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Tatanka 100 - Sturgis, South Dakota

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |July 3, 2014 3:37 AM
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KENDA NUE Series #6

Tatanka 100 in Sturgis, SD


Written By: Ryan O’Dell

On Saturday, The Kenda NUE Series shifted gears to Sturgis, South Dakota, home to the world’s largest motorcycle rally. At 5am, racers made their way along a one hundred mile backcountry loop nestled at the base of the northern Black Hills in extreme western South Dakota along a mix of gnarly single track and fast, smooth cruising.

The majority of the race course covers sections of the three longest official Black Hills trails: the Centennial Trail, the Deerfield Trail, and the Mickelson Trail. The Mickelson Trail was named after the late Governor George S. Mickelson, who is largely credited with the development of the Centennial Trail. Following a tragic plane crash, the Mickelson rail trail was named in his honor. 

The Tatanka 100 is held in conjunction with the Black Hills 100 Ultra-Marathon, which, in its first three years, has earned a reputation as one of the toughest foot races in the western US. These races share the same course for the first 50 miles, but the mountain bike racers start one hour earlier, allowing them to get out front and avoid any congestion on the trail.

Unlike last year’s ideal weather conditions, this year’s race began with a torrential downpour followed by pop up storms throughout the day. Out of nearly 80 registered racers, only about 35 brave souls dared to start the race narrowing even further to just 23 who somehow managed to finish as the unusually wet conditions wreaked havoc on racers and their bikes. Finish times for those who were able to survive and triumph were nearly two hours longer than last year.  

Women’s Open

Simril gets her third NUE Race Series win!

Brenda Simril, Motor Mile Racing, has notched her third NUE Race Series win with a hard fought finish at the Tatanka 100. Simril completed the course in 11:57:00, far from her 9:58:22 finish last year. "Last year one of my favorite races and experiences was Tatanka. I had never been to South Dakota before and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the Black Hills. The course had everything I like, lots of singletrack, hard climbs, technical down hills and even an absurd hike a bike that looked impossible to climb.

Despite the brutal conditions of this year's race, it's still one for my favorites. I wasn't expecting rain and mud so it was a shock when we left the hotel room and walked out into the cold, wet darkness. I knew from the very start that the key for the day was to just concentrate on getting to the finish. I rode fairly conservatively the whole time, trying to protect my bike from mechanicals and myself from crashing on the slick technical descents. I took every opportunity I had to lube the chain, clear the mud off the drivetrain, and even washed the bike a few times during the creek crossings. Fortunately I only had a few minor tumbles and the bike held up amazingly well. I'm absolutely thrilled to get the win here and to find a place to put the awesome buffalo skull trophy at home!”

18 minutes behind Simril was Amy Chiuchiolo, GAS/Intrinsik, from Bozeman, MT, who was the only other woman to complete the course finishing12:15:50. "The Tatanka 100 surely was an experience! More like an adventure race actually. My race started out rough with a flat tire at about mile eight, then it got interesting!

The mud was so slick it made holding onto my water bottle a challenge as it slipped right out of my muddy gloves! It made my seat post tool kit so muddy the velcro wouldn't hold and it fell off. It made it extra exciting climbing back out of the thigh deep flooded stream crossings, holding onto a rope so you wouldn't get washed away in the rapids. (Probably barely Class I, but still exciting while holding onto a bike!). It flung up and made my very strong prescription sunglasses so muddy I could barely see, (nor could I look over the tops of them because of my very bad eyesight!). It made the "mandatory hike-a-bike" section quite the challenge, straight up a hill with a muddy river running down it and it wreaked all sorts of havoc on everyone's bikes. There was bike carnage everywhere! Derailleurs hanging off, broken chains, broken cranks, brakes unable to stop people, chain suck, you name it.

