Bishop Crowned King

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Virginia golden boy Jeremiah Bishop won the Fourth of July Firecracker 50 on Independence Day in Breckenridge, Colorado. The race, which also served as the 2008 U.S. Marathon Mountain Bike National Championship, included two laps of a 25-mile course over technical Rocky Mountain terrain.

Bishop lead the 800-rider pack by mile 15, but had a mechanical after the first 2,000-foot ascent. As Bishop repaired his chain and spokes, his toughest competition passed him by. Bishop spent the next 35 miles chasing down other riders one by one, passing the lead rider in a technical downhill to the finish line.

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