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Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |August 16, 2011 1:48 AM
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First Leg of the 2011 Midwest Triple Crown Starts This Weekend

Written by: Michelle Simonson

The 12thannual Ore to Shore is set to take place Saturday, August 13th in beautiful Marquette, Michigan.    

Ore to Shore is the first of a "series” of three races that has unofficially become known as the "Midwest Triple Crown.”  The series of races consists of three point-to-point events; The Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic a 48-mile slog beginning in Negaunee and finishing in Marquette, MI near the shoreline of Lake Superior.  The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, September 17th will take racers on the 40-mile trek from Hayward to Cable,WI. Finally, to conclude the series, the Iceman Cometh Challenge, November 5th, a 28-mile battle from Kalkaska to Traverse City, MI. 

These large, mass start races have grown over the years to include participants from all over the country including Olympic Athletes, World Champions, National Champions, and most notably local favorites to whom these races definitely mean the most to.  

For racers like Mike Simonson, Brian Matter, Tristan Schoutan, Mike Anderson, TJ Woodruff, Chris Peariso the Triple Crown has become the focal point of their season, and achieving the coveted Triple Crown Victory is a major goal each year.

Past Winners include:

’03      Jeff Hall                    2:34:06

’04      Brian Matter               2:31:19

’05      Brian & Kim Eppen    2:31:19

’06      Mike Simonson           2:30:09

’07      Mike Simonson           2:36:41

’08      Mike Simonson           2:34:22

’09      Brian Matter                2:28:17

’10      TJ Woodruff               2:30:13           

Over 2,000 racers will line up for the start on Saturday including TJ Woodruff (Trek Bicycles Boulder) who will be on hand to defend his 2010 title.  Mike Simonson (Trek/RBS/NoTubes), three time champion of the O2S, who has had great success in the National Ultra Endurance series this year will surely be fighting for a win.  Brian Matter (Gear Grinder/Trek) 2004 and 2009 winner, Tristan Schoutan, current WORS leader (Mafia/Felt), Mike Anderson (Trek 29er/SRAM), Chris Peariso (Adventure 212/Specialized), Nathan Guerra (Mr. Tree Racing/PowerBar), Tyler Gauthier (Culvers Racing), and Mike Phillips (Adventure 212/Specialized) are always fierce competitors and will surely be giving their all to take the top box and the $1,600 winners check.

Scott Tuma, (www.oretoshore.com) O2S race director has done an excellent job organizing this event over the years as can be seen by the growth and popularity of this event.  It is sure to be an interesting battle.  Stay tuned for results and race recap.

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