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2013 North Kettles Fall Epic

WEMS #7
North Kettles Fall Epic
New Fane Trails
September 14th, 2013

Fall temperatures made the fastest course in the Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series even faster and led to many lap times under 24 minutes. The 10-hour field located the fast groves with a wheel-to-wheel opening lap led by Polska’s Adam Gipril. Series veteran Rich Lytle and series regular David Swanson never gave Gipril a gap on the tight course until Swanson moved to the front when the course finally widened at the transition.

Swanson’s lead held until Gipril brought him back on lap four and finally broke things open on lap seven. Up to second in series points, Swanson soon withdrew from New Fane as Gipril continued to grind out the hard laps until he had built an 18 minute lead over Lytle who had struggled with a dangling seat bag and disconnected crank. Lytle has seen years of long course races and knows how to take care of him self until time expires. Gipril literally collapsed on the grass after 17 laps and was still on his back as Lytle rode by on his way to a 20-lap win. Single-speed series leader Jostein Alvestad opened the race on the mountain bike before riding most of his 15 laps for grins on a beefed-up cross bike.

The 5-hour race saw Wausau24 champ Ron Stawicki ride off the front with a sub-23 opening lap while Wausau 12-hour champ Paul Wagner fought his way through traffic to within reach of Stawicki after three laps. Stawicki gradually opened his lead as Wagner fought off a deep team from Ripon College who had invaded the mid-course race. Wagner extended his series lead over Greg Jones who moved up to second with two races remaining. WEMS racers will meet again at the brand new Kewaunee Buckthorn Buster on September 28th before wrapping up a long season at the series championship at the Thunderdown October 12th.

FULL RESULTS

Words: Chris Schotz

Kenda NUE Series #11: Hampshire 100

KENDA NUE Series #11
Presented by Hammer Nutrition
Hampshire 100 Race Report
August 18, 2013

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In 1809, General John Stark, a Revolutionary War Soldier from New Hampshire, declined an invitation to a Battle of Bennington reunion because he was ill. Since he could not make the event, he sent a letter with the quote “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” that was to be read for the toast. New Hampshire later used part of this toast for their State motto: Live Free or Die. The Hampshire 100, located in Greenfield, NH, decided to use a portion of this motto on their race logo “Live Free & Bike!” Continue Reading →

Jason Sager’s Sudety MTB Challenge: Stages 3 – 5

Today Jason Sager of Team Jamis shares the rest of his experiences from the Sudety MTB Challenge. You can see Jason’s previous posts [HERE] and [HERE].

Searching in gutters and along side the curbs of the bus depot here in Prague at 10pm, I felt like, and probably looked like, a junkie hunting for his latest or lost fix. And…in some ways, I was. Only my fix was an iPhone that was lost earlier that morning somewhere between taking a photo and a misaligned insertion into my back pocket while out on a ride.

I like to tell race stories around photos. Words paint pictures when you possess a deft hand with words, but failing that talent, I rely on photos as much as anything to simply jar my memory as much as share the experiences of a journey. We’re going photo free on this one, for the most part.

Stage 3 – The MTB Day

Natural whoops of loamy soil, filled with perpendicular roots and endless open canopy forests summarized today’s stage.

Racing from Stronie Śląskie to Złoty Stok, we took what amounts to a trail that is THE EXACT BORDER between Poland and the Czech Republic. When I say the exact border, I mean the trails traces the exact border line along the ridge tops of mountains and hills between Poland and Czech Republic, eventually dropping us into the old gold mining town of Złoty Stok. A trail 18″ wide and 20 miles long, filled with the roots of millions upon millions of bushes and trees, this stage was equal parts pleasure and pain. Slow loamy soil and horrendous climbing pitches required full muscular effort to keep from grinding to a stand still…but the rewards on the back side of the shark’s tooth stage profile provided constant smiles. Drago Smash stretched the elastic several times, from which I could rebound back to his inferno on the downhills, but each time it was a matter of when, not if, I would get put back into my place, which was 2nd for the stage, once again.

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In action on Stage 3. Photo: mtbchallenge.com

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Sudety MTB Challenge : Stage 4

Stage 4 | Złoty Stok – Walim
Thursday, August 1st, 2013
Distance: 71.5 km
Ascent: 2403 m

Our Polish media contact Tomek Hoppe checks in with a brief update from Stage 4 of the Sudety Challenge: 

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The fourth stage of the race ran from the Złoty Stok to Walim. There were some long uphills and technical descents today. After the start the bunch was divided into a smaller groups. At the lead of the race were five riders. Among them favorites: Tomas Vokrouhlik and Jason Sager. Continue Reading →