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Breck Epic – Day 6 diary by Brandon Dwight

As you probably know, I have never raced in the Tour de France, but I think it’s a safe bet to say Friday’s final Breck Epic stage is kind of like rolling into Paris along the Champs-Élysées after many hard days of racing.

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By Brandon Dwight

2009 Breck Epic, day 6: Proper hydration at the finish.

2009 Breck Epic, day 6: Proper hydration at the finish.

Photo: Brandon Dwight

As you probably know, I have never raced in the Tour de France, but I think it’s a safe bet to say Friday’s final Breck Epic stage is kind of like rolling into Paris along the Champs-Élysées after many hard days of racing.

Except instead of riding 100-plus miles on rough French roads surrounded by cars, motorcycles and helicopters, we got to ride incredible singletrack in the quiet and pristine Rocky Mountains. I won’t go into to detail about today’s course, but this final stage took us on sections of trail that just put a big ol’ smile on my face. And, it erased the memory of all the pain the Breck Epic had inflicted upon my body leading up to this day. It was very good course planning by race officials.

Speaking of race officials, I can’t say enough about how well the inaugural Breck Epic went off. Mike McCormack and his rock star crew put on a great show. Treating racers well, both on and off the course, was the top priority.

2009 Breck Epic, day 6: Home cookin'.

2009 Breck Epic, day 6: Home cookin’.

Photo: Brandon Dwight

Every evening, following the day’s stage, we had a mandatory racer meeting where we had the opportunity to chime in on what we didn’t like, to help improve next years event. I don’t think I ever heard one complaint. The only night we did not have a rider meeting, was following the final stage. Instead we went to Breckenridge’s beautiful Riverwalk Center, where we were treated to a huge barbecue feast complete with ribs, beans, cornbread, apple cobbler and plenty of Oskar Blues beer!

Following dinner was the awards ceremony, when every racer was called up on stage and given a super cool Breck Epic finisher’s belt buckle. Every racer in their respective categories was asked to stay on stage and gather around the podium while the top three finishers were called up. It was great to stand on stage with everyone you raced with and celebrate a week of riding together. Following the awards, there was a huge schwag give away, too. No one went home empty handed.

I was quite lucky all week to not have one mechanical mishap. In fact, after six days of racing I think I only dropped my chain once, and we rode over some gnarly terrain. Even though I have been racing some type of a bicycle for the last 15 years, the durability and consistently reliable performance of these lightweight bicycles and components never cease to amaze me. Thanks to Scott USA for the ultralight Spark RC. This bike has survived La Ruta de Conquistadores and now the Breck Epic without a single problem. Thanks also go out to Crank Brothers for the never-fail Candy pedals and to SRAM for the rock solid drivetrain, braking and suspension.

2009 Breck Epic, day 6: Breck Epic hardware.

2009 Breck Epic, day 6: Breck Epic hardware.

Photo: Brandon Dwight

Well, to wrap things up, it was a great week in Breckenridge, Colorado. The weather was fantastic and the race was one I’ll never forget. Special thanks to the entire Breck Epic crew for putting on a spectacular event and truly making it a great rider experience. Thanks also need to go out to the crew holding down the fort at my bike shop, Boulder Cycle Sport. If I couldn’t rely on them, then I wouldn’t be racing. And last, but most certainly never least, my wife Heather. From helping me at the start and in the feed zones, and for reminding me all week to keep drinking water, she has been a super soigneur. Thanks honey!

Thanks for reading my Breck Epic journal reports for the past week. You’ll likely hear from me in September when ‘cross season kicks off!
Brandon Dwight lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife Heather and chocolate lab, Oban, and is part owner of Boulder Cycle Sport. He is also the founder of Doperssuck.com. His sponsors include: Scott Bicycles, Crank Brothers, and Clif Bar.

