The inaugural Breck Epic came to a close on Friday with the final stage on Gold Dust. Board chair, Steve Recca and Breck local, Lauren Ross had a fantastic time – so much so that Lauren didn’t need the pepper spray swinging from her camelback for mountain lions. (I’ll never let her live that down!)
Team M2M did what it set out to do. It launched two co-ed teams that included: one pro, two expert, one singlespeeder, three sport, and one beginner racer. They raced alongside some of the best mountain bike racers in the country, finishing mid pack every stage. The team also raised over $3,000 for Mountain to Mountain by setting up online fundraising pages on Firstgiving.com
It also started to build on another long term aim: exposure. The day after the race ended, one of the Team members, Mark Wiggins, rode in the Triple Bypass – called such for the three mountain passes it climbs over 120 miles on its way from Evergreen to Avon, Colorado. He rode in his Team M2M jersey, and was asked by a total stranger if he had rode in the Breck Epic. Nice! Yours truly wore her jersey proudly as I raced my singlespeed in Winter Park for their Cross Country Point to Point race, with a 2nd place podium finish.
Big thanks go out to our initial private donor that wanted to see this concept come together, despite the time restraints, in the hopes that we would be able to benefit from some early exposure to line up sponsors, racers, and tap into the energy of mountain sports and culture to help fund our projects in Afghanistan.
Many thanks to all that donor who believed in us, and all the racers that wore our jersey while burning up their legs and lungs on steep mountain passes and donating some skin at times on knarly descents. You guys rock!!