NUE 20th Anniversary Shenandoah Mountain 100

NUE Epic Series

The 20th Anniversary Shenandoah Mountain 100

By Ryan O’Dell

September 2, 2018

The Shenandoah 100 achieved a major milestone in the history of endurance racing celebrating its 20th Anniversary as the oldest race in the NUE Epic Race Series. Held within The George Washington National Forest of Virginia, Shenandoah marks the start of the fall season of the NUE Series with just two races remaining that will determine this year’s champions. Shenandoah is a highly anticipated showdown showcasing top level talent in a festive atmosphere with most racers choosing to camp out at the Stokesville Lodge and campground. This year, rain leading up to race day made course conditions slick and treacherous at times although race day weather was warm and mostly sunny.

Women’s Open

Hamm posts a sub 10 for the win!

Women’s Open Podium

Following third place finishes in both 2016 and 2017, Laura Hamm, Moonstomper/Blacksburg Janglers, stepped up to the top of the podium with a winning time of 9:35:36. Shenandoah was Hamm’s first NUE win although she also posted a third place finish in the NUE Marathon Series at Iron Mountain 100 earlier this season. “Going into the race, my main strategy was to hang on to Lauren Cantwell’s wheel until I could no longer keep pace (likely around mile 20). I executed this plan expertly until mile 4, when Lauren’s sidewall was sliced by something mysterious, likely a trail gnome.

Laura Hamm- Photo credit: Jess Daddio

My only setback was getting stung by a stinging creature going up Lynn. Sam Lindblom was kind enough to stop and help me make sure that the stinger was out. I took a Benadryl to prevent a Michelin man-like reaction and carried on a bit sleepier than before. AJ Mooney pulled me through many of the road sections. I owe him a beer. The highlights of the race were my quick bathroom break with Victor “Little Wolf” Guevara, the costumed Charlottesvillle-ites, and beating Jon Rugh, my neighbor and nemesis. As always, Chris Scott put on a fantastic event on a course with endless smiles and world-class aid station volunteers.”

Amelia Capuano- 2nd Women’s Open

Following a third place finish at the NUE Series Wilderness 101, Amelia Capuano, Reardon Steel Fab, finished 10:00:02, taking second at Shenandoah. “I had a fun day and started off quickly, trying to stay towards the front. I settled in on the chill climb up Lynn trail and it was mostly steady going from there. I really loved the nice rip down Chestnut and lack of brakes to go with it after slopping through some WV-esque mud holes. Thanks to whoever made me eat a Sammy and chug some coke at aid 6!! Really, thanks to all the folks at aid stations – so helpful with chain lube, grabbing food, and making me laugh! I love these races and Chris Scott knows what is up!! Also, shout out to the legend, Cheryl Sornson, (former NUE Series Champion) for helping me learn the ropes of 100-mile racing.

Lauren Cantwell- 3rd Women’s open

Twelve minutes later, Lauren Cantwell, Deschutes Brewing/Stokesville Lodge, claimed third at 10:12:30. Cantwell is now ranked second with 10 points in the NUE Series behind series leader, Larissa Conners. In addition to her first win at Cohutta this spring, Cantwell also posted a second place finish at Wilderness 101 plus fourth at Pierre’s Hole 100 in Wyoming and fifth at the NUE Season Opener at True Grit in St. George Utah.

Men’s Open

Anderson goes sub Seven to get his first ever win at Shenandoah!

Newcomer, Eddie Anderson, Hagens Berman Axeon, surprised many taking first at 6:57:14 in a stacked field that included former and current NUE Series Champions.

Eddie Anderson-Photo credit: Jess Daddio

Coming off his first NUE win at Mohican in June, Two-time NUE Series Champion and Shenandoah course record holder, Jeremiah Bishop, Canyon Factory Racing, came in at 7:14:03 to claim second. “I would call it an off day. I can do some amazing things sometimes but I struggled to find my rhythm today. I felt lucky to pull myself back together and hold of Dylan for second.” 2017 Shenandoah race winner, Bishop, finished second overall in the NUE Series Men’s Open in 2017 and posted a ninth place finish at Wilderness 101this season.

Jeremiah Bishop- Photo credit: Jess Daddio

Eight minutes later, NUE Series Defending Champion, Dylan Johnson, Leska MTB, finished third at 7:22:46. Johnson leads the NUE Series with 6 points that include wins at the Cohutta 100 in Tennessee, Lumberjack 100 in Michigan and Wilderness 101 in Pennsylvania plus a third place finish at Tatanka in South Dakota. Johnson finished fifth last year and second in 2016 behind Jeremiah Bishop at Shenandoah.

