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MTBRacenews Coverage of the Transylvania Epic Starts Sunday

Posted by: Matt Williams |June 6, 2014 12:40 AM

MTBRacenews.com is hitting the road this weekend for the week long No Tubes Transylvania Epic Stage Race presented by Dirt Rag. We’ll be providing you with daily race updates, photos, extras, and blog posts from our contributors Liz Cabot Allen and Greg Jancaitus.

The fun at Transylvania kicks off with a new "Meet the Pros” event held in conjunction with the opening day of racing Sunday, May 25 at high noon near State College, Pennsylvania. The seven-day, world-class mountain bike competition will run through Saturday, May 31.

"Everyone should know about this! These are world class athletes and future Olympic hopefuls competing,” said Rich O’Neil of the State College-based Stan’s NoTubes which is helping make the "Meet the Pros” day possible along with other area businesses like Freeze Thaw Cycles, The Bicycle Shop and Videon. "Come on out, meet them, enjoy some Clem’s BBQ and get a taste for this incredible event.”

While most of the contenders present on Sunday will be competing in the seven-day version of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic, there is also a three-day version of the race, known as the TS3, which overlaps with the first three days of the seven-day race.  The three-day option is brand new for 2014.

The NoTubes TSEpic "Meet the Pros” BBQ will start at noon. Food will be served until it’s all gone. Watch some great racing, first with a cross country race held as part of the three-day TS3, then with an individual time trial, held as part of the seven-day TSEpic starting just after 2:00 pm.

 

Defending elite men’s champion Justin Lindine (Team Redline / NBX) is travelling to the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic from Utah and another past winner and former mountain bike national champion Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) is coming from Virginia. Favorite Ben Sonntag (Stan’s NoTubes) hails from Germany, and the Canadians will be well represented with riders like Peter Glassford (Trek Canada Mountain Bike Team) and Barry Wicks (Kona).  Current US cyclo-cross national champion Jeremy Powers will represent New England as will Mike Broderick (Kenda/Stan’s NoTubes).

Past women’s winners Cheryl Sornson and Selene Yeager (both Team Rare Disease Cycling) hail from Pennsylvania but they’ll face a big challenge from Olympian Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Stan’s NoTubes) of California. Sarah Kaufmann (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) of Colorado and former cyclo-cross junior national champion Ellen Noble (Trek Bear Development) of Maine add depth to the elite women’s field.

New for 2014, top riders at the Transylvania Epic will be outfitted with GPS tracking, allowing fans to watch the race develop in real time online.

Check out the race schedule below and stay tuned for updates starting Sunday, May 25th.

 

 

2014 NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic presented by Dirt Rag Magazine

May 25: Stage 1 – BikeFlights and Grimpeur Bros present SMCC's individual time trial (for the seven-day race) and three-lap circuit race (for the three-day race), 15 miles and 30 miles

May 26: Stage 2 – Topeak's Coopers Gap presented by Backcountry Research, 42 miles

May 26: Stage 3 – SRAM/GEAX Enduro stage in Galbraith Gap, 25 miles

May 27: Stage 4 – ProGold's Coburn stage, 43 miles

May 28: Stage 5 – Easton/XLR present BEMBA's Escape to R.B. Winter State Park, 29 miles

May 29: Stage 6 – Freeze Thaw Cycles' presents NMBA's Tussey Mountain Queen Stage, 42 miles

May 30: Stage 7 – Dirt Rag's Final Showdown in Bald Eagle presented by Christopher Bean, 26 miles

 

 

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