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Trans-Sylvania Epic - Stage 3 Result and Report

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 13, 2012 4:10 PM
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Trans-Sylvania Epic - Stage 3
State College, Pennsylvania

Barry Wicks Wins Another Stage Bishop Leads GC by Just 30 Seconds - Sue Haywood Takes Her Second TSE Stage Win

 
Forty seven miles and over 5000 feet of elevation gain on a wide open gravel, paved and dirt roads made for a fast and attack-fueled stage 3 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.  The attacks came early and often and left the men's field strewn across the Pennsylvania countryside.  

With little singletrack to break up today's stage, a group of close to forty riders formed on the opening rolling roads with attacks from Jon Davis (40+, Trek Store Boulder Racing), Stephan Kincaid (NoTubes/AXA) and Matthys Buekes (Cannondale South Africa) coming to naught as the 5 mile descent of Sieglerville-Millheim Pike brought the group together again.  Only the Duo Team of Mike Festa and Craig Lebair (Philly Ciclismo/Trans-Sylvania Epic) missed the move of those in the hunt for their respective GC titles as a flat on the first singletrack of the stage had them chasing all day.  

Buekes was not deterred by the unwillingness of the group to let him go and looked to show his strength on a course more similar to those back home.  As Buekes rolled away before the first feedzone those behind seemed unfazed with Barry Wicks (Kona Bikes), Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale), Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt), Justine Lindine (Redline), Aaron Snyder (SCOTT) and the rest of the contenders taking their time through the feed.  Included in this group was Tim Johnson (Cannondale) who came in as part of an Epic Team, fresh off a four-day stint at the Killington Stage Race.  As the realization that the South African was on a mission dawned on the rest the chase began in earnest and by the time what was left of the field rolled through the historic Poe Valley train tunnel only six racer remained in the front group. 

The lead in to the climb of Penn's View, the hardest of the stage, saw Cory Wallace (Kona Bikes) put the screws to the group to set up an attack for his team mate.  Wicksí attack did not shed Bishop but succeeded in separating the leading duo from the rest of the group with Buekes and Johnson forming next on the road trailed by Wallace, Edsall, and Cary Smith (Team CF). 

With two 1.5 miles to go on one of the final rollers of the stage Wicks, who had been on the front for 6 miles, put in a final surge and inch by inch clawed ground from Bishop.  One foot, then two, then three and with a brief look under his arm Wicks saw he had a gap.  Wicks stood and a final acceleration saw the elastic snap as Bishop did all he could to control his adversary.  A final sandy descent and push to the line and Wicks had claimed another 20 seconds in an increasingly tight GC competition.  Behind Buekes pulled away from Johnson to finish third while Johnson's fourth place pulled back a big chunk of time in the Epic Team category.  Lindine rolled in fourth and fifth place was claimed by Wallace.

The women's race has come down to a one-on-one battle between Cheryl Sornson (Team CF) and Sue Haywood (NoTubes) in the GC.  The two spent much of the day watching each other before a late attack through the finishing trail from Haywood clawed back several seconds in the GC battle.  Dejay Birtch (Niner/Ergon), winner of the singlespeed category on today's stage, spent much of the day riding with these two women and commented, "I got to ride with Cheryl and Sue and watched them slug it out all day long.  One would go, the other would respond.  They marked each other all day." With tomorrows bumps and berms of Allegrippis seemingly favoring the talents of Haywood the GC battle is still far from resolved.  Haywood's NoTubes team mate Jenny Smith rode solidly into third on the stage and holds third on the GC.

The Breck Epic/NoTubes Duo of Jake Wells and Dax Massey continued to pull away in the Duo Men category where the main drama was an early flat that had yesterday's second on GC duo of Mike Festa and Craig Lebair (Philly Ciclismo) chasing all day and dropping to fourth overall.  While in the Coed Duo race the squad of Juan Garcia and Trish Grajczy of JCTracing/Deadgoat continued their dominance of the event with a third stage win in a row.  

Jonathan Davis (Trek Bike Store Boulder Racing) pulled out a stage win over Zeke Hersh (Honey Stinger/Bontrager/Breck Epic) marking the third different winner in this category though Hersh maintains the lead in the GC with Kenneth Wehn (NoTubes Elite Masters) in 3rd.  Jim Matthews of State College, PA and the MBR/The Bicycle Shop squad earned a third straight win in the 50+ Masters category trailed home by Scott Thomson and Team CFs Jim Wilson.

