Breck Epic Stage 5: Enduring Wheeler Pass

The Colorado XC stage race heads high into the Rocky Mountains

Race Coverage

Day 5 of Colorado’s Breck Epic stage race is done and dusted. Photographers Liam Doran and Eddie Clark were on hand to capture all the action. For full results check out www.breckepic.com.

Russell Finsterwald and Todd Wells cut to the chase on Breck Epic’s iconic climb, Wheeler Pass, distancing themselves from the group quickly and staying away. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Russell Finsterwald and Todd Wells cut to the chase on Breck Epic’s iconic climb, Wheeler Pass, distancing themselves from the group quickly and staying away. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Women’s leader Amy Krahenbuhl has made it prominently known that she is unbeatable with another stage win, securing her overall lead by 0:53:59. Photo by Eddie Clark

Women’s leader Amy Krahenbuhl has made it prominently known that she is unbeatable with another stage win, securing her overall lead by 0:53:59. Photo by Eddie Clark

Bob Saffell is currently in 9th in the Men’s 40+ category. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Bob Saffell is currently in 9th in the Men’s 40+ category. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Photo by Liam Doran Photography

From the summit of Wheeler, riders used to descend straight down to Copper Mountain, but a new course from 2015 takes riders about halfway down the descent, and then back up to the summit of Peak 8 before starting the real descent down toward Frisco and the Peaks Trail. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

From the summit of Wheeler, riders used to descend straight down to Copper Mountain, but a new course from 2015 takes riders about halfway down the descent, and then back up to the summit of Peak 8 before starting the real descent down toward Frisco and the Peaks Trail. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

The young Jonathan Modig (The Adrenalin Project) is having a great ride at Breck Epic. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

The young Jonathan Modig (The Adrenalin Project) is having a great ride at Breck Epic. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Kevin Day is just outside the top-10, in twelfth. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Kevin Day is just outside the top-10, in twelfth. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

KUHL-Pivot Cycles rider Drew Free is sitting in sixth after his seventh place ride on Wheeler. With a gap of seven minutes to fifth, he could be looking to move up overall, but it’s unlikely he’ll close the hour and twenty minutes to Todd Wells. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

KUHL-Pivot Cycles rider Drew Free is sitting in sixth after his seventh place ride on Wheeler. With a gap of seven minutes to fifth, he could be looking to move up overall, but it’s unlikely he’ll close the hour and twenty minutes to Todd Wells. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) quickly closed the one-minute gap to the lead wave, but eventually succumbed third to his teammate Ben Sonntag, on the final climbs on the ski resort before the finish. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) quickly closed the one-minute gap to the lead wave, but eventually succumbed third to his teammate Ben Sonntag, on the final climbs on the ski resort before the finish. Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Pushing along the ridgeline at 12,000ft has a certain affect on rider’s brain capacity. Photo by Eddie Clark

Pushing along the ridgeline at 12,000ft has a certain affect on rider’s brain capacity. Photo by Eddie Clark

Barry Wicks of Kona Endurance harnesses his inner mountain goat up an oxygen deprived climb on the Colorado Trail. Photo by Eddie Clark

Barry Wicks of Kona Endurance harnesses his inner mountain goat up an oxygen deprived climb on the Colorado Trail. Photo by Eddie Clark

Breaking his chain early in the stage, Fernando Riveros worked his way back up the field to finish 8th on the stage and is currently sitting 7th in the GC. Photo by Eddie Clark

Breaking his chain early in the stage, Fernando Riveros worked his way back up the field to finish 8th on the stage and is currently sitting 7th in the GC. Photo by Eddie Clark

Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Photo by Liam Doran Photography

Clayton Otto maneuvers the goat trail at 12,000ft before the screaming descent back down into town. Photo by Eddie Clark

Clayton Otto maneuvers the goat trail at 12,000ft before the screaming descent back down into town. Photo by Eddie Clark

Continue to page 2 for more from stage 5 of the Breck Epic


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