of the Post-Race Georgia style welcome back party included quality brews from
Terrapin and Sweetwater 420.
Bishop wins his first NUE Series
Bishop (Cannondale) won the Fool’s Gold 100 and his first ever NUE Series title
on Saturday! With the best overall time of 6:42:09, Bishop was one of just five
racers to go sub seven on the day. "It was a relief to cross the finish line in
first today! I had no room for error since Christian Tanguy and I were tied
coming into Fools Gold 100
Tanguy was so strong at Shenandoah and I was not feeling fully recovered in the
first fifty miles of today’s race so I was nervous when my early efforts did
not seem to phase him.
was pleased to see Ben Melt Swanepoel of South Africa animating at the front of
the race because I thought it would take pressure off me to set pace. We caught
him after his solo 16 mile escape. The group sat up a bit so he put some more
pressure with 45 to go. I hatched a plan to bridge up and work with him on the
rolling section about 30 miles to go. Christian pulled at the front for several
minutes and as soon as he got frustrated i put in a full on attack.
I had the attack effort in my legs though I could not stop my cross country
mode from kicking in, Sam Koerber who was sitting on briefly also bridged up
and I knew this would be bad for Christian who is more a climber.
dropped off pace as we entered the bull run mountain section, I was going for
it. Koerber and I traded pulls for 30 minutes and we bombed a couple trails, it
was awesome shredding with him.
the trail pitched up and he dropped off as well. I was gunning for as much time
as I could get and figured my after-burn might fizzle so i kept on the gas. I
found I was able to hold the high pace for a while until I ran low on fuel from
skipping the second to last aid station. I thought the rest of the 12 miles was
just dirt road and figured it was best to just suck it up and keep on the
hammer. six miles of twisted hill single track ensued I was lucky to bum a
honey stinger waffle off a 50 mile racer. I kept pushing but the pace, and lack
of fuel, made my legs feel heavy.
course was great, it was chock full of hours of spectacular single track. It
was fun unless you’re in the lead and want to a fast road to a finish line!
a near disaster, when a bad shift caused my chain to break! I was on the side
of the trail trying to be calm imagining how I might lose the whole series when
Christian passes me! My hands were shaking and luckily I was able to mend the
chain with my Sram quick link in a couple minutes and took off like a shot.
was really happy with using the flash for most of the NUE 100 races it was the
first time a Hardtail has won the series in several years. I think because the
save stays post I can use the Flash but not get as beat up. The 29r allows me
to attack the climbs with no compromise. The only course I wished I had the
Scalpel 29 at was Hampshire 100 since it was wicked rocky.
exciting to see the NUE series grow and next year the competitions sure to get
even tougher more tactical and the adventure even more wild.
series champion, Christian Tanguy, (Team CF).
Plews: "Fool's Gold 100 was another rough one for me. Despite being lazy all
week and trying to rest I found myself missing my usual strength as we rode the
took the lead on the descent but mistook the corner marshal for a photographer
as my glasses had been sprayed pretty bad so instead of leading into the single
track I was about ten spots back.
I never saw the front of the race again as I lost time following the slow folks
and then lacked power to close.
caught Drew after a bit and passed him only to fall heavily when I clipped some
a six log that was poking out into the trail under some bushes. Luckily I
wasn't out of the race but my ribs are likely fractured.
took some time to get going and finally I re-passed Edsall about an hour later
then a demoralized Tanguy after aid six. Christian was clearly better than I on
the climbs but seemed uninterested in chasing. I took the initiative but he was
able to rejoin me each time I slowed to pass lap riders and when the trail
heard that Sam Koerber was not far ahead and I told Chris that he looked good
and it was money in the bank if he could put both of us away which he did as we
caught Sam on the rode back to the venue.
was flagging by that point and could only watch as they rode away.”
Sornson reclaims the NUE Series
NUE Series Champion, Cheryl Sornson (Team CF) won the Fool’s Gold 100 back in
2008, coming in at 8:53:22 before going on to claim her first NUE Series Title.
This year, with the NUE Series title on the line, she dropped it like it was
hot, finishing 8:16:30, reclaiming the NUE Series title from Amanda Carey,
(Kenda/Felt) who has held it firmly within her grasp since 2009!
not planned on Fool's Gold until I captured my third win of the NUE series in
New Hampshire. I started the season with
a great win at Cohutta, but then was plagued with bad luck flats in Arkansas. Not wanting to let Arkansas define my season,
I was ready to battle at Lumberjack, however I was sidelined with broken
ribs. I thought my bid for a series
title was over.
had to pull my training together to plan on going for wins at W101 and New
Hampshire. It worked and I began to plan
for Georgia. It was stressful leading up
to the race. Trying to keep the balance
of rest, training, and health is tough. I had a little set back a few days prior to the race and even considered
pulling the plug. Fortunately my husband
convinced me that I could still put in a tough fight regardless.
drove the eleven lonely hours to Georgia solo, but was welcomed to a familiar
cabin in beautiful Dahlonega, GA. I love
this race venue. It is in such a
beautiful area and race directors, Namrita and Eddie, put on a great show. They know the area very well and loop
together a great race course. I had
forgotten how tough it can be with the relentless climbing, but then was
pleasantly reminded at how fun and ripping the single track is. The threat of rain for the day was a bit
distressing, but I kept a positive attitude that it would all work out. It did drizzle a bit in the morning which had
us all a bit worried, but the rest of the day it was sunny, with only a couple
of short showers.
race started out with a neutral roll out which helped provide a bit of warm up
and get a feel for how the day would go. Once we were unleashed, Amanda and I picked up the pace. I wanted to see how my legs felt, so I gladly
took the lead. She ended up staying on
my wheel for most of the climb. Once it
started to pitch down she would jump in front and try to get away.
