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Trans-Sylvania Epic - Stage 2 Results

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 13, 2012 4:08 PM
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Trans-Sylvania Epic - Stage 2
State College, Pennsylvania

Barry Wicks Takes Stage 2 While Jeremiah Bishop Keeps the GC Lead - Cheryl Sornson Wins Stage 2 and Takes Over GC Lead

Wet, slippery conditions welcome racers at Trans-Sylvania Epicís hardest stage
 

After Sundayís stage 1 time trial that put returning champion Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale Factory Racing) just over one minute ahead of Barry Wicks (Kona Bikes) in overall GC, all eyes were on the two World Cup veterans to see who would emerge victorious in the treacherous 38 mile second stage of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic, a stage considered by most to be the hardest and most challenging. Weather reports called for sun and 90-degree temps with maximum swamp humidity.

Luckily, overnight thunderstorms dropped temperatures considerably for most of the stage but in the process left much of the course wet and slick. So much so that a large number of riders crashed going across a snotty bridge in the early miles, including Bishop who suffered a bent derailleur hanger, and womenís fourth place overall Karen Potter (Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com) who was forced to abandon with a hip injury. After a check up at the local doctorís office revealed no broken bones she said she plans to ride later stages in the week "just for fun.Ē

Before this, within the first four miles Bishop threw his chain and then fussed with his derailleur barrel adjuster while the heads of state patiently waited, resulting in a more mild than usual starting pace. It didnít take long though once Bishop rejoined the front for the field to attack the early rolling fireroad section with a group of 15 separating from the pack, setting an early tempo that created the initial selection. As the leaders scaled the slippery, wet rocks of No Name Trail. Bishop (who had had to chase back after his fall,) Wicks, and 24-year-old hopeful Aaron Snyder (Scott Bicycles) accelerated to a 30 second lead over the evenly spaced Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt), Matthys Buekes (Cannondale South Africa) and Justin Lindine (Redline).
The top two women in the overall GC, Sue Haywood (NoTubes,) who held a three second lead over Team CFís Cheryl Sornson, both occupied a spot in the top 15 overall as the climb ascended to aid station two.

The men traded punches up the climbs with Buekes showing his climbing ability by catching and then attacking the leading duo when the trail smoothed out.  While Wicks and Bishop both trailed going into the next section of rocks they both asserted their rock and roll dominance by quickly passing Buekes and pulling out a 90 second advantage. The two leaders exchanged the top spot throughout the next 20 miles and remained wheel to wheel, nearly scrapping each otherís back tires in a frenzied drag race. After 38 miles of battle the leaders had stretched their lead to 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
Behind the leaders, Buekes found the Pennsylvania rocks a different sort of challenge, "I could feel my brain using my energy,Ē he said.  "Iím not used to having to concentrate on riding technical terrain for such long stretches,Ē mused the South African who is visiting North America to make a run at the upcoming World Cups.  A bruised and bloodied Edsall, young gun Snyder and Cary Smith (Team CF) also eventually caught and passed Buekes when it got technical while Lindine suffered double flats and has refocused on chasing stage wins.

With less than 1 mile left, Wicks attacked Bishop as the riders transitioned from pavement to trail for the final time.
"I didnít attack until that final point. I accelerated and I knew he couldnít catch me before the finish.Ē said Wicks after crossing the line as the victor of stage two. "I felt really good on the trails today and I was able to push the pace after getting a feel for the field.Ē
Wickís 14 second advantage at the finish wasnít enough to dismantle Bishopís lock on overall GC going into stage three.
"I had a few small issues today, slippery rocks and some bike problems. I knew it was going to be a defensive day and I just canít ride rocks like Barry can. Heís a legit rider and Iím just glad I got out of today unscathed, said Bishop. "Today was the hardest stage, but this competition is all about consistency and Iíll be ready to come out strong again tomorrow.  Barry was riding smoother today. I took a neutral support stop to check my derailleur, I was fighting cramps, I just had to hold back and play it safe today.Ē
 
Edsall took the third spot after a hard fall while Snyder hung on to fourth.
 
For the women, at mile 28 Sornson attacked on a fireroad climb and Haywood couldnít respond, ending up nearly five minutes in arrears by the finish.
 
