Broderick and Barclay
win enduro stage at NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic
and Armstrong race earn best young rider honors
Enduro racing has exploded in
popularity in recent years, and the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike
stage race presented by Dirt Rag Magazine takes that popularity seriously, with
their week-long SRAM Enduro stages during each day’s racing and a full day
devoted to the SRAM/Geax Enduro on stage 3 on Tuesday.
The 22-mile long stage 3 featured
five enduro segments — for those who don’t know, enduro stages are roughly four
to eight minutes in length, largely downhill and often technically challenging
— and riders were only timed on those segments combined, not the trails to them
and between them. The enduro segments featured some of Pennsylvania’s best
riding: massive rock gardens; fast, tight downhills; and everything in between.
Day 3’s weather started with sunny
skies but racers knew they were also racing to finish ahead of massive
thunderstorms moving into the area. Mike
Broderick (Kenda/NoTubes) and Vicki Barclay (NoTubes Elite Women's Team) won
the day's enduro stage while Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Cheryl
Sornson (Rare Diseases Cycling) continue to lead the men's and women's overall
Mike Broderick (Kenda/NoTubes), who
has been doing well in the enduro stages thus far, again showcased his prowess
and took the stage win. Behind him, 2013 overall winner Justin Lindine
(Redline/NBX) redeemed himself after a comedy of mechanical errors in the first
two stages to take second spot, while local under 25 racer Madison Matthews
(Toasted Head Racing) impressed his elders with a third place finish.
"More or less, everything went
according to plan," said Broderick. "I went into the stage prepared
and only had a few mistakes. At the end
of the day, I knew I had a good thing going and I was consistent."
Lindine said, "I had a day
when nothing went wrong, which was good since so far this race has been a
challenge that way. Today was fun - I like those trails."
Tristan Uhl (TSEpic.com), who took
fifth in the stage and is currently holding the enduro leader's jersey for the
overall race, said, "I came into the race knowing that the enduro overall
was something I could shoot for." He’s never done an official enduro,
though, so his results have surprised some of the "enduro experts" in
In the overall race, Jeremiah
Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) still holds the overall leader's jersey. Today’s
stage shook up the general classification behind him though, as Spencer Paxson
(Kona) moved into second, edging out Nick Waite (ProTested Gear), who dropped
into third spot followed by Paxson’s teammate Kris Sneddon.
Bishop said, "I had a blast
out there. It was fun to do something
different, but it was important today to stay smooth and stay out of
Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes) won
her second stage in a row, thanks to her intimate knowledge of the local trails
and her love of technical riding. Carolyn Popovic (Rare Diseases Cycling) took
second, while Barclay’s teammate, Sarah Kaufmann, took third.
"It was fast, and my plan was to
stay focused,” Barclay said. "For the first three stages, Sarah was on my
wheel, but she got a flat after stage 3. I had some brake issues as well."
Runner-up Popovic said, "I
haven't done an enduro before - I've just done a few super Ds. I'm totally into
this and I'm sure it will be the highlight of my week!"
Mary McConneloug (Kenda/NoTubes)
and Cheryl Sornson (Rare Disease Cycling) tied for fourth place on the day,
after having come into the stage as the enduro overall jersey holder.
Overall race leader Sornson
maintained her number one spot, though Barclay is edging closer and closer to
the yellow jersey with only three minutes between her and Sornson. Selene
Yeager (Rare Disease Cycling) is sitting
in third in the overall classification.
U25 men and women
In the BMC Women's Under 25 race,
the first two stages produced close competition between three women in the
category: Ellen Noble (Bear Development Team), Kaysee Armstrong (Kona/TBB Race)
and Emily Shields (BMC Project Dirt).
By stage 3, the spread was roughly
eight minutes between Armstrong to Noble, with Armstrong having such a strong
showing in the SRAM Enduro stage that she was also sixth among the elite
women. The enduro stage played to her greatest
Currently, Armstrong is leading the
under 25 women's overall standings, with Shields in second and Noble in third.
Shields just recently came over to mountain biking from road and cyclo-cross
though, and with tomorrow’s road-heavy stage, may make more progress up the
In the BMC Under 25 men's race,
Madison Matthews (Toasted Head Racing) took the win and logged an impressive
third place among the elite men while Cody Phillips (Felt Factory Enduro Team)
and Payson McElveen (Richard's Rainwater) rounded out the top three.
McElveen's lead is indomitable in
the overall classification, but for the first time since racing began this
week, he didn’t manage to take the stage win. McElveen leads the general
classification, trailed by Cameron Dodge and Cole Oberman, respectively.
After today’s enduro-focused stage,
Tristan Uhl remains the overall leader in the men's enduro classification.
However, Uhl’s victory is far from secure, as an incredible performance from
Aaron Snyder (TSEpic.com/NoTubes) propelled Snyder from fourth to second
overall. After today, Snyder is only 10 points behind Uhl in the overall
standings, with third place Michael Broderick (Kenda/NoTubes) close behind. The
tight overall competition will provide lots of excitement leading into the
second half of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.