After the mud it was straight into the wind on the Mickelson Trail, uphill, for 17 miles at about 10 mph. If that wasn’t enough, next came the missing trail signs, probably washed away in the rain or something, a large tree fall that made me think I had gone the wrong way, and then the thunderstorm brewing above my head at the top of the last climb. Oh, and the exciting finish through the drainage ditch where I almost ate it slipping on the moss, probably swerving to avoid the waterfalls pouring in from the streets above my head! But I finished, and I really give credit to those few guys that rolled in when it was dark at 9:30 pm! Congratulations to the 35 mountain bike racers who started the race out of the 76 that signed up, and to the 23 that were able to finish!”   


Men’s Open

Local racer, Meyer, gets his second straight Tatanka Victory

James Meyer, Quark/SRAM, from nearby Spearfish, SD, also known among cyclists for co-founding Quark, a producer of power meters, achieved his second straight win at his home course in just 9:53:50.

 Meyer is an elite age-group triathlete, representing the United States in short and long course age-group world championships. He is a three-time Ironman finisher, including the Ironman® World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2004. Since 2007, Jim has focused on road racing and endurance MTB. He has finished second in the Open Men's category at La Ruta de los Conquistadores.

"It was a wet rollout. I stayed close to Drew and Tinker until the start of the singletrack. They had the hammer down, so I just rode my own pace. About ninety minutes in, Tinker was on the side of the trail fixing a flat. He quickly caught back up to me, but Gerry Pflug dropped off. Then, after the five treacherous crossings of Elk Creek, I suddenly saw Drew. He was apparently suffering a front brake issue and was descending a bit gingerly (not that the descents weren't difficult enough with the slippery conditions). He then got off in the grass in a corner, so I switched to lead for a while. We started the last climb before the Dalton Aid station and he drifted back and disappeared. Once he was out of sight, I stepped up the pace to open a gap. 

The next five hours was spent trying to hold a nice pace and not make any errors. Then, around mile 83, 7+ hours into the race, I realized I was off course. After considerable hunting around, the first five of us who placed grouped together. We determined there was an erroneous course marker, fixed the marker, then made a gentleman's agreement to ride in together and finish in the order we left the course. For such a long, wet day, it was a pretty easy choice. We all got quite a workout!”

Six Seconds behind Meyer, Five-Time NUE SS Champion riding geared this year, Gerry Pflug, Rare Disease Cycling, placed second at 9:53:56. "The race started with a group of six geared racers, including me, riding away from the rest of the other starters on the couple miles of gravel road leading to the single track.  It had been raining for much of the night and was pouring down rain as we began the race. The pace being set at the front by Drew Edsall and Tinker Jaurez, once we hit the trails, was a bit too much for me that early in the race. My legs were still feeling tired from doing the Lumberjack 100 the weekend prior and I thought maintaining a more consistent pace would be better than pushing my limit early in the race. I also had a feeling that the heavy rain falling and the muddy trail conditions were going to make the race a long one, so I figured conserving my energy would be an important strategy to follow to finish strong. 

By the halfway point, I had worked my way up to third place overall and was feeling strong. I moved into second place overall at the start of the Mickelson Trail and held onto that spot until mile 83. At that point, I climbed up a long hill and came across the race leader, James Meyer. He told me we were off course and needed to head back down the long climb we just did. 

While riding down the trail, we saw other riders following the misplaced course markings as well. Eventually, everyone turned around and we regrouped at the last marking we saw at a split in the trail. James Meyer had the GPX file loaded in his Garmin and it was telling him to travel down the trail marked with a "W", meaning the wrong way.  We then switched the course markers so no other riders would make the wrong turn and then began riding the rest of the course as a group.  Edsall recommended that we make a gentleman's agreement to all finish in the position where we were prior to going off course. Then, we all rode the next twenty miles back into Sturgis at a fast but fun pace to finish a very tough day of racing in extreme conditions.”  

