Kenda NUE Series #8
Presented by Hammer Nutrition
High Cascades 100
Preview by Ryan O’Dell
Now at the midpoint of the race season, The Kenda NUE Series moves west from the ancient volcano’s that formed the Black Hills of South Dakota at the Tatanka 100 to the volcanos of the fifth annual High Cascades 100 in Bend, Oregon on Saturday, July 20th.
Top level racers are gathering to compete along a single loop that includes some of the best single track Oregon has to offer. Temperatures are expected to reach 91 degrees by late afternoon on Saturday. However, racers will be at altitude, which is about seven degrees cooler according to Race Director, Mike Ripley. Low humidity also contributes to more comfortable conditions, welcoming to riders from the Midwest that are enduring a heat wave this week.
Bend is firmly ensconced at 4000ft above sea level but the race will launch riders to a high point of 6800 feet with one stretch of sixty-five miles of continuous single track that includes a scenic trip around Mt. Bachelor along trails littered with lava rock from mile 55 to mile 80. The event has a maximum cap of 350 riders and has brought in close to $20,000 for the local Trail Group, COTA. Race winners will be competing for a $3000 cash purse for top placing overall men and women with equal cash to the top three.