Grant and Carey win stage 4 at Breck Epic

Wells and Carey lead overall standings

Once again, racers made it to the queen stage. With the most vertical over the most amount of miles, stage 4 was a punch in the gut after three hard days of racing. Luckily, much of the trail was fast rolling, giving racers a slight reprieve after days of loose, rocky climbs and descents.

For the first hour, the racing was tight and many were working in packs. Ninety minutes in, Alex Grant led a tight group of Todd Wells, Ben Sonntag, and Takei Kyosuke. Macky Franklin was close behind, followed by Michiel Van Aelbroeck and Nick Truitt. Soon after, the rest of the pack quickly filed in.

After three hours of racing, however, the top four pulled away significantly, and Sonntag led the group by a couple of seconds. Just two miles from the finish, Sonntag looked down to see his crank arm hanging by his left foot and with just a slight tug, his right foot was left holding his right crank arm and spindle. Luckily he came out of the debacle unscathed save for a couple of minutes lost on the lead group.

Alex Grant crossed the line first, to take his first stage win of this year's race.

At the finish line, there was talk of either having a better-than-expected day, or feeling quite flat. Cyldesdale overall leader, Scott Reid pedaled easier than normal through the backside of the race and came through the finish line fast and feeling good, while duo open men's leaders, Yuki Ikeda and Jeff Kerkove had opposite feelings on the state of their legs after the stage.

Women's race leader Amanda Carey came through the finish line solo and fast, but with Kate Aardal close on her wheel, as did singlespeed leader, Dax Massey, though he talked of having run a slightly larger gear than he would have liked. Carlos Vulgamott of Golden Bike Shop rolled through second for singlespeed, with Dan Durland in third.

Feeling good or not, after four days of pushing hard on the pedals, bikes began to feel the pressure. Jonathan Davis came through with a rear flat and a broken rear derailleur, which caused him to run the last six miles. He still finished an impressive third in the men's 40+ category. Gina and Phil Kelly finished their stage on the tandem, but came through with a cracked rear hub and a brake that wouldn't release. A couple of broken collarbones claimed riders, both due to rocky descents and mechanicals.

The racing became tighter in the coed duo category, with Natalie and Sean Raborn taking their second win of the race, and shortening their deficit to only 27 seconds. The pressure is on for Julie and Steven Kelly to hold their lead.

New this year is a second three day race, where competitors will race stages 4-6. Summit County local, Darren Cheek leads Doug Descheneaux by nearly two hours after day one.

On the enduro side, Franklin took the win in stage three by just tenths of a second over Truitt, while singlespeeder Massey took third. Truitt still retains the lead in the enduro segments.

Today was a day of family and friends, with fathers taking pictures with their daughters at the finish line, and friends gathering to chat rather than running off to recover. The camaraderie at the Breck Epic continues to shine each year, with competitors throwing each other chains and tool bags on course, and finish lines feeling more like a backyard barbecue than a race venue. These are the moments that keep people coming back each year.

On tap for stage 5 is a bucket list ride up and over the saddle between Peaks 8 and 9 on the Wheeler Trail. This is the Epic, however, so the stage doesn’t start with an easy spin up the ski area, but traverses across the bottom of Peak 9 to the backside of Peak 10, where racers will meet up with and begin their literal hike up the Wheeler trail, until they reach the summit where the ride becomes truly memorable. This is a stage not to be missed.