Leading the race early, Drew Edsall, Pro's Closet/Stan's No Tubes, from Ft. Myers, FL managed to hang on to third place finishing 9:54:05. Matt Woodruff, Kuhl/Rocky Mountain, was fourth at 9:54:06. ""I felt great off the start and felt a repeat of how I felt when I took the win at The True Grit 100 in March of this year, so I pushed my pace. The group separated in the singletrack where it got sloppy, muddy, and very tough. I really like those conditions so I took advantage of it.

Tinker and I were able to split off the others for the first two+ hours, but shortly after that, both of us suffered mechanicals. The conditions were extremely tough. I lost my front brake completely while Tinker had two mechanicals as well. Riding with no front brake was quite interesting in sloppy conditions, but I pressed on determined to take advantage of the areas I could but, with the loss of my front brake, I went from first to slowly fading to fifth, and then rallied back to third overall when we got away from the singletrack.

The winner, Jim Meyer, was on fire today. He was flying on the singeltrack and showed his top form. Toughest race I have been in to date, but also one of the most memorable. The riders were awesome, the support was great, and the race was nothing but incredible. Excellent views, fun trails, and fully supported aid stations in the pouring rain. I couldn't have asked for more!" 

Clint Muhlfeld, Sportsman & Ski Haus, claimed fifth at 9:57:45. "This year's Tatanka 100 was the most mentally challenging, technically demanding, and toughest conditions I have ever experienced in a 100 mile cross-country mountain bike race. It truly was a race of attrition and relentless suffering.

The race started in a cold, torrential downpour at 5 AM. Having made the lead group of five, I suffered a puncture about seven miles in at the base of the first climb then another flat a mile later. I literally went into last position and was forced to play catch up the entire race. Greasy and muddy conditions forced us to run the steep sections. Iit was one step forward and two steps back. The creek crossings were thigh deep and the water was cold and fast. The name of the game was perseverance, to keep moving forward and not focus on the ridiculous conditions we were experiencing. Despite a short detour off course, I slowly clawed my way back through the field and finished behind the leading group. I'm just happy to have finished with my bike and I in
one piece. I look forward to doing this epic race again...but under drier conditions!”

Ross Delaplane, Brookfield Residential, rounded out sixth place at 9:58:29.

Two-time US Olympian and NUE contender, David Tinker Juarez, Team Sho-Air, coming off a second place finish at the Mohican MTB100, was forced to withdraw at Dalton Lake, aid two, when his brakes failed entirely. "My race started at 5 am and it was raining, a tough way to start but I was here, ready to race, and the rain wasn't going to stop me!

I felt good and I was right behind the leader getting comfortable. Third place was a little over a minute behind and the conditions where muddy and slick! I got a flat early in the race and made a quick repair. Only two riders passed and, once I got going, I caught second place quickly. We had a good pace and we caught the leader, but then I had another problem, no rear brake. Having no rear brake is a rider’s worst nightmare. Normally, I don't carry extra brake pads but I had an extra set with me in case of an emergency. I had to stop to change the brake pads since I was riding in bad conditions and tight single track. As a result, I lost over ten minutes and, once I started riding, I still had no back brakes. At that point, the game was over and I just needed to get to a checkpoint to get a ride back. It's always tough to DNF for a mechanical, but like the old saying goes, "that is racing!” I felt that I had a really good chance to win today but now I have to wait for my next race.”



Linnell defends last year’s win at Tatanka!

A.J. Linnell, Fitzgerald's Bicycles/Pivot Cycles, of Victor, ID made it two in a row at Tatanka, getting his second NUE win following up on an impressive win at the Bailey Hundo. Linnell crossed the finish line at 10:05:13. "Spinning around the parking lot at Woodle Field at 4:45am, trying to "warm up" in the pouring rain, it was easy to tell that the 2014 Tatanka 100 wasn't going to be a day in the park.  But there was no way I could have anticipated just how hard it ended up being, by far, my hardest 100-miler.  