“Shenandoah, as always, brought out some of the toughest competition in the series. Eddie’s pace up the second climb was too much for me and he and Jeremiah rode away. I rode hard to minimize my losses in hopes to catch up but I knew they would be a strong pair on the road sections. After that, Christian and I rode together to the base of the third climb after aid 2 and he dropped off there. The entire rest of the race I was by myself. It wasn’t a great position to be in given all the road and gravel that was still left but I had no choice. I was happy to hold off the group behind me to get third.”

Dylan Johnson finishes in 3rd place.  Photo credit: Jess Daddio

David Flaten, Otterhaus Racing/Coaching, was fourth at 7:41:08 with former NUE Series Champion, Keck Baker, Blue Ridge Cyclery Racing p/b Reynolds GM/Subaru, just two minutes back at 7:43:40 finished fifth.

2016 Shenandoah race winner and former NUE Series Champion, Christian Tanguy, RBS Cycling Team, was sixth in the Men’s Open at 7:45:46, just one second behind SS winner, Gordon Wadsworth. Tanguy is currently ranked second in the NUE Epic Series with a score of 11 that includes a second place finish at Cohutta plus third place finishes at Mohican, Lumberjack, and Wilderness 101. In 2017, Tanguy place second behind Jeremiah Bishop at Shenandoah.

Singlespeed

Wadsworth repeats at Shenandoah!

Defending NUE Series Singlespeed Champion and 2017 Shenandoah SS race winner, Gordon Wadsworth, Blue Ridge Cyclery/Pivot Cycles/Industry Nine, took the win at 7:45:45, including placing sixth overall! For 2018, the Defending NUE Series Champion now has three wins with wins at both True Grit Epic and Wilderness 101 this season.

“My SM went really well. The conditions were about average for VA in hurricane season, slick and snotty, with periods of good hot sunshine. The past two years at SM have been record breaking conditions and so it was nice to see a classic VA race shaping up. As always, I knew my mission was get into a fast group and STAY there!

A lot of flats early in the game on a bonier than average Narrowback trail precipitated a chase group early. The rain made the normally rocky but manageable Narrowback/Tillman trails full on carnage of riders with mechanicals and flat tires. My K2N Stage Race teammate Thomas Turner and I bottomed out on Tillman Rd to see Chris Michaels in the distance. We chased up to Chris and as a group got the lead quad in our sights; nearly joining them before Lynn trail. On Lynn, we each rode our own paces (mine with a dash of walking) as we bridged up to Keck Baker. Now four riders strong, this group rode well together until Baker attacked on Hankey Mtn. We dropped Chris Michaels and eventually bridged up to a flagging Christian Tanguy.

Wadsworth and Tanguy battle it out in a sprint finish. Photo credit: Jess Daddio

This new grupetto never set a chase worthy pace but stayed consistent in our effort to stay clear of any other riders. With Thomas barely sneaking away by a few seconds on the Braley’s Pond downhill, I led a pace back up to

Thomas and then we set out towards the Death Climb. On the approach into the climb, we were joined by our friend David Flaten. I asked Flaten if he had seen the always strong John Haddock recently and he replied that he had not. Flaten added a component of motivation to the mix and he and Baker attacked not long into the steepest part of the climb; separating Thomas and I from them and Christian farther off still.

Thomas and I rode together in our good old duo mix until nearly the top of the death climb up Reddish Knob. Near the top my SS pace dictated a little harder effort and I was sure he would join me on the Chestnut DH. A rider did but it wasn’t Thomas, it was Christian Tanguy. Christian and I have pedaled a few miles together over the years and I was glad for someone to share the line down a really grade A descent! Christian and I bottomed out together and then leapt out of aid 6 headed for the final ascent up Hankey Mtn.

On Hankey we climbed well together with Christian even offering to let me roll ahead. I had no interest in that as, at this point, I felt pretty comfortable in my lead. I got a little distance on Christian and then POW my chain derailed from my Pivot LES Singlespeed. Really unusual, but a chain stretched from 90 miles of VA steeps and gritty trail conditions made the unusual possible. As Christian passed I resigned myself to 7th overall. I re-set the chain and jumped aboard.

