The 100 mile race consisted of three 33 mile laps with a total elevation of 11,000 feet of climbing.
It was a perfect day for racing with several categories to choose from with four distance options of 100 miles, 66 miles, 33 miles, and 22 miles respectively.
For Wicked Wash Racing, Tom Howe raced the 66 Mile Solo Male Open. Tom finished with a top ten 10th place finish out of 13 racers in 09:47:40 (HH:MM:SS) riding just over 70 miles with a total elevation of 7,600 feet of climbing.
The course is hard. Just let that sink in for a second. It is one of the hardest courses East of the Mississippi. There is very little opportunity for recovery like a lot of the other endurance races. For most of the race, you are either climbing or descending. With technical climbs and descents, two deep river crossings to ford, and two long hike a bike sections, the course is all around challenging.
The overall flow was a lot better this year than last, and the 1000+ hours of trail work that MORE has put in was showcased during the race. The course is turning into a real gem of a trail system. Patapsco Valley State Park offers up amazing single track juxtaposed against a breath taking backdrop of natural scenery where it is often hard to remember that you are just outside the city of Baltimore.
This is an amazing and challenging race in our own backyard that is worthy of consideration to be included in the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Mountain Bike Race Series.
Huge shoutout to the Race Directors, Adventures for the Cure, all of the sponsors (The HUB/C’ville Bikes, MORE, Jailbreak Brewery, Old Line Velo), Race Works Gruppetto for providing the timing, NoFilm Photography for being the official photographer, and all of the wonderful volunteers who make this race possible. The Aid Stations were amazing!
Results: 2014 Patapsco 100 Results