Topeak-Ergon sweeps the Breck-Epic
19.08.2013 Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
In 5 short years, the Breck-Epic has set its self up as one of the toughest backcountry mountain bike stage races in the World. Lasting 6-days, covering 240 miles, and climbing nearly 38,000 feet, the Breck-Epic traverses through the Colorado backcountry around Breckenridge, Colorado
In 2013, Topeak-Ergon athletes, Yuki Ikeda and Jeff Kerkove, entered the Duo Men category. For 6-days, Yuki and Jeff would race side by side against a handful of other teams. This was the first time that Yuki and Jeff have raced together, but it proved to be the perfect combo.
To make the week more interesting, Yuki and Jeff would have to race with Yuki?s lingering fatigue. The day prior to starting the Breck-Epic, Yuki raced the Leadville 100 finishing 20th. Fatigue would not be a limiter, as the team would win Stage 1 by 10 minutes over the 2nd place team. The rest of the week would be very successful. Having good fitness and no mechanicals all week, Yuki and Jeff would take the win on all 6 stages.
Yuki Ikeda after finishing the Leadville 100 and Breck-Epic back-to-back effort, ?Breck Epic 6 Day was a big challenge to me because it started the day after racing Leadville Trail 100. I had hard time for the first three days, but surprisingly started feeling better and better in the last three days. I was able to finish strong thanks to my duo team mate, who pushed my limit and encouraged me for the 6 days.?
Jeff following the week of racing, ?Yuki and I worked well together, the effort was streamlined. Yuki pushed me as hard as I could go both uphill and down, figured for sure Leadville would have slowed him down a bit, but it didn?t. Feeling fortunate to of had good legs, partner, and equipment to take the win!?
Next up for Yuki is the Grand Junction Off-Road in Colorado prior to heading back to Japan. Jeff has a very short recovery period as he heads to Costa Rica for the Rincon de La Vieja Challenge, Latin America?s first 100-mile mountain bike race.
Jeff Kerkove & Yuki Ikeda, 1st Place, Duo Pro Men
Breckenridge, Colorado, USA
Rincon de La Vieja Challenge 100-mile
Kerkove does battles at Costa Rican 100-mile mountain bike race, places 8th
There is no stopping Topeak-Ergon
It looks like Team Topeak-Ergon have taken a residency on the podium. Robert and Melina win the Trans Schwarzwald. Wolfram takes second at the ‘Deutschland Cup’ while Nadine Rieder took third at XC-Battle in Kaprun.
Double Victory at the Leadville 100
Sally Bigham and Alban Lakata seal the double win at Colorado’s Leadville 100 Trail Race. The two racers also both set new course records for the 100 mile distance at the legendary and hardest Mountain Bike Race in the USA.
Topeak Ergon Women continue to impress
This past weekend saw Team Topeak Ergon′s women riding. Irina Kalentieva took fifth place at the BMC cup in Davos, Switzerland. Nadine Rieder and Milena Landtwing rode at the Ischgl Ironbike, Austria, with Milena′s early exit being topped by Nadine taking to the podium not once, but twice.
Sonya Looney 4th at Trans Rockies 3-Day
Sonya just off the podium by 42 seconds. Next up, Mongolia Bike Challenge!