"At the aid station I got in ahead of Sue and got out quick,Ē said Sornson. "Right before in the singletrack I tested her, got a little gap, grabbed my bottles and kept going.Ē  When Sornson hit the final fire road section she didnít look back and emerged as the new womenís GC leader by the finish. "I was tired after yesterday but I felt good today. Iím a little concerned about tomorrow since itís a lot of rolling terrain and not very technical,Ē continued Sornson. "Iíll try to hold the NoTubes pace line if it forms.Ē
 
In the singlespeed category Dejay Birtch (Niner/Ergon) rode to another convincing win to widen his gap further over second place GC rider Rich Dillen (Team Dicky) who claimed, "Itís not exciting, he wins I follow, weíre all just riding around behind him.Ē
The Breck Epic/NoTubes menís duo of Jake Wells and Dax Masey took the win today after finishing third on day one to take the leaderís jerseys and the NoTubes co-ed duo of Alan and Karen Rishel also posted a first place finish after placing third on day one to move into second overall behind Juan Garica and Trish Grajczyk of JCTRacing/Deadgoat. Chip Meek carried his Epic Team, Team CF, to a win after finishing second yesterday. Team CF now leads the Epic category after a DNF by Bicycling magazine, which held the overall GC position overnight.
 
Tuesdayís 47 mile stage 3 at Bald Eagle Coburn with 5,100 feet of climbing is largely considered "the road dayĒ by returning riders due to minimal technical trails and lots of high speed sections. Itís a good day for fast climbers and team work to split the pack. In Bishopís favor: Cannondale teammate Tim Johnson will be starting as part of a separate Epic Team after finishing the Killington road stage race yesterday.For more information about the Trans-Sylvania Epic point your browser to TSEpic.com and follow along with as much play by play as our deep woods access allows on the TSEpic Facebook page. Check MTBRaceNews.com and the TSEpic site for reports from each day's stage.

 


Stage 2 Results

Open Men

1,

Barry Wicks

Kona

2.58.37

2,

Jeremiah Bishop

Cannondale Factory Racing

2.58.51

3,

Drew Edsall

Kenda/Felt

3.02.59

4,

Aaron Snyder

Scott Pro MTB Team

3.05.21

5,

Cary Smith

Team CF

3.10.23

6,

Matthys Beukes

 

3.14.49

7,

Chris Michaels

 

3.17.10

8,

Justin Lindine

Redline

3.24.53

9,

Stephan Kincaid

Stanís No Tubes

3.28.39

10,

Madison Matthews

The Bicycle Shop

3.28.40

11,

Matt Miller

Giant Mid Atlantic

3.30.03

12,

Cory Wallace

Kona

3.36.42

13,

Michael Wissell

B2C2

3.39.10

14,

Theo Procopos

Keswick Cycle

3.50.00

15,

Jesse Stauffer

 

3.55.44

16,

Jarrett Heitzman

 

4.03.44

17,

Luke Sagur

Carolina Bicycle

4.12.52

18,

Eric McKeegan

Dirt Rag

4.27.46

19,

Samir Salas

Diamond Adventure

4.32.59

20,

James Spurk

 

4.47.10

21,

Andrew Cappella

 

5.39.54


Open Women

1,

Cheryl Sornson

Team CF

3.29.11

2,

Sue Haywood

Stanís No Tubes Elite

3.34.27

3,

Jenny Smith

Stanís No Tubes Elite

3.41.49

4,

Kristin Gavin

Team CF

3.48.43

5,

Sarah Kaufmann

Stanís No Tubes Elite

3.56.24

6,

Alice Pennington

Kona

3.58.06

7,

Shannon Gibson

Stanís No Tubes Elite

4.21.00

8,

Karen Brooks

Dirt Rag

4.52.41

9,

Donna Miller

Niner

4.56.41

10,

Rachel Brown

Team LUNA Chix

5.26.26


Singlespeed

1,

Dejay Birtch

Niner/Ergon

3.35.42

2,

Rich Dillen

Team Dicky

3.48.37

3,

Clayton Chiles

Faster Mustache

4.19.30

4,

Chris Merriam

Crosshairs Racing

4.30.37

5,

Steven Thompson

Big Pig Racing

5.46.08


GC Results After Stage 2

Open Men

1,

Jeremiah Bishop

Cannondale Factory Racing

3.47.47

2,

Barry Wicks

Kona

3.48.34

3,

Drew Edsall

Kenda/Felt

3.55.47

4,

Aaron Snyder

Scott Pro MTB Team

3.57.10

5,

Cary Smith

Team CF

4.06.35

6,

Matthys Beukes

 

