My biggest competition showed up this year for the Breckenridge 100 in Jeff Shalk. Shalk won the 100 mile series last year and is probably the strongest 100 mile racer in the country. I figured with the advantage of altitude and home turf I had a decent chance of taking the win against one of the best.
From the very beginning it was myself and Jeff, we separated from the rest of the field on the first climb and never looked back . I got a small gap on the first decent but was quickly reeled in when we got out on the bike path to Frisco. We rode together the rest of the day until the final hour I could see he was starting to fade so I took my opportunity and attacked as hard as I could all the way to the finish and ended up with a final gap of 10 minutes. The course was more difficult this year but better, more single track and harder climbing making it a long day in the saddle.