Monday, September 17, 2018

Cukjati and Melika Kamaal Win Virginia City 100; Schork and VA Blizzard of Oz Take B.C.

September 17 2018
by Merri

In a tight finish of one of the USA's premiere 100-mile endurance rides, the Virginia City 100, Jacob Cukjati and Melika Kamaal nipped Christoph Schork and VA Blizzard of Oz at the graveyard finish line in the dark. Ride time for the 100 miles was 13:08. It was the first ride in the VC 100 for Cukjati, from North San Juan, California.

It was also Schork's first ride in the VC 100, which is pretty amazing, since AERC winningest rider has conquered many rides in his long storied career, including a win in the recent Gobi Desert Cup in Mongolia.

Finishing third 26 minutes later were Suzanne Ford Huff and SD Espressa for Huff's 7th VC buckle. Fourth was Carla Lakenbrink aboard Schork's GE Danex in 14:01. Carla was on just a 2-week visit from Germany, after having talked Christoph into driving across country again, from Moab to Nevada (he'd just been to Tevis 6 weeks earlier) for the VC 100. It was her first VC 100.

Ann Hall and HCC Zara RR finishing 5th in 14:14, for Ann's 8th VC buckle. Andrew Gerhard, finishing 17th on TSF Fools Gold at 2:00 AM in a ride time of 17:40, earned his 10th VC buckle.

47 riders started this 51st anniversary ride, with 33 finishing, a finish percentage of 70.2%. Five Juniors also completed the ride.

More info on the Virginia City 100 and the Nevada All-State Trail Riders can be seen at:

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