National Ultra-Endurance Series #1
Christian Tanguy Does The Impossible While Amanda Carey Puts The Hammer Down
Once again the Cohutta 100 signaled the official start to the
2011 NUE series, which has expanded to 11 races, up from the usual 8 races
since the inception of the series. Three additional races are being
held out west to accommodate more west coast racers. The Cohutta
barely missed the massive damage of the recent tornados a few days before the
race by a mere 30 miles west of Ocoee Whitewater Center.
race day was met with clear blue skies and mild temperatures (mid 70s). Even that felt quite warm for many of the racers from up north.
The race, which starts in Ducktown,
Tennessee, is a 100-mile loop held on a combination of singletrack and gravel
roads. The 6o miles of gravel are bookended by a 20-mile section of classic
Tennessee one track.
The race started off with crushing speed as
riders battled for position on the three-mile opening climb. Placing going into
the first singletrack section is critical.
The men's race had all the usual suspects,
as did the women's. The men stayed tight, eventually forming a group
of 8 that dwindled to 4 with Team CF teammates Christian Tanguy and Chris Beck,
Jeff Schalk (Trek Co-Op) and Michael Simonson (Trek 29er Crew) making the cut.
At Aid Station 3, Simonson made a move with
Tanguy in pursuit only to flat shortly there after. Simonson’s bad luck left
Tanguy off the front where he would stay through the race.
Beck and Schalk duked it out until Aid
Station 5 where Beck took his chances and skipped stopping for water despite
being nearly out with about 20 miles to go. Schalk stopped for refuel.
Beck’s gamble paid off as Schalk was never
able to chase him down in the final 20 miles.
In the women' s field, recent Cape Epic
finisher Cheryl Sornson (Team CF) and ’10 NUE champion Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt)
went off the front in a blistering pace. Sornson stayed with Carey
until Aid Station 2 but then it was a strong solo effort by Carey for the win.
Sornson held onto 2nd.
Ride Adventures/MTBRaceNews.com team leader Karen Potter showed she has strong legs after a long New England winter taking 3rd on the day.
The Cohutta organizers had some great
sponsors for this year’s raffle including a set of Industry 9 wheels, a couple
Thompson seatposts, and all racers got a pair of FITS Sock, and a set of Lizard
Skin grips with the Cohutta 100 logo.
Next stop on the NUE series is Syllamo’s Revenge in Mountain View,
Arkansas, May 14th.
Check back for more results, photos, and a report from the Cohutta 100....
to see our coverage of the 2010 Cohutta 100
1, Christian Tanguy (Team CF) 6.27
2, Chris Beck 6.33
3, Jeff Schalk (Trek Racing Co-Op) 6.36
4, Michael Simonson (Trek 29er Crew) 6.43
5, Chris Peariso 6.50
6, Patrick Mosler 6.53
7, Thomas Turner 7.05
8, Shawn Adams 7.08
9, Ernesto Marenchin (Speedgoat) 7.12
10, Robert Marion (American Classic) 7.14
1, Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt) 7.33
2, Cheryl Sornson (Team CF) 8.02
3, Karen Potter (iRide Adventures/MTBRaceNews.com) 8.18
4, Vicki Barclay
5, Namrita O'Dea (Topeak/Ergon)