Men’s 100-mile winner Nate Kullbom makes his way up a cyclocross-style climb to the finish line during the second annual core4 cycling race in Johnson County on Saturday, Aug. 19. The race, modeled after the Rule of Three race in Bentonville, Arkansas, is named for the road surfaces that make up its over 100-mile route: gravel roads, single-track trails, level b roads, and pavement. (Nick Rohlman/The Gazette) For the second year in a row, after more than 100 miles of riding, the core4 cycling race was a sprint to the finish. Nate Kullbom had enough energy beat his opponent up the cyclocross style hill climb at Wilson’s Orchard to claim the win — his second in the two-year-old race. Iowa City’s Vanessa Curtis also repeated her 2022 victory in the women’s race, although by a more comfortable margin – more than 13 minutes to Kullbom’s 11 seconds.
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The race, modeled after the Rule of Three race in Bentonville, Arkansas, is named for the road surfaces that make up its more than 100-mile route: gravel roads, single-track trails, level b roads, and pavement. Kollbum designed the route using roads and trails he rides regularly.
“Putting a route together like this is not something I needed to research, all these roads are based on memory,” he said. “When you want to put on an event that includes Sugar Bottom and Woodpecker single-track there’s only a few ways you can slice it… It’s all […]