As autumn starts to show its face around the country, we’re taking some time to reflect back on our summer ventures. The first stop on our Colorado trip was the FoCo Fondofest, in Fort Collins, CO. We’re proud to have supported this rapidly-growing iconic gravel event for two of the three years it’s been around. The event is a unique juxtaposition of competition, self-challenge, and fun with four different length rides to entice riders of all levels and ages, optional Strava segments to compete for cash, and overall time goals to win a coveted bolo tie. With two of the promoters being former State Wheels athletes and current pros on the road and multiple current State Wheels athletes in attendance, it was a no-brainer to return again for 2018.
For events to run well and run smoothly, it really takes a village. We were happy to be a part of that village, supporting riders whose rides went awry, having a presence at the finish festival and being a part of the Fort Collins community. Riders enjoyed a cloudless, warm summer day for a glorious gravel adventure. Check out this little video we made to share the day:
P.S. The 29 Gravel wheelset is the perfect wheel for the generally packed gravel and rolling hills of Northern Colorado, providing enough support for when the gravel runs deep.
Our second stop on our Colorado summer trip was up to Breckenridge for Breck Epic where we were the Official Wheel, providing neutral support at this 6-day arduous mountain bike race. Breck Epic includes 6 stages between 35-50 miles, all finishing within a mile of downtown Breckenridge and utilizing the vast trail network that Breckenridge is famous for. A rich week of shared experiences.
With a long race and challenging race, unexpected mechanicals happen, which is where we come into play. Sometimes we are helping with small but stubborn mechanicals, providing a new STATE wheel for a rider to finish the series on after a serious mishap, or even taking people down from the mountain for non-emergencies like busted shoulders.
Events like these take a ton of effort on the participant's end physically, but it was also no light duty for us! We spent 11-12 hours a day working for 6-days straight, all for you. Big thanks to Sem Gallegos from Kogel Bearings, who was our partner in the event, helping our well-oiled neutral support keep everyone's bike working smoothly. We feel that beyond just bomb-proof fast wheels, we love to build community through support like this.