I entered the Centennial Trail singletrack a bit behind Gerry Pflug and Daniel Rapp and ended up riding with those guys for a few miles of fun, albeit slippery, Black Hills gold. Eventually, I felt the need to ramp up the pace, as much to stay warm as anything, and passed on a short climb.

I went back and forth with Tinker a couple of times during his unfortunate mechanical issues, and then somewhere after the Dalton Lake Aid my own drama started. Just before entering the day's rockiest two-track descent my rear tire blew, and when I tried airing it up again, the valve stem was gone! It must have gotten tagged by a branch and sheared off. Gerry passed me just as I was finishing putting a tube in and gave me the encouragement to hurry up with my repair because Daniel was only a few minutes back.

Once I was back on the bike, I was pretty motivated to rally the descent to see if I could reel Gerry back in, and ended up going over the handlebars twice, wiping out on a muddy side hill, all in the space of ten minutes. Brutal!

The crashes made me decide to back it off a bit and catch my breath. This was good, because, shortly thereafter, I lost my rear brake and had to ride the remaining sixty miles with only the front brake. I held a more moderate pace through the Silver City Aid and up the gnarly hike-a-bike to the Mickelson Rail Trail, where I felt like I could make up some time. The Mick was really what I had geared for, and my 34x18 felt spot-on. I caught Matt Woodruff a few miles before the top and rode with him for a bit, and then finished up the spin to the top.

Descending from the Englewood Aid, I hit the day's lowest point. The rain started coming down hard again, with a breeze that made it just that much chillier, and my body temp dropped considerably. I hadn't seen anybody for a long while when all of a sudden Jim and Gerry were riding towards me from a wrong turn that we all managed to take. We re-found Matt and Drew Edsall back towards the wrong-turn junction, spent a few minutes figuring out where we were and where we needed to go, and then took the right hand option instead.

I had been pretty stoked to be in third place overall up to that point, but I was so cold that my jaw was cramped shut and I was shivering uncontrollably. There was no way I would be able to maintain any kind of speed in that condition with only one brake so I just settled in and tried to ride smart, hoping to maintain my position in the Singlespeed division. The couple at the Galena Aid were wonderful, helping me put on a black trash bag and a plastic poncho to warm up during the last ten miles or so of the race.

I got passed by a couple more geared guys during the final dirt-road descents and then blissfully rolled into Sturgis under blue skies and full sun, ecstatic to be wearing two layers of plastic and no longer shivering. In the end, I would have loved to get a top-three finish overall, but, given all of the day's challenges and drama, I'm happy to have held the Singlespeed win.”

Twenty-six minutes later, Daniel Rapp, Toasted Head Racing, placed second in 10:31:23. "A lead group of six riders quickly formed and I lost contact with them in the first gravel road section. AJ Linnell came up from the rear and we continued together into the first piece of single track. 

Our pace was steady enough to then bridge up to Gerry Pflug.  The three of us then rode together as we traversed up the Centennial Trail. I followed AJ after he pushed passed Gerry up a steep loose climb. The two of us continued pushing hard, but I couldn't match AJ's pace and lost contact with him approximately fifteen miles into the race. 

I chased hard to reconnect with AJ, but made some mistakes in the process. The most costly mistake was misinterpreting a trail marking and adding time and mileage to the already 100 plus mile race. After getting back on track I maintained my positioning and finished the race.”

Twenty-Five minutes later, 29 year old Trevor Rockwell, Team Noah Foundation/Decorah Bicycles/Twin Six, of Decorah, IA finished third at 10:56:27. "I arrived in Sturgis on Friday afternoon to a precursor of what was to come this weekend, RAIN! With packet picked up and drop bags packed up, it was time to head to my traditional camping spot at the Spearfish Campground. There is no better place to stay when in the area as the grounds are amazing, stream perfect for sleeping, and overall accommodations worth the twenty dollars.

All night I slept through downpour after downpour.  I hoped that the rain was hitting here, and not in Sturgis, which happens quite often out here. 

