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Wildcat 100 - NUE #3

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 5, 2013 2:50 AM

Wildcat 100 – New Paltz, New York

National Ultra Endurance Series #3 (NUE)

By Ryan O’Dell


For the first time, The KENDA NUE Series blew into upstate New York for the Wildcat 100, the third stop of the best four of fourteen race series. Located in New Paltz and Rosendale, it is a region well known for providing most of the limestone used in the construction of New York City.  Highlights along the The Wildcat race course included William's lake, the Larsen loop, Gardiners apple farm trails, Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Mohonk Preserve, home to the Shawangunk Mountains.

Fortunately for racers, the thunderstorms in the late afternoon forecast failed to materialize. However, wet, rainy weather and insufficient course markings both would play a role in the outcome of the race.

As course conditions worsened during the race, race director, Gunter Spilhaus, made a late decision to remove the remaining few miles of singletrack for the safety of racers and to reduce impact on the trail.

Women’s Open   

"Sornson makes it three in a row!”

NUE Women’s Champion, Cheryl Sornson, Team CF, achieved her third straight victory in 8:19:52, following wins at both True Grit and Cohutta this season. "Although I saw the forecast, I was truly leaning towards the 40% chance that it wouldn't rain.  Oh well, we can't have everything, but at least it would be warm. 

I had not been to this area before and was excited for the adventure.  It did not disappoint.  The area is really beautiful and everything was in bloom.  Along the ride you saw apple blossoms and smelled the sweet scent of lilacs.  Then there were the absolutely chilling caves, stunning water falls, and moonscape rock surfaces along a lake.  If it had been a clear day, it would have been all the more striking. 

The course was a mix of raw single track, manicured single track, apple orchards, farm pastures, roads, and rail beds.  It was a good mix.  Unfortunately, the wet weather created poor conditions in some of the trails as many sections turned into thick peanut buttery mud.  Every inch of riders and their bikes were covered with mud. 

The race started out with Vicki, Selene, Kathleen and I all close together through the first section of single track.  It was a little frustrating for all of us, at first, because of the poor course marking that began as early as when the lead out car pulled off to let us go and no one knew where to go.  This turned out to be the theme of the day with many riders going astray at different points.  I was with a group after gaining a gap on the ladies and we found ourselves off course. 

Once we got back on course, Vicki had been able to get ahead.  I chased her group down and we rode together in a group.  It wasn't until a longer sustained climb that she fell off my pace about 15 miles in.  I did not see another 100 mile woman competitor after that point.  It is always hard to be out front and unsure of what is going on behind you.  I worked hard to keep a good pace when on the road, rail beds, and double track then stayed conservative when riding in the sketchy, muddy, slippery sections. 

The WC 100 has great potential to be one of the favorites among the 100 milers.  However, not until course markings and course information is better communicated to riders.  It was extremely frustrating and unfortunate to get turned around so many times during the day.” 

Vicki Barclay, Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's Team, a local resident of New Paltz, NY took second in 8:53:46. Barclay finished fourth overall among women in the NUE Series last season.

Kathleen Harding, Team CF, finished third in 9:01:50, "The Wildcat Epic was a long, tough day in the wet conditions but I felt strong throughout the day. Periods of heavy rain and long sections of thick mud made it very challenging so the road sections were a nice reprieve. I did get lost a few times along the way, but managed to find a local or another rider who pointed me in the right direction. For much of the day, I rode alone, but I did find riders to draft and pull with on some of the rail trail sections. I had hoped to finish in less than nine hours, but the last trail section was mainly un-ridable.”

Selene Yeager, Team CF, from Emmaus, PA at 9:18:48 and Linda Shin from Oakville, ON at 9:32:05 rounded out the podium capturing fourth and fifth place respectively. Brenda Simril, Motor Mile Racing, who finished third overall in the NUE Series last year, finished seventh on the day at 10:07:01. 


