September 11-12, 2010 – Salida, Colorado, USA – The Vapor Trail 125 is one of the best races most have never heard of. Due to the extreme nature of this 125-mile (200k) backcountry loop, event promoters keep the hype surrounding the event low. Those riders that do qualified are treated to one of the best experiences on the mountain bike. Starting at 10 PM on Saturday, riders traverse a loop through the Colorado backcountry and cover 125 miles and ascend over 20,000 ft by the time the race is over.
Jeff Kerkove toed the start line for the 4th time in this event, which is now in its sixth year. Along with roughly 50 other racers from around the USA, Jeff raced along sections of the Colorado Trail, climbed his bike over the Continental Divide multiple times, and got to see the sun rise from the saddle of the bike. Jeff would have his strongest performance of the year by setting a steady pace from the start. Finishing in 14 hours and 26 minutes, Jeff would grab the overall victory and set a new course record.
“The big races like the Breck-Epic and the Colorado Trail Race leading up to the Vapor Trail had me more than ready this year.”, stated Jeff post race. “Good weather, good legs, and no mechanical issues all played a huge role in getting me through this 125 mile course for the victory.”
Jeff Kerkove, 1st place
More info: www.vaportrail125.com