Posted by Editoress on 09/7/06
Pemberton, BC Rider Hillary Harrison Wins Ultra Endurance 100 mile National Race Series
Courtesy Giant Bikes
Giant Bikes/Kenda tire sponsored rider Hillary Harrison snagged the overall Series Champion title in the 100 mile Ultra Endurance Mountain Bike Series this past weekend with her strong performance in the final race of the series - The Shenandoah 100.
Harrison placed second to Trek Volkswagen rider Sue Haywood in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain course that included over 12,000 feet of climbing. The Giant Bikes- Kenda Tires rider said she felt great after completing the Transrockies Challenge, a 7- day 800 km mountain bike race, just 3 weeks before. Harrison had also just completed the Park City E 100, another 100 mile race in the series that provided close to 19,000 feet of climbing the previous weekend. The Ultra Endurance series included 5 races which were held in Utah, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Proving that steady endurance throughout the season was the ticket to success, Harrison continued to improve as the season progressed while the other series contenders fell victim to injury and illness. Her coach Hunter Allen of The Peaks Coaching Group commented, "Hillary has done an incredible job this year of putting in the hard work and staying the course. She's getting stronger and stronger every month and exciting to be a part of her continued success as one of the top Ultra Endurance racers in the world."
"My season is really coming together", commented Harrison. "Besides winning the Ultra Endurance 100 series, one of my big goals for the season is in November when I try to take back my title as the Costa Rica- La Ruta Mt. Bike Champion."
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