Men’s Open

"Favata gets his first NUE Series win, Tanguy goes off course” 

Christian Favata (Favata’s TRT Bicycles) a local favorite from Rosendale, NY, captured his first ever NUE Series win as a first time one hundred mile racer, completing the course in 7:15:03. "I used to be a struggling mountain bike racer. I had a few good results over the years but eventually I needed a job so I took over a shop that I used to work for that is now called Favata’s TRT Bicycles. The TRT stands for Table Rock Tourism Bicycles, the previous name of the shop. It is named for a cool rock formation on the ridge.

I figured this was the best way to make a living and still be able to ride and race my bike. However, I quickly learned that running a shop and racing all summer was not going to work, so I switched my focus to Cyclo-cross. For the past two years, I raced for the Richard Sacks Cyclo-cross Team so I was really excited when I learned that the NUE Series was coming to my home town and decided to give it a try. This was my first attempt at a hundred mile mountain bike race.

My race started out pretty normal with a nice rollout up to Williams Lake. Things took a turn for the worse when my rear tire flatted about two miles into the race. After a lengthy tire repair, I was back rolling. When I left the lake, I was about seven minutes down on the race leaders so I began to chase and, just before entering Lippman park, I caught a small group that included Matt Timmerman, SS racer Seamus powell, and Westley Richards. By the time we got out of the park and on the road, I moved through that group and was still chasing. I managed to catch up to Justin Lindine in Gardner and we rolled together for a good 30-35 miles. Then, on one of the last techy sections, I was leading through a rock garden and Justin suffered a flat, giving me the opportunity to solo in for the win. It was really hard but a great course and, I think, knowing the course was a huge advantage for me.   

Justin Lindine (Redline) whose best finish last season was third place at the Wilderness 101, placed second on the day at 7:21:19 with Westley Richards from Winston Salem, NC taking third in 7:39:50. Kevin Carter, Gripped Racing, finished eighth overall last season and second at Cohutta this season, took fourth on the day at 7:57:33. David McCutcheon from Saugerties, NY rounded out the podium in fifth in 8:04:20.

 When asked about going off course after leading the Men’s Open field that day, 2011 NUE Men’s Champion and winner at the Cohutta 100 this year, Christian Tanguy (Team CF) had this to say, "On the climb leading to the aid station where drop bags were available, Justin Lindine put the hammer down and our group of six exploded. I was the only one who could follow Justin. However, he had a rear tire problem and planned to place a tube at the aid station. Consequently, I was first leaving the aid. I resumed pedaling in the same direction I had come into the aid station which I bitterly understood later was the 100k course and not the 100 mile course.

Actually, as I was leaving the aid station, somebody said: "Wow, the first competitor for the 100k!" My friend, who was a volunteer at the station, immediately informed the race organizer of the mistake but I was already out of reach. However, the event crew responsible for the aid gave very vocal instructions to the two persons that were supposed to direct the participants on the proper courses (100k or 100 miles). I honestly did not see those two persons even from the corner of my eye...the only thing I feel good about is that my misfortune helped everybody behind me.”



"Powell gets his first NUE Series Victory!”

Seamus Powell, Giant Mid Alantic Off Road Team, from Round Top, NY, got his first NUE Series win completing the course in 7:30:36.

NUE Singlespeed contender, Matt Ferrari, Freeze Thaw/ Hubcap Cycles/ Stans NoTubes, who finished fourth overall last season, gave this account of how things went down in the Singlespeed division, "The race for the lead of the SS race was over almost before it started.  Seamus was off from the start and Pat never saw him again.  I heard from Christian that, before he was directed off course, Seamus was pulling through the rotation with the top five guys. 

Pat, Mike, and I rode together through about the mid-point of the first climb (It was Mike who said "this looks like someone's driveway") but we dropped Mike about midway up and rode across the top in the company of a few geared riders.  Pat and I headed into Lipman Park together. I backed off to try to recover a bit and he got ~1.5 minutes on me coming out of the singletrack. I had a descent, climb, and descent out of there, but a flat at mile ~72 ended my race and began my ride.  I was in the shop next to the 75 mile Aid when the rest of the SS field and the top of the women's race passed me.  Once I got rolling again, I reeled in a few riders but with all that rain, I figured it was better to cut my losses and take it easy on the way back in.”