However, near the top of the Hankey climb, I saw Christian again and passed him just as we headed into the singletrack. I got a little more distance on him but, as we bottomed out on the gravel before the campground singletrack, I again heard Christian. He was clearly gunning for another position on the results sheet. He dove into the singletrack just ahead of me, doing a little blocking and, no doubt, aware of the charging that could happen at any moment. I let Christian lead all the way to the line before a hard corner and a half-hearted bike throw landed me that sixth position.

The Shenandoah Mtn 100 is a real deal mountain bike racers course. Full of everything that makes America great it’s my all-time favorite day on the bike and this year was no exception.”

John Haddock- 2nd Singlespeed

2016 SS Race Winner, John Haddock, J.A. King, finished second at 8:32:18, utilizing 34/19 Gearing. Haddock currently leads the NUE SS Epic Series with wins at Cohutta and Mohican plus a second place finish at True Grit Epic.

“As always, the much anticipated Shenandoah 100 was a blast this year. Conditions were tough, but that made finishing all the more rewarding. This would be the 4th race of the series for me and with school back in full swing, my plan was to ride my own race, hope for a good finish, and stay healthy. I got off to a good start and exited Narrowback with a group, but unfortunately they got away on Lynn as I went for an extended hike.

For the remainder of the race, I kept a steady effort, often time’s yo-yo-ing with some geared guys, but mostly by myself. The climbs rolled by and the descents were rejuvenating. I’m super happy with my race this year. Not my fastest time ever, but the course was slow and I felt great at the finish line. Congrats to everyone who raced and especially to my singlespeed amigos!”

Seven minutes later, Don Powers, UPMC Pro Bikes, took third at 8:39:13. Powers finished second at Mohican and third at Wilderness 101 this season. Powers also finished third at Shenandoah in 2017.

Don Powers- 3rd Singlespeed

Masters Men 50+

Cobb wins the Masters!

Bradley Cobb, Motor Mile Racing/SCV, was first in the Masters at 8:36:46. Cobb is currently ranked second in the NUE Epic Masters Series, behind Carey Smith, with a score of 8 that includes his win at Cohutta plus a second place finish at Lumberjack and fourth place finish at True Grit Epic.

Brad Cobb- 1st Masters

Former NUE Series Masters Champion, Roger Masse, Stokesville/Shenandoah Mountain Touring, took second at 9:01:51. Masse is currently ranked fourth in the NUE Epic Masters Series with a score of 11 including his second place finish at Cohutta, fourth place at Mohican and third at Wilderness 101.

Roger Masse- 2nd Masters

In his first NUE Series race this season, Jed Prentice, Team Bike Doctor, took third at 9:27:51.

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What’s NEXT?!

On September 22, the NUE Epic Series heads to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the Marji Gesick, one of the most difficult courses in the NUE Series.

From Michigan, The NUE Championship race at the Grizzly 100 in Big Bear, CA is slated for September 29, 2018. All four Division winners will receive complimentary entry into all NUE Series races in 2019, Custom Voler Champion Jersey Kits, plus a share of the $10,000 NUE Series cash purse.

As an added travel bonus, NUE division winners are invited to represent the NUE Series at The LaRuta de los Conquistadores, a three day stage race across Costa Rica November 1-3, 2018. There is still time to register for anyone that would like to join NUE Champions on this incredible journey from the Pacific to the Caribbean.

ALL NUE Series finishers who do not qualify for prize money will receive prize packages courtesy of NUE Sponsors Kenda Tire, Hammer Nutrition, Sigma Sport, KMC Chain and Darn Tough Socks.

Stay tuned here for the latest news and information on the Marji Gesick and NUE Series Championship Race!

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Shenandoah 100

The 18th Annual Shenandoah Mountain 100: KENDA NUE Series

By Ryan O’Dell

September 4, 2016

The Shenandoah 100 has became a pivotal race for NUE Contenders as they head out at 6:30AM into The George Washington National Forest of Virginia, just two weeks away before the final race that breaks all ties at the Fool’s Gold 100 in Georgia. The oldest race in the NUE Series, Shenandoah is a highly anticipated showdown showcasing top level talent in a festive atmosphere with most racers choosing to camp out at the Stokesville Lodge and campground.

 

Women’s Open

Andrea Dvorak for the win!

Ex US National Road Team rider, Andrea Dvorak came in first for the Women’s Open with a time of 8:27:06.

