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Endurance bike race is finally ready to roll

by Tracie Fails, of the Record staff

After a scramble to secure permits, avoid construction and design a safe and challenging course, race director of the E-100 mountain bike series Boris Lyubner says the second event, 100-mile relay and 50-mile solo, will continue Saturday.

"There was construction in Deer Valley, The Canyons, the Colony," Lyubner said. "We set up a new course to accommodate this and stay within the rules."

Having changed several times in the weeks leading up to the race, the course now runs from Park City Mountain Resort to The Canyons, instead of through Deer Valley, as it has in the past. Lyubner assures participants that the course is challenging in true "Boris style", with three times more vertical change in terrain than the 12-Hour trek, which ran June 23.

"We hope this race will prepare cyclists for the 100-mile solo," Lyubner said. "We also want to educate people about the Park City trail system."

Getting permission to set the course on resort-controlled land left race preparations unfinished within a few days of the event, as requirements by the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District slowed the application process, Lyubner said. As of Monday afternoon, trails project manager Senta Beyer confirmed the director had not turned in all paperwork required to hold the race.

"To date, he hasn’t provided us with letters of permission from the resorts, but he’s working on it," Beyer said. Waiting until a few days before the event was atypical of Lyubner.

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"He usually has everything in," she said.

Lyubner said developers’ requests and changes in the Basin’s rules made securing permission on time difficult.

"It’s taken a lot of time to record the course," he said. "But we have all green lights from everybody."

The director turned in paperwork late Monday night, he said.

"The race will go on," he confirmed.

Lyubner didn’t speculate about who would enter, although previous events have pulled in racers from across the country.

The 12-Hour race increased 25 percent over last year, and similar growth in the 100-mile relay could mean stiff competition if the winners return. Brad Pilling (Sandy), Dereck Fish (Avon, Col.) and Scott White (Boise, Idaho) each completed 12 laps to win the solo race. The women’s race also ended in a three-way tie as Ellen Guthrie (Salt Lake City), Carri Wullner (Steamboat, Colo.) and Holly Bennett Harvin (Boulder, Colo.) each completed 11 laps. At 48 years old, Guthrie proved that experience often trumps age, given the technical nature of Park City’s trails.

The 100-mile relay will feature teams of two to five racers, covering 20 to 50 miles each. Riders can also register for a 50-mile solo trek. The oldest solo racer of the 12-Hour event, 63-year-old Robert Dahlgren, may return for the second race. Arriving for the 12-Hour race from the city of Burbank, Calif., elevation 700 feet, Dahlgren completed six laps to take sixth place in the men’s solo category.

The 100-mile relay and 50-mile solo will start at Park City Mountain Resort at 6 a.m. on July 21. For a course map and registration information, visit thee100.com. Volunteers are also needed and can e-mail boris@thee100.com.