With a number of wins under his belt this season, Cameron Chambers will be competing in the elite cycling division of the 24-hour National Championship on Saturday.
Chambers, the son of Doug and Pam Chambers of Great Bend, recently beat none other than the great Lance Armstrong on his eventful and prosperous rides on the way to the national championship.
Chambers will be competing on a 13-mile preset loop through Palmer Park in Colorado Springs, Colo., starting at noon on Saturday and ending at noon on Sunday.
“Palmer Park doesn’t have a whole lot of climbing, but there is some good elevation,” Chambers said. “It’s going to be some good, technical riding.”
For the 24-hour race, the cyclists see how many laps they can do in 24 hours. If more than one finishes with the same amount of laps, it goes to who finished in the shortest amount of time.
It isn’t the first time Chambers has competed in national competition.
He won the elite-class race in 2005, among others.
“I won the single speed, which means we ride a bike with one gear,” Chambers said. “I won in 2010. In 2011, I won the duo championship with Daniel Matheney.”
This year, Chambers has been on a tear, winning several events over the summer, including The King of the Rockies, the Colorado Free Ride Festival, the Dakota 50, the Breckenridge Fall Classic and the Alpine Odyssey 100K.
“It’s been a good season, specifically this summer,” Chambers said. “Things are moving in the right direction.”
The win that gained him the most attention was the Alpine Odyssey 100K on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Crested Butte, Colo., but not entirely because of his course-record time of three hours, 59 minutes and three seconds.
Chambers beat the aforementioned Armstrong, who finished fifth.
“It was awesome, no way to deny that everybody was super-charged,” Chambers said of racing against Armstrong. “There was a lot of adrenaline, racing against the winningest cyclist in America. He’s an icon.”
Chambers said he’s been riding for as long as he can remember.
“I was in seventh grade when I did my first race,” Chambers said. “I was a junior when I really started training. I think that’s part of the success I’ve been having. The deep years of training, the body changes.”
Chambers says he still trains, in spite of having a job as sales manager of Carmichael Training Systems.
“I ride for less hours than people assume,” Chambers said. “In a typical week, I spend 17 of 18 hours on a bike.
“I spend a lot of time riding right at my threshold. It pushes the aerobic engine to grow.”