While many of the cross country mountain bike series are in full swing across the country, the National Ultra Endurace (NUE) Race series has waited until the last weekend in April to begin with the Cohutta 100 in Tennesee on April 28. The series, consisting of 12 different 100-mile races in 12 states, highlights some of the best ultra endurance races in the country.
With a constantly shifting schedule, this year includes races that have been part of the series for years, such as the Cohutta 100 and the Breckenridge 100 and has added new races including Pierre’s Hole 100 in Wyoming. Many of these races, such as the Park City Point to Point sell out in a matter of minutes, showing the increased popularity of ultra endurance mountain bike racing.
By creating a national series, the NUE provides an opportunity for the top endurance racers across the country to pit themselves against each other on a wide variety of courses throughout the summer.
Two time series winner, and two time Cohutta 100 winner, Amanda Carey (Kenda – Felt) comes back to the series largely because of the camaraderie and the opportunity to race against the same group of top athletes several times throughout the summer. She has eight of the NUE races on her schedule this summer, putting her in the hunt for a third series title.
With the Cohutta 100 the first race on the series calendar, Carey says the race is always unique because racers enter the event with untested fitness after a winter of training and a spring of training races.