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    Breck 100 -- toughest MTB race in America?

    The Breck 100 is coming up again on July 17. This is a monster. Three terrific loops, almost all technical single-track (real mountain-bike riding!) and a great vibe -- it's got it all! Check out the website at http://www.warriorscycling.com/events/breck.php and sign up ... if you dare.

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    I looked at the route. Doesn't appear to be worth my time.


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    Is registration transferable?

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    Probably not the toughest.
    25 miles shorter than Vapor trail, 7000 less feet of climbing

    Fun facts about the Vapor Trail 125:
    10 PM Start!
    125 miles, 20,000 feet of climbing (and descending). Pack an extra lung.
    Aid stations manned by "absolutely fantastic" volunteers who'll make you feel like the superhero you are.
    More 14er's than any other county in the lower 48--and we make you ride all over them!
    Un-Arguably (over post ride brewskies) some of the best singletrack in Colorado.
    Ghost towns, abandoned railroad depots, infamous mountain passes.

    http://www.vaportrail125.com/

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    OK, how 'bout the toughest 100-mile MTB race?

    @mtnbeer: Yikes -- hadn't been aware of the Vapor Trail. Sounds brutal. OK, how 'bout considering the Breck 100 the toughest 100-miler instead? It certainly has some of the best actual riding around: The Wheeler Trail, Peaks Trail, Gold Run and all of that stuff around the Swan River is all epic single-track.

    @Moustache rider: I believe the registration is transferrable, but why would you want to?

    @SkaredShtles: Yeah, probably not.

    Cool thing is that the Breck 100 has some shorter options, including a three-person team relay, so you can bite off as much as you can chew. I remember last year thinking: Any one of these loops would be a terrific day ride. Together? Nothing but pain!

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    I can't believe you didn't include Miner's Creek...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    I can't believe you didn't include Miner's Creek...
    Yeah, that might make it a tad more difficult. Fire roads are for pvssy's.
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    Okay, yeah, looked at the route. You could use a road bike on two of these three loops What happened to really keeping it on Singletrack?
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    How about "Toughest Summit County 100 miler".
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    No, not the toughest 100-mile MTB race?

    America's Toughest 100 Mile Mountain Bike Race
    100 Miles - 50% Singletrack - 18,000 ft. of Climbing

    http://www.cascadecreampuff.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbeer
    No, not the toughest 100-mile MTB race?

    America's Toughest 100 Mile Mountain Bike Race
    100 Miles - 50% Singletrack - 18,000 ft. of Climbing

    http://www.cascadecreampuff.com/
    Tops out at 5000 feet? That's 1/2 the starting elevation of the Summit Co race or the Vapor Trail.

    Just sayin...


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    While not a 100 miler, the Park City Point to Point (PCP2P) is 78 miles, 90% on singletrack, 14,000 of climbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Tops out at 5000 feet? That's 1/2 the starting elevation of the Summit Co race or the Vapor Trail.

    Just sayin...

    It's not the elevation that gets you it's the heatstroke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbeer
    It's not the elevation that gets you it's the heatstroke.
    Might as well do a 100-miler in Florida.

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    There are a lot of 100 mile races out there. Hard to match Colorado races in altitude, but the Shenandoah Mountain 100 in Virginia would be a lot more technical (never raced it, but have ridden some of the trails). And I bet the Wilderness 101 in West Virginia is even technical. West Virginia has some of the most technical riding you'll find. These were all taken by a friend on a team/club trip to the Davis, WV area in 2008 (I used to live in Maryland)
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    What's the big deal? That looks like a walk in the park.

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    The funny thing is when the race was being planned, loop 2 and 3 where much harder but the Forest service nixed a couple of the trails. Thane took loop one over the Miner Creek trail one year but most people didn't like all the pushing. I don't know if it's the hardest 100 miler in the country but it's plenty hard, I don't think anyone who has done it would argue that. As it turns out, if you want a decent turn out for your race, you don't want to have the hardest race in the country; most folks aren't up for that. That's a good part of the reason Leadville is so popular - the course is doable by a fit but mortal mountain biker. The B-100 is basically three really great loops, any one of which would be a great one day ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm
    The funny thing is when the race was being planned, loop 2 and 3 where much harder but the Forest service nixed a couple of the trails. Thane took loop one over the Miner Creek trail one year but most people didn't like all the pushing.
    Buncha pvssies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Buncha pvssies.
    Boo hoo, can you make the course less dirty next year? Can we add more roads next year? Yeah, pvssy's.