Carla Williams, who leads the NUE Race Series, took second with a time of 8:31:56. “Shenandoah was an awesome race. Race Director, Chris Scott, does a fantastic job of putting on races. The day was beautiful, the trails were in great condition and rolling fast, the volunteers at the aid stations couldn’t have been more helpful, and the post-race campground party made pushing through all those hard miles worth it!

I had a great race. I felt really good on the climbs and was having so much fun on the downhills. I rode my full suspension bike this year, and it made the downhills so much more fun compared to the hardtail I raced previously. This was my second time racing Shenandoah; the first time was in 2014. I took almost 1.5 hours off my time from 2 years ago, but unfortunately, it wasn’t quite fast enough for the win. I am looking forward to the last race of the season at Fool’s Gold next week!”

Laura Hamm, Moonstomper, took third place, coming in at 9:03:25.

 

Men’s Open

Tanguy on top at Shenandoah!

Christian Tanguy of Rare Disease cycling came in at 7:00:50 for the win.  Tanguy is currently in fourth place overall in the NUE Race Series. Dylan Johnson, representing Giant Co-Factory Northeast, and current NUE Series Points Leader, came in second place at 7:02:37.

Cole Oberman had an impressive showing at the race, taking third place at his first NUE of the season, which is extra impressive considering this was his very first 100 mile race. “The Shenandoah 100 was my first ever attempt at a 100 miler so I wasn’t sure what to expect. While I am most definitely a XC specialist, I do a few endurance races throughout the year. Most recently I had done the 7 day La Leyenda Stage Race in Colombia. My hope was that I was still carrying some endurance from that event into the 100.

From the gun, I stuck on the wheels in the top-five and tried to stay comfortable. Dylan Johnson put the hammer down going up the super steep Lynn climb and that basically blew the race apart. After we descended Wolf Ridge, there were four of us (Chris Michaels, Sam Koerber, Dylan, and me). We rode well together as a group on the gravel section into Hankey Mountain. Right around the base of the climb, Christian Tanguy bridged up to us. He immediately went to the front and just shattered our group. By the time we were descended Dowels Draft, it was just Christian, Dylan and me.

I stopped to fill my bottle at the next aid station and Christian attacked. That was the last time I saw either Christian or Dylan (or anyone else) for the remainder of the race. Pushing through the four hour mark in a race was fairly uncharted territory for me but I was pleased to find that, as long as I kept taking in sugars, I could keep tapping out a really solid tempo. I was totally stoked to finish up my first NUE race in third. I race a full cyclocross schedule so I won’t be able to make it to The Fool’s Gold but I definitely plan to do a few 100 milers next season. I’d also love to give a shout out for Chris Scott and Shenandoah Mountain Touring for putting on such a killer event (and for convincing me to come out and give it a shot).”

 

Singlespeed

Haddock gets his first win!

John Haddock, J.A. King MTB Team/Farnsworth Bicycles, got his first top spot on the podium with a time of 8:13:22. Haddock is currently in fourth place in the NUE Series. “After suffering some mechanical and nutritional issues in the last few NUE races, I came into SM100 hoping for a clean, good time. I started well and rode the first two singletrack sections with fellow SS’er Regis Ricketts. Coming off Wolf, I noticed Regis had dropped back a bit. At that point I figured someone had to be in front of me. I exited the trail with Dan Kotwicki and Roger Masse, which I was very happy about as those guys are super smart, experienced racers. We worked well together on the roads leading up to Hankey, at which point I was informed I was leading.

After that, I just maintained my pace, tried not to flat or wreck, stayed on top of nutrition & hydration and worked with geared riders on the roads. I pedaled with some awesome folks including Jeff Clayton, Matt Crawford & David Parsons-Foresi. My 34/19 gearing proved to be nice for the flats but pretty tall for the singletrack climbs. It’s always tough to pick your poison, but I feel it was the best choice for me that particular day. Big thanks to all of the volunteers who made the event possible. Also, I want to give a huge shout out to the MTB community for being awesome and making races like this so much fun. Congrats to everyone who toed the line! I plan to finish out the series at Fool’s Gold. As for next year, we’ll have to see how busy school gets but I hope to make it out for a few races.”

Collin Snyder, OAM NOW/Athletic Mentors, took second place with a time of 8:46:45. “Normally, I go all out from the beginning and finish the race limping home. This year, I decided I’d actually pace myself and just ride for fun, so I let everyone ride away at the start. I rode my pace up climb one and two without seeing another single speeder. I kept this ethos for the majority of the race. For the Death Climb, I started to put a little more effort in. At this point I knew that I was somewhere in the top ten. Slowly, one by one, I started passing people. Most were geared, but four were my single speed comrades/commies.

