This was my 2nd Mohican 100, with the first being the scary tornado threatened mudfest last year. I liked today's blue skys and dry trail way, way, better!! After this year's Cohutta 100 NUE Master's result it seemed pretty clear to me that Roger Masse and Doug Andrews were going to be the top Master riders this year and today's race seemed to confirm this as most of the day I rolled in third behind these 2 guys. I spent about 65 miles of today's race, riding with a 29er crew single-speed teammate Jason Pruitt. Jason kept the efforts tough on the climbs which he basically has to do on the big gear he was running and I tried to keep us moving along on the flats. Entering the last section of single-track at about mile 90 I was surprised to catch up to Roger Masse. Roger had a little bobble on this trail and I went around. About 5 seconds later I slipped on some loose stuff and went down myself. It was my first time on the ground all day. I passed Roger again a couple minutes later and tried my best to put in an effort to make the pass stick and I was able to stay ahead by just a minute at the finish. Doug was waiting for us there and let us know he had to DNF after missing a turn and getting way off course so it ended up the win for me today. I can't say I believe the 2011 NUE Master's hierarchy changed at all today, but these are long tough races and I guess anything can happen.
|6:20 am pre-race and feeling fresh.|
|The post race tired legs.|
|Even the bikes look exhausted.|
|2011 Hundo Confirmation Photo #31|
|Dan and Sarah|
|Men's Open Podium|