In the women's competition, overall
race leader Kaarin Tae (Bike Monkey Cycling) crashed hard early in the race,
resulting in a broken ankle that removed her from the race. In her absence,
Kaysee Armstrong (Kona/TBB Race) moved up to first place. Carolyn Popovic (Rare
Diseases Cycling) is second in the overall standings, with Cheryl Sornson (RDC)
in third. Mary McConneloug, third overall after yesterday’s stage, dropped to
fourth overall after today’s stage.
East Coast Rocks
With no Bear Creek East Coast Rocks
segments in today’s stage, the overall standings remain unchanged. Mary
McConneloug (Kenda/NoTubes) leads, with Cheryl Sornson (Rare Disease Cycling)
in second and Kaarin Tae (Bike Monkey Cycling) in third. However, Tae suffered
an accident today that resulted in a broken ankle, leaving an opportunity for
other riders to move up in the standings.
In today’s race, Kurt Gensheimer
(Ibis) won his first stage of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. Gensheimer
finished almost a full minute ahead of second place Scott Smith (TVB
Race/Tomato Head) on the five timed enduro segments in stage 3. Matt Ferrari
(FreezeThaw/Hubcap Cycles) completed the enduro segments with a total time just
three seconds slower than Smith.
Gensheimer’s stage win enabled him
to reduce Ferrari’s overall lead, but was not enough to unseat the leader from
the podium. Ferrari maintains the leaders jersey with a 13-minute lead over
Gensheimer. Rich Dillen sits comfortably in third, 10 minutes behind
Stage 3 resulted in new faces on
the BikeFlights.com Masters 40+ podium, as Mike Yarnall bested the field to
take first place in the day’s enduro segments. Yarnall beat second place David
Cook by 43 seconds, while Mike Hebe (Team Novo Nordisk) finished just four
seconds behind Cook.
Despite the unique stage results,
the overall standings for the Masters 40+ category remain unchanged in order:
Nathan Ruch (Pure Energy Scott Elite Team) leads the standings, with Steve Mee
in second and Hebe in third. However, the results from today’s stage bring the
three leaders even closer together in the overall standings, with only 1:41
separating the riders.
Alex Hawkins rode strong to a first
place finish in the Masters 50+ category in today’s stage, completing the five
enduro segments in 23:36. Hawkins’ time was strong enough for a sixth place
finish in the overall Open Enduro competition, and enabled him to gain over a
minute on race leader Jim Matthews (Toasted Head Racing).
The overall standings for the
Masters 50+ category remain unchanged, with Matthews in first, Hawkins in
second, and Rick Landry (speedriver.com) in third. However, Landry suffered a
significant loss of time on two enduro segments, resulting in a 33-minute gap
between him and Landry in the overall standings.
TS3 - Three-day Trans-Sylvania Epic
With commanding performances in
today’s enduro stages, Jeff Lenosky won stage 3, with Barry Wicks coming in
second and Stephan Kincaid (SRAM Factory East) in third. Lenosky posted the
fastest time on three of the stage’s five enduro segments. The stage victory
did not change the overall standings, as Barry Wicks (Kona Bikes) retained his
first place standing to win the men's TS3 three-day race, which finished up
Jess Kutz showed her all-around
strength with another stage win in today’s enduro race. Kutz completed the
segments 50 seconds ahead of second place, Melissa Nash Mertz (Toasted Head
Racing). The win secured Kutz’s position as the women's winner of the TS3 race.
Daily video coverage
To view video from today’s stage 3
of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic, visit the following link: http://bcove.me/ir801nj1
Keep track of top riders with SPOT tracking
The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic
mountain bike stage race, partnered with event tracking provider Trackleaders.com, device maker SPOT LLC and
Stan's NoTubes, is the first stage race in North America to be testing the use
of tracking devices for top racers. Visit TSEpic.com to
follow racers via SPOT tracking during each stage.
Stage 4 Preview - ProGold's Coburn stage presented by Purple Lizard
Traditionally considered the dirt
road-style stage, this 40-mile Coburn stage has been tweaked from previous
years and features new singletrack and doubletrack. The famous dark, abandoned
railroad tunnel also makes a return. A new prologue-style lap allows the
opportunity to split the group before the first enduro segment on the day. New
multi-use doubletrack trail construction through the forest results in a return
trip eliminating some gravel roads, but the stage is still expected to be the
one with the fastest average speed of the week. This stage was perhaps the most
exciting stage in 2013, as top riders in all categories launched attack after
attack in attempts to dislodge one another before the end of the stage.
The NoTubesTrans-Sylvania Epic presented by Dirt Rag Magazine is made possible with the
generous support of BMC, Pactimo, Hammer Nutrition, Red Bull, Purple Lizardand Freeze Thaw
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