Ride The Bull… The Tatanka 100
Two weeks ago N.U.E. series racers were “treated” to three laps of dusty Michigan singletrack at the Lumberjack 100. This week racers head to the scenic Black Hills of Sturgis, South Dakota where the Tatanka 100 will take racers on one 100+ mile grand loop that features over 60 miles of singletrack, 40+ miles of double track, service roads and rail-trails and includes over 12,000 feet of elevation gain at an average elevation of 4,800′ above sea level (4,000+ feet higher than racers found themselves at the Lumberjack).
In his race report, last year’s winner Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt) described the race as having some of the best singletrack he’s ridden and even the double track and rail grades as being very much NOT boring with incredible scenery, tunnels and bridges to keep one more than occupied.
Edsall took the win in 2012 in a time of 8:21 and will be back in 2013. Along with looking for wins, racers the likes of Edsall, Andy Applegate, Gerry Pflug, Denise Coppock and Cheryl Sornson and a host of others will be looking to break the sub-eight hour mark and take home a bling-tastic, big ass, Mt. T. meets Tatanka 100 ring.
You can check out the full roster of racers looking to take on the challenge of the Tatanka 100 below. Stay tuned to xxcmag.com and the xxcmag.com Facebook page for results and more from the race. Best of luck to you all from XXC Magazine and xxcmag.com.
Ben “mountainbikeradio.com” Welnak