• Race Report: 12 Hrs of Snowmass

    This is the PR release from the team about the 12 Hours of Snowmass

    12 Hours of Snowmass

    July 21, 2012
    Aspen/Snowmass, CO

    This past weekend was the 12 Hours of Snowmass, which benefited the Aspen Youth Center. Topeak-Ergon member, Jeff Kerkove, was recruited to race in the 3-Person Junior Pro category. This category takes local mountain bike pro riders and teams them up with High School and/or Junior level racers. This is great opportunity for the junior riders to race along side and hang out with these elite level riders for the day.

    The formed team was named Ergon-Yeti and featured Nick Truitt from the Yeti Factory Team, Jeff Kerkove of Team Topeak-Ergon, and junior racer Josh Gallen from Crested Butte, CO.

    2012 12 Hours of Snowmass

    The race would run from 7 AM to 7 PM. The course was 9 miles long and featured 1,900 ft of climbing. Jeff Kerkove started the race for the team setting a sub-hour lap time on the slightly greasy course. Second was Josh, who also went sub-1 hour. Nick was the final rider, and set a blistering pace to go sub-50 minutes. Through out the day the course would dry out and the team would alternate laps. Being very consistent, the riders would turn nearly identical laps times for 12 hours.

    “Nick and I were impressed with Josh, he was flying! We thought we would get a fun easy weekend of racing, but instead it was fun and filled with hot laps for 12 hours. Josh was a key ingredient to our success in this event and he will be one to watch in the future,” Jeff stated following the 12-hour race.

    12 hours of Snowmass

    Jeff Kerkove, Nick Truitt, Josh Gallen, 3-Person Junior Pro Team, 1st Place