By Harlan Price
The Tahoe Sierra 100 will mark the end of the 2008 NUE series coming up this weekend on September 6. Look for some of the stiffest competition to show with every winner of the men's 2008 NUE series races in attendance.
US National Marathon and Short Track Champion Jeremiah Bishop will be coming from two weeks at high elevation in Brian Head, Utah. Josh Tostado will be driving out from Breckenridge, Colorado. Jeff Schalk and US 24 Hour Solo Champion Chris Eatough will be trekking from the East, as well as Harlan Price, who will be returning to his first race since fracturing his wrist a month ago. Evan Plews, who has been absent from the hundred milers since Lumberjack 100, also plans to attend.
A US$2,500 for first place will be sure to pull a couple more heavy hitters to the line-up.
After last weekend's record-breaking women's attendance at the Shenandoah Mountain 100, the women's field in California will have fewer of the top women, but Cheryl Sornson, who has the women's series locked up, has committed. There is no word yet on the other favorites.
Though the top overall spots are filled, there are still some battles for second and third overall positions in the series. Eatough will have to keep behind him by the finish line to keep his small lead for second place.
In an exciting series battle, the men's singlespeed class features a tie between Fuzzy John Myline and Chris McGill going into the final race. All ties will be decided at the California finale.
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