The Breck Epic, as the website describes, is a “6-day ultra-endurance mountain bike stage race held in the sprawling backcountry surrounding the Victorian mining town of Breckenridge, Colorado.” It challenges riders by offering up relentless climbing (totaling around 37,000 feet in the 240 miles), technical singletrack, and rocky descents. New to the Epic in 2011 is also a 3- day version that is August 15-17. It will follow the same course as the 6-day on Stages 2, 3, and 4. Both versions are hard, rugged, and showcase Colorado mountain biking at its finest. The best overall riders will certainly prevail.
In only the third year of the race, it is drawing some top pros, as well as riders from around the world. In 2010, Jeremiah Bishop held off a strong group of riders including Alex Grant, local Breckenridge favorite Josh Tostado, Ben Sonntag, Matt Shriver, Macky Franklin, and Ross Schell to take the overall win. After Stages 1 and 2 of the 2011 race, multiple La Ruta winner, Lico Ramirez of Costa Rica, is in the GC lead.
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Strava from Sonya Looney, Josh Gray, and Tim Johnson:
1. Sonya Looney: http://www.strava.com/athletes/sonya-looney-72723
2. Josh Gray: http://app.strava.com/athletes/9266
3. Tim Johnson: https://www.strava.com/pros/6222
4. Chris Baddick: http://www.strava.com/athletes/chris-baddick-111848