Jesse Swift of the Gates Carbon Drive Mountain Bike Team, couldn’t wait for the usual weekend racing. And after a quick trip up to Breckenridge, he stomped straight to the top of the podium at The Gold Rush Run race last Wednesday!
The Summit Mountain Challenge is a great serious of high-altitude weekday races. Finding himself up in the mountains last week, Jesse was able to cruise over and catch the race in Breckenridge. While there wasn’t a huge field, it was made up entirely of fast locals, used to the 10,000ft elevation, and with a huge knowledge of the trails.
The 14 mile course featured over 2,000ft of climbing, and Jesse was able to steadily move himself up through the field, finally catching the leader half way into the race. Jesse had no time to rest though, and had to keep the pressure on, to create a gap. He knew the downhill skills and local knowledge of the rider behind him, and it was going to be a race to finish. Digging deep, his Spot Rocker SS and the super-smooth Gates CDX Center Track system was flawless, as Jesse held everyone off by a mere 30 seconds at the finish!