Patrick Blair, Adventures for the Cure, went on to finish second on the day in 7:54:27, this following wins last season at the Wilderness 101 and Shenandoah 100 that put him fourth overall on the NUE Season. "After I escaped Matt during the AWESOME single track section at about mile 40, I only passed one other geared rider after that. Top five overall on my SS was a season goal of mine.”

Mike Montalbano, Bicycle Tech/Eleven Madison Park/Gu, took third place in 8:19:52 following up on his second place finish at Cohutta.  Thirteen minutes later, Ernesto Marenchin, Pivot Cycles, got fourth in 8:32:51 with a close finish just four minutes later by Craig Fleetwood, BLACKSMITH CYCLES, from Bolton, ON in  8:36:01 and thirty nine seconds later, Nathan Kraxberger, Sid's Bikes NYC, in 8:36:40.


Masters 50+

"First Time 100 miler, Blanchard, gets NUE Series win!”

Race winner Al Blanchard, CRCA Blue Ribbon Restaurants, from New City, NY captured his first NUE Series win in just nine hours flat. "Cyclocross is my specialty, but I've really caught the MTB bug.

I only started mountain biking last June, working my way up to Cat 1, but never anything like the Wildcat 100. So, needless to say, this was my first NUE race.

I got a low number #12 and figured it was alphabetical, but when the race director called low numbers up front, things were looking up right away. I only knew one other Masters rider, Terry Blanchet. We are friends from CX and lined up next to each other at the start.

I stayed with the back end lead group of the top 25 of the men’s open all the way to Lippman Park, where things started getting treacherous. Rain soaked trails and then a steady rain made some of the trails un-ridable with deep mud and slippery slopes. I ended up going over the bars trying to bunny-hop a large log and lost a lot of time there. Before I left the park, I received some neutral mechanic support to tighten some loose parts. By the time I climbed back up the long road climb to the checkpoint, I managed to catch the last half dozen of the top 25 of the men’s open and felt confident that I was way ahead of the other master’s riders, but that fear of uncertainty was always there.

Off the rail trail onto some steep single track in the pouring rain and all alone was hard, but soon afterward, some of the guys I know that compete in our local Campnor H2H series in NY and NJ came up from behind. I regrouped and was into Rosendale where, again, I thought it was over, but I was wrong. The last five miles was probably the hardest five miles I have ever done due to the deep mud that was sticking to everything.”

Finishing second in 9:24:58, Terry Blanchet, N A V - North American Velo, from Castleton, NY described his race this way, "Staging at the mass start I was right next to the eventual race winner, Al Blanchard. Al had a fantastic Cyclocross season last year, which requires the ability to start fast, and he did, hanging with some of the faster Open Men over the first couple miles of road and gaining an early entrance into the Williams Lake single-track.

I had just completed a 6-Hour race last weekend and found myself fatigued about halfway through, so I opted for a more restrained start to save some energy for later. That may have turned out to be a big mistake. Our first time through the Williams Lake single-track was an early constriction in the course, where I got caught up behind traffic and walking many sections.  Al was gone and away for the day.” Terry is planning to compete in the upcoming Mohican 100, Wilderness 101 and Hampshire 100 races.

Michael Johnson from Carlisle, PA took third place at 9:57:25 rounding out the masters finishing sub nine on the day. "I knew the course would have a fair amount of road, carriage trail, and double track, and I’ve done other 100-milers with a rigid fork.  I was very happy with my set up on my Niner Air 9 Carbon with the carbon fork.  It’s set up as a 1x10, so I also swapped out the front chain ring with a slightly larger 34-tooth one.  That too was a good decision.  I had a much better top-end speed but still had a low enough gear for the climbs.

Although I would have preferred more technical terrain, it was really fun to hammer the gentle grades near Mohonk, The Trapps, Awosting and Minnewaska.  That LONG screaming descent down the back side of the ridge around mile 60 was as much fun as I’ve had on two wheels in a long time.  At the end when I re-entered the final section of single track in the Williams Lake project, I was getting really tired, more mentally than physically. The mud was really slick in several places and there were a lot of off-camber sections.  I felt like I should be able to ride it but for some reason just kept messing up. 

