled over terrain ranging from sea-level to 600 feet in elevation. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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David McNiff avoids a puddle during the last stretch of a 23-mile course on the first Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race on Camp Pendleton here March 23.

David McNiff avoids a puddle during the last stretch of a 23-mile course on the first Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race on Camp Pendleton here March 23. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- More than 300 Marines and civilians pedaled across Camp Pendleton during the first Hell Fire Fat Tire Bike Race here March 23.

“The mountain bikers competed in 13 and 23-mile courses through some of base’s most drastic elevation spikes and falls,” said Jimi Shive, the assistant race director of the Hard Corps Race Series.

Competitors crowded the starting line at Lake O’Neil at 8 a.m. with registration numbers on their handle bars and a time keeper fastened to their shoes.

“It was great that we had cloud coverage, so no one overheated,” said Col. Bo Hellman, the assistant chief of staff facilities here. “People tend to layer up in the mornings and forget to take off the extra cloths when they start the race.”

The riders darted through dirt roads, around trainings areas, along the installation boundaries, to the top of Engineer’s Hill. The Climb is also referred to Seven Steps to Heaven due to its elevation that ranges from sea level to just over 600 feet.

“It was pretty neat to see the base from a different perspective,” said Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, the base commanding general and regional authority for five military installations in the southwestern United States. Coglianese bent a sprocket during the first half of the 13-mile course, and without wasting time to stop and fix it, he pushed through to finish in 1 hour, 37 minutes, 14 seconds.

Racers received souvenir dog tags with the race title and date inscribed after all the bikers safely crossed the finish line.

“I signed up because I ride road bikes through base a lot, but I also wanted to see the trails,” said Carolyn Reeves, the first place winner for the 13-mile course. “The event was a lot of fun and there were a lot of riders here.”

To see military or civilian race results, or visit the Hell Fire Fat Tire website.

Contact Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz at sarah.wolff@usmc.mil
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