Following his victory in the Breck Epic SS category, REEB rider and belt drive warrior Macky Franklin has done it again, this time grabbing second place against the world’s best singlespeeders at the Singlespeed World Championships in South Africa last weekend. Franklin sprinted to the line with South African Olympian Burry Stander, missing first place by inches.
That's Macky rocking the short shorts and Burry in the socks and riding the seat post
“The finish was so close that the promoters had to check the finish line camera to be sure, but it was eventually decided that I missed the tattoo by an inch to Burry,” Macky tells us. “He and I rode together for most of the race, until the major climb where he pulled away. I was able to close the gap and caught him a couple of miles from the finish. Unfortunately, the short sprint after the final beer feed gave him the opportunity to pass me just as we crossed the finish line.”
Yes, those are giraffes on the race course
“The Gates Carbon Drive was amazing,” Macky says. “Everyone at the event loved it too. I constantly had people admiring my bike (a REEB 29er with Carbon Drive), and I got a ton of questions about how the belt worked compared to a chain. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was something that caught on in South Africa since there is a strong bike community and single speeding seems to be getting more and more popular.”
Read more about the chaotic, contested finish, which included a beer feed kerfuffle, and a crash that caused Burry to lose his seat, on Mountain Flyer. Thanks for hammering, Macky. We’re glad to hear that you’ll be going to SSWC 2013 in Italy to claim that winner’s tattoo.
photo: Daniel Dunn
Is there any cooler way to win a race than boosting a wheelie over the finish line? (Wheelie photo courtesy www.danieldunnphoto.com) That’s what Macky Franklin did on Stage 6 of the Breck Epic, scoring some style points and showing he still had some gas in the tank after the grueling stage race. Franklin, of Taos, NM, is now preparing for his next big race: Singlespeed World Championships 2012 in South Africa on September 29.
Photo: Syd Schulz
Franklin sent us a note about his Breck Epic win and the REEB with Gates Carbon Drive that he used to slay the competition in Breckenridge and will bring to South Africa.
“I love the Gates Carbon Drive! I raced the Breck Epic the last two years, but always with gears. Since I wanted to race another world championships (once again unsanctioned) and wanted to get used to my new REEB single speed before I attended Single Speed World Championships in South Africa, I decided Breck Epic would be a great way to spend a lot of time on the new bike. And I ended up winning it! So aside from being very used to the new REEB (240+ miles in 6 days will do that), I can add “World Champion” to my resume.”
In true singlespeed style Macky took a Dale's Pale Ale feed during Breck Epic. photo: Jim Schulz
Macky lost a cleat during Stage 4 but still hammered it. photo: Sydney Fox
Check out more photos of Franklin’s bike on CyclingDirt. Anyone else planning to ride Singlespeed Worlds on a bike with Gates Carbon Drive? Send us a note here or contact us on Facebook and let us know what bike you’re riding. With wins in the 2012 Tour Divide, Megavalanche and now Breck Epic, as well as the success of Team Gates Carbon Drive’s mountain bike and cyclocross teams, Carbon Drive is proving itself to be a race-winning application for singlespeeders. Live in Colorado? Get yourself to Lyons or Longmont to have a cold Dale’s Pale and check out REEB Cycles headquarters.