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Trans-Sylvania Epic Prologue - Full Report and Results

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 5, 2013 2:53 AM
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Drew 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.

Read Drew's report from today's opening prologue below:

Stage one was an ok start for me. Not the exact result I wanted, but a great way to open up my legs and see how my competition is lining up. After my win at Syllamos last weekend, I had a pretty mellow week of training which sometimes gives me a flat feeling early on. I knew this coming into TSE, but also knew that we had 7 days to get things rolling and Day 1 was the shortest of all. So I am confident my legs will kick in tomorrow.

Overall, I was very pleased with my equipment. The Time Trial course this year had some gnarly, super rocky descents in it. I beefed up my tires running my tried and trusted Kenda Kozmik Lite II SCT versions and ran my Felt Edict Nine 29er for the race. Felt good, and made some really tough sections despite my lower than normal power on the bike.

Post-race stage one I got a nice massage, and planning on some nice early sleep at 9pm to recover for tomorrowís stage. Stage two has always been a great day for me, and I am counting on that to bring back the time on my competitors. Lots of tough singletrack along with a longer day at about 3:00-3:10 for the winner most likely. Should be a fun time on the bike!

Prologue: Day One - Full Report

The fourth edition of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic presented by DirtRag began today with picturesque weather and ideal trail conditions. The riders raced through the 14 mile NoTubes Individual Time Trial in Bald Eagle State Forest in sunny, 60 degree temperatures and dry, tacky trails. The course took riders through a variety of terrain, from gravel roads, to rocky descents and freshly cut, serpentine trails.

With three-time champion Jeremiah Bishop deciding not to race this year, the Open Menís field became an even tougher race as riders fought for the previously dominated top podium spot. Commenting on the talent in the 2013 field, Justine Lindine (Redline) stated that he was competing against "Six or seven guys who are pretty tightly matched.Ē Though he acknowledges the threat many riders pose, Lindine was able to secure his lead in the Time Trial with a confident and impressive 1:00:19, putting him over one minute ahead of runner-up Brain Matter (ProGold) in the standings and securing the NoTubes Leader Jersey provided by Pactimo. Lindine hopes to build on his lead through the remaining stages despite his history of misfortune at the TSE in recent years. On his past mechanical issues, Lindine comments, "I think last year I spent eight miles riding a flat tire just to make it to the aid station. Knock on wood, Iíd like to avoid that kind of calamity this year.Ē Local Aaron Snyder (TSEpic Team) also showed a strong performance as he overtook Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt) with only two miles left in the course. Snyderís aggressive ride placed him in third, only three minutes behind leader Justin Lindine. 

In the Open Womenís field, the racers faced the formidable and dominating presence of the Stanís NoTubes Womenís Elite team, which secured the top three podium positions for the day. Amanda Carey (Stanís NoTubes Womenís Elite Team) won first place with her 1:12:29 ride while Sarah Kaufmann (Stanís NoTubes Womenís Elite Team) and Vicki Barclay (Stanís NoTubes Womenís Elite Team) took second and third, respectively. Kaufmann and Barclay showed very comparable form, separated by a mere 16 seconds in the standings. Favored rider Sue Haywood broke her saddle during the race and lost just short of eight minutes to leader Carey, resulting in a fifth place finish. Sonya Looney (Topeak Ergon) experienced a similarly difficult day and would later describe her sixth place finish as a "rough stage.Ē

Despite the over 1400 feet of elevation gain in the stage, the top three finishers in the Singlespeed class finished within two minutes of the race leader. Dax Massey (Breck Epic/Honey Stinger/Light and Motion) finished first with a time of 1:09:21. But Masseyís finish hardly gives him a large time cushion, as runner-up Matt Ferrari (FreezeThaw/Hubcap Cycles) placed second with only a nine second deficit. Dejay Birtch (Ride for Reading/Stanís/Maxxis/Pivot) clocked a time of 1:11:21 to secure third place. With todayís close time gaps, the Singlespeed category is sure to be extremely competitive in the coming stages.

The last of the Duo Menís teams out of the start, Mike Festa and Craig Lebair (Philadelphia Ciclismo) fought hard for their sub-1:12:40 finish time. But despite passing four of their competing teams during the time trial, they did not have enough speed to beat first place finishers Jon Firth and Drew Simson (TransRockies/Honeystinger/Planet Foods). Firth and Simson finished almost three minutes ahead of the Philadelphia Ciclismo duo, and almost nine minutes ahead of third place finishers Matt Johnson and Anthony Sanson (Racing for Riley/Summit City Bikes). In the Duo Coed race, Lawrence Plug and Kaarin Tae (Java Blend) finished in first place, only a minute and a half ahead of Chris Merriam and Libbey Sheldon (Crosshairs Cycling).