    If you want to be the toughest 100 miler race, sack up and make mtn bikers ride mtns. Otherwise, call it a triple by-pass (oh wait, that's taken).
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    Boo hoo, can you make the course less dirty next year? Can we add more roads next year? Yeah, pvssy's.

    If you want to be the toughest 100 miler race, sack up and make mtn bikers ride mtns. Otherwise, call it a triple by-pass (oh wait, that's taken).
    When we where talking about the race we talked about going over the Ten Mile via Miners Creek but it's a lot of pushing and my thought was that I always would rather ride than push, especially in a race. Miners Creek is epic, beautiful and aesthetic, but I don't think it's a great trail for a mountain bike race. Schlepping up to the top of Wheeler pass is plenty tough without pushing to the top of the Ten Mile. Why Thane thought he needed to make the loop even harder that year I don't know but very few (Josh said he thought it was pretty cool but he would) liked it better.

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    So the breck 100 goes the way of the skiing in summit county and the rest of the mtb riding up here. Just not good enough right? Summit is a has been compared to all the other great riding in the state?

    Get over yourselves. I'll be happy to take you on a 6-8 hr ride that is 80% single track. Doubt you'd like it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripper roo
    So the breck 100 goes the way of the skiing in summit county and the rest of the mtb riding up here. Just not good enough right? Summit is a has been compared to all the other great riding in the state?

    Get over yourselves. I'll be happy to take you on a 6-8 hr ride that is 80% single track. Doubt you'd like it though.

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    Lighten up Rip. I don't think anyone is taking this thread too seriously. I doubt anyone doesn't think the B-100 isn't a seriously challenging race. If they don't thy're a poopy headed knucklenacker. (I just made that up)

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    Park City Point 2 Point

    the toughest 100 mile bike race isn't even 100 miles...it is the Park City Point 2 Point. 78ish miles, 14,000ish feet of climbing, 90% singletrack, no multi loop BS > pure MTB racing. Why would you believe me though > check what Alex Grant had to say (last years winner, 4th at Leadville last year too) >http://alexanderthegrant.blogspot.co...rder-than.html

    The event sold out in 12 hours this year (second year of the race).

    Racers this year: Alex Grant, Tinker, Josh Toastado, Jay Henry, Ross Schnell, Ben Sonntag, etc, etc....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jride
    the toughest 100 mile bike race isn't even 100 miles...it is the Park City Point 2 Point. 78ish miles, 14,000ish feet of climbing, 90% singletrack, no multi loop BS > pure MTB racing. Why would you believe me though > check what Alex Grant had to say (last years winner, 4th at Leadville last year too) >http://alexanderthegrant.blogspot.co...rder-than.html

    The event sold out in 12 hours this year (second year of the race).

    Racers this year: Alex Grant, Tinker, Josh Toastado, Jay Henry, Ross Schnell, Ben Sonntag, etc, etc....
    Sorry just don't agree on this one....why? The breck 100 is pretty much all above 10,000 feet with wheeler at 12,400ish. Park City has some great riding, but I find it much easier overall compared to the breck course and colorado in general, especially the stuff on the front range.

    I haven't done the point to point, but did live in Utah for a long time and have ridden just about everything on that course. Singletrack yes but not technical. I know someone who did the point to point last year and tried the breck this year and got blown up in the breck 100 only finished the first two loops.

    But I don't think the breck is the hardest either, but it is really hard

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    Quote Originally Posted by EstebanL
    The Breck 100 is coming up again on July 17. This is a monster. Three terrific loops, almost all technical single-track (real mountain-bike riding!) and a great vibe -- it's got it all! Check out the website at http://www.warriorscycling.com/events/breck.php and sign up ... if you dare.
    If you want a good ride, try this. www.breckepic.com
    That will actually get you going a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thisisme
    If you want a good ride, try this. www.breckepic.com
    That will actually get you going a bit.
    I looked... doesn't appear to be worthy of my time.

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    Vapor Trail. 125-miles, 20K feet of climbing.

