Trail Exacts Revenge
week the Breck Epic has dangled the Wheeler Stage in everyone’s face. Wheeler’s
stats alone are enough to strike fear in all the rider’s minds: 40 miles, 7,300
feet of climbing, and altitude of over 12,500 feet above sea level.
with all that build up Wheeler still managed to surprise. Not just because of
the epic long climb and incredible elevation gain but the treacherous descent
off the top of the Ten Mile Range and the rough root-laden Peaks Trail back to
asked how this descent compares to some of the Enduro Downhill courses Ross
Schnell has competed on he said, "IT’s right up there with some of the hardest
ones. This one isn’t quite as technical but the speed really makes it tough.”
speed at which the lead riders attack such a monstrous mountain bike race is
nothing short of phenomenal.
today’s race the usual contenders broke away from the field early on. Josh
Tostado (Bach Builders), Cannondalers Jeremiah Bishop, Alex Grant, and Ben
Sonntag, and Matt Shriver (Ft. Lewis) all pushed the pace early on.
just off the back was Ross Schnell (Trek). Schnell has slowly been riding his
way into shape throughout this week’s race.
he climbed his way up the Wheeler trail and then unleashed his descending
skills on the descent blasting his way into first place as Bishop stopped for a
quick bike change after encountering some rear wheel problems.
wasn’t done as he went on the hunt for the leader and overtook Schnell on the
Peaks Trail. "As we came out on the road I looked back and Ross was just 10
seconds behind me. I really had to push it to the end.”
crossed the line just in front of his former Trek teammate. Alex Grant stayed
strong with a consistent third place on the day. Ben Sonntag took 4th
just one second in front of Josh Tostado.
the women’s race Pua Sawicki (Okolestuff.com) started off the day looking
almost human. Struggling early with a temperamental chain that eventually broke
just before the first feedzone.
a relatively quick fix it was off to the races again. Sawicki still took the
win today but only six minutes in front of second place Ivonne Kraft (Squirt
Lube). Wendy Lyall (Yeti Beti) turned in another consistent performance. She
has nearly an hour in hand for the final GC podium spot.
today want to Space Cowgirl Sara Uhl who is competing in only her 3rd
mountain bike race.
stage is relatively short and fast stage with lotso f road climbing that will
make it hard to get much separation between racers.
Espinoza (Prerace.com) took a surprise win on this very stage last year.
Stage 5 Results
1, Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) 2:57:12
2, Ross Schnell (Trek) 2.57.20
3, Alex Grant (Cannondale) 2:58:00
4, Ben Sonntag (Cannondale) 3.00.21
5, Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) 3:00:22
6, Matt Shriver (Ft. Lewis College) 3:06:24
7, Macky Franklin (Yeti/Sunflower)
8, Colby Pearce (Panache)
9, Chuck Gibson (Truckerco.com)
10, Jorge Espinosa (Prerace.com)
11, Blake Harlan (Jamis) Peter Butt
12, Max Taam (Honey Stinger/Trek)
13, Gregy Gibson (Truckerco.com)
14, Shannon Boffeli (iRideAdventures/MTBracenews.com)
1, Pua Sawicki (Okolestuff.com) 3.29.25
2, Ivonne Kraft (Squirt Lube) 3.35.43
3, Wendy Lyall (Yeti Beti) 4.06.30
4, Sara Uhl (Space Cowgirls) 4.20.28
5, Katie Declercq 4.20.28
5, Jill Damman (Fitzgeralds) 4.25.17
1, Evan Plews
Pro Men Solo
1, Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) 16.03:04
2, Alex Grant (Cannondale) 16:10:28
3, Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) 16:28:30
4, Ben Sonntag (Cannondale) 16.33.17
5, Matt Shriver (Ft. Lewis College) 16:49:51
6, Macky Franklin (Yeti/Sunflower) 17.19.54
7, Ross Schnell (Trek) 17.31.51
8, Chuck Gibson (Truckerco.com) 17.55.22
9, Colby Pearce (Panache) 17.55.29
10, Blake Harlan (Jamis) 18.09.49
11, Jorge Espinosa (Prerace.com)
12, Gregy Gibson (Truckerco.com)
13, Shannon Boffeli (iRideAdventures/MTBracenews.com)
14, Max Taam (Honey Stinger/Trek)
15, Peter Butt
1, Pua Sawicki (Okolestuff.com) 18.06.35
2, Ivonne Kraft (Squirt Lube) 19.33.41
3, Wendy Lyall (Yeti Beti) 22.19.22
4, Sara Uhl (Space Cowgirls) 23.24.06
5, Jill Damman (Fitzgeralds) 23.36.42