I arrived in Sturgis and my hope was not reality as it was raining pretty steady, or had just previous to my arrival. Tatanka 100 is a tough course on its own.  The climbs are often point A to point B in the straightest line possible, and if they are switch-backed, they are still quite a pitch up. The terrain out here can be ripping fast trail to very technical rock sections and roots.   Now, all of this was going to be compounded by the rain ten-fold and the rain was coming down steady. Most of the NUE faithful were rolling a short warm up in the wet and cold as the long day was about to begin.

I felt that when the gun went off, the rain must have picked up. The roll out for this race is about 3-4 miles of gravel roads that lead to the entrance of the Centennial Trail where the first 50 miles of the race takes place beginning at Alkali Trailhead. I was sitting near the back in the front pack, for the roll out through Sturgis and made the turn with them onto the gravel climb. From here, my race went backwards instead of forward.  The first acceleration on the climb left me struggling and watching them roll away.

My legs and body were already deciding how today was going to be run.  I had punished them over the last two weeks with back to back 100 milers (BaileyHundo and Lumberjack) and it was time for my body to revolt against my wishes. My legs felt like cement and my stomach was not much better, already. I was able to keep sight of the top two single speeds, A.J. and "D-Rapp”.  After grinding my way up the gravel mostly by myself, I entered the single track from what I could make out with a minute gap between me and the SS leaders. This was the beginning of the longest day I have spent on the bike, mentally and physically!

Most of the time, once we hit the trail, the smile comes out, and I am in my happy place but not today as the trail was not buff single track but rather a stream filled with a couple inches of tire sucking muck! The trail immediately gave us an unbeknownst look into the next six hours! Originally, all of us were hoping for possible sub-8 hour day, faster than last year’s 8:55 but I could tell by the opening section that I may have to be watching out for time cutoffs today.  The trail was a slip and slide!

There was nothing I could do but keep pushing forward and I found out early that I was in for a lot of walking. As I started to ride, any uphill was compounded by the slime and traction was an issue. Over the next 25 miles to Dalton Lake, my mind was going negative as I thought I traveled further and further backwards on the clock to all the leaders. I would ride until I would spin out and then push my bike until I knew I could get back on and roll till I would slide out again then repeat for the next three hours! The rain came down steady for this first three hours too! I arrived at Dalton Lake Aid a little defeated, but was boosted along the way by Perry Jewett’s Pedal Power excitement at the Elk Creek Aid. 

Mentally, every aid for me was a goal towards the finish. Dalton Creek was a major milestone as it took me three hours to accomplish the task of getting there. I knew that my goal time was out the window and doing the other calculation a sub-12 hour was in jeopardy. Still, I pushed on.

HIKING, HIKING, HIKING! After Dalton Lake is where the majority of the hiking started.  Coming out of Dalton you go immediately up in tight switchback formation. Last year, I was able to climb parts of this section by taking a minor walking break. This year, I was bound to walk the entire stretch! About 20 minutes later, I was at the top with very sore feet already. 

It was much of the same over and over until the Pilot Knob Aid. This Aid was about 42 miles into the race and for me about 4:30 into the race. OUCH!  When I arrived there I noticed the aid volunteer was taking our splits. Wondering what the damage was, I checked the sheet to see what my gap was.  For the first part of the race I felt as though I had to be more than an hour and half back as I was moving like molasses but, much to my surprise, I found out I was a mere forty minutes off of the overall leader! What a mental boost! Second SS was only about twenty minutes up and it was time to see if I had anything.  This section of the race was one of my favorite and least favorite sections last year and this year was no different. 