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Results

Solo Men Day 6 results

  • 1. Jorge Espinoza Horizon Organic Cycling in 2.14:11
  • 2. Jeremiah Bishop Monavie-Cannondale.com in 2.15:59
  • 3. Travis Brown Travis Brown in 2.16:12 at 2:01
  • 4. Colby Pearce Michelob Ultra/big Shark Racing in 2.17:46 at 3:35
  • 5. Brandon Dwight Scott Usa/boulder Cycle Sport in 2.22:41 at 8:30
  • 6. Ben Thompson Cannondale/breakaway Consulting in 2.22:54 at 8:43
  • 7. Yuki Saito Topeak-Ergon in 2.23:30 at 9:19
  • 8. Cory Wallace Kona-Freewheel Jasper in 2.27:01 at 12:50
  • 9. Harlan Price Independent Fabrication in 2.27:05 at 12:54
  • 10. Aaron Potts Black Sheep Bikes in 2.27:27 at 13:16
  • 11. James Williams Cannondale Factory Racing in 2.28:27 at 14:16
  • 12. Blake Harlan Jamis Factory in 2.28:45 at 14:34
  • 13. Ryan Hamilton Comotion in 2.29:10 at 14:59
  • 14. Jeffrey Kerkove Topeak-Ergon in 2.29:20 at 15:09
  • 15. Scott Gordon Comotion in 2.31:51 at 17:40
  • 16. Garth Prosser Cannondale Factory Racing in 2.31:56 at 17:45
  • 17. Kip Biese Old Town Bike Shop in 2.32:13 at 18:02
  • 18. Tyler Merritt Tyler Merritt in 2.32:13 at 18:02
  • 19. Aaron Huckstep in 2.33:25 at 19:14
  • 20. Ryan Draper Rebound Cycles in 2.33:26 at 19:15
  • 21. Scott Penzarella Studio Velo in 2.33:33 at 19:22
  • 22. Josh Cullen Honey Stinger / Trek in 2.34:51 at 20:40
  • 23. Jasen Thorpe Mountain Bike Magazine in 2.36:06 at 21:55
  • 24. Brian Stevenson Bs in 2.43:04 at 28:53
  • 25. Bill Frielingsdorf Road 34 in 2.43:56 at 29:45
  • 26. Cory Gwin Mongoose/twinsix in 2.47:01 at 32:50
  • 27. Devon O’neil Denver Post in 2.48:07 at 33:56
  • 28. Bernie Romero Kenda/ Sixsixone in 2.49:12 at 35:01
  • 29. Mike Kuhn Visitpa.com Mtb in 2.49:25 at 35:14
  • 30. Eric Thompson Great Adventure Sports in 2.53:15 at 39:04
  • 31. Evan Plews Scottusa/csc in 2.54:39 at 40:28
  • 32. Grant Clayton Rocky Mounts/izze in 2.54:48 at 40:37
  • 33. Wayde Jester in 2.57:09 at 42:58
  • 34. Aaron Dallas Bothead in 3.03:03 at 48:52
  • 35. Jens Raz Sdbc in 3.03:46 at 49:35
  • 36. Kristijan Bauer in 3.09:38 at 55:27
  • 37. Jeff Cloutier Colorado Forgotten Soliders in 3.15:43 at 1.01:32

