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Doctored Jeckell credited with enduro win

Professional enduro racer Marco Osborne makes his way down the GoPro Mountain Games enduro course Friday in Eagle. Osborne won the event using a Cannondale Jekyll bike.
Chris Dillmann | cdillmann@vaildaily.com |

EAGLE — Marco Osborne has some good news to report back to Cannondale, his bike sponsor.

Osborne won the GoPro Mountain Games MTN Enduro race on Friday on his Cannondale Jekyll, and said the bike’s new technology is what helped him pedal to the win.

“This new bike has two different travel modes,” he said. “I was definitely using that a bunch today.”

The GoPro Mountain Games enduro course has a little more pedaling than Enduro World Series racers like Osborne are used to. The flat sections require racers to put out a lot of power, and Osborne’s ability to adjust his back shock on the fly gave him an advantage in that aspect of the race, he said.

“Going back and forth from 130 no travel to 160, the technology helped me out,” Osborne said.

DOCTORED FOR 2017

After releasing the original Jekyll, Cannondale struggled a bit to turn race results into mass appeal for the “innovative, but also ultra-proprietary bike,” reviewer iceman2058 wrote on vitalmtb.com. “When redesigning the range for 2017, Cannondale wanted to take a more mainstream approach while still retaining the dual-personality approach of the current models … Starting from a standard, shock configuration, they worked with Fox to come up with a clever, dual air chamber design that lets you close off one of the chambers with a handlebar-mounted remote lever — the concept is called ‘Gemini’ and the two modes, ‘Hustle and Flow.’ This system creates a shock that literally cannot be fully compressed when in ‘Hustle’ mode, reducing the bike’s rear travel and creating a more progressive spring rate. A flick of the lever, you open the system back up and you’re left with all the performance and adjustability of a standard Fox shock.”

In the GoPro Mountain Games’ “Pros vs. Joes” format, where ordinary consumers are allowed to see how they do in a venue also being used by the top performers in their sport, it was a good demonstration of the Jekyll’s appeal to everyday riders in Eagle.

“The bike was perfect for these trails,” Osborne said.

FUN DAY ON TAP

Osborne is visiting Colorado from Southern California, and he’s enjoying some camping and fishing while he’s here.

He said he really liked what Eagle has going on in their new trail system, embarking from the BMX and pump track and venturing out into the mountains that surround the town.

“These trails are very welcoming for all different styles and abilities,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of good potential here will all the different terrain, for mountain biking or ATV and moto. … It’s a cool area, I definitely liked it and I’m definitely glad I came.”

For the win, Osborne earned $2,500, which he said will help immensely with his upcoming travels. He heads to France next week for the Trans-Provence, a six-day stage race which goes from the from the high Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. After that he’ll compete in the fifth round of the Enduro World Series, which is also in France.

But first, he intends to enjoy the GoPro Mountain Games today in Vail.

“I’m definitely interested in watching the whitewater and fishing events,” he said. “Those guys are really impressive.”

The Costa 2 Fly X-Stream semi-finals take place today at 2 p.m. at the International Bridge in Vail.

“I love watching those casting competitions,” Osborne said.



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