The Wilderness 101 is a classic backcountry endurance race in Coburn, Pennsylvania, part of the National Ultra Endurance Series. There are two lengths: A 101 Mile & Marathon distance (101k) backcountry mountain bike race in the Bald Eagle and Rothrock State Forests of PA. The course consists of singletrack, double track, and fire roads with some pavement. The race organizers expect course changes until the event’s start. The Marathon course is slightly long at 70+ miles, but it is without three very, very large mountain climbs that the Ultra loop has included, so with that in mind – it is a FAST 70+.
At the start gate of the race, there is a large and lush grass pitch where the camping takes place! This is an incredibly nice touch and addition to having a nice and pretty space to camp that happens to be directly next to the start-finish lines, which makes the Wilderness 101 give great logistics and convenience. This is obvious as most of the racers choose to camp at sight the night before.
Some logistics and bonus quotes from the race organizers are: “Entry fee includes post-race meal (FOOD TRUCK pending…) with beverages, two nights camping at the Coburn Park, fully stocked aid stations 20 miles apart along the course. Cash to the Top 5 Men and Women Overall. Awards to top finishers in respective classes. Classes for this event will be Men and Women’s Open, Singlespeed, Masters (50+), Tandem, and Clydesdale. Competitor technical t-shirt and participant pint glass. Field limit – don’t delay!
Wilderness 101 is part of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE), a series that includes some of the best mountain biking events in the country. NUE comprises an Epic Series, 100-mile events, and a Marathon series, which includes 50-mile and 75k length events.