The start of the section from Pilot to Silver City is great! The trail conditions here were not bad at all today as the ground seemed to hold the water well and traction was good.  The trail is also classic single track, fast and flowy, with punchy climbs that flowed nicely with trail. I was moving nicely over this and knew, however, that one of these turns was going to lead me to one of the hike a bikes from hell on course!  Lo and behold, around a corner the trail points left and I look up a washed out trail straight up the mountain! After hiking again for twenty minutes or so, I finally reached the steep, fun, down hills into Silver City. Arriving in Silver City was a boost this year as I heard the echo of PEDAL POWER chant! Perry knows how to get me riding faster with those simple words, than you Perry! 

Silver City was another accomplishment for the day and another time check told me I had cut off about ten minutes into the gap to D-Rapp. It was time to get to it on the MICK! I lubed the chain, got new bottles and food, sunglasses cleaned, and was off for 26 miles of monotony on the Mickelson Trail!

Mickelson Trail

The Mick for most riders isn’t that bad of a section. Click up and find a gear that works nicely and ride it out. For a single speed rider, this section is a mental game as we are stuck spinning what we got, and for the most part, it is not a high enough gear. My gear selection of 34 x20 this year was the same as last year and I knew it was going to be a tough push as it was great for climbing but not for the 2% grade of the Mickelson.

Before we got to the Mickelson though, we must climb the notoriously steep hike a bike up and over a nearly sheer rocky, rutted, stream filled uphill! This year, I was mentally prepared for it. Climbing up and over to the Mickelson wasn’t as bad as last year for me as I knew what to expect. 

The Mickelson this year was 26 miles of alone time as the whole race had been so far! Spin, spin, stand, spin, spin, SIGH! The only thing that kept me pushing on was the fact that I have never quit a race. My bike must be un-ridable to not finish a race! So on and on I went, monotony being broken for about 1/2 a mile when the eventual Master’s winner (Gary Gardiner) passed, offering me a pull, then eventually just riding away from me. I had nothing to keep up with him! 

Right before a fast downhill section on the rail trail, the sky’s decided it hadn’t given us enough hell and the rain fell again. This was one of the worst things that could happen as I had nothing but arm warmers now and the downhill meant speeds of around 20 mph for five miles! COLD, COLD, COLD!! Ride on!

I arrived at Englewood Aid 7 shivering from head to toe. On the downhill to this aid, I was shivering so bad that I would look down at times to see my front wheel shaking back and forth at top speed from my shaking body! Trying to get some cookies in my hand was a challenge but again, I got what I needed to keep the body happy and off I went in search of the finish.

The final section of the race is all dirt fire roads. These are different than normal fire roads though as they are ATV trails that are rutted and mud bogged to the point of being basically wide open, multi-lane singletrack. Over the next 25+ miles, it was much of the same for me. Pace myself up the longer climbs, run the steep ones, and ride the down hills with reckless abandonment while avoiding the huge mud and water pits that were everywhere the entire race.  I was able to put a good clip together through this section and watched with amazement as the miles clicked by. It was looking like I might be able to pull off a sub-11 hour day! More stoke to the fire!

With this new fire, I was able to push even when my body told me NO! Up and Down, I kept looking for that last downhill. 10:30 hit and I had about seven miles to go. PUSH, PUSH, PUSH!  I was now riding without a sense of danger as I just rode as fast and hard as I could. Finally, the final long downhill was in front of me! This was one of the most dangerous sections for me as I was going as fast as I could and the road was torn to shreds. I would point my bike downhill and ride what was given me hoping not to flat then, finally, Sturgis was in front of me. The time was 10:45 and only the town of Sturgis remained to get through.

I arrived to the drainage ditch at 10:50. I was going to make it, well, not so fast. Riding the drainage this year was a little sketchy. As I went around the first corner in the drainage, disaster nearly struck as my back wheel hit the water filled ditch and slid straight sideways on some moss! I am going to end my race with only two miles left! No Way!

I was able to ride out of the slide and made a note to take all corners on the banked outside wall instead of the inside corner. Finally, the final pallet bridge in front of me it was out of the drainage and the most beautiful sight of Woodle Field lay in front of me. Crossing the line made the day complete!

