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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 →

Kenda NUE Series #10: The Pierre’s Hole 100

Kenda NUE Series #10
The Pierre’s Hole 100
Presented by Hammer Nutrition
Recap by Ryan O’Dell

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Grand Targhee Resort, a full service ski resort offering abundant lodging located in Alta, Wyoming, has become well known for regular and abundant waist deep powder in the winter. However, with lift service and high end rentals available for both XC and DH riding along miles of pristine singletrack with more being added each year, Targhee is fast becoming a cool mountain destination resort for mountain bikers. This is the time of year when the wildflowers are in full bloom and waist high in many places along the singletrack. Mild weather in the low eighties, along with gentle breezes, made for near perfect race day conditions.

The Fifth Annual Pierre’s Hole 100 featured a challenging race course with amazing descents showcasing jaw dropping views of the Tetons and surrounding mountains. Instead of the four lap course with 16,000 feet of vertical climbing racers have struggled through in previous years, miles of new singletrack were added this year, reducing the number of laps to just three for the 100 mile race, two for the 50 mile and one for the 50k race. Plans are already underway to add even more singletrack, sharply reducing, or even eliminating what some refer to as, the “death climb” out of Pierre’s Hole, from next year’s race.

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Kenda NUE Series #8: High Cascades 100

Kenda NUE Series #8
Presented by Hammer Nutrition
High Cascades 100 Race Report by Ryan O’Dell

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The fifth annual High Cascades 100 rolled out under sunny skies but considerably warmer temperatures than previous years in the low to mid ninety’s. The extreme heat took its toll on many racers with a record 60 DNF’s although the overall finish rate was still a healthy 85%. Beginning and ending at Bachelor Village, the sold out event treated finishing racers to grilled burgers with all the fixin’s along with plenty of local brew that included the award winning Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Twilight Summer Ale courtesy of Deschutes brewing.

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High Cascades 100 Race Preview

Kenda NUE Series #8
Presented by Hammer Nutrition
High Cascades 100
Preview 
by Ryan O’Dell

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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.

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Kenda NUE Series #7: Tatanka 100

Tatanka 100, Sturgis, SD
by Ryan O’Dell

The Kenda NUE Series welcomed a new venue on Saturday from the city of riders, Sturgis, South Dakota. Under sunny skies and pleasantly mild temperatures, racer’s rolled out at 5am on a backcountry loop nestled at the base of the northern Black Hills in extreme western South Dakota.

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Sturgis is not only home to the world’s largest motorcycle rally but also harbors a growing community of endurance athletes seeking unparalleled scenery and challenge. Featuring a single grand loop, the Tatanka 100 course provides a mixture of gnarly single track and fast, smooth cruising. The majority of the course covers sections of the three longest official Black Hills trails: the Centennial Trail, the Deerfield Trail, and the Mickelson Trail.

The Tatanka 100 is held in conjunction with the Black Hills 100 Ultra-Marathon, which, in its first two years, has earned a reputation as one of the toughest foot races in the western US. These races share the same course for the first 50 miles, but the riders start one hour earlier, allowing them to get out front and avoid any congestion on the trail. Continue Reading →