BELLVILLE, Ohio — David Jolin was just one of nearly 700 men and women who jumped on his mountain bike this weekend for the 100-mile race through the Mohican forest in Loudonville — the Mohican MTB (Mountain Bike) 100. Racers from all over the nation and world came to find sanction on a saddle.

“It’s my sanctuary. I solve the world’s problems, I’m a rockstar, a better father, a better businessman when I’m on my bike. I enjoy the solitude of just being on my bike,” said 55-year-old Jolin of Bellville. He started racing his mountain bike about five years ago. Saturday was his third time racing the Mohican MTB 100.

The Mohican MTB 100 is one race that is part of the National Ultra Endurance (NUE) series. There are 14 races held in 13 states plus Costa Rica within the series. Dave has raced in Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Georgia and Michigan.

For the Mohican MTB 100, racers lined up on Main Street in downtown Loudonville at 6:30 a.m. The race started at 7 a.m. and took the riders through a combination of road, dirt paths and single track through the forest for 100 miles with elevation changes totaling over 8,500 feet.

The ride is grueling.

Dave said he started training for this ride in December 2014. He trains with a coach and a friend, who also rides with him on race days. Jolin said he trained around 20 hours per week in order to build up the necessary strength for the race. “If you’re not strong, bad things can happen to you. You got to stay fit in order to be competitive,” he said.

And he is. Jolin finished Saturday’s race with a time of 8:37. He finished the 100-mile-race in third place.“It’s the third time I’ve finished in third place, I can’t seem to get over that hump. But I can’t complain, I’m happy with the results,” said Jolin. He heads back to the racing scene on June 20 when he travels to Wellston, Michigan for the Lumberjack 100 — another 100-mile mountain bike race that meanders through Manistee National Forest.

Drew Purcell, a 30-year-old from Loudonville, finished in first place for the 100k mountain bike race on Saturday. He is the first and only mountain bike racer from Loudonville to win the Mohican MTB 100k. He finished strong in four hours and 50 minutes.

“It was just one of them days, nothing went wrong. Everything went smooth, it was a good day,” reflected Purcell. He started racing mountain bikes four years ago when a friend invited him out to ride on the Mohican mountain bike trail.

“It looked like a blast so I started riding that day — I’ve been hooked ever since,” he said. Like Jolin, Purcell trains rigorously for these races. In between his busy schedule with his construction company, Purcell rides 12 to 15 hours weekly. He squeezes in rides on evenings and weekends.

“Whenever I get a chance, I ride. You’re just free [when riding.] You don’t have to think about work, it’s relaxing for me I guess,” said Purcell. For winning first place, Purcell received a $600 cash prize, which he will put “back into the fund — for bike stuff.”

For a list of the full results of Saturday’s race, refer to the PDF on the sidebar. For more information on the race or to learn how to register, visit NUE’s website.

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