At one point, a rider who I thought I had "buried” in a previous singletrack section came up behind me. I was going so slow that he actually asked me if I had flatted!  That rider turned out to be Terry Blanchet who, with less than two miles to go, "buried” ME and ended up in second place on the Master’s 50+ podium.”

NEXT UP NUE Series #4

The NUE Series shifts south and west to Mountain View, a small village that claims to be the home of Bluegrass Music.  Syllamo’s Revenge boasts 125K (75 Miles) of single Track in the Ozark Mountains of North Central Arkansas. For more information, visit



Open Women

1 Cheryl Sornson Team CF 8:19:52.19
2 Vicki Barclay Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's Team 8:53:46.18
3 Kathleen Harding Team CF/Elite Team CF 9:01:50.18
4 Selene Yeager Team CF 9:18:48:12
5 Linda Shin Blacksmith Cycles / 9:32:05.19
6 Jane Pearson Yorktowncycles- Raw Revolution 9:53:20.10
7 Brenda Simril Motor Mile Racing 10:07:01.68
8 Susan Lynch Union Velo 10:40:26.00
9 Anne Fallows Infinit Nutrition 11:19:38.44
10 Jocelyn Linscott Toasted Head Racing 11:19:42.32
11 Rebecca Frederick Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV 11:21:15.55
12 Cindy Copley Toasted Head Racing 12:00:52

Open Men

1 Christian Favata FAVATAS TRT BICYCLES 7:15:03.62
2 Justin Lindine Redline/ NBX 7:21:19.12
3 Westley Richards Clemmons Bicycle 7:39:50.40
4 Kevin Carter Gripped Racing p/b Dogfish Head Alehouse 7:57:33.68
5 David McCutcheon favatas trt 8:04:20
6 Daniel Sturm black bear cycling 8:06:57.18
7 Michael Tabasko DCMTB 8:12:09.19
8 Gregory Jancaitis Riverside Racing 8:12:36.44
9 Alby King BIKEMAN.COM 8:13:15.30
10 Jesse Kelly Team CF 8:19:54.20
11 Jed Prentice Bike Doctor 8:30:11.18
12 Scott Hannan empire brewing-syracuse bicycle 8:33:24.19
13 Matt Timmerman Cannondale 8:33:25.40
14 Bruce Stauffer Cycle Works 8:37:15
15 Dan Kotwicki RBS Cycling Team 8:42:18.44
16 John Kuhn Cranford Bike Team/CTS 8:44:13.60
17 Jay Click Cycletherapy Specialized Racing 8:44:30.10
18 Jeff Mandell Finkraft Cycling Team 8:45:13.44
19 Roger Foco Bicycle Tech Racing / Eleven Madison Park / VTC 8:47:17.44
20 Christopher Cyr 8:47:35.19
21 Jeffrey Stevens Trestle Bridge Racing 8:50:51.69
22 Lorenzo Serra pawling cycle sport 8:56:23.19
23 Ilya Cantor - Halter's 8:58:23.94
24 Joe Johnston Black Bear Cycling 9:12:02
25 Gordon Davies Eleven Madison Park / Bicycle Tech Racing / VTC 9:16:22.43
26 Kirt Mills - Halter's 9:16:25.69
27 Marco Mora TEAMORA ECUADOR 9:18:25.68
28 Paul Fronhofer Grey Ghost Bicycles 9:19:10.44
29 Andrew Atkins Team Army-USAC 9:19:41.90
30 Nat Rockett Overlook Mountain Bikes 9:21:12.94
31 Travis Cardoza Trestle Bridge Racing 9:21:49.69
32 Wayne Tice Overlook Mountain Bikes 9:21:50.60
33 Dan Fronhofer Grey Ghost Bicycles 9:22:08.69
34 Matthew Hill Sids / 9:24:00.18
35 Peri Garite Team PC 9:24:10.43
36 Sascha Marbury Watchung Wheelmen 9:26:46.18
37 Colin Martin Team Bikeway 9:28:58.19
39 John Meyerle Bethel Cycle 9:32:06.19
40 Jack Anderson Team BBC 9:33:12.40
41 Daniel Humm 0 9:36:14.40
42 Alex Schultz Main Street 9:36:21.43
43 Tom Hanrahan Silent Sports 9:37:34.69
44 Luis Rivera NYCMTB-SIDS 9:43:32.20
45 Harry Precourt Twin Six 9:43:51.94
46 Chris Colt Team Bicycle Doctor 10:00:58.68
47 David Lattimer 0 10:03:40.18
48 Lee Simril Motor Mile Racing 10:07:02.94
49 James Wholey AAA CESSPOOL of LI 10:08:22
50 Adam Krop NYCMTB 10:09:51.20
51 David Moore Cycletherapy Specialized Racing 10:16:31.50
52 Jeff Carlson Cadre Racing 10:20:46.60
53 Jason Haight Chobani - Syracuse Bicycle 10:39:48
54 Chris Broekaert Bicycle Tech Racing / VTC / Eleven Madison Park 10:40:22.80
55 Roy Vaccaro Elite Endurance 10:40:24.90
56 Derek Hilton BIKEMAN.COM 10:52:32.00
57 Gary Hoehne Team DeathRow Velo 10:52:35.10
58 Kevin Maldonado Overlook Mountain Bikes 11:00:43.10
59 Russell Petts RACING GREYHOUNDS 11:03:31.10
60 John Rohrer Team BBC 11:11:15.10
61 Eric Capers - Halter's 11:11:27.21
62 Jeffrey Robert Team Bicycle Alley 11:12:09.35
63 Walker William Bicycle Tech/Eleven Madison Park/VTC 11:13:55.31
64 Scott Molnar 11:19:57.31
65 Nelson Aldana 11:21:03.44
66 Greg Rittler Adventures for the Cure 11:21:49.62
67 Gregory Drumm Empire Brewing - Syracuse Bicycle 11:40:30.31
68 Jonathan Chester 11:40:31.12
69 Randy Shoogs 11:55:00.12
70 Michael Brunken Brands Cycle 11:59:49.21
71 Jody Mazur Cadre Racing 12:04:21
72 Dustin Geraghty 12:04:21.51
73 Christopher Barkley 12:19:41:12


