Topeak Ergon USA
Team Topeak/Ergon USA is a force to be reckoned with in long-distance and endurance mountain bike racing. The team is comprised of Leadville legend Dave Wiens, 12 and 24-hour solo specialist Jeff Kerkove, endurance pro Sonya Looney, ultra endurance rider Yuki Sato and power couple Eddie and Namrita O’dea.
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REPORT: Telluride 100
July 18, 2014 Telluride, Colorado Telluride, CO is known Worldwide for it's fantastic skiing in the winter. Soon it will be well known for it's Telluride 100 mountain bike race. 2014 marked the inaugural year for the Telluride 100 which covers 96 miles and climbs 15,000 ft. As a first year event, the field was limited to 100 athletes. Coming from all over the USA to tackle this demanding course, the athletes would ride 2 different loops, both starting and finishing in the town of Telluride.Loop 1 was the toughest loop of the day and also the shortest at about 33 miles. Starting from town at 6 AM, the racer would climb up the numerous switchbacks of Black Bear Pass to over 13,000 ft before descending down the backside to then climb up to nearly 13,000 ft again going up and over Ophir Pass. From the start, Yuki Ikeda of Topeak-Ergon, would take to the front with a small group of riders in tow, including teammate Jeff Kerkove. Yuki would get a gap of 3 minutes on the opening climb up Black Bear Pass. Jeff, who was pacing off the back of the 7 person lead group would work his way up…