This was the hardest day I have spent on the bike. The trail, combined with the conditions made this race the hardest race I have ever done.  I finished almost exactly two hours slower. However, I didn’t care about my place or time today as just finishing was a major accomplishment today.  I beat the demons and finished a very tough race and I will be back again next year as this is my favorite place to ride hands down!”

Hamilton Smith, Team Jackson Hole, was the only other SS finisher, placing fourth at 12:29:33. 


Master’s 50+

Gardiner gets a commanding win!

 52 year old Gary Gardiner, Bountiful Bike P/B Mountain America Credit Union, was the first to cross the line at 10:42:43, more than two hours ahead of his nearest competitors.

58 year old David Grauer, orthopro, from Niwot, CO was next and one of just three masters to finish crossing the line at 13:05:43. The final finisher, getting third in the process, was 51 year old Jeff Johnston, The Bike Way, from Omaha, NE just making the cutoff to finish 15:01:43.

 Masters racer, John Lauk was one of many, forced to withdraw. "We had been warned in the pre-race meeting, but I couldn't believe how deep and fast-flowing the waist-deep water was. In one of the four crossings, my bike washed down creek as I tried to hang on to the suspended rope. "Is this an adventure race or middy buddy I joked out loud?" 

A few riders reported falling and going completely under water.  By the first rest stop at mile 17, we were all completely covered in sticky mud.  It was clear it would be a long day.  My race abruptly came to stop when a low hanging branch wedged itself into my rear derailleur and tore it off the frame.  I walked the bike to the next stop a mile up the trail and was greeted by an excellent group of volunteers from Ellsworth Air Force Base. 

Because of the remote location of that stop and the muddy jeep roads, I waited five hours until I could get a ride out so I spent most of the rest of my day helping other riders clean their drive trains and refuel. One guy came limping in carrying his bike, now seven hours into the race, at mile 23. His drive train and wheels were jammed with mud and he had been carrying his heavy mud covered bike for over five miles. I dug out the mud and washed his drivetrain and sent him on his way wondering what would become of him. Finally, I got a ride out and back to the start in Sturgis in time to watch the first finishers arrive.”   

NEXT:The Kenda NUE Series heads northwest to the High Cascades 100 near Bend, Oregon on Saturday, July 19. Like many of the NUE Races this season, The HC100 is sold out but racers can get on a waiting list to enter.

Stay tuned here for the latest news, results, and photos.      


Open Men


1, James Meyer Spearfish SD   9:53:50
2, Gerry Pflug Connellsville PA Team Rare Disease 9:53:56
3, Drew Edsall Fort Myers FL Pro's Closet / Stan's No Tubes 9:54:05
4, Matt Woodruff Meridian ID Kuhl/Rocky Mountain 9:54:06
5, Clint Muhlfeld Whitefish MT Sportsman & Ski Haus 9:57:45
6, Ross Delaplane Golden CO Brookfield Residential 9:58:29
7, Ross Toelcke Whitefish MT Great Northern Cycles 10:35:14
8, Jeff Mandell Monmouth Beach NJ Finkraft Cycling Team 11:20:51
9, Neil Popovich Golden CO   11:51:36
10, Lee Simril Chattanooga TN Motor Mile Racing 11:57:01
11, Chris Peterson Omaha NE Wild Hares Racing 12:36:44
12, Jon Conover Spearfish SD   13:06:19
13, Casey Bergstrom Rapid City SD Strider 14:26:14
14, Michael Curtes Mequon WI Twin Six/Milwaukee Bicycle Co 16:34:29
15, Craig Nadel Austin TX groove labs/LiveMedium 16:50:57
16, Martin Knoll Bismarck ND   16:50:59
17, Dean Rogers Boulder CO   16:51:02


Open Women

1, Brenda Simril Chattanooga TN Motor Mile Racing 11:57:00
2, Amy Chiuchiolo Bozeman MT GAS/Intrinsik 12:15:50

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