Monday, August 13, 2007

Midwest Cycling Co-founder and Highgear Owner Kent McNeill rides during last month's Etape du Tour and also rode in the Leadville 100 MTB Enduro.
Dave Wiens was first across the line again on Saturday, but Floyd Landis - despite a bloody crash early on - finished right behind him in second.

Midwest Cycling Community members Steve Jarrett and Kent McNeill competed in the 2007 L’Etape Du Tour Mondevelo on July 16th. Just close to 7,000 amateurs were present in Foix, France to test their skills on one of this year’s hardest mountain stages in the Tour de France that will be raced on Monday, July 23rd. The race claimed over 40% of it’s participants in the sweep buses by the end of the day.

Despite being flatlanders from the Midwest in a stage that boasted over 15,000 feet of climbing, with 5 mountain passes over 124 miles, McNeill and Jarrett were able to finish with respectable times. McNeill finished 129th overall with a time of 7hrs 34minutes while Jarrett finished 683rd with a time of 8hrs 32 minutes coming in just ahead of Greg LeMond who finished 812th in a time of 8 hrs 41 minutes.

Also, Kent McNeill, completed the Leadville 100 MTB Enduro. Kent came in 53rd overall and 23rd in his age category. With the Leadville result and the Etape Kent has shown that us in the Midwest can throw it down with the best in the world. Congrats go out to anyone that goes out and enjoys their bike like a kid and continues to support a community in motion.

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