Weiss wins Breckenridge 100

Michael Weiss (Team SRM Profiles) and Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt) won the men's and women's categories at the Breck 100, the latest round in the Kenda National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Great weather and a warmer start to round five at the Breckenridge 100 this year was no guarantee of a finish. For racers not acclimated or accustomed to high altitude, mostly above 10,000 feet, Breckenridge presented its own unique challenge in addition to a race course that features near impossible climbs and technical descents that have made it one of the greatest challenges on the NUE circuit.

This race is also a stop on the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series, bringing together riders from all over Colorado and with NUE racers from all over the US.

Women: Carey makes it four in a row

Defending NUE Series Champion, Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt) posted her fourth straight win on Sunday in a time of 10:19:00. It puts her in an enviable position in this best four of 12 series. All ties are broken at the final race but strategy often includes winning additional races to try to prevent ties from occurring.

Carey had not done the Breck 100 since 2008. "As we all know, the best endurance racers have very short memories. Otherwise we'd never do this to ourselves again and again! I forgot how punishing this race is. I finished totally crushed."

She started at a conservative pace, going easy on the climb up Wheeler Pass, especially in light of the altitude.

"I knew I had a very experienced and strong competitor in Jari Kirkland, so I wanted to save some energy for the final and very difficult last loop if it came down to a neck and neck battle. But honestly, all the loops are hard. That entire course is hard. There is no way to rest on the long climbs due to the lack of oxygen and how stupid-granny gear steep a lot of it is, and you cannot rest at all on the singletrack or descents because it's very easy to flat, clock a tree or go flying off into a ravine!"

In the final 30 minutes, Carey got rained on, then hailed on. She shifted into survival mode. "I could barely feel my hands which made it interesting and it took me a very long time to warm back up once I hit the road out of Como. That slowed me down for sure."

She had wanted a sub-10 hour time, but was happy with her finish given the conditions.

Two-time winner Jari Kirkland (Alpine Orthopaedics) of Crested Butte placed second in 10:52:02 and Kathy Eckert (Body Sync) of Denver finished third in 11:35:09.

Tracy Thelen (Ascent Cycling) placed fourth 12:04:41, just one minute ahead of Laureen Coffelt (Los Locos) in 12:05:58.

Thelen said, "Two alpine passes, thousands of feet of climbing and 100 miles. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a Sunday in July! I had no clue what to expect when I signed up. I just knew I wanted a new challenge and this seemed like a great place for my first 100-mile mountain bike race." Her goal was to finish.

For awhile, Thelen was in fourth place, then Cathy Ekhart passed her near the end of the second loop. Having previously not raced farther than 66 miles, Thelen said, "I have never hurt so much at the end of a race or had to dig so deep, mentally, during a race. And I loved every minute of it!"

Men: Weiss takes controversial win

Michael Weiss (Team SRM PROfiles) who hails from Austria and lives in Colorado Springs, won the men's open division in 8:14:46 despite suffering from several flats, including one at the end of the race that forced him to ride the last four miles on just a rim.

Weiss, who is currently under suspension from NADA for two years, readily agreed to forfeit his NUE Series points to race runner-up Josh Tostado. NUE policy forbids racers from competing in the NUE Series for points while under suspension.

Weiss was up front about his suspension from the beginning and notified the Breckenridge race director about it before registering for the race. Although the race director approved his entry into the race, he failed to notify the NUE Series of his decision, resulting in a post-race decision by the NUE Series to award first place points to Tostado. According to NUE Series policy, Weiss will become eligible to compete in the NUE Series after his suspension expires.

Weiss is an Ironman Triathlon winner, XTERRA World Champion, and former Olympic mountain biker. His ban stems from accusations made by Bernhard Kohl, a former professional road cyclist who said Weiss visited a blood plasma lab in 2005. Weiss was a pro mountain biker at the time. Kohl admitted to visiting the same lab and received a two-year ban from cycling. Kohl has since retired. The case against Weiss was thrown out in 2010, but that decision was overruled, which means that Weiss is forbidden from competing in triathlons as well as other sanctioned events until December 2013. The Austrian has maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings and promised to come back to sanctioned triathlon racing after his ban expires.

About the Breck 100, he said, "Yesterday was a very tough day. It's a brutal course, with lots of long steep climbs, rocky trails combined with extreme altitude. Wheeler Pass, which is on 12,500ft elevation, is the limit and there are hardly any other sports or events which go up that high."

It was Weiss's first 100-mile mountain bike race although he comes from a pro mountain bike background, prior to switching to triathlons. "Since I raced triathlon the last four years, I said before the race, 'It's going to be like an Ironman on the mountain bike.' For that reason, nutrition and staying hydrated plays a crucial role on those ultra-distances."

