TOM HERMAN | BOA PRODUCT ENGINEER & CATEGORY 1 CYCLIST | The Boa® Fit System
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TOM HERMAN | BOA PRODUCT ENGINEER & CATEGORY 1 CYCLIST

Tom Herman dials in for the Breck Epic - a six-day stage race featuring 40,000 vertical feet of climbing and a distance of 250 miles. 

Tom Herman getting Dialed In

Every August, hundreds of cyclists from all over the world gather in Colorado for the Breck Epic – a six-day stage race featuring 40,000 vertical feet of climbing and a distance of 250 miles. The mountain bike race is made up of six backcountry loops starting and finishing within a mile of picturesque downtown Breckenridge. But in between, racers face painstaking, unpredictable terrain as they cross slippery wet rock, bunny hop avalanche-downed trees, and power through slushy snowfields and deep muddy puddles.

“It’s a lot of work, it’s a lot of suffering – but for some reason, I consider that fun.”

– Tom Herman

Boa product engineer and Category 1 cyclist, Tom Herman, knows these trails well. Living and working just 80 miles northeast, Tom has dedicated his mornings, evenings, and weekends to training.

 

"I feel fortunate to live so close to the mountains. People travel from all over the country and world to this race, and I get to ride these trails all summer long."

As a CAT 1 cyclist, Tom could have chosen to ride with his peers and likely podium. Instead, he decided to make the race even more of challenge, riding in the UCI Pro Category and racing alongside some of the best athletes in the world.

Tom Herman climbing in the Breck Epic
Tom Herman racing in the Breck Epic

As he prepares for the race each day, you'll see his engineering background on full display. He meticulously cares for his bike – checking, tuning, prepping. His process-oriented approach to riding is the same, carefully engineering a plan to conquer the six-days and get the result he wants.

"I've been keeping a little in the tank each day because I want to do well overall. I don't want to burn it all at once. The style of race taught me a lot – it's not about going full power all the time, it's about saving energy wherever possible. I think a lot about efficiency during the race – momentum, carrying speed wherever possible, and line choice. You've got to keep the body efficient."

After six days of racing in the Breck Epic, Tom Herman had an impressive finish at 22nd overall. And on the seventh day, he didn't rest. Tom went on to take first for the second year in a row at the Audi Power of Four - a 50-mile race featuring 10,000 vertical feet of technical singletrack in Aspen, Colorado. To say he’s owning his backyard would be an understatement.

Tom Herman Racing

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The Shimano S-Phyre features the Boa Fit System with dual IP1 dials for ultimate power transfer, allowing Tom to get more out of what he puts in. The turn to tighten, turn to loosen functionality allows for incremental adjustments while riding to accommodate the natural swelling of feet.

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The low-profile, lightweight Oakley Aro 5 helmet with Boa features a tactile grip dial so Tom can make incremental adjustments forward and backward while riding, even when he’s covered in mud and rain.

 

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The Saucony Switchback ISO trail running shoe features a game-changing fit experience and all-terrain grip for unstoppable traction and performance wherever Tom’s off-the-bike training takes him.

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