It may sound like an obvious statement, but we folks at Spot make bikes. It’s been our sole focus from day one. No shortcuts, no marketing tricks, no redefining what “cool” means – just building bikes that turn bike riders into bike addicts, and racers into winners.
When it comes to designing, engineering and building our bikes, we’ve been at the forefront of the industry long enough to know the difference between a real innovation and a trendy fad. It’s been true right from the start, when we gave single-speed mountain bikes the attention and technology they deserved, creating a whole new riding experience. Then, as one of the first to build a 29er, we took the opportunity to complement the wheel radius with a dialed-in geometry that turned its potential on paper into a reality on the trail. And our partnership with Gates has added yet another dimension to the industry. The development of the carbon belt drive has introduced a level of strength and efficiency that would never have been possible in traditional drive systems.
In truth, all that innovation is fine and good, but our real goal is to make sure that once you’re in the saddle, you completely forget that any of it exists, and just enjoy the ride. After all, the best stories are about biking, not about bikes.
Breck Epic Stage #6. Carlos takes the win and finishes strong. Congrats!!
Thank you all for your support and taking this journey with me. It has been fun and I hope you enjoyed it as well. I would like to start out with a thank you to Erica for all her support and patience with me this year. I couldn't have done it without her. I also want to give a big thanks to all my sponsors: Gates Carbon Drive, Spot Bikes, Golden Bike Shop, and Podium Performance Coaching. I couldn't want for anything more!
Friday was another classic Blue Bird day! Everyone was super stoked to make it to the 6th and final stage. I was impressed that Dax was on the start line in hopes of keeping his overall lead. This year they decided to let us start racing as soon as we turned onto Boreas Pass road, which I thought was cool. I was completely wrong because we went single file instantly and I was hanging on for dear life. Dan and I were keeping track of one another but this time we also had my friend Henry Fisher in the mix. Just a quick background on Henry, he climbs hills like he has wings and came to the race right after finishing second at the 2014 Leadville 100 with a time of 8 hours and five minutes; yeah he is an amazing rider. Dan and Henry kept up the mind blowing pace right into the singletrack and I decided to scale it back just a little because I didn't think the pace was sustainable. They used a standard tactic of trying to use slower riders to create gaps between other competitors. About four miles into the race we came to a section where the terrain flattened out enough that I could catch back on and we were all back together. We then quickly jumped into a decent and at that point I passed Henry and pushed to jump on Dan’s wheel and we dropped Henry. We started on a false flat with several power section with some rollers and I decided to make my move even though we were only six miles into the race. I punched it up the power climbs and noticed I was creating a gap on Dan, so I kept pushing it to the top of Boreas Pass. At this point I had about a minute and thirty seconds gap.
I started the decent down Boreas Pass road to the Gold Dust Trail solo. By the time I reached the turnaround point to climb back up Boreas Pass, I notice that Dan was only about a minute and thirty back so he was not giving up. So with about 12 more miles to go my only choice was to turn myself inside out to gain some time and go for the win. The best part is that all my efforts paid off and I took the final stage win! Dan finished second and Jason finished in third on the day. Dax finished only about 15 minutes behind Dan and Vince so he kept his overall lead and won the Breck Epic overall.
Have a great night and I look forward to catching up soon.
Stage 6 song is Eminem – Lose Yourself (this song entered my mind around mile six)