Stage 4 Results

Men open
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alex Grant3:25:09 
2Todd Wells0:00:00 
3Takei Kyosuke0:02:39 
4Ben Sonntag0:05:31 
5Macky Franklin0:15:38 
6Franc Vanderven0:21:00 
7Nick Truitt0:24:03 
8Cary Smith0:24:09 
9Drew Free0:25:08 
10Nick Gould0:25:42 
11James Meyer0:26:10 
12Ty Hansen0:31:09 
13Scott Leonard0:31:58 
14Jeff Ellis0:31:59 
15Brent Gorman0:32:00 
16Peter Butt0:35:44 
17Charlie Rundell0:40:20 
18Jason Hilimire0:45:29 
19Tim Berntson0:46:29 
20Derek Bissett0:56:45 
21Von Edwards0:57:35 
22Tim Lutz0:57:43 
23Ben Truitt1:01:38 
24Luke Sagur1:02:55 
25Jasen Thorpe1:30:36 
26Christopher Farney1:37:44 
27Peter Weybright1:48:12 
28Phillip Ball1:49:24 
29Chris Castilian1:49:29 
30Joey Roa1:58:28 
31Tim Kelton2:39:46 
32Davis McNeil3:06:52 
Men singlespeed
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dax Massey4:06:54 
2Carlos Vulgamott0:08:28 
3Dan Durland0:11:05 
4Jody Elovitz0:16:52 
5Tim Brezsnyak0:18:44 
6Vince Anderson0:21:38 
7Kurt Gensheimer0:36:00 
8Robin Dutton0:38:22 
9Tim Ahern0:39:03 
10Hans Hjelde0:42:38 
11David Benjes0:44:01 
12Kenny Jones0:44:15 
13Rich Dillen0:45:21 
14Christopher Latura0:49:41 
15John Odle1:05:17 
Men 30+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Danish3:54:17 
2Raf De Bakker0:00:44 
3Jafar Tabaian0:12:33 
4Nesse ØYstein0:16:02 
5Jason Hilgers0:20:18 
6Dominik Hug0:22:25 
7Geir Ottar Kvernstuen0:27:56 
8Jeremy Trask0:32:29 
9Garren Watkins0:33:08 
10Daniel Miller0:44:11 
11Cory Bolen0:44:16 
12Felipe Borja0:45:04 
13Brian Barrett0:49:13 
14James Prentice1:06:43 
15Michael Cosgrove1:07:38 
16Aric Hartley1:08:34 
17Mark Freda1:14:56 
18Mike Reardon1:16:21 
19Benjamin Wiegand1:30:13 
20Glenn Harris1:35:39 
21David Dansby1:40:34 
22Andrew Rizzi1:46:03 
23Brett Merrington2:13:39 
24Ross McKegney2:38:23 
25Philip Thompson2:39:40 
26Allan Kwok3:46:20 
Men 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jerry Long4:05:36 
2Michael Piker0:09:14 
3Jonathan Davis0:09:39 
4Chad Davis0:10:41 
5Jeff Cospolich0:11:31 
6Rob Shaver0:13:06 
7Shawn Lortie0:17:03 
8Brian Sells0:20:29 
9Trever Bushnell0:25:56 
10Bob Saffell0:26:19 
11Mike Driver0:26:19 
12Ray Warner0:26:51 
13Curt Wilhelm0:28:58 
14Jason Sumner0:35:08 
15Sean Hassinger0:39:13 
16Yuri Cook0:40:23 
17Chris McKillican0:41:39 
18Mike Riederer0:42:09 
19Lane Sanders0:45:23 
20Paul Rapinz0:46:31 
21Rich Brown0:48:04 
22Michael Berg0:48:11 
23Dean Etienne0:51:31 
24Peter Knoop0:54:39 
25Brad Newby0:56:27 
26Johnny Petrosky0:56:51 
27Nate McHugh1:00:40 
28Jason Potter1:00:54 
29Carlyle Naylor1:01:58 
30Menno Jongsma1:14:13 
31Brad Shield1:15:09 
32Marc Schwartz1:18:46 
33Lennie Moon1:19:13 
34Roger Ivey1:21:19 
35Mark Bartley1:24:43 
36David Buchler1:26:07 
37Patrick Morton1:27:20 
38Bill Brazier1:29:18 
39Joel Roberts1:30:54 
