Friday, August 15, 2014

Breck Epic Stage 6 Complete

The 2014 Breck Epic has come to a close!  After 6 stages of racing on some of the most incredible trails around Breckenridge CO it came to an end today.  240 miles and 40,000 feet of climbing was advertised, but it was closer to 230 miles and 32,000 feet of climbing.  My legs are pretty tired right now and I am looking forward to a few days off the bike.

Before the final stage this morning we used the inflatable legs to improve our circulation.  The owner of the business even brought us shots of espresso during our 20 minute session.

The weather for the final stage was Colorado picture perfect.  Temps were in the low 50's with only a few scattered clouds in the sky.  The mood was festive and we were all looking forward to the last 32 miles of racing.  Rain the night before made for slippery roots and mud puddles out on the course but that only made us smile even more.  The last day of a stage race is always bittersweet.  You wish it could continue since life is so simple when you are on the bike.  Eat, ride, eat, sleep, repeat!

The aid stations were full of festive refreshments.

It has been a long week, though and I miss my wife terribly.  Do you think she would serve espresso to me while I sit in a recliner ;)

Crossing the finish line after 6 days and 29 hours on the bike!

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