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Discussion: Long distance MTB events

in: Adventure Racing; Training & Technique

Sep 18, 2012 1:52 AM # 
Any suggestions for 100k - 100m distance MTB races in north america preferably in driving distance of Toronto. Any ideas/thoughts?? I am planning to signup for a big off road tri next year in Europe.
Sep 18, 2012 3:24 PM # 
Funny you bring this up Chief, i have been looking into the same thing. I have a list compiled, i'll dig it up.
Sep 18, 2012 3:55 PM # 
The Mohican 100 in Ohio looks like a popular one and some fun singel track. Bash and I did the 50 mile running version of it. Also there is the Wilmington Whiteace 100K which is a qualifier for Leadville 100 .
Sep 18, 2012 4:08 PM # 
There's a MTB marathon series with races in the US:

I think the Lumberjack and a few others sell out quickly so best to register early.
Sep 18, 2012 6:01 PM # 
I'm not sure I'd drive 13 hours from Toronto for it, but an east coast favourite is the Tour of Elgin. The course is mostly wheeler trail, woods roads, and singletrack. The fastest folks like to race, fast, but many of us are in it for the autumn foliage and the community supper and sweet preserves made by adorable little old ladies. Top finishers in the 120 km distance get a sweet belt buckle.
Sep 19, 2012 1:45 AM # 
If you got the time, just have a browse through this fourm:

I'm sure most races are brought up at some point in a specific thread or general thread.

And what do you consider driving distance? Time / KM?
Sep 19, 2012 3:33 AM # 
Thanks guys. Please keep the info coming.
Simpy: please do.
Ryan: I dont mind driving upto 10-12 hrs provided I can get more hours of racing than driving!.
Ang:Leadville 100 is high up on my list & hence Wilmington Whiteace is higher up - just waiting for 2013 dates to be announced & crossing fingers the dates would work out.

My off-road tri will be in July. Hopefully I get to do a few long/endurance races before that.
Sep 19, 2012 11:15 AM # 
Chico Racing doesn't have any 100 km races (I don't think) but they have plenty of similar flavour events.
Sep 19, 2012 1:46 PM # 
Chief: Which off -road tri are you thinking about?
Sep 19, 2012 3:09 PM # 
Shenandoah 100 near Harrisonburg, VA is very popular. Everyone I know who goes has an absolute blast. Just a fun weekend with camping, biking, and relaxing.

I have also heard good things about Wilderness 101 in State College, PA. I believe it is a tough course.
Sep 19, 2012 9:49 PM # 
Ang: it is X-man [XTRI24] - a long distance off-road triathlon in UK.
2.5m swim in the ocean, 102m MTB ride most of it in the dark through a national park & 28m trail run - first of its kind!
Sep 20, 2012 2:30 AM # 
Wow! If it weren't for the swimming, I'd love that!
Sep 20, 2012 12:16 PM # 
Bash, You have time to learn!
Sep 20, 2012 3:07 PM # 
Off Road Ironmans aren't a completely new concept. Odyssey used to put one on back in their heyday. Designed by TeamSOGs Chris Caul and won by TeamSOGs Kristin Eddy. The course included 14,700 of elevation gain.

A quick search found this one as well
4th place female Kathy Duryea is an AR RD in TX competing at USARA nationals this year for team iMOAT. 6th place male Dave Boyd was an AR National Champion (with MOAT) who unfortunately lost his life on an adventure.

Here is an article that references all 3 races. One comment shared that there was one in Spain as well.
Oct 16, 2012 5:27 PM # 
A couple peeps did the run version of this, but it is only 50m & a little far. But figured I'd add it to the list.

And as you know there is the Substance Project 100m. But it probably happens after your goal race.

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