40Joel Doctor1:31:05 
41Matthew Sullivan1:31:46 
42Milan Skrecek1:32:08 
43Scott Liversedge1:33:10 
44Paul Dellorco1:33:18 
45Leslie Handy1:46:20 
46Samuel Turney1:48:11 
47Nolan Farhy1:48:43 
48David Meban1:50:58 
49Sergio Correa1:56:14 
50Alex Tibwitta2:36:08 
51Derek Chung3:17:47 
52Robert Reed3:25:51 
53Richard Lane3:48:30 
Men 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Charlie Hayes4:09:20 
2Jeffery Frost0:15:39 
3Chris Grove0:26:01 
4Kevin English0:29:51 
5Rob Piper0:49:13 
6Greg McKennis0:58:03 
7Ron Sanborn0:58:24 
8Scott McCallum1:01:28 
9Matt Hanrahan1:05:00 
10Denis Hall1:05:45 
11Greg Schultejann1:14:00 
12Tetsuo Shimoda1:20:10 
13Eric Lovins1:22:08 
14David Kelnberger1:29:31 
15Jim Pittacora1:40:15 
16Dirk Long1:41:27 
17Mark Halwa1:48:14 
18Steve Cole1:54:21 
19Mark Leeper2:07:25 
20Ty Garber2:17:56 
21Garry Mcculloch2:40:54 
Clydesdale men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Reid4:12:31 
2Steven Thompson0:44:44 
3Eric Dejong1:00:42 
4Andrew Mclaren1:16:17 
5Peter Fobare1:52:10 
6Alex McPherson2:25:13 
7Moishe Lettvin3:14:48 
Women open
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Carey4:22:36 
2Kate Aardal0:00:15 
3Kristin Aamodt0:02:15 
4Susan Haywood0:09:46 
5Lydia Tanner0:39:49 
6Sarka Ruzickova0:57:09 
7Alice Pirard1:43:57 
8Katherine Knight2:23:45 
Women singlespeed
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Wilson4:59:31 
2Susan Sherman1:31:43 
Women 30+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paige Witherington5:11:44 
2Cathy Graham0:30:31 
Women 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shannon Gibson5:06:14 
2Kristin Riley-Lazo0:20:32 
3Karen Holmes0:24:59 
4Heather Gilbert0:27:20 
5Tricia Davis0:51:57 
6Gill Smith1:34:15 
Women 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christiane Bouchard5:27:33 
2Stephanie Landy0:36:31 
3Lori Halwa1:11:09 
Duo men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yuki Ikeda & Jeff Kerkove3:53:41 
2Paul Fronhofer & Dan Fronhofer0:38:15 
3Kurtis Averill0:39:12 
4Jose Marie Eyzaguirre & Joaq Rodriguez1:24:15 
Duo men 80+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Todd Meier & Matt Woodruff4:09:26 
2Kyle Boschen & Dean Cahow0:48:36 
3Stuart Walsworth & Jeff Wu0:56:13 
4Jay Averill & Stefan Mundt1:33:29 
5Brian Deason & Rodne Hill1:51:07 
Duo men 100+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eric Davis4:35:58 
2Rob Herceg & Rick Metzger0:50:28 
Duo women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laureen Coffelt & Timari Pruis5:45:07 
2Star Affolter & Grace Ragland1:37:27 
Duo co-ed
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Natalie Raborn & Sean Raborn4:53:46 
2Julie Kelly & Steven Kelly0:05:06 
3Heather Rizzi & Kurt Mason0:36:26 
4Michele Bliss & John Bliss0:51:45 
5Phil Kelly & Gina Virzi-Kelly1:16:21 

