Last Season, in the Men’s Open division it was Christian Tanguy (TeamCF.org) taking the top spot at Syallamo’s, setting the bar at 6:10:19, and going 2-0 to start the NUE season following a win over three-time NUE Champion, Jeff Schalk, Trek, at The Cohutta 100.
Fast forward to 2012, Tangy has proven that he is still in champion form, capturing second at the Cohutta 100, less than five minutes behind US Olympic Hopeful, Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale). However, Syallamo struck hard Saturday when Tanguy lost it in a loose gravel section, catapulted over the bars and into the rocks, early in the race.
According to Tanguy, who lives in Rochester, Michigan, “It was about two miles before aid station two and nothing super technical, I just ate it on some root or stone that I didn’t see. In a split second, I knew I was going to go over the bar and I see this big stone. I was going face down into the stone and I thought, ‘I am going to really hurt my jaw.’ Afterward, I was really glad that I didn’t really break anything in my face but then I noticed a sharp pain, looked down, and there was quite a bit of blood coming out of a puncture wound in my leg.
“I was in the second position. Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt) was in first and my teammate Brandon Draugelis was just behind me when he stopped and asked me if I was all right. It hurt really bad but I knew this was not a life threatening injury so I told him not to worry about me. I pretty much walked to aid station two. I knew it was really close. Until the point I crashed, I was feeling really strong.”
At the hospital, Tanguy reported that, “The doc just cleaned up the wound, administering a tetanus shot along with a few x-rays to insure there was no debris left in the flesh.” Tanguy says the Lumberjack 100 in Michigan will be about redemption.
The ONLY racer to finish under six hours, in 5:59:40 and taking his first national win, Edsall, whose previous best NUE Series finish was a top three at the Fool’s Gold 100 last year, said, “I felt pretty good today. Brandon, myself, Christian and Rob Spreng were riding together, then, about thirty minutes in, Rob flatted. It sounded like he tore a sidewall so he was pretty much out of it. It was a technical section and it’s pretty easy to flat here. It’s one of the big things you gotta be careful of. Make sure you pick durable tires.
“I used the Kenda Kozmik Lite tubes, the new SCT version that is a new sealant-compatible tire. It’s got a little better sidewall and a little heavier. It’s about eighty to one hundred grams heavier than a normal tire but for this course, it absolutely paid off. I had no flats.
“Christian took a crash on a downhill and Brandon was behind him and got stuck a little bit. I didn’t necessarily pick up the pace, but I didn’t really slow down either and I got a small gap.
From there, I knew the climbs past aid two and picked the pace up a bit.”
Edsall is planning on racing at the High Cascades 100 in Oregon July 21, possibly the Pierre’s Hole 100 on August 4 and would like to do the Lumberjack 100.
Draugelis added, “I was feelin’ pretty good until that fourth aid station. That’s when the heat really started comin’ on. The gap was maybe ten minutes at that time and I was thinking, ‘it’s hot out, I’m suffering’ but still keeping the pace high, nice and steady and see what happens.
“I was using Hammer Perpetuem and grabbed a handful of endurolytes at the last aid station. I had no idea how far the next guy was so I was lookin’ over my shoulder every five minutes. There are so many fast guys here.” In fact, Draugelis did hold on resulting in his best NUE Series finish ever taking second place in 6:19:15. Draugelis is planning to compete at Mohican and Lumberjack
Rob Spreng (Dirty Harry’s) from Butler, PA took third 6:34:27, “Everything was going pretty good. I was ridin’ with Drew, Brandon and Christian until I had a pretty bad flat about an hour in, before Christian’s crash. I sliced a sidewall and my inflator head didn’t work so I had to wait until someone was gracious enough to give me one. I want to thank that guy! Because of him, I was able to finish.
“I saw Christian at Aid two where he said he was done and I was running in fourth place until, sometime before aid three, I think, on a climb, I looked up and saw Chris Peariso, Adventure 212/Specialized, and I think he was struggling with the heat a little bit at the time.” Peariso, from Amherst, WI, reportedly took a handful of electrolytes and not only survived but hung on for fourth place, 6:39:49. Teammate, Ryan Krayer rolled in 6:46:55 and Ernesto Marenchin, Pivot
Cycles, from Stow, OH rounded out sixth place one second later.
Kevin Carter, Gripped Racing, who tore the mounts off his aluminum seatpost, leaving sharp jagged edges, provided some insight into what happened to the SiMonster, Michael Simonson, RBS MTB Team, who ultimately finished tenth. “He is from the planet Krypton, he is superman, but his kryptonite appears to be named Kevin Carter because I was trolling along with my little pig sticker trying not to get stabbed when Simonson catches me.
“We were going back and forth for a minute, he was showing me some sympathy for my broken seatpost and I must have distracted him because as we entered a rock garden, one of these elusive Syllamo’s granite snakes jumped out and grabbed his wheel so fast I didn’t even know what happened. He was kind of lookin’ my way when it grabbed the bike right out from under him and he slammed down hard with kind of a grunt and ooof.
“He didn’t say anything for minute and I thought he had gotten seriously hurt! It was the same thing that had happened at the Shenandoah 100 where he past me about two minutes before his big crash there!”
At the Shenandoah 100 last year, Simonson was air lifted to the nearest hospital with serious injuries but made a complete recovery from the most serious injury of the season.