Michigan's 1st and only 100 mile off road MTB race. The Lumber Jack 100 debut in the Manistee National Forest in the Udell Hills area aka BIG M SKI area. Team Racers Jason Jones ( 14th SS 29'er Gary Fischer RIG) and Jason Lummis (5th TREK TOP FUEL) attended the race.
For the 2 weeks leading up to the race the weather in Michigan has been hot. Concerns for water during the race where on all the racers minds. Amazingly some one turned on the AC, with temps at start time (7am) in the 50's and an overcast skies the temps stayed nice and cool. The race started off with a short Paved roll out and then 100 miles of dirt and single track with about 2000ft per lap of climbing. The pace was fast and fun, with Scott Quiring (Quiring Cycles) setting the pace early. Jason L. had a couple run-ins with large groups of leaves playing in his cassette, not fun and cost him some time getting the leaves to go home. He chased back on twice to the leaders and after 3rd leaf attack caught on to Robert Herriman and Nate Versluis. They rode most of the first lap together, until the start/finish area. At this point there was a feed zone, Robert and Nate stopped for water/food. Jason L.'s beautiful wife was there to hand up his feed. This was key, as Jason L. didn't stop and gaped the 2 riders instantly. Jason L. Then rode the last 75 miles basically solo in a time of 7hrs 57 minutes for 5th place geared and 7th overall. SCOTT QUIRING (Quiring Cycles) won with a time of 7 hrs 28 minutes. Bernie Grysen (Alger) was second around 7minutes back. Russ Tiles 3rd.. Scotty ( I love myself) Chambers (Alger) rolled in a happy 4th. Followed quickly by the MICHIGAN SS CHAMPION 5th place overall riding a rigid SS pushing something like a 40/17 DAN JANSEN ( Algers). Skip Brown (Seven SS) was 6th followed By Jason L. for 7th >>>>>>> All these racers finished under 8hrs. Jason Jones rode his Gary Fischer 29'er RIG to a 14th place SS finish..
The catered food and Alger beer ( Sorry Algers but the BELLS boys travel with only the best, we brought some BELLS PALE ALE and CHERRY ALE) where a compliment to a great race. thank you Rick Plite (http://www.kisscross.com/ ) for this excellent event--- See ya Next year !!!