How to succeed in the NUE Series: What you need to know before the Syllamo 125K

  • By Eszter Horanyi
  • Published May. 15, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM EDT
Syllamo 125K Course map

After an exciting weekend of racing at the Cohutta 100 with Jeremiah Bishop and Cheryl Sornson taking the pro men’s and women’s races, the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) race series continues on the east coast on May 19 with the Syllamo 125K.

Run in conjunction with the Syllamo’s Revenge 50 mile race, the second stop in the series is drastically different than the first. Located in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, the second stop of the NUE series visits yet another classic race in a location off the beaten path of normal mountain bike destinations.

The Syllamo Trail system contains over 50 miles of singletrack in the Ozark National Forest and was designated as one of IMBA’s Epic Rides. IMBA Epic rides highlight some of the best mountain bike trails in the country and the wooded, chucky limestone trails in the forests of the Ozark Mountains are deserving of the honor.

Unlike the Cohutta 100, which was relatively not considered especially technical and had large amounts of fire road, the Syllamo 125 serves up non stop challenges with limestone slickrock and rock gardens.

With 95% of the course being singletrack and an extremely short start climb, tactics and starting position will play a more important roll than they did at the Cohutta 100.

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