He took the lead after the first two neutral miles and stayed in the lead despite three flat tires, mostly cut sidewalls.

"The last flat on the rear wheel happened on the final downhill. Because I did not know how big my lead was over Josh Tostado, I gambled and rode the last four miles on the rim. It was pretty sketchy, but I still have those cross country racing skills. The organizers of RME (Rocky Mountain Endurance) are doing a great job and putting up great events for real mountain bikers in a friendly atmosphere."

Six-time winner of the Breckenridge 100 and local favorite, Josh Tostado (Santa Cruz) placed second in 8:23:21, just minutes behind Weiss, but he will be awarded the first place series points. All other racers in the men's open division will also move up one spot in the point series.

Tostado placed fifth at the Lumberjack 100 and remains a top contender for the NUE Series title. He will be competing next at the High Cascades 100 this coming Saturday.

Ben Swanepoel (Squirt Lube) finished third in 8:36:12. A contender for the NUE Series title, Swanepoel placed 13th in his first race at the Lumberjack 100 in Michigan shortly upon his arrival to the US from South Africa.

Fourth place went to Cameron Brenneman (Bike n Sport Racing), who finished in 8:45:50 and three minutes later, Nick Truitt (Yeti/Pactimo) of Breckenridge rolled in 8:48:49 followed just 30 seconds later by Ezekiel Hersh (Honey Stinger/ Bontrager) from nearby Frisco 8:49:18. Sam Sweetser (Cole Sport Racing) rounded out the top six all finishing in sub-10 hours.

Singlespeed: Chambers kills it, Pflug style!

With the defending NUE Series Champion, Gerry Pflug (Salsa Cycles/NoTubes/Top Gear) sitting it out this year following his impressive win last year, former 24-hour National Champion Cameron Chambers (Carmichael Training) picked up the slack, putting an hour on the entire singlespeed field and finishing third overall among all contenders at 8:31:47.

It was back in 2003 when Chambers became the 24-hour under 25 mountain bike world champion and in 2005, he earned the honor of becoming the 24-hour elite US mountain bike national champion.

Second place went to AJ Linnell (Fitzgerald's Bicycle), the only other singlespeed racer to crack the sub-10 hour mark at 9:38:22. The third podium spot went to Rob Lockey (OES/Bike Source) of Indian Hills in 10:15:34, followed closely by Jody Elovitz of Parker just three minutes later at 10:18:40. The final racer to keep it under 11 hours was Anthony Mannina (RockyMounts/Izze) of Boulder 10:40:02.

Masters 50+ men: Defending Champ Andrews scores his first NUE victory of the year

NUE Masters Champion Doug Andrews (GeoLadders.com) made it two straight at the Breck 100 with yet another impressive finish as the only master to go sub-10 hours at 9:34:27. Last season, Andrews won every race he entered, but tied the defending Masters Champion, Robert Herriman (Trek 29Er Crew/Wsc/Acfstores.Com), who had won four other races in the NUE Series. It all came down to the final race, each with four wins a piece, before Andrews gave it the little extra he required in the final showdown to become the NUE Series Masters Champion. Absent from the first few races of the season, Andrews appears to have extinguished any doubt about whether he has the ability to repeat this year.

According to Andrews, "This is my third time doing the Breck 100 and each finish has been within about five minutes of each other, so I guess I'm consistent (laughing). It was the best conditions ever today. It rained last night so the course was just a little bit tacky and perfect. Going over the top of Wheeler Pass, which is the first climb then onto the descent, I always have a problem with that. I dropped a lot of places because I'm a little too cautious so then I was chasing the rest of the day to get spots back but I had a really good race and felt really good." Andrews was happy to not cramp during the race - for the first time.

Marland Whaley took second in 10:08:35. Whaley is also a finisher of the Butte 100 in Montana and is planning to attend other NUE Series races this season. "This is my first NUE race and first time at Breckenridge. The course is absolutely unbelievable. Probably the biggest issue is that the course is so technical and the views so fantastic that you don't dare take your eyes off the trail. Your peripheral vision sees these monstrous treeless mountains that you want to look at, but there are so many rocks and roots that you don’t dare take your eye off for a second. My first question after the first lap was how far away was Doug? (laughing). Second lap, How far away is Doug? I was very aware of his capability."

Whaley finished closer than anyone ever has to Andrews at Breck and was in the hunt until mechanical difficulty struck in the first lap. "Between peaks 8 and 9 my chain got jammed. I pulled it out and put it back on the chainring thinking I had it fixed but it wouldn't pedal. I tried it a second time, same result, then looked down and the chain was actually twisted ninety degrees."