Solo Men final standings | Click for: TOP

  • 1. Jeremiah Bishop Monavie-Cannondale.com in 14.56:12
  • 2. Travis Brown Travis Brown in 15.05:21
  • 3. Brandon Dwight Scott Usa/boulder Cycle Sport in 15.36:58 at 40:46
  • 4. Ben Thompson Cannondale/breakaway Consulting in 15.47:00 at 50:48
  • 5. Colby Pearce Michelob Ultra/big Shark Racing in 15.50:14 at 54:02
  • 6. James Williams Cannondale Factory Racing in 16.14:02 at 1.17:50
  • 7. Jorge Espinoza Horizon Organic Cycling in 16.14:15 at 1.18:03
  • 8. Yuki Saito Topeak-Ergon in 16.19:20 at 1.23:08
  • 9. Harlan Price Independent Fabrication in 16.23:02 at 1.26:50
  • 10. Kip Biese Old Town Bike Shop in 16.34:00 at 1.37:48
  • 11. Ryan Hamilton Comotion in 16.36:21 at 1.40:09
  • 12. Cory Wallace Kona-Freewheel Jasper in 16.45:34 at 1.49:22
  • 13. Jeffrey Kerkove Topeak-Ergon in 16.52:06 at 1.55:54
  • 14. Blake Harlan Jamis Factory in 17.11:17 at 2.15:05
  • 15. Aaron Potts Black Sheep Bikes in 17.18:05 at 2.21:53
  • 16. Tyler Merritt Tyler Merritt in 17.29:39 at 2.33:27
  • 17. Garth Prosser Cannondale Factory Racing in 17.31:28 at 2.35:16
  • 18. Josh Cullen Honey Stinger / Trek in 17.34:59 at 2.38:47
  • 19. Ryan Draper Rebound Cycles in 17.48:00 at 2.51:48
  • 20. Scott Gordon Comotion in 17.52:14 at 2.56:02
  • 21. Aaron Huckstep in 17.56:21 at 3.00:09
  • 22. Evan Plews Scottusa/csc in 17.57:34 at 3.01:22
  • 23. Scott Penzarella Studio Velo in 17.58:07 at 3.01:55
  • 24. Jasen Thorpe Mountain Bike Magazine in 18.23:05 at 3.26:53
  • 25. Bernie Romero Kenda/ Sixsixone in 18.27:18 at 3.31:06
  • 26. Bill Frielingsdorf Road 34 in 18.28:39 at 3.32:27
  • 27. Brian Stevenson Bs in 18.34:48 at 3.38:36
  • 28. Eric Thompson Great Adventure Sports in 18.56:08 at 3.59:56
  • 29. Devon O’neil Denver Post in 19.51:41 at 4.55:29
  • 30. Wayde Jester in 20.10:10 at 5.13:58
  • 31. Cory Gwin Mongoose/twinsix in 20.42:28 at 5.46:16
  • 32. Grant Clayton Rocky Mounts/izze in 21.04:08 at 6.07:56
  • 33. Jens Raz Sdbc in 21.25:36 at 6.29:24
  • 34. Aaron Dallas Bothead in 21.52:50 at 6.56:38
  • 35. Mike Kuhn Visitpa.com Mtb in 22.43:31 at 7.47:19
  • 36. Jeff Cloutier Colorado Forgotten Soliders in 23.53:25 at 8.57:13
  • 37. Kristijan Bauer in 23.54:30 at 8.58:18

Solo Women Day 6 results | Click for: TOP

  • 1. Jen Gersbach Spot Bikes / Dale’s Pale Ale in 2.46:26
  • 2. Cristina Begy Cristina Begy in 2.57:05
  • 3. Jen Hanks Revolution/power Bar/mtbracenews.com in 3.01:57 at 15:31
  • 4. Amy Robillard Tough Girl / Contessa in 3.37:11 at 50:45
  • 5. Kim Bear Santa Fe in 3.46:54 at 1.00:28
  • 6. Devora Peterson Tokyo Joes in 4.02:46 at 1.16:20
  • 7. Wendy Skean Hammer Nutrition in 4.28:34 at 1.42:08

Solo Women Final standings | Click for: TOP

  • 1. Jen Gersbach Spot Bikes / Dale’s Pale Ale in 19.03:17
  • 2. Cristina Begy Cristina Begy in 19.42:00
  • 3. Jen Hanks Revolution/power Bar/mtbracenews.com in 21.14:02 at 2.10:45
  • 4. Amy Robillard Tough Girl / Contessa in 24.15:31 at 5.12:14
  • 5. Kim Bear Santa Fe in 26.15:16 at 7.11:59
  • 6. Devora Peterson Tokyo Joes in 28.10:52 at 9.07:35
  • 7. Wendy Skean Hammer Nutrition in 30.22:37 at 11.19:20