The Epic Team competition became a little more interesting for all competitors as Tim Johnson made a midnight run after completing the Killington Stage Race yesterday in order to participate in the rest of the Trans-Sylvania Epic stages on his Volkswagen/People For Bikes/Cannondale/NoTubes team.  While Johnson's entrance into the race adds a whole new element to the competition he faces a 32-minute deficit to the Team CF crew of Nate Cross, Jack Dalzell, Jesse Kelly, Chip Meek and Kaitlyn Broadhurst with only four stages to go.

The Allegrippis trail network at Raystown Lake rides like a mountain bike roller coaster and may be the fastest singletrack racecourse anywhere.  This playground welcomes the Trans-Sylvania Epic tomorrow.


Stage 3 Results

Open Men

1,

Barry Wicks

Kona

2.44.06

2,

Jeremiah Bishop

Cannondale Factory Racing

2.44.26

3,

Matthys Beukes

 

2.46.10

4,

Justin Lindine

Redline

2.48.26

5,

Cory Wallace

Kona

2.52.06

6,

Chris Michaels

 

2.52.24

7,

Drew Edsall

Kenda/Felt

2.53.33

8,

Cary Smith

Team CF

2.56.26

9,

Aaron Snyder

Scott Pro MTB Team

2.56.27

10,

Luke Sagur

Carolina Bicycle

3.04.32

11,

Michael Wissell

B2C2

3.09.39

12,

Stephan Kincaid

Stanís No Tubes

3.10.03

13,

Matt Miller

Giant Mid Atlantic

3.12.48

14,

Theo Procopos

Keswick Cycle

3.17.19

15,

Jesse Stauffer

 

3.24.41

16,

Madison Matthews

The Bicycle Shop

3.27.04

17,

Jarrett Heitzman

 

3.31.24

18,

Eric McKeegan

Dirt Rag

3.37.02

19,

Samir Salas

Diamond Adventure

3.53.42

20,

James Spurk

 

4.10.22

21,

Andrew Cappella

 

4.57.50


Open Women

1,

Sue Haywood

Stanís No Tubes Elite

3.29.11

2,

Cheryl Sornson

Team CF

3.17.24

3,

Jenny Smith

Stanís No Tubes Elite

3.17.28

4,

Alice Pennington

Team CF Kona

3.21.21

5,

Sarah Kaufmann

Stanís No Tubes Elite

3.26.04

6,

Kristin Gavin

 

3.27.36

7,

Karen Potter

Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com

3.48.51

8,

Shannon Gibson

Stanís No Tubes Elite

3.58.31

9,

Karen Brooks

Dirt Rag

4.23.31

10,

Donna Miller

Niner

4.53.07

11,

Rachel Brown

Team LUNA Chix

5.26.26


Singlespeed 

1,

Dejay Birtch

Niner/Ergon

3.20.57

2,

Rich Dillen

Team Dicky

3.35.29

3,

Chris Merriam

Crosshairs Racing

3.43.29

4,

Clayton Chiles

Faster Mustache

3.52.26

5,

Steven Thompson

Big Pig Racing

 


GC After Stage 3

Open Men

1,

Jeremiah Bishop

Cannondale Factory Racing

6.32.13

2,

Barry Wicks

Kona

6.32.40

3,

Drew Edsall

Kenda/Felt

6.49.20

4,

Aaron Snyder

Scott Pro MTB Team

6.53.37

5,

Matthys Beukes

 

6.54.53

6,

Cary Smith

Team CF

7.03.01

7,

Justin Lindine

Redline

7.04.42

8,

Chris Michaels

 