His brand new bike was on its maiden voyage, and he used a chain tool to fix it. Whaley is registered for the High Cascades 100, Pierre’s Hole 100 and Park City P2P.

Third place went to the Slovakian racer Miroslav Novak (Alabama Master Cycling). Novak completed the course in 10:32:15 following his second place finish at the Cohutta 100 and third place finish at Syllamo's Revenge earlier this year.

Andy Leifer (Team Evergreen Racing) placed fourth in 10:36:14 and Mark Hershberger (Hoback Sports) placed fifth in 10:50:48, rounding out the masters who finished sub eleven hours.

The next race is the High Cascades 100 in Bend, Oregon this Saturday.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Weiss (Team Srm Profiles)8:14:46
2Josh Tostado (Santa Cruz)0:08:35
3Ben Swanepoel (Squirt Lube)0:21:26
4Cameron Brenneman (Bike N Sport Racing)0:31:04
5Nick Truitt (Yeti/Pactimo)0:34:03
6Ezekiel Hersh (Honey Stinger/Bontrager)0:34:32
7Sam Sweetser (Cole Sport Racing)0:38:36
8Matt Schiff1:01:36
9Jonathan Davis (Trek Bike Store)1:07:32
10Scott Leonard (Mountain Flyer Magazine)1:09:50
11Zach Guy (Alpine Orthopaedics)1:14:11
12Daniel Matheny (Honeystinger/Bontrager)1:14:11
13John Mallow (Ruby Canyon Cycles)1:17:01
14Matt woodruff Woodruff (Kuhl)1:26:28
15Mike Schilling (Wilderness Sports)1:32:16
16curt wilhelm (Trek Bicycle Store)1:33:47
17Kristopher Keller1:37:33
18Stewart Gross (Alpine Orthopedics)1:37:50
19Ernesto Marenchin (Pivot Cycles)1:42:06
20Ben Parsons (Sportsman Ski Haus)1:44:49
21Chad Edwards (Rocky Mountain Racing)1:49:39
22Jeff Hall (Groove Subaru)1:51:58
23Chad Harris (Carborocket)1:56:45
24Andy Wenberg (Smith Optics)1:57:12
25Carlos Vulgamott (Optimize Endurance)2:08:36
26Patrick Coady (Pikes Peak Velo)2:12:21
27Brad Burgtorf2:12:46
28Sean Fey (Team Adrenalin Cycle)2:23:11
29Brian Sells (Epic Endurance Cycling)2:26:32
30Nickolas Starkey (Ascent Cycling)2:30:33
31Mike Keffeler (Boulder Cycle Sport)2:36:29
32Ernie Johnson (Oes/Bike Source)2:36:33
33Robert Tuttle2:37:57
34Jeff Dickey (Scott Pro Mountain)2:38:01
35Daniel Munoz (Socal Endurance)2:44:51
36Tim Lutz (Trek Bicycle Store)2:51:31
37Matt Anderies2:53:50
38Robert Umland (The Phoenix Cyclery)3:02:15
39Steve Peterson3:03:34
40luke duster3:04:23
41Mike Moreland (Oes/Bikesource)3:09:48
42rafal doloto3:17:25
43Neil Benton (Fat Fish Racing)3:17:33
44Martin Kovacs (787 Racing)3:17:36
45Thomas Jacius (Createx-Benidorm)3:18:47
46Boomer Leopold (Los Locos)3:20:04
47Matt Javernick (Haley)3:20:53
48Paul Tanguay (E2 Cycling)3:30:13
49Justin Hankins (Wild Hares Racing)3:32:42
50Simon Demby-Myers (Steamboat Velo)3:33:53
51Keith DeLuca3:35:00
52Scott Shirey (Ski Loveland)3:37:38
53Taff Dirks (Angry Bovine)3:41:31
54Robert Carrera (Pinnacle Iii)3:45:55
55Andy McDonald (Team Epic)3:52:57
56Sean Raborn (Powerquip)3:59:48
57Matt Langley (Schneider Electric)4:01:41
58Timothy Lagerborg (Glxy)4:09:34
59Ace Ward4:11:15
60Dan Schrad (None)4:16:14
61Tim Kenkel (Tokyo Joe's)4:17:12
62Chris Memelink (Groove Subaru )4:18:10
63Angelo Forero (Peloton Team)4:19:11
64Dan Wall4:20:19
65Ralph Kuhlmeier4:25:10
66Don Dawson (Team Cotton)4:26:10
67Mike Davis4:26:13
68Greg Koeka (Epic Endurance Cycling)4:30:13
69Brian Binge4:34:43
70Ty Ward4:36:06
71Jeffrey Sillik4:38:50
72Todd Eyberg (Greenstreet Velo)4:48:20
73Jacob Richardson (University Cyclery)4:49:18
74Eric Coomer (Golden Wheelmen)4:50:11
75Stu Robson4:50:57
76Landon Longenecker (Avalanche Sports)4:51:54
77Brent Binge4:56:09
78Lance Graham (Pedal Forward)4:56:12
79Jim Smith4:57:43
80Ray Adams (Trans-Sylvania Epic )4:58:03
81Ted Lechnowsky4:58:26
82Thori Wolfe (Juggernaut)5:11:42
83Eddie Rogers (Steamboat Velo)5:19:16
84Tim Krantz (Thegreenbeef.Com)5:20:20