As I reached the summit and started descending, I passed Scott Rusinko messing with his bike who, realized I was a single speeder too. Panic set in Scott and he put it in high pursuit, bombing down chestnut. He passed me like I was standing still. I’m a good descender, but I’m still a flat lander so I eased off, knowing that I don’t want to die. Midway down the trail, there’s a short climb where Scott came back into view, and he was walking up it. I managed to ride it. With climb six still to come, I knew I’d have him. I made it down to the bottom safely, despite nearly running over a big old rattlesnake coiled in the center of the trail! I made a NASCAR style pit stop at Aid 6 , and left in hot pursuit. When I got to the base of climb 6, he was out of sight, but I kept a steady tempo, never becoming impatient. Although slow, it was faster than I’d ever gone up that climb in the five other editions. I actually had gas left in the tank, what a concept! Mid-way up the climb, I saw Scott, and he had nothing left. The grade was too much for his blown up legs. I put a poker face on and stand up to “dance on the pedals” as he hiked next to his rig. As I pass, he told me he had nothing left and congratulated me on my effort. I rode safely up and down the six, and rolled in nearly twenty-five minutes faster than my personal best.”

Scott Rusinko of Nox Composites finished in third place with a time of 8:49:09.

 

Masters Men 50+

Jeff Clayton, GA Neurosurgical Institute, took first place with a time of 8:10:42. “I hadn’t done any taper leading up to the race, after racing Hampshire 100 two weeks before there was too much good racing and riding to be had! That said, I felt ready to race come Sunday morning and the weather was delightful. Carl Reglar had told me that he was going to pace off of me, and we lined up together at the start. I figured Roger Masse would be watching us both, but didn’t see him to start. After some close calls heading out of the campground, I settled in with Carl close by but a mile or so after entering the dirt road, Carl zoomed off with a surging lead group. So much for pacing off of me! I was happy to draft Dan Kotwicki for a good while until I noticed a large train of riders coming up…probably including Roger. I definitely didn’t want to hit the first singletrack stuck in the back of that pack, so I went around Dan and soloed for what turned out to be ten minutes or so. Thankfully it worked and I led up the tight trail.

After the fun climb and descent, a few of us formed a pace line on the next road section only to be caught by the large group again. Shortly, we caught Carl alone on the road. Now Carl, Roger and I were together again. The next climb up Lynn trail was brutal! Roger got a gap after Carl and I went to hike-a-bike mode and held a gap until 1/3 way up the Hankey mountain road climb. My legs started to come alive and I dropped Carl and then soon passed Roger.

From that point on, I worked with several different racers as I would catch up and eventually pass them. I caught young Adam Croft on the “death climb” shortly before aid 5, similar to 2015. Last year, he almost re-caught me on the Hankey 2 climb shortly before the finish, so I issued a challenge to him to beat me this year. My descent down to aid 6 went a lot faster this year and I never saw Adam chasing. In fact, I didn’t see any racers from aid five until the finish which seemed pretty strange considering how many racers there were. I had another great time racing with a bunch of great folks with perfect weather in a beautiful setting in 2016 at the Shenandoah Mountain 100!”

Roger Masse, Rare Disease Cycling/ Kewick Cycles came in second place with a time of 8:39:12.

Carl Reglar of Verge Sport/Test Pilot rounded out the top three with a time of 8:44:48.

 

What’s NEXT?!

The NUE Championship race at the Fool’s Gold 100 slated for September 17, 2016 will break any and all ties in this best four of thirteen race series. All four Division winners there will receive complimentary entry into all NUE Series races in 2017, Custom Voler Champion Jersey Kits, plus a share of the $10,000 Kenda NUE Series cash purse.

In Addition, NUE division winners are invited to represent the NUE Series at The LaRuta de los Conquistadores, a three day stage race across Costa Rica November 3-5, 2016. There is still time to register for anyone that would like to join NUE Champions on this incredible journey from the Pacific to the Caribbean.

ALL NUE Series finishers who do not qualify for prize money will receive prizes courtesy of NUE Sponsors Kenda Tire, Sigma Sport, KMC Chain and Darn Tough Socks.

2016 has proven to be an exceptionally exciting year! Stay tuned here for the latest news and information on the NUE Series Championship Race!

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