Stoopid 50 - State College, Pennsylvania
Cameron Dodge and Kristin Gavin Share Stoopid 50 Titles
Written by: Karen Potter
Perfect weather for the 2012 Stoopid 50. It was a
beautiful, dry sunny day in central Pennsylvania, for the 6th annual
Stoopid 50 race which highlights some the sweet but rough, technical trails
utilized in the Wilderness 101 and the Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage Race. Racers
started under sunny skies and comfortable temperatures, which only topped out
in the mid-70s. The racecourse started up a very gradual 2-mile dirt road
climb with no major attacks at the front despite the impending bottleneck
entering the first of many extended singletrack sections onto famed Tussey
The ridge line trail has short little climbs but is pretty flat
with amazing views for quite some time, although racers have about a second to
check out the mountaintop views before stuffing it in the numerous rocks.
It was a train of riders across the ridgeline that wouldnít spread out for some
time. Positioning going into Tussey Ridge trail is huge for overall
The course dumps out onto a dirt road before heading back into
awesome trails in Rothrock State Forest for the majority of the miles in middle
of the course. While generally the trails in this part of Pennsylvania
are super rocky, technical riding there are some smoother abandoned dirt
road/jeep trails mixed in, including some high speed long descents that get a
bit hairy with overgrown grass hiding rocks or other hazards. The last mile of
the course includes a steep-pitched, completely rock-strewn downhill just
begging for an over-the-bar crash or flatting, and onto the three bridges
ridden in reverse from the Wilderness 101 course and then finishes descending
less precipitously to the finish line.
While the course is well marked, several of the top men and top
single speeders went off course but managed to make it back on course and
finish up strong. This caused some confusion and decision making on how
to handle the results.
Kristin Gavin (Team CF) held the lead for the majority of the
race on the womenís side. Karen Potter (Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com)
closed in on the Tussey Ridge line only to be passed coming out the first Aid
Station and kept Gavin in sight for some time but ultimately never caught
her. Vicki Barclay (Stanís NoTubes) made her return to racing on her home
turf after recovering from a serious training crash on the road for a solid 3rdplace a couple minutes back from Potter. Nicki Thiemann (Team CF)
crossed the line in 4th and Melissa Mertz in 5th.
Cameron Dodge (Scott Pro Mountain Bike Team), Chris
Edwards (Wooden Wheels Racing) and Dylan Johnson (Scott Pro Mountain Bike Team)
duked it out all day before finally finishing within 90 seconds of each other.
Chris Scott (Shenandoah Mountain Touring) knows how to put on a
great race with well-stocked and well-supported aid stations, delicious
post-race food and beer and generous payouts. There was generous support
from Stanís NoTubes, Freeze Thaw, and many others helping make the race a great
experience for everyone.