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Mohican 100 - Results

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 18, 2011 11:12 PM
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Mohican 100 - Loundonville, Ohio

Jeff Shalk and Cheryl Sornson took the wins in Round #3 of the National Ultra Endurance series at the Mohican 100 this weekend.

Sunny skies, ninety plus degree temperatures, and dry trails met racers at the start line of the Mohican 100 in Loudonville, OH this year, conditions that were the polar opposite of the mud-fest that was the 2010 race. With nearly 600 racers registered for the 100-mile and 100k-races, organizers split the field for the first time to give riders more space in the opening singletrack sections. First off were the 100-mile racers, with the 100k starters 15 minutes behind.

With a $200 prime awaiting the first 100-mile racer to the Loudonville city limits (provided they finished the race), the field was strung out from the gun. It was Robert Marion (American Classic) who took the sprint over eventual 2ndplace finisher Michael Simonson (RBS Trek).

After a quick climb out of town the race funneled into nearly 20 miles of fast singletrack riding. Early on it was multi-time Breckenridge 100 winner Josh Tostado (Bach Builders) who relentlessly pushed the pace with Brandon Draugelis (Team CF). With the pressure coming from Tostado, a lead group of five riders formed early. Joining Tostado and Draugelis were Simonson, Christian Tanguy (Team CF), and Jeff Schalk (Trek).

Schalk spent much of the first 25 miles yo-yoing off the back of the lead group. "I really didn’t think it was going to be my day,” Schalk said after the race. But by mile 40 the pace at the front had slowed slightly, and Schalk was able to rejoin the front of the race for good. "Once we were back together I put in a few attacks,” he said, and only Simonson was able to stay with him.

The two worked together, building their lead, but on the long rail trail section Simonson began to sit in, feeling the effort. By mile 75 Simonson had cracked and Schalk went solo off the front. "I didn’t know where the guys behind were,” Schalk said, "I was afraid that Christian would come back, so I just drilled the pace and went as hard as I could.”

By the finish Schalk had more than 25 minutes on 2nd placed Simonson, crossing the line in 6:45:37, a new course record. Draugelis and Tanguy rolled across the line together to take 3rd and 4threspectively, while Tostado hung on to claim the final spot on the podium.

In the women’s race it was Cheryl Sornson who dominated from the gun. "Churtle Turtle,” as she is known, rode smoothly through the opening singletrack and had a lead by the first aid station. "I had a really good first half of the race,” she said afterwards. Though the heat made for a difficult second half, Sornson was able to work with some of the men on the long rail trail sections where the flatter terrain and higher speeds made riding with a group advantageous.

Sornson finished in 8:36:03, slower than she’d hoped, but good enough for the win. Behind it was Brenda Simril (Motor Mile Racing) taking the 2nd spot on the podium. Andrea Wilson (Outdoors), riding a rigid singlespeed no less, took 3rd.

In the singlespeed race it was multi-time NUE series champion Gerry Pflug (Salsa)/No Tubes/Pro Bikes) taking the victory in 7:39:40. Matthew Ferrari (Hubcap Freeze0Thaw Cycles) and Jason Pruitt (29er Crew) rounded out the top three.


Click Here to see our coverage from the 2010 Mohican 100

Results

Open Men

1,

Jeff Schalk

Trek Racing Co-Op

6.45.37

2,

Mike Simonson

Trek 29/ RBS

7.11.30

3,

Brandon Draugelis

 

7.13.28

4,

Christian Tanguy

Team CF

7.13.28

5,

Josh Tostado

 Bach Builders

7.23.24

6,

John Burns

 

 

7,

Robert Marion

 American Classic

 

8,

Greg Kuhn

 

 

9,

Steven Dempsey

 

 

10,

Morgan Olsson

 

 


Open Women

1,

Cheryl Sornsen

Team CF

8.36.03

2,

Brenda Simril

 

8.49.16

3,

Andrea Wilson

 

9.42.46

4,

Lauren Coffelt

 

10.04.10


Singlespeed

1,

Gerry Pflug

Salsa

7.39.30

2,

Matthew Ferrari

 

7.51.58

3,

Jason Pruitt

 

8.04.56

 

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Jitters 06/06/2011 6:34 AM
This is the most unorganized race in the entire series, most of the riders made wrong turns due to poor course markings and ended up just sitting up and riding along! Not too mention the chip timing did not register a large portion of the riders so the results can not be trusted!
No Doubt 06/05/2011 5:17 AM
@Shannon 45 minutes and it didn't rain the whole day, That is an easy tim e gap after the monsoon of 2010.
Shannon 06/04/2011 10:36 PM
You're not kidding, his time was really sick! 45 minutes faster than last year
Jimmy 06/04/2011 8:33 PM
Hard to describe how hot it was once you got off the single track. Guys were blowing up all over the course. Jeff's time was just sick
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