11th Annual KENDA
Mohican MTB 100 – Ohio
National Ultra Endurance Series
Written By: Ryan O’Dell
For more than a decade, the KENDA
Mohican 100 has challenged racers along some of the most popular trails in Ohio,
spanning the four counties that make up what has become known as "Mohican
Country”. This year, nearly 600 racers took up the challenge.
A stray downpour managed to sneak in on
Friday night for a few minutes around 8pm. However, the storms slinked off into
the night without much effect on the mountain bike trails. To the delight of
racers on Saturday, the forecast of 99% chance of rain and severe thunderstorms
failed to materialize, instead, moving northwest within site of the finish
The race nearly took a tragic turn from
the very start when bumping handlebars sent two racers to the pavement and
another to the curb! According to Peter Dy, racing for BikeSource of Columbus,
"I lined up on the right side of the start about 10 rows from the front. Once
the horn went off, I eased out with the riders around me and started making my
way forward. The incident happened about a quarter mile from the start.
There was a wide gap, probably two
handlebar widths, between two riders that I was going to move through. I
progressively accelerated to overtake them and as I got level with them there
was movement to my left. The rider to my left erratically veered right and into
me and tangled our handlebars. He leaned on me. I think I tried leaning back on
him. Then blackness… Everything went fuzzy. I came to in the ambulance on the ride
to the hospital.”
Fortunately, both riders were released
and Dy returned to aid station one to help out his team mates at BikeSource who
head up Aid Station one. The racer who hit the curb suffered a dislocated
shoulder but returned with Dy to enjoy the post-race festivities.
gets 5th straight NUE win!
Team CF, racked up her fifth straight win at Mohican finishing 7:59:34. "The start of the race was
huge as usual for Mohican with the 100 mile and 100 k starting together. Overall,
the Mohican 100 is a well-oiled race event. It offers a great venue both before and after the race, along with a
challenging course that is like a good sandwich. Brutal gravel grinds bookended by swoopy fun
single track. It was well marked and had
5 aid stations that made every racer feel like a super star! I rode my fate for
the race and can say that bike is the absolute bomb. I am more impressed with
its performance each time I ride it.
Kathleen Harding, Team CF, came in second at 8:55:24 with Brenda Simril, Motor
Mile Race, capturing the third spot on the podium "The organization was fantastic.
The course was marked beyond belief and fortunately the weather was merciful on
us. I felt strong and steady throughout and was – as always – ecstatic to catch
my first glimpse of the tents at the campground coming into the finish!
Rounding out the
top six on the podium where each of the ladies received a bottle of Toasted
Head wine, Denise Coppock, Titletown Flyers, finished fourth in 9:35:35. Ohio’s
OMBC Series Champion, Shannon Tenwalde,Paradise Garage
Racing, came in fifth in 10:26:03 and Christina Buerkle, Trek of Pittsburgh , finished sixth in 10:49:28.
SiMonster gets his first NUE Series win!
With last year’s race winner, and 2011 NUE
Men’s Open Champion, Christian Tanguy (Team CF) forced to drop out of the race
due to sickness, the door swung wide open for host of racer’s hoping to get their
shot on the Mohican podium.
Micheal "SiMonster” Simonson, 616
Fabrication, who finished second last year at Mohican, took it to the field to get
his first NUE Series Men’s open win 7:15:42along with a top prize of $1000, complimentary entry to next year’s race, plus
a $200 prime for being the first racer to reach the city limits, an annual cash
prize offered by Kim’s Bikes and The Loudonville-Mohican Area Convention and
Visitors Bureau. "I broke away on the
climb just after the covered bridge but I wasn't making a lot of time on them.
It wasn't till I hit the run-up where I really drilled it and ran all the way
to the top that I was able to get completely out of sight.
I was slowing down a bit near the end
with heat and humidity and then I looked back and saw the NUE Singlespeed
Champion, Gerry Pflug, chasing. He got around me on one the very last hills
near the end. I tried to rally for a chase but I was pretty smoked from the all
the efforts early on. It was a little bitter sweet, but I still got to stand on
the top step of the podium and represent for my new 616 fabrications sponsor.
It was a good day.”
Six minutes later, Rob Spreng, Team CF,
finished 7:21:41. "I led through the woods for a while, maybe 10 miles or so.
