NUE singlespeed open:
Two-time NUE singlespeed champion Gerald Pflug, Salsa/SPK/Pao Bikes reported, “Early on, Matt Ferrari was riding with me. He was riding well and climbing really well! There was a group of maybe seven of us that went into checkpoint two.
“Matt stopped there but my stuff was at check point three. Nobody else stopped so I stayed with that fast group and when I looked back he took a little bit longer break than he should have because then I never saw him again at that point. It was just a matter of ridin’ with the geared guys and trying to keep my speed up.”
“The Pluginator,” who will be 44 this year, finished well enough on a 34/20 to take singlespeed and garner 14th overall among geared riders in 8:02:20. However, when asked whether it was all smooth sailin’, Pflug recalled what he described as a “disgusting” story involving a small furry, bushytailed rodent stating “this was the first time in my life that this has ever happened.”
“On this far singletrack, I was ridin’ with this guy named Kyle (27 year old Kyle Taylor, Bikers Choice, Nashville, TN) and we must have scared a squirrel or somethin’ and he crapped and it landed right on my face,” he continued, laughing. “When it hit my face I was like wuh? what? And then I started smellin’ it and I thought, ‘that smells like s@#!,’ as I was trying to wipe it off with my gloves. It was all over the place! It was the most disgusting thing that has ever happened to me on a ride.”
Dwayne Goscinski of Crystal City, MO finished second 8:12:24 on a 32/17 in his first ever NUE win. “I started pretty far back and didn’t see the Pflug,” he said. “I passed a lot of guys out there and asked a couple guys and they said there ain’t a lot of people ahead. I ran into another singlespeeder (Matt Ferrari) at about mile 70 who said, ‘only Gerry’s ahead, but you can’t catch Gerry.’ I am hoping to do the series this year. I am registered for Syllamo’s and Lumberjack and hoping to do Fools Gold.”
When asked about his motivation out there, Goscinski, clearly emotional about discussing it, said, “I just want to say that this ride was for my son Noah who passed away on July 7 of last year after spending ten weeks at Children’s hospital following heart surgery. One of them was about ten hours long and he survived 23 days in that mode which is a miracle. He is in heaven now and so I am riding for the Noah Foundation.” For more information visit Dwaynegblogspot.com under chasing Noah.
Matthew Ferrari, Hubcap-Freeze Thaw Cycles, took third 8:23:84, Jason Pruitt, Peoples Brewing, LAS, Hodson Bay, of Lafayette, IN fourth 8:41:12.14, Robin Oscar, Motor Mile Racing, Signal Mountain,TN fifth 8:43:42.55. Kelly Klett, Trips for Kids-Triangle/Grassroots Bikes, 8:48:51 and Watts Dixon, Revolution Cycles/Revolting Cogs, 8:52:42 rounded out sixth and seventh place.
The next Kenda NUE Series race takes place at Syllamos Revenge in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Mountain View, Arkansas, on Saturday, May 19. Check Singletrack.com for more gear and trail analysis before the race.