Breck 100 bike race begins tomorrow |

Breck 100 bike race begins tomorrow

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Special to the Daily//Liam DoranA rider struggles up a peak in last year's Breckenridge 100 Mountain Bike Race. The 2008 event will consist of 100-mile, 68-mile and 32-mile courses for three separate races

BRECKENRIDGE ” Most people would be content with just finishing a 100-mile mountain bike race. Others would be content to just sit it out all together.

Breck’s Josh Tostado wasn’t even satisfied with being the fastest finisher in the race at nine hours, five minutes and

eight seconds.

“He really wanted to break nine hours for the race last year,” event coordinator Thane Wright said with a laugh. “He was a little disappointed with it.”

Well, Tostado will have a chance to better his time this year in the fourth annual Breckenridge 100 Mountain Bike Race, which he has won all three years.

Starting Saturday morning, more than 200 riders will embark from Carter Park in Breck and pound their bikes through a grueling, three-loop course.

The Breck 100 is part of both the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) series and the Rocky Mountain Ultra Regional Endurance Series.

Wright owns Warriors Cycling Event Promotions in Keystone, which puts on the race every year. His decision to start the Breck 100 came four years ago.

“We created the event to highlight what I felt is the unique terrain here in Summit County,” he said. “We have all this pristine, high Alpine terrain. So we put together three distinct loops that make up the Breck 100 and help to showcase that.”

Though the course may have many beautiful elements, this race is anything but a scenic jaunt around the county.

“This is a very tough 100-mile course,” Wright said. “The three clover-leaf style loops have really unique terrain. There is a lot of alpine singletrack. [Riders] cross 12,000-foot passes, go over the Continental Divide three times.”

But riders shouldn’t shy away from the Breck 100 if they don’t feel they are at the level to take on 100 miles of climbs and descents.

For the first time in event history, the Breck 100 will also consist of a 32-mile course, as well as a 68-mile course that has been featured in the past.

The riders in the 32-mile race will take on the course’s second loop, while the 68-milers will speed through the last two.

To avoid any confusion on the trails, and to also create a lively atmosphere for 100-mile riders while they finish their first lap, the long course racers will begin at 6 a.m. and the rest of the field will head out at 10 a.m., just after the 100-milers will be starting lap two.

Another option for mountain bikers looking to participate in the event is to compete as a team. Riders can either be part of a two-person team in the 68-mile race (each rider doing one lap) or a three-person team over the 100-mile course.

“People recognize it as this really tough event,” Rachel Barbara of Warriors Cycling said. “But at the same time, with the teams and having the 32-mile race, it can be a really fun event that your local riders can just come in and have fun.”

In addition to the race, competitors and spectators can enjoy festivities that will be going on in Carter Park through out the day, which will include music, food and beer.

“After the first riders come through [Carter Park] around 9:30 a.m. or so, there will be action all day,” Wright said. “So, people can come down, watch some racers and have a good time.”

Last year, the Breck 100 raised $1,000 for the TAME Foundation’s hippotherapy program, which helps treat children with disabilities. Wright hopes the event will bring in even more money for TAME this year and also generate money for the Michael Janelle Children’s Trust.

Michael Jannelle, 2007 Breck 100 overall runner up, died last year and the trust helps benefit his family and children.

“That is definitely a cause that hits very close to home for us,” Wright said.

The Breck 100 consists of eight different divisions of racers, divided by gender, age and team. The B-68 also has eight divisions, and the B-32 has five.

This year’s competition for the overall winner could be more interesting than last season’s.

Tostado, who won last year’s title by more than one hour, will be challenged by first-time Breck 100 racer Evan Plews.

Plews, the third place finisher in the Fourth of July’s Firecracker 50 in Breck, is currently ranked as the No. 2 rider in the NUE series.

“Josh wants this real bad. This is in his backyard” Wright said. “Evan will give him a run for his money, though.”

The race will conclude sometime around 3 p.m. in Carter Park. There will be an awards ceremony and a buffet dinner for participants once all divisions are finished.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970)668-4634 or at bevans@

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