Breck Epic Day 1 – An unfortunate detour

After a long and arduous drive to Breckenridge (seriously, Wyoming goes on forever!) Stage 1 of the Breck Epic is in the books. Despite some bad luck in the navigation department today, I had a really great day riding my bike in the mountains and am looking forward to the rest of the week. The Thunderbolt handled great, and I’m already fantasizing about how awesome a carbon version is going to feel next year!
On paper, today’s stage was 56 km with 6000 ft of climbing. Should have taken around 4 hours and eased us in to the longer stages to come. In reality however, a small group of us missed a turn and ended up on tomorrow’s course logging an extra 20 km of riding, an untold amount of climbing, and spending a significantly longer time riding than the rest of the field. I’ve chalked this one up to donkey luck, and really, there are way worse things that can happen when stage racing. Most importantly, bike and body are in one piece, which can’t be said for everyone.
Unfortunately, I was doing quite well before the detour and hanging in with some of the faster girls, but actually I think I can be proud of that and take a bit of comfort in how my body and fitness responded to riding at altitude. Hopefully, with some luck, I’ll be able to chip away over the next 5 stages and make up some places on the GC as the week goes on.
My travel compatriots, the Hardcore gang (Steve, Karen, and John), all had a great day, and everyone’s taking the chance this afternoon to rest up for tomorrow’s stage, which increases in mileage to 69 km and 7200 ft of climbing. In theory though, this shouldn’t feel too much worse because my secret training episode today was over that, but we will see what tomorrow brings!
Happy trails and sending love from Colorado,





About shannykoenig

bicycles, landscape ecology, cats, music, maps, and flemish reds and abbey ales are all of interest to me.
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