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Mohican 100 brings NUE Round 2 to Ohio

Saturday morning, endurance racers will take to to the trails in the Mohican State Park and State Forest near Loudonville, Ohio, for round two of the US. National Ultra Endurance (NUE) series. Round one was the Cohutta 100 in Tennessee in mid-April.

This year's race will have some big guns contesting for the win including two-time Olympian and former national champion Tinker Juarez (Cannondale), six-time 24 hours of Adrenaline World Champion Chris Eatough (Trek/VW), 2006 NUE Series champion Harlan Price (Independent Fabrications), and Josh Tostada.

Eatough is leading the NUE series after one event ahead of Juarez, but Price will be looking to capture both the overall series title again this year as well as defend his victory at the 2006 Mohican 100. Challenger Tostada has twice won the Breckenridge 100 in Colorado.

Former Ford Motor Pro Tiffany Kenny (Suma Health Care) will likely be a force to be reckoned with in the women's race, won last year by Tricia Stevenson.

Course records will mean nothing this year; both the 100 mile and the 100km option courses have changed significantly, with more singletrack added to both courses due to the recent completion of the new 24.5 mile mountain bike trail in the Mohican State Park/Forest. The winning time for the Mohican is expected to be around eight hours and 30 minutes. Dry course conditions could lead to times as fast as eight hours for the pro men.

Promoter Ryan O'Dell, also race director for the Ohio Mountain Bike Championships (OMBC) series, is partially responsible for developing and implementing the concept for the NUE series, now in its second year.

The race will start and finish at Camp Nuhop, a non-profit camp for special needs kids that offers a host of challenging activities for both kids and corporate groups. The course connects trails into a single loop that spans four counties that make up Mohican Country. Racers will be treated to support at five aid stations manned by volunteers.

The NUE Series will also make stops in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Utah before heading to Virginia in September for the final race. The series is scored from each racer's best four (of seven total possible) events.

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