The New England Endurance Series heads to Vermont in two weeks for the final race of the series, the Peak 6/12/24 race in Pittsfield, Vermont.
This year the series has been dominated on the men's side by Connecticut based racer Ryan Serbel. A veteran road racer, Serbel has tried his hand at endurance mountain biking this year with great success. He dominated the field at the Carrabassett Backcountry Challenge. At race number 2, the Hampshire 100, Serbel opted for the 100k option as opposed to the NUE 100 miler. Nonetheless, he traded pulls with Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) and others on his way to the front, ultimately posting the 3rd fastest 100k lap time of the day. He enters the final race of the series with a commanding 12 point lead over the rest of the field. Look for challenges of Serbel's lead at the Peak 6 hr. to come from Riverside Cycles teammates Greg Jancaitus and Steven Crossley.
Women's leader Nina Otter (Mountain Moxie) holds the series lead thanks to a 2nd place ride in Carrabasset and a top (among NEES competitors) performance at the Hampshire 100. Unfortunately, Otter will miss the Peak 6 hr, and will therefor be unable to defend her series lead. In her absence, riders like Maine's Haddie Freye and Massachusetts' Emily Philips should challenge for the win and overall victory.
While there will be 12 and 24 hour races running concurrently in Pittsfield, New England Endurance Series competitors will be racing in the six hour class. As it is the only lap race in the series, tactics may play a role if a group stays together late into the race on Pittsfield's fast singletrack trails.
For more information on the New England Endurance Series visit: http://www.neenduranceseries.com/
Stay tuned to MTBRacenews.com for a full report from the Peak 6 Hour race.