2010 Ore 2 Shore
written by: Kyia Anderson
The Ore To Shore in Negaunee, Michigan, is the first race in the unofficial Midwest Mountain Bike Triple Crown. The trio of point to point races also includes the Chequamegon and Iceman Cometh. The Triple Crown is collection of the three largest single-day races in the United States and a truly unique spectacle in mountain bike racing.
Although I sat on the sidelines of the 10th
Annual Ore 2 Shore I still got to get in on some racing action. I witnessed first hand what it requires
to make it to the feed zones to support the top racers in this point to point
race that spans 48 miles from the higher elevation copper country in Negaunee,
Michigan, to the Ore docks on the shores of Lake Superior In Marquette.
The Hard Rock, 48 miles of full on mountain
biking action, proved to be a nail biter throughout the whole race in the menís
and womenís race Saturday morning.
Racers take off from Negaunee in a large pack paced by a dirt bike,
weaving down roads that take them to an abandoned old rail line that is stained
red from years of transporting iron ore.
Quickly racers string out into a long line so they can draft and ride
the single line that is worn in from the years this race has buzzed along this
As racers hit the Luge climb near the old
Suicide Bowl Nordic facility at 4 miles in things are already breaking up and
packs are forming. One hopes that
they make it to the top of this climb in a good group, as drafting is very
important over the next 44 miles of snowmobile trails, rocky climbs under the
power lines and a mix of double track and road sections. When I asked Jenna Rinehart
(Specialized/Nicolletbike.com) how the race played out for her in this section
she said, "I came out of The Luge section
too well as I quickly realized that I was riding above my fitness level for
this season and was finding myself in a bit of trouble and worrying about the
46 miles to goĒ.
Our second view of the racing action came at
mile 8, as the race sped through Ishpeming we saw the Eppenís (a husband/ wife
tandem team that won the Ore 2 Shore several years ago from Iowa City, IA) on
the front pulling a pack of 15 guys.
The first woman racer Jenna Rinehart was sitting in about 25th place
overall with Sara Kylander-Johnson, a.k.a SKJ (Trek Co-op) 26 seconds later.
We hopped in the car and got hung up at a
stop light as we were trying to catch the racing action on the rail line over
pass on Hwy 28 where racers skirt the edge of the railroad and then up a sandy
hill that soon takes racers to a series of sand pits and rocky climbs along the
power lines. We had missed the
front runners but were able to catch the racing action of the 4th-7th place
ladies. Rebecca Sauber (LCR) and
Danielle Musto (Salsa) seemed to be in a heated battle that lasted all the way
to the finish.
Back in the car absorbing all of the bumps to
the Deer Lake road feed zone we went and once there I finally got to witness
the camaraderie and sportsmanship between the top racers husbands and wives who
were doing the feeding and bug swatting.
Soon we had bottles in hand and watched the lead group come out of the
double track muddier than before with Nathan Guerra (Mr. Tree Racing) leading a
pack that consisted of 8 riders with Darren Braun (Adventure 212/Specialized)
dangling, a couple of seconds back Chris Peariso (Adventure 212/Specialized)
who had this to say about his race, "I
took an assisted tumble at about mile 12 and was forced to chase after getting
the bike back together. I motored through the third chase group on the
road and ultimately made it to group two on the road with some help from Tyler
Gauthier. Once I got onto the second chase group Ryan Krayer, also of the
Adventure 212/Specialized team came back and asked me what I wanted to do and
if I was feeling OK. After I replied get me to the front we took off from
the second chase group in search of the lead of the raceĒ.
Jenna Rinehart was still holding the lead and
SKJ was dangling off of her group by just 4 seconds. At this point Susan Stevens (Quiring) was 1.5 minutes back
and then we were heading back to the car to get to the famous Iron Bridge climb
that is long and paved.
Again we missed the top male riders at the
Iron Bridge climb but Chris commented that after we saw them at the Deer Lake
road crossing, "We chased for about 10
more miles before picking up Darrin Braun, also of the Adventure
212/Specialized team and Mark Lalonde. The 4 of us worked hard to get
back to the front of the race, got within 15 seconds of the lead group, but
were never able to seal the deal. As soon as we crested the long paved
climb, Michael Simonson went to the front of the lead group and they were gone,
leaving us to settle for eight through eleventh on the day.
did get to see the womenís leader Jenna at about a minute after our arrival and
I asked her what was happening at this point in the race, "I was on the wheel
of a guy on a cross bike and we were trying to bridge a gap to a pack of 15, I
was just starting to come around after my melt down earlier in the raceĒ.
SKJ was 1.5 min back at this point and close
on her heals was Susan Stephens, the Adventure 212 ladies, Rebecca Sauber was
pulling the pack she was in and Danielle Musto was very present as they made
their way up the climb.
We motored along quickly and hit up the The
Sandpit, a unique technical feature at 4 miles to go. We caught the front of the menís race and Michael Simonson
had a 5 second lead on the chasers, a mix of several past Ore to Shore (O2S)
past champions and podium finishers, trying to pick a line down the sand. We heckled the racers and got a good
smile out of Jenna as she pretty much had the race in the bag barring any
disasters. A good 4 minutes back
we witnessed a change in the womenís race as Susan was just ahead of SKJ going
into the sandpit and SKJ was looking pretty tired from her efforts.
Unfortunately we missed the finish since it
took us a while to hike out of the sandpit and test our patience with cars
actually obeying the speed limits but once to the finish we saw the timing
board flash TJ Woodruf as the 2010 Ore 2 Shore 48 mile winner and Jenna
It was hard for me to sit on the sidelines of
this years race due to a lower back injury that forced me to retire this
spring, but since Iíve been taking it easy this summer the healing process has
begun and Iím super pumped with the fact that I got about 8 hours of killer
Yooper singletrack riding while up in the Marquette, MI, area with out too much
Menís Hard Rock Results
1 Woodruff, TJ
Tristan Plymouth, WI
Michael Oxford, MI
4 Guerra, Nathan
5 Graham, Derek
Grand Rapids, MI
6 Matter, Brian
Christian Rochester, MI
8 Krayer, Ryan
North Freedom, WI
9 Peariso, Chris
Stevens Point, WI
10 LaLonde, Mark Madison, WI
Womenís Hard Rock Results
1 Rinehart, Jenna
Susan Harrow, ON
Kylander-Johnson, Sara Duluth, MN
Diana Duluth, MN
Lisa North Freedom, WI
Rebecca Farmington, MN
Danielle Grand Rapids, MI
Johanna Traverse City, MI
Kim Grand Rapids, MI
Mackenzie Belmont, MI