Edsall is heading up the Kenda/Felt mountain bike team at this year's
Trans-Sylvania Epic (TSE). Drew is a veteran of the TSE having completed the
7-day stage race every year since it's beginning. This year he's made it a
priority hoping to improve on his past performances and finally reach the top
step of the TSE podium. Drew will be sending us a report from each day's stage
giving our readers a chance to experience seven days of racing in Pennsylvania
through his eyes.
report from day 2 below:
When Plan A Doesnít Work, Go To Plan B and Give It Everything
played out like this: two riders crashed in front of me on the first singletrack
section and I followed with an endo over them. Not so cool when I was involved,
but thatís racing. I was pretty pissed, actually really pissed. Reason being is
that section was followed by me riding solo for the rest of the race on a "road
likeĒ course for pretty much the entire time. So much that I lost a ton of time
in the GC by attempting to chase groups of riders by myself. Total time I lost
is yet to be determined, but it wasnít pretty. That took me off the top 5 in
the GC, but I assure you that isnít the last of me gunning for the top 5. Still
4 days to go of racing.
to Plan B.
With that being said, I took that anger early on and re-focused it
toward the Enduro sections. I love going downhill fast especially when
conditions get sloppy and muddy as they were today. So this worked perfectly.
In fact, it worked out well that I got some prototype Kenda SCT tires, my
favorite flat free tire casings, in the Karma 29 x 1.9 tires. Great addition to
my Felt Nine Hardtail for the day. Yes, a hardtail for Enduro on 1.9
tires. My XC style racing bike likes to go fast up and downhill. Was a ton of
fun and worked great. Taking the Enduro sections today went kinda like this: hold
on tight, look ahead for good lines, let go of all brakes, and pray that the
bike holds up. The bike tends to go where you look, and confidence, which I had
on this, can make a world of difference. The equipment held up great and
I ended on the top of the podium today. SWEET!
moving to tomorrow: it is THE Enduro stage. 5 Stages, and tons of technical,
rocky terrain. Iíve got a new motivation to push it hard tomorrow. I am gunning
for the Enduro overall and hoping that with that I will also make some good
amount of time on my competitors in the overall GC. Time will tell!
then, thanks for reading.