    Still not worthy of my time.
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    All these races are making me puke with the thought. Do they still race the Montezuma's revenge?..The race nobody has finished the whole 240 mile course... Or has someone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    All these races are making me puke with the thought. Do they still race the Montezuma's revenge?..The race nobody has finished the whole 240 mile course... Or has someone?
    No, I don't think they run it anymore, and IIRC, no-one ever finished the entire course in 24-hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    All these races are making me puke with the thought. Do they still race the Montezuma's revenge?..The race nobody has finished the whole 240 mile course... Or has someone?
    The last Revenge was 4-5 years ago. Kooky stuff. Humping your bike over the top of Greys peak in the middle of the night, lots of pushing, no course markings or aid stations. Small wonder the entry was never over 50 or so. Nobody ever got on the last or if I remember right the next to last loop. Can't remember if Rishi Grewal or Josh Tostado have the record for the furthest traveled.

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    The last Revenge was 4-5 years ago. Kooky stuff. Humping your bike over the top of Greys peak in the middle of the night, lots of pushing, no course markings or aid stations. Small wonder the entry was never over 50 or so. Nobody ever got on the last or if I remember right the next to last loop. Can't remember if Rishi Grewal or Josh Tostado have the record for the furthest traveled.
    I still use the routes page for ideas for rides up there: http://www.montezumasrevenge.com/mz_route.php

    Probably a good thing that no one ever made it to loop 12, 29 miles, 5,101’ of elevation climb!!! It has kicked my ass alone.

    I was a spectator for a few of them, always wanted to race but never got around to it. I wish they would do it again someday.

    Zuma's revenge would definitely be harder than the B100. It might not be all singletrack but the Zuma jeep roads can be tough bastards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Buncha pvssies.
    LOL. I loved it that year...walking my singlespeed is nothing new to me (sometimes I prefer it) - but that day I had a huge grin on my face listening to gearies b!tch and moan about the hike.

    Loop 1 that year + Loop 2 ala 2009 (Blair Witch) + Loop 3 2010 would be my favorite combo.

    As for most difficult - VT125 for sure. It is also an amazing experience. But also the Cochiti 100 in NM and the new Durango Dirty Century ((yes I am biased) rank as damn difficult too. DDC times were + ~2 hours for those that also did Breck 100 - although with larger field those time gaps would decrease..... Anway, Breck serves up an awesome fun event though and with the fields now so competitive the effort level is going up as well - making it even harder. First couple of years I rode alone - now there are people all along the course it seems... The 3 loops from a central area make for easy planning solo efforts, though. Cochiti has the 3 loop thing too......

    We are lucky to have such good events in our region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bipolarbear
    I still use the routes page for ideas for rides up there: http://www.montezumasrevenge.com/mz_route.php

    Probably a good thing that no one ever made it to loop 12, 29 miles, 5,101’ of elevation climb!!! It has kicked my ass alone.

    I was a spectator for a few of them, always wanted to race but never got around to it. I wish they would do it again someday.

    Zuma's revenge would definitely be harder than the B100. It might not be all singletrack but the Zuma jeep roads can be tough bastards!

    Rode a Zuma like route on Sunday. Started at Keytone, rode up to A-Basin and climbed up to the Lenawee trail. Rode down to Zuma then up Deer Creek and over to and down the Middle Fork of the Swan then climbed up American/Georgia gulch over the Humbug ridge down to Breckenridge. 34 miles and about 6700' of climbing. (my GPS said something crazy like 9000' but that can't be right).

    The revenge was something else but as I mentioned, all this stuff about the hardest race is a lotta dick waiving. (Nothing wrong with that, it's fine to have pride in your favorite race, but that's what it is) We tried to make the B-100 a really hard race - one of the toughest - but still enjoyable and reasonable for enough people that it would generate a large enough entry for it to make sense financially.

    I think there is a tipping point where, yeah, you can vie for the bragging rights to the "toughest race", but are you making it so hard that only a few mutants want to do it, (ie the Revenge) or people only do it once and don't come back? We certainly could make the B-100 harder, but would it be a better race for it? My personal opinion is no. YMMV though...

    As already mentioned though, we're pretty lucky to live in an area where there are so many quality events that can cater to so many different people.

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