Breck Epic Stage 3 -
As the week wears on Epic is defined as a brutal day in the saddle climbing over the Continental Divide twice in 44 miles, gaining over 9400′. Epic is defined as finding “another planet” atop French Pass, as Jeremiah Bishop describes it, “with alpine tundra snow fields. I saw thick heavy black clouds and thought it was mountain mist. It was probably 40 degrees at the top and a rainy day on the other side.” Epic is defined as following this us with a traverse of Georgia Pass where the winds and rain grew in intensity. Epic is riding this is 3:26:15. Bishop (Cannondale) crossed the line first closely followed by teammate Alex Grant (Cannondale). Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) managed an unbelievable third place despite a broken rear deraillure. His “just get me to the end” chanting must have worked. Tostado finished just three minutes off the lead.
All the riders felt the effects of todays stage. Ivonne Kraft (Squirt/Bionicon)described it as the “the frozen day” saying her whole body hurt descending the Colorado Trail without a jacket or arm warmers. She took another second place finish and maintained her second overall to Pua Sawicki (Okolestuff.com) the women’s leader. Pua finished rolled in 8th today with a time of 3:49:40 giving her over an hour lead in the GC.
Sonya “just let me take a dip in the big mud puddle” Looney crossed the line with teammate Jeff Kirkove (Team Topeak-Ergon) with a time of 4:30:45, moving their GC lead to 43 minutes over the Eriksen Team in Duo Co-ed.
Evan Plews (Evanplews.com) smashed the singlespeed field again despite a broken pedal just 10 minutes in. Plews rode to aid station 1 and was given a pedal and cleat by the Organic Mechanic and a very generous race supporter. He was followed by Mike Melley stepping onto the podium for the first time this week followed by Niner’s Dejay Birtch.
Stage 4 – Described as the hardest stage of the week by race promoter Mike McCormick. “Its like a slobbering rabid dog, its going to come at you and come at you and come at you…” The stage will take riders 42 miles and out to Keystone and back. Stay tuned for the aftermath.
Source: Sarai Snyder