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Breck Epic 2014

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August 10-15

August 15, Stage 6: Gold Dust 45km

Grant and Aardal win Breck Epic

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 17, 2014, 17:22 BST,
Updated:
August 20, 2014, 16:25 BST

Decker and Dixon earn final stage victories

The Buff Pro Team duo leads Redline's Justin Lindine into some of the best singletrack of the entire race

The Buff Pro Team duo leads Redline's Justin Lindine into some of the best singletrack of the entire race

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Day 6 was a Breck Epic-light stage for tired racers. At only 28 miles and with moderate climbs, the day is one for celebrating new friendships and taking beer feeds, though whiskey had already been served on day five.

In many categories the top spot of the podium was already secured, but second, third and fourth were close enough to change today. As the countdown began, spectators were cheering and ringing cow bells. The racers were just a couple of hours away from nabbing the Breck Epic belt buckle.

As the top men crested the hill, 12 miles in to the race, they were once again in a tight group with Alex Grant huddled safely in the middle. Bryan Dillon once again stayed with the lead group, as well as Taylor Shelden, which on this road-heavy day, was not a surprise. After the lead group was through, racers trickled through solo or in pairs, spinning smoothly through the first aid station on their way to some of the best singletrack of the entire race. Marlee Dixon soon rolled through, pushing hard, trying to make up a couple of minutes to move from third overall to second.

As time ticked, the later riders began coming through at a more relaxed pace and as they crested the summit, they started looking around for a beer feed. Photos were snapped as racers threw shots of beer back and off they went for their singletrack descent.

Before the entire field came through the feed the first time, the men's leaders were back over the top and now they were gunning for the finish line. Kyosuke Takei came through first, looking strong. Soon the rest of the field flew over the top and down to the last descent of the race. In the end, Takei rolled through the finish line first, but Carl Decker took the official win. Taylor Shelden took second on the day, just 11 seconds off of Decker and Grant was third, nine seconds off of Shelden.

In the women's field, Marlee Dixon took her third win of the race, with Catherine Williamson two minutes behind in second, and Kate Aardal two minutes behind Williamson. It wasn't quite enough for Dixon to move into second overall, Williamson finished four minutes in front of Dixon, and Aardal was 14 minutes ahead on the top spot of the podium. It was a great week of racing at the top, and every competitor gave it their all.

In the three day race, Yuki Ikeda took the three-day open men's victory by almost an hour. Victoria Calisto finished on top in the women's open three-day race.

After the battles are fought and the adrenaline settles, new friendships are forged and stories are traded for months to come, with sights set on next year's Epic. What will 2015 hold?

