By Rachel Barbara
Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) won his fourth consecutive Breckenridge 100, which doubled as round four in the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) series. He smashed his old course record by nearly 50 minutes. The Breckenridge local exceeded his goal of beating a time of 8.5 hours and won the race with a time of 8:14:37.95.
"I was definitely surprised how fast it turned out, but I feel a lot stronger this year and I'm feeling like I'm at the peak of my season right now," said Tostado.
Race promoters expected a showdown between Tostado and Evan Plews, who was ranked second in the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series going into the race.
"I was thinking maybe this was the year that I was going to lose the title," said Tostado. "Evan is a super-strong rider and I was expecting to battle with him, but I felt great and it turned out good."
Tostado beat Plews by just over 20 minutes. The race may have been closer if Plews hadn't wandered off course for some ten minutes, but Tostado was already in the lead when Plews missed a turn.
"If I was coming from somewhere else and doing this race I would probably be a little slower just from looking around so much," said Tostado. "There are incredible views. It's an epic race."
The scenery didn't slow down Kelley Cullen, the women's winner who finished eighth overall in a time of 10:08:20, or Matt Turgeon, a singlespeeder who finished seventh overall in 10:06:19.
See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the Breckenridge 100.