With an 8th place finish in the Open Menís category, 21 year-old Madison Matthews (The Bicycle Shop/MBR/Maxxis) finished in an impressive 1:07:00 to take the BMC U25 leaderís jersey. Only three minutes behind, Cory Rimmer (Piney Flats Bicycles/Dean Endurance) took the second place finish, while Logan Taylor (Kelpius Cycling & Logan Taylor) finished third. The womanís BMC U25 leaderís jersey was awarded to Donna Miller (TSEpic Team).

The closest race of the day goes to the Masters 40+ field, where the top three finishers were separated by only 21 seconds. Chris Cyr ( took first place by a mere three seconds over Nathan Ruch (Evolution). Alex Hawkins crossed the line in third, finishing in 1:12:26. In the Masters 50+ race, local rider Jim Matthews finished first with a time of 1:12:15. John Williams finished five minutes behind to take the second podium spot, and Jack Dalzell (Team CF-Ohio) rounded out the third podium position.

Unique to the Trans-Sylvania Epic, the Epic Team category enables riders to construct teams of two to five riders to focus on fun and camaraderie while competing in a GC event. While any and all team members may start any combination of stages, the Epic Team category requires at just one team member to finish a stage each day to compete in the GC competition. In the Epic Team category, Cycle-Smart finished first in the day with the winning time posted by Alec Donahue and supported by David Thompson.

In the Enduro competition wherein a daily leaderís jersey is awarded based on timed downhill segments, the SRAM/Bear Creek menís leaderís jersey was awarded to Zachary Adams (Toasted Head Racing), while the womenís leader jersey went to Rhonda Pearce. Due to minor, and now corrected, complications with the scoring process, all riders will enter Stage 2 tied in standings for the Enduro competition.

With the first day of racing wrapped up, riders now look forward to Stage 2, presented by Answer. The 36-mile stage will take riders through the beautiful, yet unforgiving, Cooperís Gap area of Rothrock State Forest. With 4925 feet of elevation gain, and two SRAM/Bear Creek Enduro segments, the course will be sure to mix up the GC results and will test even the most experienced riders.   



Open Men

1 1:00:19 Justin Lindine Redline / NBX
2 1:01:33 Brian Matter RACC / TREK / PROGOLD
3 1:03:20 Aaron Snyder TSEpic Team
4 1:03:45 Drew Edsall Kenda / Felt
5 1:04:30 Sam Koerber Progold
6 1:05:43 Phil Grove Hammer Nutrition
7 1:06:33 Wes Richards Clemmons bicycle
8 1:07:00 Madison Matthews The Bicycle Shop / MBR / Maxxis
9 1:07:08 MICHAEL WISSELL B2C2/ Boloco
10 1:08:22 Steven Ordons Philadelphia Ciclismo
11 1:10:20 Cory Rimmer Piney Flats Bicycles/Dean Endurance
12 1:12:10 Ben Welnak Mountain Bike Radio
13 1:13:14 Theo Procopos Keswick Cycle
14 1:13:23 Jesse Quagliaroli Expo Wheelmen
15 1:13:43 Peter Butt unattached
16 1:14:14 Derek Bissett NoTubes / Trans-Sylvania Epic / BMC
17 1:15:12 David Fahnestock Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
18 1:18:05 Kyle Centrella Philadephia Ciclismo
19 1:19:53 Cody Hawkins unattached
20 1:23:52 Michael Cosgrove Bike Doctor Waldorf/SOMD Crew
21 1:23:56 Matthew Kesecker CAMBO
22 1:26:33 Daniel Humm unattached
23 1:32:28 Scott Molnar unattached
24 1:35:36 Andrew Schmidt unattached
25 1:36:56 Jorge Riba CREMA

Open Women

1 1:12:29 Amanda Carey Stan's Notubes Women's Elite
2 1:15:04 Sarah Kaufmann NoTubes Elite Women
3 1:15:20 Vicki Barclay Stan's NoTubes Elite Womens Team
4 1:17:52 Andrea Wilson Brickhouse Racing
5 1:20:21 Sue Haywood Stan's Notubes Women's Elite
6 1:22:19 Sonya Looney Topeak Ergon
7 1:26:35 Vanessa McCaffery Corning/Stan's NoTubes Race Team
8 1:27:02 Rhonda Pearce unattached
9 1:30:33 Jordan Salman Pisgah Tavern
10 1:31:27 Jana Morris Giordana-Clif Bar
11 1:32:33 Karen Brooks Dirt Rag
12 1:33:42 Beverly Richardson Blue Rige Adventure Team
13 1:34:31 Angie Sokorai Action Wheels
14 1:34:50 Donna Miller TSEpic Team
15 1:37:29 Laura Gleason TotalCyclist Mountain Bike Race Team
16 1:47:27 Sandie Reynolds Mason Dixon Velo/The Cycle Works
17 1:48:57 Teresa DeWitt Off the Front