7.12.40

9,

Cory Wallace

Kona

7.25.17

10,

Stephan Kincaid

Stanís No Tubes

7.34.48

11,

Matt Miller

Giant Mid Atlantic

7.43.08

12,

Michael Wissell

B2C2

7.47.21

13,

Madison Matthews

The Bicycle Shop

7.55.51

14,

Theo Procopos

Keswick Cycle

8.08.33

15,

Luke Sagur

Carolina Bicycle

8.17.44


Open Women

1,

Cheryl Sornson

Team CF

7.46.27

2,

Sue Haywood

Stanís No Tubes Elite

7.51.36

3,

Jenny Smith

Stanís No Tubes Elite

8.03.47

4,

Kristin Gavin

Team CF

8.20.54

5,

Alice Pennington

Kona

8.27.48

6,

Sarah Kaufmann

Stanís No Tubes Elite

8.30.34

7,

Shannon Gibson

Stanís No Tubes Elite

9.28.23

8,

Karen Brooks

Dirt Rag

10.32.11

9,

Donna Miller

Niner

10.46.15

10,

Rachel Brown

Team LUNA Chix

11.43.05


Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com rider Karen Potterís blog entry from stage 3 of Trans-Sylvania Epic

Stage 3 of Trans-Slyvania Mountain Bike Epic

I am happy to be writing about stage 3. I thought I was going to have to poach another racer's story but I was able to ride after my bad crash and dnf yesterday. 

I had intended not to do today's stage thinking my hip was going to be super stiff in the morning and figured another day of letting it rest and recover would probably be wise.  But when I woke up this morning it didn't feel too bad.  I was pretty shocked but still leaning towards not racing especially since that's what I had in my head.  I ate some breakfast and started to ponder what I would do with myself all day and thought well, maybe I should go just hop on my bike and see how it feels.  And well, one, I could actually get on and off without it killing me like yesterday and two, pedaling felt ok, still less painful then walking.  So I made a quick decision to do the stage and just keep it chill mode. 

I'm not crazy about dirt roads but it would be a good way to test out the hip without too much on and off the bike or risk of crashing again on crazy greasy rough singletrack. I quickly grabbed my water bottles for my drop bag and hurried down to drop it off before the deadline.  A few folks were surprised to see me on my bike but happy that I was able to ride again so quickly. 

Today's stage follows a lot of the dirt road sections of the Wilderness 101 race, although mostly in the opposite direction, with a few sections of singletrack mixed in here and there.  I didn't feel great at the start.  I didn't really warm up either as I figured I was just riding this a chill day and for training.  I felt rather sluggish at first and pushed back the doubts that crept up about the wisdom of racing today and told myself I'd warmup and feel better in a bit.  I've done plenty of long training rides where I felt pretty bad for the first few hours only to finally feel good 4 hours in. 

I resisted the temptation to jump on some trains to draft as mostly they were going faster than I cared to push, at least early on. It was kind of nice to just be relaxed and enjoy the views and the ride for once.  I did manage to get in a small group of 3 and then picked up a couple singlespeeders heading into the first Aid Station at mile 17.   I grabbed a fresh water bottle and carried on, spinning the climbs so as not to blow myself up since I was already pretty far off the lead.  And the next few days are a lot more my to my liking as far as trails go and being inspired to ride hard. Although these were some nice dirt roads following along some pretty streams that were really flowing with the recent rains.

Today's stage brought us through the cool and kind of scary railroad tunnel.  It's pretty cool looking but it gets really dark for a little stretch and you feel like the walls are closing in on you.  But you see the light at the end of the tunnel and focus on that and soon enough your out of it.  I thought I heard at the start that there has been a helper/spectator/volunteer (not exactly sure what his role is to be honest) who has been dressing up to look like Dracula, anyway, I thought I heard he'd have water and here was right after the tunnel so I grabbed my almost empty water bottle and was going to hand it off but realized he was only holding little dixie cups so I put my water bottle back in the cage.  I rode up to him and was ready to take the water cup but, no it was beer. At first I said no, but then I was like, I'm out here having 'fun' today why not. So I took a quick drink and chucked the rest.  ya, see I never do that in a race. 

Anyway, I forgot about how long and rocky the long climb was up to the second Aid Station at mile 34.  It went on and on and on.  My lower back was starting to get a bit tight so I'd stand up to stretch every now and then.  Eventually, I made it to the Aid Station where Rich of Stanís No Tubes graciously cooled me down with some cold water on the back... ahhh.. Thanks!  I grabbed my bottles out of my drop bag and carried on pleased I had gotten to ride today.

It was some undulating dirt roads from there with a short section of trails thrown in about a mile from the finish and then pretty easy mostly down from there to the finish.  I was quite pleased I was able to ride today and feel ok.  I didn't cook myself and hope to have a strong finish to this stage race.  

Yeah - Raystown tomorrow

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