The National Ultra Endurance Series started with a bang at the Cohutta 100 in Ducktown, Tennesee last April 24. The race sold out and with heavy rains crushing down on some good number of racers just 40 miles away from the finish.
Jeff Schalk (Trek), two-time defending NUE champion successfully held to his title at Cohutta with his winning time of 6:49:25 for the Men’s Open Division, 26 minutes back from his punishing 6:23 win in 2009. Coming in after Schalk were Chris Peariso (Adventure 212/Specialized), Michael Simonson (Gary Fisher/Sram/Notubes), and Chris Tanguy of TeamCF.org.
Meanwhile in the Women’s Division, Amanda Carey of Kenda-Felt’s had a 20 minute lead on the 2008 NUE Women’s Champion Cheryl Sornson (Team CF.org) who came in second.
Harlan Price, the 2006 NUE Men’s Open Champion took the Singlespeed Division with his finishing time of 7:16:33 placing him fifth overall. Last year’s champion in the single speed Division, Gerry Pflug (Salsa/SPK/Pao bikes) was 17 minutes behind Price and took the second place.
In the Masters’ 50+ Division, it was a convincing win for Robert Herriman (Gary Fisher 29er Crew/WSC/ACFstores.com) at 8:03:56 finish, 46 minutes ahead of Jack Kline running in second place.
The NUE Series is going to the Buckeye State from Tennessee for the second round in Loudonville, Ohio on June 5 at the Kenda Mohican MTB100.