Jeremiah overcomes mechanical issues to finish just behind Alex Grant today. Alex and Jeremiah are in a tie in the overall after two stages
written by : Shannon Boffeli
Under threatening skies the second stage of the Breck Epic started this time just off Main street. No sooner had Jeremiah Bishop wheelied off the start line than the race leader clearly started having problems.
On the opening climb Matt Shriver (Fort Lewis) lead a group containing all the front-runners and Ross Schnell who was clearly climbing better than the previous day.
As Shriver powered away with the group Bishop continued to struggle with what turned out to be a jammed freewheel. Just before the first feedzone Ben Sonntag (Cannondale), Alex Grant (Cannondale), Josh Tostado (Bach Builders), and Shriver gapped the race leader.
At the first feed, a slow wheel change and eventually a bike change started to make things look very grim. Now more than a minute down, Bishop set forth trying to track down the leaders.
He caught and passed Schnell over the second big climb and descent of the day. On the next climb he overtook Sonntag who said after the race Bishop was climbing so fast he just pulled over and let his teammate go by.
Before he could believe it he had bridged all the way back to the lead group. By the final feed the leaders were now Bishop, Grant, Shriver, and Tostado.
With two of the top riders in the group of 4, the Cannondale teammates quickly went to work and pulled clear in the final 8 miles of the course.
At the finish it was Grant now taking the win with Bishop finishing 0.5 seconds behind. The exact same gap Bishop won by yesterday. That means the Cannondale teammates are now tied for the lead.
Shriver finished 3rd with Tostado crossing the line in 4th.
In the women's event Pua Sawicki (Okolestuff.com) continued crushing the field, this time taking over 20 minutes out of second place Ivonne Kraft.
While Sawicki was clearly feeling good again today, out climbing most of the men's field and downhilling with some of the best men in the race, Kraft had some struggles with the course markings and got off course at least once costing her some precious time.
Sawicki seems to be really enjoying herself this week and it shows in her riding. She refuses to slow down despite having almost an hour in the bag.
After the top two spots the women's race remains close with Wendy Lyall taking third today followed closely by Sara Uhl, and Mireille Montminy.
1, Alex Grant (Cannondale) 3:11:36
2, Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) 3:11:37
3, Matt Shriver (Ft. Lewis College) 3:12:21
4, Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) 3:12:52
5, Ben Sonntag (Cannondale)
6, Ross Schnell (Trek)
7, Macky Franklin (Yeti/Sunflower)
8, Max Taam (Honey Stinger)
9, Jorge Espinosa (Prerace.com)
10, Chuck Gibson (Truckerco.com)
11, Shannon Boffeli (iRideAdventures/MTBracenews.com)
12, Blake Harlan (Jamis)
13, Peter Butt
14, Gregy Gibson (Truckerco.com)
15, Ezejiel Hersh
16, Daine Zaffke
17, Ryan Hamilton
18, Jeff Copolich
19, Jordan Carr
20, Colby Pearce
1, Pua Sawicki
2, Ivonne Kraft
3, Wendy Lyall
4, Sara Uhl
5, Mirelle Montminy
6, Jill Damman
7, Jennifer Tilley
Evan maintains his lead with an excellent ride in Stage 2
1, Evan Plews (EvanPlews.com)
2, Dejay Birtch (Niner)
3, Montana Miller
4, Dan Durland
5, Jake Kirkpatrick
1, Alex Grant (Cannondale) 6.16.52
2, Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) 6.16.52
3, Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) 6.23.30
4, Ben Sonntag (Cannondale) 6.26.01
5, Matt Shriver (Ft. Lewis College) 6.28.41
1, Pua Sawicki (Okolestuff.com) 6.51.39
2, Ivonne Kraft (Squirt Lube) 7.38.06
3, Wendy Lyall 8.39.16
4, Sara Uhl 8.49.59
5, Mirielle Montminy 8.53.48