85Jeff Cheever5:22:01
86Joe Ebert5:22:42
87Jeff Johnston (The Bikeway)5:23:22
88Marcus Rasmussen5:24:25
89Kevin Krizek (Kdog)5:42:07
DNFBrent Barrett (Los Locos)Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFMike BartelsRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFAdam Bauer (Groove Subaru Alpha )Row 91 - Cell 2
DNFCory Bultman (Team Epic)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFAdam CollinsRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFBrett Donelson (Ells Angels)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFGered DunnRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFBrett Ebben (Rocky Mountain Racin)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Feagan (Midwest Cycling/Trek)Row 97 - Cell 2
DNFKyle GillilandRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew KefferRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFDustin KramerRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Krenz (Determinators)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew MeyerRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFMike Pace (Pace's Cog Farm/Reve)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFPhil Panipinto (Two Wheel Jones)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Randles (Privateer)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFDean RogersRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Sarka (Betweenthepeaks.Com)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFDerek Scott (Optimize Endurance)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFlee simril (Motor Mile Racing)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFdavid thomaRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFAron Wheeler (Team Epic)Row 111 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt)10:09:01
2Jari Kirkland (Alpine Orthopaedics)0:43:02
3Kathy Eckert (Body Sync)1:26:08
4Tracy Thelen (Ascent Cycling)1:55:40
5Laureen Coffelt (Los Locos)1:56:58
6Natalie Ryan (Yeti Beti)2:05:34
7Beverly Smith2:42:01
8Karen Rishel (Notubes Endurance)3:43:19
DNFMicki HarrisRow 8 - Cell 2
DNFBrenda Simril (Motor Mile Racing)Row 9 - Cell 2
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Singlespeed men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Chambers (Carmichael Training )8:31:48
2AJ Linnell (Fitzgerald's Bicycle)1:06:34
3Rob Lockey (Oes/Bike Source)1:43:46
4Jody Elovitz1:46:53
5Anthony Mannina (Rockymounts/Izze)2:08:15
6Jason Glebe (Boulder Cycle Sport)2:30:15
7Loren Gard2:39:46
8Stevan Gyetvai (Oes/Bike Source)3:05:30
9Daniel Boromisa (Team Pedal Forward)3:08:41
10Brad Grohusky (Wilderness Sports)3:34:43
11Brad Eich3:52:01
12Yann Ropars (Extanz Marketing)4:37:23
13Simon Zmyslinski (Green Choice Solar)4:37:55
14Adam Cornely4:39:05
DNFKep Heinitz (Kep's Balls)Row 14 - Cell 2
DNFDean Cahow (Oes/Bikesource)Row 15 - Cell 2
DNFMark Elsasser (Igleheart Custom)Row 16 - Cell 2
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Masters 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Doug Andrews (Geoladders.Com)9:34:27
2Marland Whaley0:34:09
3Miroslav Novak (Alabama Master Cycling)0:57:48
4Andy Leifer (Team Evergreen Racing)1:01:48
5Mark Hershberger (Hoback Sports)1:16:22
6Peter Riley (Willa's Wheels)1:29:35
7Jay Lewandowski (Chain Reaction)1:56:24
8Paul Raemer (Funk Cycles)1:59:08
9David Grauer (Orthopro)2:01:21
10Alan Rishel (Notubes Endurance Racing)2:27:02
11Tom Liebl (Hammer Nutrition)2:58:32
12Emil Gercke (Fat Fish Racing)3:04:55
13Carl Gable (Teamsantafe.Org)4:12:19
DNFRobert Woolf (Louisville Cyclery)Row 13 - Cell 2
DNFjim james (Occam's Racer)Row 14 - Cell 2


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