General classification after stage 4

Men open
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Todd Wells 12:13:03
2Alex Grant 0:03:47
3Ben Sonntag 0:16:59
4Macky Franklin 0:55:13
5Franc Vanderven 1:15:58
6Cary Smith 1:30:44
7Drew Free 1:47:02
8Nick Gould 1:48:42
9Nick Truitt 1:54:44
10James Meyer 1:55:59
11Takei Kyosuke 2:02:08
12Brent Gorman 2:04:57
13Ty Hansen 2:09:12
14Peter Butt 2:11:49
15Scott Leonard 2:21:28
16Jeff Ellis 2:30:18
17Charlie Rundell 2:45:29
18Jason Hilimire 2:49:38
19Tim Berntson 2:57:13
20Tim Lutz 3:28:16
21Luke Sagur 4:00:54
22Von Edwards 4:04:31
23Ben Truitt 4:11:41
24Jasen Thorpe 5:31:20
25Christopher Farney 6:49:09
26Joey Roa 7:05:20
27Phillip Ball 7:10:56
28Chris Castilian 7:22:55
29Derek Bissett 7:36:11
30Peter Weybright 7:49:15
31Davis McNeil 9:14:20
32Tim Kelton 9:40:24
Men singlespeed
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dax Massey 14:35:52
2Dan Durland 0:46:26
3Carlos Vulgamott 0:54:03
4Jody Elovitz 1:48:31
5Vince Anderson 2:22:39
6Tim Brezsnyak 2:25:37
7Robin Dutton 2:27:42
8Kurt Gensheimer 2:28:15
9Rich Dillen 2:33:11
10Kenny Jones 2:51:05
11David Benjes 2:56:18
12Hans Hjelde 3:31:17
13Tim Ahern 4:14:01
14John Odle 4:17:34
15Christopher Latura 4:26:44
Men 30+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Raf De Bakker 14:40:05
2Michael Danish 0:08:41
3Jafar Tabaian 0:21:50
4Nesse ØYstein 0:33:33
5Geir Ottar Kvernstuen 1:01:34
6Dominik Hug 1:03:57
7Brian Barrett 1:16:42
8Jason Hilgers 1:19:01
9Felipe Borja 1:25:18
10Jeremy Trask 1:29:38
11Garren Watkins 1:33:38
12Daniel Miller 2:23:36
13Cory Bolen 2:35:28
14Michael Cosgrove 3:29:07
15James Prentice 3:46:45
16Mike Reardon 4:00:03
17Mark Freda 4:11:21
18Aric Hartley 4:28:23
19Benjamin Wiegand 5:03:37
20Glenn Harris 5:05:39
21David Dansby 5:09:37
22Brett Merrington 6:46:48
23Ross McKegney 6:53:37
24Andrew Rizzi 7:08:12
25Philip Thompson 7:40:54
26Allan Kwok 13:38:55
Men 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonathan Davis 14:54:15
2Jeff Cospolich 0:15:02
3Jerry Long 0:17:00
4Michael Piker 0:24:54
5Curt Wilhelm 0:29:22
6Chad Davis 0:36:01
7Rob Shaver 0:44:34
8Ray Warner 1:08:38
9Shawn Lortie 1:20:33
10Mike Driver 1:36:31
11Brian Sells 1:47:09
12Trever Bushnell 1:47:47
13Bob Saffell 1:48:06
14Sean Hassinger 2:06:02
15Paul Rapinz 2:18:38
16Peter Knoop 2:22:31
17Yuri Cook 2:25:39
18Jason Sumner 2:45:51
19Mike Riederer 2:53:26
20Chris McKillican 2:53:58
21Brad Newby 2:56:20
22Michael Berg 3:00:57
23Johnny Petrosky 3:07:51
24Rich Brown 3:09:32
25Dean Etienne 3:11:41
26Lane Sanders 3:17:58
27Carlyle Naylor 3:29:23
28Jason Potter 3:44:06
29Nate McHugh 3:49:05
30Marc Schwartz 4:27:03
31Lennie Moon 4:27:36
32David Buchler 4:31:00
33Menno Jongsma 4:38:17
34Matthew Sullivan 4:55:15
35Samuel Turney 4:57:34
36Brad Shield 5:00:51
37Joel Doctor 5:23:23
38Roger Ivey 5:23:52
39Scott Liversedge 5:41:43
40Paul Dellorco 5:42:55
41Bill Brazier 5:47:31
42Joel Roberts 5:49:47
43Mark Bartley 5:49:52
44Patrick Morton 5:59:20
45Leslie Handy 6:24:59
46Milan Skrecek 6:32:04
47David Meban 6:43:46
48Sergio Correa 7:05:25
49Nolan Farhy 7:23:03
50Alex Tibwitta 8:56:08
51Robert Reed 11:43:14
52Derek Chung 12:54:01
53Richard Lane 13:29:00
Men 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Charlie Hayes 15:00:48
2Jeffery Frost 0:44:58
3Chris Grove 1:53:02
4Kevin English 2:08:29
5Ron Sanborn 3:30:11
6Rob Piper 3:41:14
7Greg McKennis 3:58:46
8Tetsuo Shimoda 4:03:47
9Scott McCallum 4:07:55
10Denis Hall 4:11:08
11Matt Hanrahan 4:21:22
12Greg Schultejann 4:34:03
13David Kelnberger 5:08:58
14Jim Pittacora 5:23:06
15Eric Lovins 5:28:47
16Dirk Long 5:59:35
17Mark Halwa 6:18:10
18Steve Cole 6:38:59
19Mark Leeper 6:49:02
20Ty Garber 8:53:01
21Garry Mcculloch 9:33:47
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Reid 15:24:44
2Steven Thompson 2:12:44
3Andrew Mclaren 4:25:22
4Peter Fobare 4:34:53
5Eric Dejong 4:45:05
6Alex McPherson 9:04:48
7Moishe Lettvin 10:37:12
Women open
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Carey 15:51:25
2Kate Aardal 0:04:49
3Susan Haywood 0:14:28
4Kristin Aamodt 0:54:18
5Alice Pirard 2:11:01
6Lydia Tanner 2:25:39
7Sarka Ruzickova 3:44:30
8Katherine Knight 8:27:12
Women singlespeed
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrea Wilson 18:27:31
2Susan Sherman 4:58:25
Women 30+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paige Witherington 19:14:44
2Cathy Graham 2:16:33
Women 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shannon Gibson 18:05:20
2Kristin Riley-Lazo 2:00:15
3Heather Gilbert 2:15:18
4Karen Holmes 2:26:51
5Tricia Davis 3:36:18
6Gill Smith 5:39:40
Women 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christiane Bouchard 20:22:18
2Stephanie Landy 1:13:01
3Lori Halwa 2:49:33
Duo men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yuki Ikeda & Jeff Kerkove 14:05:45
2Kurtis Averill 1:39:15
3Paul Fronhofer & Dan Fronhofer 2:29:36
4Jose Marie Eyzaguirre & Joaq Rodriguez 5:47:47
Duo men 80+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Todd Meier & Matt Woodruff 15:17:47
2Kyle Boschen & Dean Cahow 2:29:16
3Jay Averill & Stefan Mundt 6:05:01
4Brian Deason & Rodne Hill 6:10:44
5Stuart Walsworth & Jeff Wu 6:42:23
Duo men 100+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eric Davis 17:07:03
2Rob Herceg & Rick Metzger 3:08:47
Duo women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laureen Coffelt & Timari Pruis 21:24:38
2Star Affolter & Grace Ragland 4:22:10
Julie Kelly & Steven Kelly
Duo Co-ed
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Natalie Raborn & Sean Raborn 18:07:19
2Heather Rizzi & Kurt Mason 2:32:55
3Phil Kelly & Gina Virzi-Kelly 3:05:19
4Michele Bliss & John Bliss 3:15:43
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