4.08.43

7,

Justin Lindine

Redline

4.16.16

8,

Chris Michaels

 

4.20.16

9,

Stephan Kincaid

Stanís No Tubes

4.24.45

10,

Madison Matthews

The Bicycle Shop

4.28.47

11,

Matt Miller

Giant Mid Atlantic

4.30.20

12,

Cory Wallace

Kona

4.33.11

13,

Michael Wissell

B2C2

4.37.42

14,

Theo Procopos

Keswick Cycle

4.51.14

15,

Jesse Stauffer

 

5.03.50

16,

Jarrett Heitzman

 

5.07.06

17,

Luke Sagur

Carolina Bicycle

5.13.12

18,

Eric McKeegan

Dirt Rag

5.34.18

19,

Samir Salas

Diamond Adventure

5.46.03

20,

James Spurk

 

6.02.50

21,

Andrew Cappella

 

7.02.08


Open Women

1,

Cheryl Sornson

Team CF

4.28.59

2,

Sue Haywood

Stanís No Tubes Elite

4.34.12

3,

Jenny Smith

Stanís No Tubes Elite

4.42.26

4,

Kristin Gavin

Team CF

4.53.18

5,

Alice Pennington

Kona

5.02.38

6,

Sarah Kaufmann

Stanís No Tubes Elite

5.04.30

7,

Shannon Gibson

Stanís No Tubes Elite

5.29.52

8,

Karen Brooks

Dirt Rag

6.08.40

9,

Donna Miller

Niner

6.15.50

10,

Rachel Brown

Team LUNA Chix

6.49.58


Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com rider Karen Potter had a tough Stage 2 and was forced from the race after a bad crash. Read her blog report below:

So not quite the day I was hoping for today.  It had poured just after dinnertime and continued into the night so the trails were sure to be slick.  The forecast was for another warm, humid day with a good chance of thunderstorms. 

The start of the stage is mostly downhill on a rough jeep road and at the bottom was a very very very slick bridge that I came just enough off balance or just hit the brakes wrong and wham I went down and slid across the bridge.  It was fairly dramatic but I tried to get back up quickly and get going but once I stood I could feel the pain in my right hip.  Not good.  I hope I can ride this out and carried on trying to massage it up the climb.  Oh and nice, I broke my shoe buckle as well so my right shoe was fairly loose but that was the lesser of my concerns at that point. 

My hip hurt every pedal stroke but it was sort of bearable maybe it will work out eventually.  I was quite backed off down the next down hill and then it was onto a dirt road where I tried to hook on a wheel and keep going.  But then we hit a singletrack climb that was so super slick.  I tried to ride as much as possible but the more I fought to stay on the bike the more painful my hip was and it eventually became unrideable regardless.  But man, that killed hiking up that hill.  My hip definitely felt better on the bike then off but the next section was lots of super slick greasy rocks that was near impossible to stay on the bike.  And getting on and off the bike right now is not good.

I even crashed again on my right hip once up the climb on some rocks and got of lost it then.  Totally out of my groove and wondering how badly I hurt my hip.  It felt more muscular and likely bone bruise. 

I eeked my way into Aid Station one in tears and had the medic assistant there check me out and decided to bag the race at that point.  It was just too much to keep pushing it.  I felt like a rookie crashing on a bridge like that but I heard some elite men went down too on so I didnít feel as bad about it then.  Not that I wish crashing on anyone.

I heard from there the trails were a bit better but overall a tough day for slick, greasy rocks. 

At this point, my plan is to take it easy tomorrow since I have a feeling my hip is going to be very angry with me tomorrow morning and hopefully come back for Stage 4 Raystown which is super fun riding, smooth, flowing trails and therefore hopefully not too much getting on and off the bike. 

 

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