Eventually Kevin Carter and Mike Simonson came charging up behind me. For a while,
it was the three of us and eventually a couple of 100k guys. After the covered
bridge, before aid 1, Simonson went off the front, leaving carter me and 2 100k
guys. Shortly after aid one Pat Blair joined our group. Once we hit the road Gerry
Pflug charged by and Carter suffered a flat.
Three minutes later, Chris Peariso, Adventure212
/ Specialized, rolled in, moved up to first place overall in the NUE Series. "This
is the first 100 I have ever done where I am in damage control less than one
hour into the race! At the end of the day, I was completely destroyed and could
not wait to get my finisher growler filled with some Great Lakes Brew to
celebrate a hard fought third.”
gets the overall win and SS too!
Gerry Pflug, Team CF, who will be 45
this year, smashed the field, 7:12:12, five
minutes faster than last year’s winner, and not only got the singlespeed
victory but became the first single speed racer EVER to win the overall at an
NUE Series Race! The four-time champion now leads the series with four straight
"When I eventually saw Mike in front of
me, I could tell he was tired. I shared
some words of encouragement and then continued on my way when I caught
him. I knew if I could get into the last
section of single track after checkpoint 5 ahead of Mike, I had a chance of
being the overall winner of a NUE Race on a singlespeed. I did make into the single track first and
had an absolute blast riding the final 8 miles of buffed-out single track to
the finish. Riding across the finish
line in the first overall spot was an awesome feeling and being able to do it
on a singlespeed made it even more special.”
Patrick Blair, Adventures for the Cure,
finished second at 7:23:51. "Just before aid station two, I was telling Spreng
that I was super happy to be with him and KC and that there was no way that Ron
or Gerry would catch me now that I was with the best geared racers when, out of
nowhere, Gerry zooms past us on an uphill! Spreng and I tried to catch back up
to Gerry and his guy but we just couldn't do it. After aid three, I separated
from Spreng. Gerry
was on fire and racing at a different level!”
Ron Harding, Trestle Bridge Racing,
finished third at 7:27:23 with Nathan Annon, PRO Mountain Outfitters/Yeti
Cycles, finishing 7:40:36 and Trevor Rockwell, Team Noah Foundation/Decorah
Bicycles/Twin Six, at 7:43:01
Petro gets his first Mohican and
NUE Series win!
Alec Petro, Corner Cycle Bay Hill
Capital Management, surprised the NUE Series Champion, Ron Sanborn, Einstein
Racing, with his sub eight victory at 7:59:35.
"My first trip to the Mohican 100 and I was a bit worried about so much
climbing so early in the race. I tried to pace myself as I didn't know the
course at all. This was my first long race since being diagnosed with a blood
clot and Pulmonary embolism. I was probably the only person in the race taking
Caumadin (blood thinner).... After 30 miles we had already climbed 6500
vertical feet and I wasn't feeling very good but luckily passed Ron Sanborn as
he was having a bad moment on a climb and never looked back. Once I knew I was
winning, I did my best to put the suffering in the back of my mind.
This was a "training race"
for me as I'm racing Trans Alps (8-days/65000 vertical feet) with teammate
Kevin Hines (former Masters National CX and MTB Champ) in July. I plan to race
the Hampshire 100 as my other NUE race and I will be back next year to defend
the Masters title. This race was extremely well run and I can say that with a
lot of experience. Really one of the best I've raced in the US. Mohican Adventures
is a great venue and the race had a really great vibe and atmosphere.”
Sanborn took second in 8:18:08
following his win at Mohican last year at 7:43:56. Terry Blanchet, North American Velo, took
third in 8:51:29 followed by Chris Irving, Los Locos, 9:19:11 and Robert Goetz,
Nebo Ridge, at 9:19:26. Goetz won the Mohican 100k last year in 5:32:45.
Afterward, Irving offered up some good
advice, "After a subpar race with some stomach issues, I was just planning on
riding the last five miles of singletrack until I saw a gentleman right behind
me that looked like he could be 50+, I decided that it was time to race again
and stayed in front of him to the finish, ending up 20 seconds in front of 5th
place and 3 minutes in front of 6th. Never stop racing as you never know who
you are racing against.”
Next Stop NUE #6: On June 16, The KENDA NUE Series heads north
to the great state of MICHIGAN for the sold out Lumberjack 100 consisting of three
solid flowing loops in the Manistee National Forest near the town of Wellston
on June 16!