was not right on her wheel but was able to get right back to her when the road
leveled out or went up. At one down I
did lose sight of her, but caught her again on the next climb. We stayed together until SAG 2. During that time she would attempt some
attacks, but I was always able to be right there. We got into the aid together, but I got a bit
of a lead out and then never saw her again. I knew I was climbing stronger so I hammered out the climbs and stayed
focused on the downs.
got some word right before mile 40 that she was about five minutes back. Still not wanting to take any chances I kept
up a decent pace that I knew I could maintain and still have some left if she
did catch back up and we needed to duke it out. About mile 60 or so, it was quite evident that I had a decent gap and,
unless I had a mishap, I could take the win. I stayed consistent, but did not take any chances to get through the
course. Once on the road back to the
winery, with no one in sight, I let off the gas and let the good feeling of my
2012 season sink in.
want to give a big shout out to Team CF for supporting me this year. Our specialized bikes and tires do magic out
on the course, just love them. Props to
Gettysburg Bicycles for helping me get them race ready time and time
again. They are the best shop out
there. They have to be, they put up with
me. Thank you all.”
Carey (Kenda/Felt) finished second at 8:46:44, earning second place overall in
the NUE Series. She had yet another amazing season where she won six races plus
two second place finishes, both to Sornson.
first time at the series opener, at the Cohutta 100 and finally, not far away,
at the Fool’s Gold where all ties are decided. Coming into the race, Carey knew
that Sornson was the only woman standing between her and a fourth straight NUE
Simril (Motor Mile Racing) attended nine races this year, finishing all but the
Breckenridge 100, where altitude took its toll. Throughout the season, Simril
has protected her position, holding on to finish the Fool’s Gold at 8:52:22,
confirming her third place finish overall in the NUE Series.
Wilson (Outdoors, Inc), opted for gears for the championship race, finishing
just nine minutes behind Simril at 9:01:03 to finish fourth, just what she
needed to finish fifth overall in the NUE Series, behind Vicki Barclay (Stan's
NoTubes Elite Women's Team) who finished the season fourth overall among women.
Pfluginator removes all doubt
with his fourth straight NUE Series Singlepeed Title
Gerry Pflug (Salsa/Notubes/TOP Gear), the series was already in the bag,
however, he showed up for a one hundred mile victory lap at the Fool’s Gold, winning
in just 7:20:50 using 41x25 gearing.
Blair used a 32x18.
Goscinski used a 32x17
the beginning of the singlespeed race, Dwayne Goscinsky, Patrick Blair, and I
were able to escape from the other SS racers on the long Cooper Gap climb. We
were riding in the lead group of geared riders and were flying up the hill. I
chose to stop at aid #1, about 18 miles into the race, to grab a camelbak.
Nobody else in the lead group stopped, so Dwayne and Pat were able to put some
time on me. In order to minimize my time loss, I bombed the 2.5 mile downhill
to catch the two SS riders in front of me. I must have been flying because I
caught the pair before the bottom of the descent. As we entered the trails, I
took the lead and was able to get a slight lead. But, shortly after checkpoint
two, Patrick caught me before heading up the Bull Mountain Trail. The initial
part of this trail is super steep and was covered with big slick roots. I was
able to create a gap over Pat on this section by riding the climb, since he was
force to run it. After getting away from Pat, I never saw another SS rider and
pretty much rode the last 70 miles alone. It was a great way to end the season
and to celebrate my fourth NUE SS Title.”
Root wins the race!
Sanborn gets his first NUE Series
Sanborn: 2012 NUE Masters Champion
definitely has a nice ring to it! Quite honestly, I started planning this out
while recovering from major rotator cuff surgery a year and half ago. So to
finally have met this goal is very rewarding. What's also rewarding is being
part of this series. There are so many great competitors I've met along the way
and to toe the line and race with everybody is a honor. It's also been a riot
to travel to some of these venues, each one seems to offer some their local
flare of character, worthy of a story or two when we return home. I'd like to
thank Jason and Christy Lowetz, owners of Einstein Cycles and all our local
sponsors for all they do to make the Einstein Racing team happen. My wife,
Janet Grimm, is very much apart of my success. She has been to all my NUE races
except one and supported my racing since the beginning. I deeply appreciate all
she does, thank you Janet! Last but not least, thanks to all that make the NUE series happen, your hard work
doesn't go unnoticed.
Hershberger (Team Jackson Hole/Hoback Sports) finished third in the NUE Series
points race. "A year ago I decided to compete in the overall NUE Master's
series knowing it would be the hardest series I had ever taken on. Mountain bike racing began for me at age 50
after being "benched" from other sports with an injury and my
learning curve has been steep - the training, nutrition, bike maintenance,
etc…damn, Ron you made it look so easy! I'm very happy with third overall considering the talent out there - my
congratulations to Ron, Roger, Chris and Mark. I encourage others to take on the challenge of the overall NUE next year
– it’s a great series with great sponsors.”
top five NUE Division winners received a share of the $11,000 in cash prizes
plus every NUE Series racer who completed the four race minimum received prizes
from each of the NUE Series sponsors. Division Winners also receive complimentary
entry into all NUE events in 2013 as part of their reward, a value of nearly
$2000. A drawing will be held soon to determine the lucky NUE racer who will
receive an all-expense paid trip (excluding airfare) to the 20thAnniversary La Ruta De Los Conquirstadores November 1-3 in Costa Rica. 3 days,
2 volcanoes, 2 oceans, Jungles and high mountain passes await the lucky winner
of this raffle. www.adventurerace.comRacers earn one ticket for each win of the season.
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