Full Results

Solo men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Carl Decker (Giant Factory Off-Road Powered By Sram) 2:09:30  
2 Taylor Shelden (5-Hour Energy P/B Kenda) 0:00:11  
3 Alex Grant (Sho-Air/Cannondale) 0:00:19  
4 Bryan Dillon (Griggs Orthopedics) 0:01:25  
5 Joan Llordella (Buff Pro Team) 0:01:31  
6 Nick Gould (Ska/Zia/Trek) 0:04:47  
7 Ben Sonntag (Stan's Notubes Elite Racing) 0:05:14  
8 Justin Lindine (Team Redline) 0:05:30  
9 Brad Bingham (Kent Eriksen Cycles) 0:05:40  
10 John Klish (Klishy) 0:11:23  
11 Nick Truitt (Breck Bike Guides) 0:16:08  
12 John Salskov (Slm Coaching) 0:16:41  
13 Jason Kiefer (Sports Garage) 0:18:19  
14 Galen Omoore (Bike Mag Heavy Pedal Tour) 0:31:31  
15 Andres Verdugo (Continental- Cikla Cuenca-La Europea) 0:33:21  
16 Ryan Chambers 0:33:39  
17 Brandon Barber (Mafia Racing/Wtf) 0:37:27  
18 Justin Piontek (Adventure 212) 0:38:01  
19 Rocky Gingg (Cycle Progression/Thunderbird Energetica) 0:38:29  
20 Enrique Uribe (Hinojosa-Uribe) 0:38:42  
21 Angel Hinojosa Urrutia 0:42:08  
22 Eric Wen 0:51:18  
23 Josh Patterson (Bad Goat Racing) 1:03:21  
24 Gerardo Trujillo (Tequila Bike Jalisco) 1:23:57  
Solo women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Marlee Dixon (Mtbracenews.Com / Epic Brewing) 2:32:13  
2 Catherine Williamson 0:02:42  
3 Kate Aardal 0:04:02  
4 Kelly Boniface (Moots Cycles) 0:06:30  
5 Elizabeth Sampey (Independent) 0:07:46  
6 Laura Omeara 0:09:56  
7 Kate Zander (Chumba Racing) 0:20:14  
8 Amy Chiuchiolo 0:27:16  
9 Ivy Pedersen 0:29:37  
10 Shantel Koenig 0:38:05  
11 Brooke Connell 0:43:08  
12 Katie Carmichael (Xcracer.Com/Scimitar) 0:44:31  
13 Liz Lee 0:56:46  
14 Karen Armstrong 1:04:52  
15 Kelly Neville 1:13:56  
Singlespeed men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Carlos Vulgamott (Gates Carbon Drive) 2:29:11  
2 Dan Durland 0:03:36  
3 Jason Hilgers 0:06:14  
4 Henry Fischer (Willa's Wheels) 0:10:46  
5 Vince Anderson 0:13:38  
6 James Prentice 0:14:38  
7 Dax Massey (Thrasher) 0:16:13  
8 Dean Cahow 0:18:45  
9 Rob Lockey 0:18:47  
10 Hans Hjelde (Hh) 0:34:01  
11 Wael Amara 0:41:36  
12 David Kilmoyer (Routine Leg Works) 0:56:17  
13 Michael Beck (Rlw Cycling Team) 0:56:56  
Singlespeed women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Maaike Everts 3:33:26  
2 Sundra Hines 0:05:23  
Solo men final general classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alex Grant (Sho-Air/Cannondale) 16:50:16  
2 Joan Llordella (Buff Pro Team) 0:24:00  
3 Ben Sonntag (Stan's Notubes Elite Racing) 0:31:51  
4 Bryan Dillon (Griggs Orthopedics) 0:49:57  
5 Justin Lindine (Team Redline) 0:56:13  
6 Carl Decker (Giant Factory Off-Road Powered By Sram) 1:11:41  
7 Brad Bingham (Kent Eriksen Cycles) 1:20:30  
8 Nick Gould (Ska/Zia/Trek) 1:24:46  
9 Nick Truitt (Breck Bike Guides) 2:02:01  
10 John Klish (Klishy) 2:08:05  
11 Taylor Shelden (5-Hour Energy P/B Kenda) 2:32:48  
12 Justin Piontek (Adventure 212) 2:55:30  
13 Jason Kiefer (Sports Garage) 3:23:09  
14 John Salskov (Slm Coaching) 3:51:11  
15 Ryan Chambers 5:11:22  
16 Galen Omoore (Bike Mag Heavy Pedal Tour) 5:42:03  
17 Andres Verdugo (Continental- Cikla Cuenca-La Europea) 5:54:04  
18 Rocky Gingg (Cycle Progression/Thunderbird Energetica) 6:02:06  
19 Brandon Barber (Mafia Racing/Wtf) 6:15:28  
20 Enrique Uribe (Hinojosa-Uribe) 6:57:39  
21 Josh Patterson (Bad Goat Racing) 8:34:51  
22 Angel Hinojosa Urrutia 8:50:00  
23 Eric Wen 9:27:27  
24 Gerardo Trujillo (Tequila Bike Jalisco) 13:16:29  
Solo women final general classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kate Aardal 21:05:23  
2 Catherine Williamson 0:10:55  
3 Marlee Dixon (Mtbracenews.Com / Epic Brewing) 0:14:39  
4 Kelly Boniface (Moots Cycles) 0:25:41  
5 Elizabeth Sampey (Independent) 1:25:07  
6 Laura Omeara 1:29:46  
7 Kate Zander (Chumba Racing) 2:16:37  
8 Amy Chiuchiolo 3:10:15  
9 Ivy Pedersen 4:00:50  
10 Katie Carmichael (Xcracer.Com/Scimitar) 4:38:01  
11 Brooke Connell 6:16:54  
12 Liz Lee 7:46:23  
13 Shantel Koenig 7:55:31  
14 Karen Armstrong 9:34:18  
15 Kelly Neville 11:24:58  
Singlespeed men final general classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Dax Massey (Thrasher) 19:57:49  
2 Dan Durland 0:29:40  
3 Vince Anderson 0:37:55  
4 Jason Hilgers 0:50:48  
5 Henry Fischer (Willa's Wheels) 1:26:47  
6 Rob Lockey 1:50:25  
7 James Prentice 2:01:44  
8 Dean Cahow 2:28:18  
9 Carlos Vulgamott (Gates Carbon Drive) 3:20:22  
10 Hans Hjelde (Hh) 6:13:55  
11 Wael Amara 6:34:51  
12 David Kilmoyer (Routine Leg Works) 8:09:02  
13 Michael Beck (Rlw Cycling Team) 8:44:18  
Singlespeed women final general classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Maaike Everts 29:56:56  
2 Sundra Hines 0:34:29