Yesterday was the final stage of racing at the 2014 Breck Epic for Amy Thomas. Catch all of her stage recaps here!
It’s really hard to believe today was the last day. While I am relieved to no longer sleep in compression tights and eat boatloads of sugar throughout the day, I am really sad it’s over. This week of riding I will never forget, in part to not just the amazing amounts of hard riding, but to this great community that has formed over the week. I hope to ride again with so many new friends.
It took 5 days but it finally hit me. I am tired. Stage 5, Wheeler Pass, is a deceivingly hard stage. On the course profile map it looks like a giant kidney bean over the Ten Mile Range between Breckenridge and Copper Mountain. At “only” 28 miles and @5000’ climbing, you expect the day to finish easy peasy. What the map fails to show is that most of that climbing comes in the first 7 miles and tops out at 12,460’ at the summit. Only 5 of those miles are rideable.
Day 4 is a monster loop that brings us from Breckenridge to Keystone and back with a few big ridges in between. Today we rode about 42 miles and 6500′ of climbing and was reminded that “it ain’t called the Breck Epic Tickle Fight”.
While the major goal of this week is to get through all 6 stages, there was one stage in particular that has caused some PTSD since 2010. As the name suggests, the Circumnavigation of Mount Guyot is not the shortest point from A to B. It’s a BIG day, lots of steep, unrideable (for most of us) climbing, with some of the gnarliest technical descents in the county. On fresh legs, these trails are brutal. Coming on day 3, it makes it all the much more trickier to not make mistakes.
Day 2 of Breck Epic defines the perfect pairing of ebb and flow. It’s the Colorado Trail stage and that name says it all. If you only have ONE trail to ever ride in Colorado, ride ANY section of the Colorado Trail. It’s all amazing and you will be rewarded for your efforts.
After what seemed like an eternity of waiting for Breck Epic to start, it finally happened. With a record attendance of over 400 racers, the start was definitely a little nerve wracking. One of the cardinal rules of the Breck Epic is “don’t be a dick”. With everyone gunning for good position on the initial singletrack descent with only a 2 mile road climb to spread out that large of a field, I can happily say everyone (at least within 10 riders of me) was really respectful.
As I look outside my window, in downtown Boulder, Colorado, it is snowing. So much for the promises of 60 degree weather today, Mr. Weatherman! If this isn’t the motivation I needed to kick winter in its pants and out the door, the pledge I made to 30 Days of Biking is.
What is 30 Days of Biking?
Very simply, 30DOB is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, however far you want, no matter the weather! It is also a community where you share your adventures online with #30daysofbiking.
For me, 30 Days of Biking is a stand to be part of a community bigger than myself. I strive to find and create inspiration for myself and those around me to get more butts on bikes in the month of April.
2014 is the fifth year of this pledge, and thousands of people from all over the world have taken part. Join the community of joyful cyclists and sign the pledge!
There are two groups of people that benefit from 30 Days of Biking.
The first, and most motivating, is that for every 30 pledges 30 Days of Biking will donate 1 bicycle to Free Bikes 4 Kidz.
The second group, is you and everyone around you. This pledge will help you kick the dust, or snow, off the bike tires and create habits of choosing the bike this spring. Your enthusiasm and persistence will be contagious, this is a proven fact.
Join the community and the cause
I believe in the community that makes up Bike Shop Girl and believe that we can easily sign 120+ pledges to 30 Days of Biking. Could we be the reason 4 kids receive free bikes? I think so.
Join me and sign the pledge! It does not matter how far you go everyday as long as you pedal your bike.
Grab a delicious cup of coffee as it is time for the week-end round up. Have something to add? Put a link in the comments below.
This past weekend I attended training with Bicycle Colorado & Bike for Life. Look for a recap of the training and more information about what these two great programs are doing.
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