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Mountain Bike News and Notes: Tostado wins Breck 100; Kurchat and Spitz tops in Germany

Altitude specialist Josh Tostado (Santa Cruz-Bach Builders) defended his title at the 2009 Breckenridge 100 cross-country race, held July 18 in Colorado. Tostado spent the majority of the 100-mile race battling with Trek rider Jeff Schalk before finally pulling away in the waning miles to win by 11 minutes.   Tostado finished the race in 8:33:50.  “We were together the whole day pacing each other, it was good to have (Schalk) there to challenge me,” Tostado said. “I needed every advantage to beat that guy. On the flats and the roads was where I’d get worked.” 

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By Fred Dreier

2009 Breck 100: Tostado won on his home course.

2009 Breck 100: Tostado won on his home course.

Photo: Thane Wright

Altitude specialist Josh Tostado (Santa Cruz-Bach Builders) defended his title at the 2009 Breckenridge 100 cross-country race, held July 18 in Colorado. Tostado spent the majority of the 100-mile race battling with Trek rider Jeff Schalk before finally pulling away in the waning miles to win by 11 minutes.  

Tostado finished the race in 8:33:50. 

“We were together the whole day pacing each other, it was good to have (Schalk) there to challenge me,” Tostado said. “I needed every advantage to beat that guy. On the flats and the roads was where I’d get worked.” 

The Breckenridge 100 is the fourth round of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE), an eight-race collection of 100-mile races. The race features three loops around the mountain town, and climbs to elevations over 12,500 feet on several occasions.  

Tostado, who lives just outside of Breckenridge, had won every edition of the race, which debuted in 2005. Schalk, who won the NUE overall in 2008, came in posing the biggest threat to Tostado’s reign.  

He said Schalk made him work hardest for the 2009 victory.  

“I know the trails here like the back of my hand, so anytime someone comes in to race it’s advantage: me,” Tostado said. “The altitude helped me too, and that’s a big reason why I beat (Schalk).” 

Ester Horanyi of the Waltworks-Fuentes Design team took home the victory in the women’s division. Horanyi finished in 10:07:19. Second place Sonya Looney rolled across in 11:14:05.

The NUE series continues August 1 with the Wilderness 101 race in Millheim, Pennsylvania.  

Spitz, Kurchat on top in Germany

 

Reigning Olympic champion Sabine Spitz won her 10th German national cross-country title, taking the nationals race in St. Margen, Germany, on July 19. Spitz, who rides for the Central-Ghost pro cycling squad, took the lead from the gun and cruised to a 2:27 advantage over Morath Adelhaid.  

2009 German cross-country championships: Olympic champ Spitz won the women's race.

2009 German cross-country championships: Olympic champ Spitz won the women’s race.

Photo: Armin Kuestenbrueck

Riders tackled muddy conditions, after summer rainfall drenched the course. 

Winning the men’s race was 2007 champion Wolfram Kurchat (Ergon-Topeak), who is currently ranked No. 2 in the UCI World Cup standings. Kurchat distanced himself from Moritz Milatz (Multivan-Merida) at the race’s midpoint, then climbed away to take the win. Noticeably absent was reigning champion Manuel Fumic, who missed the event due to a back injury.  

Finishing fifth was Ben Sonntag, the reigning U.S. collegiate national cross-country champion. Sonntag, who rides for the Monavie-Cannondale squad, finished 9:53 down on Kurchat.

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