Open Singlespeed

1 1:09:21 Dax Massey Breck Epic/Honey Stinger/Light and Motion
2 1:09:30 Matt Ferrari FreezeThaw/Hubcap Cycles
3 1:11:21 Dejay Birtch Ride for Reading, Stanís, Maxxis, Pivot
4 1:12:49 David Yacobelli Corning/NoTubes Race Team
5 1:14:44 Rich Dillen Faster Mustache
6 1:20:35 Eric McKeegan Dirt Rag
7 1:32:59 Tyler Welnak Vision/Wheel and Sprocket

Master Men 40+

1 1:12:05 Chris Cyr BIKEMAN.COM
2 1:12:08 Nathan Ruch Evolution
3 1:12:26 ALEX HAWKINS unattached
4 1:15:34 Bob Radzwich The Bicycle Shop / Vassago
5 1:15:55 Brian Conroy giordona clif bar
6 1:16:13 Rob Campbell unattached
7 1:16:25 Jon Stang Crosstown Velo/Industry Nine
8 1:16:47 Colby Waller Juggernaut ESF
9 1:20:39 David Olsen unattached
10 1:23:27 Thori Wolfe Juggernaut ESF
11 1:27:54 Kevin Maldonado unattached
12 1:28:07 Rick McEachran Spinsanity Cycles
13 1:33:39 Matt Lough Juggernaut - ESF
14 1:37:18 Alan Avis Bikes plus
15 1:39:24 Joaquin Gil del Real CREMA

Master Men 50+

1 1:12:15 Jim Matthews unattached
2 1:17:23 John Williams unattached
3 1:22:35 Jack Dalzell Team CF-Ohio
4 1:26:41 Joe McCarthy unattached
5 1:28:10 Robert Eiserman CAMBO Racing
6 1:40:33 Michael kryzytski The Bicycle Peddler
7 1:50:21 Scott Hammontree Phoenix/Bike Source


1 1:07:00 Madison Matthews The Bicycle Shop / MBR / Maxxis 21
2 1:10:20 Cory Rimmer Piney Flats Bicycles/Dean Endurance 23
3 1:12:25 Logan Taylor Kelpius Cycling & Logan Taylor 19
4 1:12:43 Gunnar Bergey Team Seifert 20
5 1:14:14 Derek Bissett NoTubes / Trans-Sylvania Epic / BMC 25
6 1:15:15 Zachary Adams Toasted Head Racing 23
7 1:19:53 Cody Hawkins unattached 19
8 1:27:46 Mateus Kaplan Kelpius Cycling & Logan Taylor 25
9 1:37:00 Jonah Merriam unattached 14

CoEd Duo

1 1:24:53 Lawrence Plug Java Blend
1 1:24:54 Kaarin Tae Java Blend
2 1:26:16 Chris Merriam Crosshairs Cycling
2 1:26:19 Libbey Sheldon Crosshairs Cycling
3 1:33:05 Sean Riley Griggs Orthopedics
3 1:33:09 Elizabeth Shaner Griggs Orthopedics
4 1:42:51 Mark Deaton Giordana-Clif Bar
4 1:42:56 Sandy Marshall Giordana-Clif Bar

Duo Men

1 1:09:58 Jon Firth TransRockies/Planet Foods/HoneyStinger
1 1:10:04 Drew Simson TransRockies/Honeystinger/Planet Foods
2 1:12:37 Mike Festa Philadelphia Ciclsimo
2 1:12:39 Craig Lebair Philadelphia Ciclsimo
3 1:18:40 Matt Johnson Racing for Riley/Summit City Bikes
3 1:18:48 Anthony Sanson Racing for Riley/Summit City Bikes
4 1:22:52 Paul Wojciak Pawling Cycle and Sport
4 1:22:54 Christian Baks Pawling Cycle and Sport
5 1:24:15 Matt Salter Catamount/1K2GO
5 1:24:22 Don Harmeyer Catamount/1K2GO
6 1:26:05 Marc Basiliere
6 1:26:08 Tyler Benedict
7 1:36:46 Jim Wedge Revolution / Peak Fasteners
7 1:36:53 Drew Jordan Revolution / Peak Fasteners

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