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2014 Breck Epic: Final Day!

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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.

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2014 Breck Epic: Wheeler Pass

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Daily race reports of the 2014 Breck Epic from Amy Thomas of the Yeti Beti MTB Team.

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.

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2014 Breck Epic: Circumnavigation of Mount Guyot

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Daily race reports of the 2014 Breck Epic from Amy Thomas of the Yeti Beti MTB Team.

Three down, three to go!!

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.

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2014 Breck Epic: Colorado Trail

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Daily race reports of the 2014 Breck Epic from Amy Thomas of the Yeti Beti MTB Team.

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.

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2014 Breck Epic: Pennsylvania Gulch

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Daily race reports of the 2014 Breck Epic from Amy Thomas of the Yeti Beti MTB Team.

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.

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The 2014 Breck Epic – Prologue

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Amy Thomas, of Yeti Beti Racing, is tackling the 2014 Breck Epic with full determination. She has the motivation from recovery of a shattered pelvis last year and the inspiration of riding with the memory of a friend who has passed away earlier this year from cancer.

Follow along and cheer for Amy during the 2014 Breck Epic 6 day, high alpine, mountain bike stage race.

After last year’s Breck Epic ended, I got an idea. I was inspired by my teammate Natalie and her husband Sean duking it out all week for the Duo co-ed win. I thought, If I can suffer in a hospital bed for 6 days from a shattered pelvis, I can suffer through a 6 day stage race in the high alpine altitudes of Breckenridge, CO.
Now that the race is only a couple weeks away, I’m thinking I must have still been high on pain meds when I schemed this grand plan.I didn’t show for Day 4, the Queen Stage, in 2010. After 3 hard days and a tactical error on Day 3 when I thought I was going to freeze to death off French Pass, I was mentally exhausted, physically spent, and had had enough. I locked myself in the bedroom so no one could talk me into starting the next day. Something happens when you combine 10,000 feet altitude with at least half that climbing per day. You make stupid (read really stupid) decisions. The stages sound short at 35 miles each day, but anyone who has raced up high knows each day can be good, bad, or ugly. I was in the the UGLY. I now regret my decision of not starting Day 4. For me it took something like a big injury to make me  realize how quickly things change. One minute I was fine, the next minute I couldn’t  walk.

Perspective is a gift and now I have it, whether I wanted it or not. After last summer’s #SPT, Shattered Pelvis Tour, which was me racing at the end of the season to prove to myself that I wasn’t permanently injured, the real training started. I joined a local Crossfit gym to continue to strengthen my weaker leg. I started adding up the miles in late February after a long mental break from #SPT. The last 11 months have been all for this: a bucket list check and a “finish what you didn’t finish” 4 years ago.Not everything in life is a high point but eventually the lows rebound to even higher. My greatest strength now is knowing that I can do this because I have come back from far greater things. There are people that don’t get that opportunity and for that, I am humbled my what the human body can endure despite its own best efforts to try to knock you down.

Beti Bike Bash, Sunday June 2nd

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A women’s only mountain bike event in Lakewood, CO, one part bike race and one part social gathering.

Colorado’s first ever women’s only mountain bike race will happen for the 4th year!

Team Yeti Beti is encouraging all women that mountain bike to come out for the Beti Bike Bash. We know that there are more women out there who want to try a race. Grab your other dirt loving friends and come out to test your skills against other women, or just come out and experience a Colorado mountain bike race.

RACE does not have to be a four letter word. From the first timer to the seasoned professional, join us for a landmark event in the mountain bike community.

Learn more at BetiBikeBash.com

Little Bella Camp at Beti Bike Bash

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Stop #2 on our National Tour is all girls camp in Colorado in conjunction with Beti Bike Bash, an all female race. It will be an adventure in mountain biking designed to get girls hooked on the sport. We will focus on improving skills and having fun. It is a great opportunity for girls looking to try out mountain biking as well as for those who are ready for the next level of challenge. The camp will incorporate full access to the pros that are racing the event. Each camp day will be unique, focusing on different skills and activities. Signing up for multiple days enhances learning (and fun!) with a multi-day skill progression. Camp will run on Saturday and on Sunday.

Learn more at LittleBellas.com