BRECKENRIDGE - Breckenridge's Josh Tostado rode through 100 miles of mental battles before eventually winning the war on Saturday.The winner of Saturday's inaugural Breckenridge 100 mountain bike race was home taking a shower before another solo competitor crossed the finish line, but that doesn't mean it was easy for him."Riding up Boreas Pass with all the dust and the heat," Tostado said, "that was the hardest part. I could barely breathe and my feet were really hurting. It was just surviving at that point." The Breckenridge resident finished the race in 9 hours, 13 minutes and 19 seconds, more than 45 minutes faster than second-place finisher Nat Ross, who clocked in at 9:59:00.Tostado, who won the world-famous Montezuma's Revenge 24-hour race last summer, also beat the fastest three-person team by more than 40 minutes to establish himself as the best endurance bike racer in the area. "He's the new king," seventh-place finisher and Frisco resident James Lindenblatt said. "Actually, he's been the king."Boulder's Dax Massey finished third.The winner on the women's side, Rebecca Hodgetts of Dillon, had doubts about her chances during the race. Just minutes after finishing what the average mountain biker would never dream of trying, she still wasn't convinced it was a good idea on her part."That was the stupidest race I've ever done," the New Zealand native said after finishing in 11:44:26, just six minutes ahead of Christina Begy. "When I was in Park County, I wasn't sure where I was going."Hodgetts had to set small goals along the way to keep herself heading toward the finish line.
"I'd try to make it to that tree," she explained. "I'd say, there's a rock over there. If I can get there, I can stop."It's usually about 24 hours before you start thinking this is cool."Anna Timmons finished third in the women's division.Breckenridge's Mark Thompson was one of two Breck 100 competitors that chose to rough it by riding a singlespeed bike over the expansive terrain.Thompson finished eighth in the Veteran 35-49 division, crossing the finish line in 11:48:27. "I was on the fence this morning," Thompson said. "I wasn't really sure if I could do it, so I figured there was only one way to find out."But now that the feat has been accomplished, Thompson said there's no need to try it again."This is one of the hardest things I've ever done," he said. "A hundred miles on singlespeed - check."There were 65 solo competitors or teams that started the race at 6:15 a.m., at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge. The riders headed up Peak 9 to begin the first of three different laps, each at least 30 miles long, with the third lap stretching for 39."It was a tough race," said part-time Frisco resident Scott Fleming, who won the Veteran 35-49 division. "I've done Leadville, Vail and Moab, and they're all hard. You just have to pace yourself, stay focused and keep turning over the pedals."
Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at email@example.com.Breckenridge 100SaturdayWinnersMen's 19-34Josh Tostado9:13:19Women's 19-34Rebecca Hodgetts11:44:26
Men's three-person teamJeff Auth, Anthony Bougie, Ryan HuthCo-ed three-person teamCindy Bohlin, Patrick Clark, Barbekka HurttMen's Veteran 35-49Scott Fleming10:09:04Men's Master 50+Leon Fetzer12:14:27