Head down and racing through June

Head down and racing through June

Mixing work and pleasure in early June, Karen spent a weekend in the Denver Metro area at the women's only Beti Bike Bash. Saturday was all work and spent getting female riders stoked on riding, racing, and Ergon's new women's saddle line. On Sunday it was all pleasure, toeing the start line of the Pro XC race at the Beti Bike Bash. Out to test her early summer fitness she lit up the field for the first few laps. As the race laps continued she would be reeled back in by the chasers. By the time the 4 lap race was complete Karen would land on the 4th step of the podium.

After the awards ceremony, Karen had this to say, “I feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment of being able to go all in with my job that intertwined with my racing while getting to hang, work and race with some of my favorite women in the industry and race scene.”

It's not XC and Endurance all the time with Topeak-Ergon. In mid-June Karen Jarchow took advantage of home-course knowledge and the highly competitive GoPro Mountain Games Enduro to showcase her descending skills. Racing on the fully capable 100mm Canyon Lux she would fly downhill to 4th place and a pretty nice pay day!

Karen after her 4 stage enduro race, “Of the 6 enduros I’ve lined up for over the past 5 years, I’m constantly being reminded that smooth is fast, equipment choice is crucial, and that it has introduced me to women that I genuinely look forward to chasing seconds with all day.”

Meanwhile on the opposite side of the planet, Yuki was clipped in and doing battle at the Sri Lankan Airlines Rumble In The Jungle Stage Race. Feeling good, Yuki rode consistently and was leading the race comfortably until the race was suspended prior to Stage 4 due to the unfortunate passing of an athlete during the race.

The results for Yuki prior to the race being suspended were as follows:

  1. GC: 1st
  2. Stage 1: 2nd
  3. Stage 2: 1st
  4. Stage 3: 3rd

Yuki had this to say after the race was called off, “It's so sad and so hard to accept what happened. But I will keep living and riding strong for the rider from Nepal. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Next up for Yuki is the La Leyenda del Dorado Stage Race in Colombia. Yuki will team up with team friend Nick Gould from Durango, CO for the multi-day high-altitude event. But first, he makes a month long stop in Colorado to prepare and train for the event.

July will be one of the busiest months for the team this year. In July, team riders head to the following events:

  • Firecracker 50 - Breckenridge, Colorado - Marathon
  • Silver Rush 50 - Leadville, Colorado - Marathon
  • Winter Park Series - Winter Park, Colorado - XC
  • Breckenridge 100 - Breckenridge, Colorado - Marathon
  • Crusher in the Tushar - Beaver, Utah - Gravel
  • La Leyenda del Dorado Stage Race - Colombia - Stage Race
  • Colorado Trail Race - Denver, Colorado - Bikepacking Race