1 Seamus Powell Gient Mid Alantic Off Road Team 7:30:36.20
2 Patrick Blair Adventures For the Cure 7:54:27.37
3 Mike Montalbano Bicycle Tech/Eleven Madison Park/Gu 8:19:52.43
4 Ernesto Marenchin Pivot Cycles 8:32:51.68
5 Craig Fleetwood BLACKSMITH CYCLES 8:36:01.44
6 Nathan Kraxberger Sid's Bikes NYC 8:36:40.93
7 Will Chrissman Bicycle Tech Racing / Eleven Madison Park / VTC 8:41:53.69
8 Tim Ahern Chobani - Syracuse Bicycle 09:09.0
9 Daniel Ingerdal NYCMTB-SID'S 9:18:41.44
10 Richard Long Team CF 9:19:11.44
11 Scott Green Toasted Head Racing 9:27:01.19
12 Stephane Courtois NYCMTB-SID'S 10:12:21.40
13 Joshua Fonner Roam Life 10:26:25.20
14 Scott Rath Cadre Racing 10:38:26.70
15 John Griffiths NYCMTB 11:04:58
16 Arthur Helmus Team TOAB 12:00:03.22

Master's 50+

1 Al Blanchard CRCA Blue Ribbon Restaurants 9:00:00.10
2 Terry Blanchet N A V - North American Velo 9:24:58.69
3 Michael Johnson 0 9:57:25.90
4 William Dooley 0 10:04:44.44
5 Charles Buki Team CF 10:05:15.60
6 Gregory Cimmino Bethel Cycles 10:11:30.10
7 Jud Speer Dr. Naylor's Racing 10:15:25.20
8 Ralph Pruitt Pawling Cycle and Sport 11:38:18.22
9 Ray Ruyack Hammer Nutrition 11:44:25.19
10 Jon Mullen DG Cycle sports 11:59:01.12


Greg Rittler 05/16/2013 7:55 PM
This was a great race. Wet...but fun. My first NUE series finish. Here's my race report:
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