The Fall Epic 8hr Relay race is always one that draws a large crowd of riders who are looking to challenge themselves, ride with friends, and brave potential cold weather. But this year was full of sunshine, great trails, tons of smiles and good memories.
Trek had 4 teams in the race this year – Trek Canada which consisted of Jon, Steve Heck and Taylor Near, Trek Factory with Emily and Adam, Batty Trek with Eric, Rick, Eden and Mark, and Trek Toronto which is the consistent and long running team of Barry, Gavin, Steve and Tim.
It was a good day all around, after Adam, Eric and Jon lead out the first lap on the open trail at a blistering pace. From then on it was Team Strategy, recovery, food and timing that became the topic of discussion under the Trek tents. Each team had their own challenges with order of riders and crashes, and of course legs that grew less and less willing to go hard, but it turned out to be a great day.
Adam and Emily easily won the Mixed Pairs category, and almost won the Overall Pairs category. When you get these 2 riders warmed up and pulling off triple laps, there’s not a lot of people who can keep up.
The Batty Trek team had a set back with Rick’s crash (hurt his shoulder but he’s ok now…) but were able to recover with some strong laps to finish just off the podium. Napping is key to recovery… as Mark demonstrates here.
Trek Canada was in control right from the start with a lot of strong laps and no mistakes, although everyone hated the dreaded “Field Crit” section at the top!! A great ride from everyone put them on the Top Step with 19 total laps.
And the Trek Toronto Team are always in a back and forth battle each year, winning the Summer Epic 8hr but coming a close 2nd in the Fall Edition. Only a few minutes back of first, but when you are on the course and being affected by slower lapped riders, sometimes a few minutes is just too hard to make up.
All in all a great day once again, and thanks goes out to Glenn and everyone at Pulse Racing for another successful race.