FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 07, 2007 - Mill Valley, CA
Wilderness Trail Bikes, Inc., a world leader in bicycle components, is proud to announce that its sponsored rider, Harlan Price, captured second place overall in the National Ultra Endurance Series.
The seven-race endurance series concluded Sunday, September 2 at the Shenandoah Mountain 100, near Harrisonburg, Virginia. Price (Team Independent Fabrication) suffered through the 100-mile offroad race in an epic all-day battle against 2006 Tour de France winner, Floyd Landis (Smith and Nephew). While Jeff Schalk (Trek/VW) made an impressive display up the trail in first, Price and Landis traded the second-place position a half-dozen times. The 31-year-old Philadelphia native finally distanced himself from Landis on the last downhill of the race. Price finished a minute and a half ahead of Landis, but still
17 minutes behind Schalk's course record ride.
The SM100 entry list exploded when it was announced that Landis would be attending. Price was already signed up and hoped to have a good day at this final race of the National Ultra Endurance Series, which would guarantee a solid second place overall behind series winner Chris Eatough (Trek/VW). Price, who won the series last year, stayed consistent in the series' second year, despite the increased depth in the
"I had a great day, my legs actually felt terrible, but squeezing out a diesel rock-star like Landis for second place, felt great,” price said. “I owe a lot to my sponsors who hooked me up with solid equipment that I could rely on in all the different types of terrain and weather I see in one of these 8 hour days."
At the awards ceremony Price gave a pair of WTB Nano Raptor 29er tires to the person with the most flats of the day. "I figured that since I escaped the series without a flat, I'd try to pass on the luck through my favorite racing rubber," Price stated.
For a full race report check out Price's blog at www.boxedbee.blogspot.com
source: Dain Zaffke, www.wtb.com
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