Cascades 100 Presented by Hammer Nutrition Ė
Kenda NUE Series #8
By: Ryan OíDell
at the midpoint of the race season, The Kenda NUE Series moves west from the ancient
volcanoís that formed the Black Hills of South Dakota at the Tatanka 100 to the
volcanos of the fifth annual High Cascades 100 in Bend, Oregon.
level racers are gathering to compete along a single loop that includes some of
the best single track Oregon has to offer. Temperatures are expected to reach
91 degrees by late afternoon on Saturday. However, racers will be at altitude, which is about seven degrees cooler
according to Race Director, Mike Ripley. Low humidity also contributes to more
comfortable conditions, welcoming to riders from the Midwest that are enduring
a heat wave this week.
is firmly ensconced at 4000ft above sea level but the race will launch riders
to a high point of 6800 feet with one stretch of sixty-five miles of continuous
single track that includes a scenic trip around Mt. Bachelor along trails
littered with lava rock from mile 55 to mile 80. The event has a maximum cap of
350 riders and has brought in close to $20,000 for the local Trail Group, COTA.
Race winners will be competing for a $3000 cash purse for top placing overall
men and women with equal cash to the top three.
Wickís going for two straight!
races into the 2013 season, Kevin Carter, Gripped Racing p/b Dogfish Head
Alehouse, leads the Menís Open but is suffering from complications from a
broken collar bone that makes his return this season uncertain.
US Olympian, Tinker Juarez, was on the HC100 roster but was forced to withdraw
due to an abscess tooth. Likewise, Chris Peariso, Adventure212 / Specialized,
was forced to withdraw following a tick bite at the Wildcat 100 in New York
earlier this year. Peariso currently sits in third place overall behind Dan
Kotwicki, Rochester Bike/RBS Cycling Team, of Ann Arbor, MI.
a sprint finish win at the Lumberjack 100, local resident Barry Wicks (Kona) is
the odds on favorite going for his second straight home town win. Last year, he
completed the course in just 7:22:15.
Wickís is also planning to compete in the Cascades Classic, a popular road race
in downtown Bend that brings in hundreds of spectators each year on the same
will face Carry Smith (Team CF) who is a three time defending champion at the
HC100 who took the top spot in 2011 at 8:37:33. So far this year, Smith has two
second place finishes from the True Grit Epic and Syllamoís Revenge.
Series 2011 Champion, Christian Tanguy (Team CF) has an opportunity to move
into first place with a win on Saturday after finishing just split seconds
behind Wickís following a four way sprint finish at the Lumberjack.
Masters Marathon Champion of Britain, Neal Crampton, Torq Performance, from
Leeds, UK will be chasing the young bucks in the Menís Open division on
Saturday in what could result in an upset victory. Evan Plews, Ibis Cycles,
from nearby Salem will be on home turf following his fourth place finisher at
the True Grit Epic.
major contenders include Michael Tobin (G-Fit/ Niner) from Boise, ID who
finished third in 2011 and seventh last year. Clint Muhlfeld (Sportsman ski haus/Hammer Nutrition) from Whitefish, MT returns
following his sixth place finish in 2011, ninth in 2012.
Pennington returns to defend her
win last year!
six straight wins to her credit already, defending NUE Series Champion, Cheryl
Sornson, Team CF, remains firmly in the driverís seat this season toward her
second straight championship. Brenda
Simril, Motor Mile Racing, is maintaining a close second place in the standings
followed by the (OMBC) Ohio Series Womenís Champion, Shannon Tenwalde, Paradise
yearís race winner, Alice Pennington, Team S & M/Kona, of Portland is
returning to Bend to defend her win last year in just 8:51:32, just over one
minute behind the local pro Serena Gordon (Silverado Jewelry/Sunnyside Sports). Pennington also won the Lumberjack 100
so a win at HC100 would mean she only needs one more victory to challenge the
defending champion at the Foolís Gold 100 where all ties will be broken.
will face Jana Repulski, Broken Spoke Cycling, from Boise, ID who finished
fourth last year and Alice Drobna, Webcyclery, CycleSoles, who finished fifth
last year. Drobna, seventh overall in the NUE Standings, already has two second
place finishes this year at the True Grit Epic and more recently at the Tatanka
100. Julie Urlaub, Taiga Company, from Golden, CO is also on the guest list.
Urlaub is currently tenth overall after completing two races this season.
Linnell returns following a big
win over the defending champion at Tatanka!
NUE Series Champion, Gerry Pflug, Team CF, is in control of the singlespeed
division with four wins to his credit this season.
yearís winner, AJ Linnell, Fitzgerald's Bicycles took the HC100 win in just 8:16:12 in a race that saw the NUE
defending champion placing third. This year, Linnell finished second to Pflug
at the True Grit Epic but proved once again that he could compete with champ
following his most recent win at the Tatanka 100. A win on Saturday would build
on the momentum he gained at Tatanka and put Linnell on the road to the tie
breaker at the Foolís Gold this year.
will face the 2011 Masters Champion turned SS, Doug Andrews, Geoladders.com.
Andrews placed third at Cohutta and fourth at the Tatanka 100 this year. In 2011 competing in the Masters division,
Andrews smashed the entire masterís field by nearly two hours finishing 9:49:04
and setting a course record in the process.
a long hiatus, former NUE SS contender, DeJay Birtch, Ride for Reading, Maxxis,
Stans, Pivot, will mix it up with the leaders for the first time in several
years making Birtch an NUE wildcard for the win on Saturday. Richard Long
(Cycle-Smart Grassroots Team) from Orono, ME returns following a sub ten hour
finish last year when he stood third in the NUE Standings at that time.
Jolin leads the Masters!
year old David Jolin, Stark Velo, from Bellville, OH currently leads the NUE
Masterís division following his third place finish at Tatanka. Charles Buki,
Team CF, moves into second place in the standings with Chris Irving, Los Locos,
rounding out the top three in the points so far this season.
the HC100 last year, it was 52 year old Charles Bartels, Roger R. Bartels,
D.D.S.,from Healdsburg, CA who set the bar at 8:23:07, 23 minutes ahead of 54 year old Marland Whaley, Red
Barn Bicycles, of Hamilton, MT. This year, Whaley returns for another shot at a
HC100 victory coming off a big win at the Tatanka 100 but he will need to get
past 44 other Masters hopefuls if he wants to make it happen!
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