Tostado wins fourth-straight title in Breck 100 |

Tostado wins fourth-straight title in Breck 100

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Summit Daily/Eric Drummond

BRECKENRDIGE ” Josh Tostado had won the previous three Breckenridge 100 Mountain Bike Races by substantial margins, each time finishing in roughly nine hours over the 100-mile course.

This year was different for Tostado.

With Oregon’s Evan Plews in the field for the first time, Tostado had arguably his toughest rival in the three years since this race has been run.

And being a Breck native, Tostado had a little extra bit of pride on the line when riders treked out of Carter Park at 6 a.m. Saturday morning.

“I travel around the country and do these types of races,” Tostado said, “but this is my own backyard, and these are all the trails that I love and ride all the time. This is my turf, and I just want to defend it as long as I can.”

Tostado did just that, shattering his own record time by over 50 minutes and taking home first place for the fourth-straight year.

His mark of eight hours, 14 minutes and 37 seconds edged out Plews by 20 minutes.

The Breck 100 consists of a three-loop, 100-mile course that travels through the peaks and valleys of Summit County, beginning and ending in Breck’s Carter Park.

Event coordinator Thane Wright said that the race had over 200 competitors.

The race for the overall title could have been much closer had it not been for a navigational error by Plews during the second lap.

“I ended up missing a turn and going about two miles off course,” Plews said. “Then I didn’t want to make the same mistake twice and I rode a little more conservatively after that.”

The mistake occurred after Tostado had built a two-and-a-half hour lead during loop one.

“I think that the best man one, but it would have been more fun to have more of a race together,” Plews said. “Sixty miles is a long way to ride alone.”

Kelly Cullen was the top female rider, finishing the race in 10 hours, eight minutes and 20 seconds.

Cullen pulled away from a tight pack of riders during the second loop and kept her pace for the win.

“I was trying to start slower than I did last year,” said Cullen, who faded on the last lap of the 2007 race to slide out of contention. “I wanted to pace my start and have better nutrition: Eat and drink a lot more during the race. It seemed to work, and my brain is still functioning.”

Cullen easily beat her goal of breaking 11 hours for the race. Winning the race was just a bonus.

“I am happy that I did what I wanted to do,” she said. “It was great.”

Amanda Riley Carey was the second woman to finish with a time of 10:21:49.

In the first ever 32-mile race, which consisted of riders biking on only the second loop of the course, John Diebert (3:08:11) of Longmont was the overall winner. Sonya Looney (3:10:39) of Boulder was the top female finisher.

For full results of the race, including scores from the B-68 race, team divisions and age categories, visit

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