LOUDONVILLE — Rugged and beautiful are just two of the words that describe the Mohican Mountain Bike 100. Perhaps add a dash of deceiving and a pinch of fun. For 700 riders, who set out from downtown Loudonville on a multi-county adventure on Saturday morning, the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) Series Mountain Bike Race was a personal challenge — whether the rider chose the 100 mile course or opted to go 100 kilometers.
Drew Purcell of Loudonville, who won the 100 kilometer race the past three years, wound up in third place this year. He found the course to be in excellent condition with very little mud and he ran it in a personal best four hours and 32 minutes on his “home” course. In spite of that, however, he took a tumble that may have cost him first place.