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New locations for the NUE series

The KENDA National Ultra Endurance (NUE) series will be more ambitious than ever in 2012.

The past few years have treated endurance fans to new race venues across the country, and this year is no exception. In response to recommendations by racers, New Hampshire will host the 2012 Hampshire 100 in conjunction with the endurance series, making it the first NUE series race to be held in New England.

Michael Simonson riding the 2011 KENDA NUE Series final at Shenandoah Mountain. Photo: Bob Popovich

The inclusion of the Hampshire 100 will bring the total number of races in the series to 12.

The increase in the number of venues allows racers more flexibility in selecting race locations, as well as offering more choices close to home.

NUE Series Director, Ryan O’Dell explains that, “Even with the added venues, nearly all NUE Series races sold out last year, some within just minutes. Growth in the number and location of series venues has made it possible for many more racers to attempt the series minimum of four races and, in the process, receive a national ranking along with cash or prizes from each of our very supportive NUE Sponsors.”

All participants that complete four races receive awards at the end of the season.

The new venues makes the series more accessible and diverse, but the basic draw to the series has not changed. According to NUE Series Reigning Champion, Amanda Carey, “Each NUE Series venue is in a location you would want to ride whether or not you are there to race.”

The 2012 series will open in the Blue Ridge Mountains  on April 28 for the Cohutta 100 and then will move through Arkansas, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Utah, Virginia and finish in Georgia at The Fool’s Gold 100 on September 8.

The tentative 2012 schedule has already been released, but until all permits are finalized the schedule is subject to change.

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