Monthly Archives: August 2009

Team M2M – August Sightings

Jersey sightings continue through August with triathletes in Steamboat Springs classic tri, and mountain bikes at the Laramie Enduro and Tipperary Creek, and of course runners at Pikes’s Peak Ascent and at Mountain to Mountain’s 2nd Annual Race for the Mountains!

Thanks especially to riders like Denver resident, Paula Telck, for her kind words after racing 70 miles on her mountain bike in the Laramie Enduro a few weeks ago.  Riders like this capture the spirit of what we are attempting to do.

“From the 7 am start and one of 400 racers, I wait anxiously to start the Laramie Enduro. This is not your sit back and relax kind of day, but one that requires the right amount of energy and to a much bigger degree endurance. Over the course of the 111km race, I will feel exhilarated, hopefully, anxious and, yes, pain but mostly honored. Today I was given the opportunity by Shannon Galpin, to represent Mountain to Mountain, an organization making an impact in young woman’s lives in Afghanistan. I’m fortunate to have been born in America where opportunities like today’s race exist for women. In America, nobody can deny me this moment. Something this wonderful and simple should be universal and afforded to all women. There are endless streams of smiles and cheers as the riders cross the finish line including myself. It feels good to be done, but the smiles from my face also come from a place deeper in my heart. I wear my Mountain to Mountain jersey with great pride, honor and in support of the efforts of this absolutely amazing organization. ”

Next month keep an eye out for us at  Singlespeed World Championship 09 in Durango, CO.   More than one of us will be riding our singlespeeds at this epic event!!

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Random Jersey Sightings

The Team M2M jersey has been busy after its launch at the Breck Epic.  

Saturday, July 11 Breck Epic team member, Mark Wiggins, wore his jersey proudly in the 21st annual Triple Bypass.  An epic road biking event that covers 120 miles, three mountain passes, with around 10,000 feet of climbing.   Having raced only three days prior on the Breck Epic team relay climbing over 10,000 on his mountain bike for the monstrous Mt. Guyot loop, he pulled out all the stops and did the same again on his road bike.  

The same day, I dusted off my jersey and lubed up my bike to race in Winter Park in their point to point cross country mountain bike race.  I thought after the 7800 feet of climbing in my Breck Epic leg on Tuesday that the race would be a walk in the park.  I was wrong.  It hurt.  A lot.  Tired legs don’t get much break on a singlespeed.  Neither does your ass when you ride a hardtail.  But the jersey got a second place podium finish.  

A week later, we had a third Breck Epic teammate wearing the M2M colors proudly on his road bike up Mt Evans for the reknowned Bob Cook Memorial Hill Climb.  Steve Recca left the mountain bike at home to take on this 28 mile road race for the mountain goats…a constant uphill climb to the top of one of Colorado’s classic 14’ers.  Topping off at the 14,000 feet – its not just strong legs, but an ability to deal with the lack of oxygen, that challenge the riders that choose to tackle it.  

The same day as Steve was racing up the slopes of Mt. Evans, the Breck 100 was taking off in Breckenridge.  We didn’t have any riders respresenting this year with the short notice, but we aim to change that next year.  As the non profit recipient, Team M2M did have a presence at the start/finish to promote the team as well as staffing a few marshall and aid station check points with volunteers.   

One week later, I was riding one of my favorite rides in the Front Range, the new connector trail between Heil and Hall Ranch when around the corner of a switchback was a familiar looking jersey on an unfamiliar face.  Apparently the rider had purchased the jersey at the Breck 100 and it was now her favorite jersey.  She was excited to chat about our projects (or maybe she just needed to catch her breath on the uphill).  It was exciting to see our jersey on the trail totally randomly.  The ball is rolling!

In the meantime – keep an eye out for our jersey in the Laramie Enduro, the Steamboat Springs triathlon, and a few UK endurance races!

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