Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wilderness 101

The finish, thanks to

The Wilderness 101 was probably the most difficult course I've ever raced on. It starts and ends in Coburn, PA and is part of the National Ultra MTB Endurance Series (NUE). To compare the course to local Madison rides, the W101 has more elevation gain in a shorter distance than the Horribly Hilly (only it's on gravel, doubletrack, and singletrack) combined with singletrack that is more technical than Blue Mound. The ride has a repeated pattern: long gravel climb, single track, single track descent, gravel road descent, gravel road on level ground. There were five aid stations with great volunteers, as well as bridges, tunnels, supportive locals, and at least one rattlesnake that I heard about but didn't get to see.

I finished in 9:40, the middle of the pack. I don't think I could go a whole lot faster but I did save a lot in case there were more climbs. If I race this again or something like it (Leadville, Shenendoah 100, Breck 100?) I think I need to get a computer so I know what mileage I'm at. Also, next time I'd print the elevation profile/location of aid stations and tape it to the top tube as I noticed on some other bikes. Otherwise, it was a great ride that I would do again (except maybe for the long drive through tollroad states).

Three bridges, thanks to

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