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Trans-Sylvania Epic - Stage 4 Results

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 13, 2012 4:11 PM
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Trans-Sylvania Epic - Stage 4
College Station, Pennsylvania

Bishop Consolidates GC Lead by Winning Stage and Putting Over 5 Minutes Into Barry Wicks - Sue Haywood Takes Another Stage Win

"Nuclear."  

That's the word Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale) used to describe the pace during the Raystown stage, stage number 4 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic presented by Dirt Rag.  Only 25 seconds separated Bishop from Barry Wicks (Kona Bikes) at the start of the day.  By the end that lead had ballooned to more than six and a half minutes.  

The fourth stage of Trans-Sylvania took place on the rolling whoops and dips of the Allegrippis trails at Raystown Lake a one hour drive from Camp TSEpic.  Allegrippis has proven to be crowd favorite every year and this year was no exception.  One of two "remote" stages in the Trans-Sylvania Epic, Raystown is the fastest and smoothest singletrack of the week and racers were greeted with slick and wet conditions that left riders covered with mud at the end of the stage but grinning ear to ear.

"I wanted to show the guys I was back" continued Bishop. "I treated the start like a World Cup."  Bishop pushed the pace early and quickly pulled a group including South African Matthys Buekes, Justin Lindine (Redline), Aaron Snyder (SCOTT), Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt) and Wicks away from the rest.  Less than 5 seconds separated these six riders the first time through the lap point.  The fireworks continued immediately into the second lap as Bishop was determined to shed his adversary Wicks who had spent the previous two days chipping away at the lead Bishop established in the ITT at the start of the week.  Buekes was on the move as well looking to find time lost during the first two days of the race.  Lindine too was Wicks was having none of it coming past Bishop and into the lead with the intent to send off a final attack.  In the flurry of activity Edsall, then Snyder and finally Lindine were dropped from the front group.

Unfortunately for Wicks, as he jumped, his run of luck came to an end with a flat tire leaving Bishop and Beukes alone in the lead.  Beukes was looking for a stage win and passed Bishop as he bobbled on one of the final switch backs in the wild undulations of the Allegrippis trails.  Bishop recovered and in his words, "I kept pushing Matt and pushing Matt, trying one side then the other, until I got by because I knew the first person out of the singletrack had the advantage in the finish.  And I wanted this stage win."  Bishop found the room the made a final pass, emerged first from Sleek Dog Trail.  Buekes attempted a last pass out of the final corner but came up one half bike length short.  Trailing in only seconds behind came Lindine with Snyder on his heels.  Edsall finished another minute in arrears with a disappointed Wicks crossing the line more than 6 minutes behind the winners.  Bishop now leads second place Wicks by 6:30 though his lead is anything but secure with the the raw old school trails awaiting the race in RB Winter tomorrow. 

In the women's race Sue Haywood (NoTubes Elite Women) continued her run of success in stage victories grabbing her third of the week.  "We [Cheryl Sornson (Team CF) and I] went back and forth a bit but it was really hard to get away from each other.  One of us would put in a big effort and the other would roll up on the next descent."  Teammate Jenny Smith continued, "It just wasn't worth the effort to make the repeated accelerations today."  Haywood did find one last place to make an acceleration and clipped 14 seconds from Sornsons overall lead though Sornson still holds a commanding 4:50 lead in the GC.  Smith rolled across in third and has a strong hold on third in the GC.  

The stage saw new winners in the Duo Men's race with Tim and Troy Zimmerman (First Place Racing) from Florida showing themselves to be a dominant force in tight and twisty racing taking out a six minute win over GC leaders Dax Massey and Jake Wells (NoTubes/Breck Epic) with Mike Festa and Craig Lebair of Philly Ciclismo in 3rd.  Zeke Hersh (Honey Stinger/Breck Epic) claimed the stage over Kenny Wehn (NoTubes Elite Masters) and Jon Davis (Trek Bike Store Boulder).  Dejay Birtch (Niner/Ergon) continued his dominance in the SS category while Rich Dillen (Team Dicky) came home in second and Clay Chiles (Faster Mustache) finished third.  Jim Matthews continues to lead the 50+ race while the Coed Duo of Juan Garcia and Trish Grajczyk (JCTracing/Deadgoat) has yet to concede a stage to another racer.  

Tim Johnson (People for Bikes/VW/Cannondale/Red Bull) put in perhaps the most impressive ride of the day.  Johnson crossed the finish line in 7th place overall but that came after a start in fourth wave and an eight minute delay as part of the Epic Team competition.  His adjusted time put him in 5th overall and it is impossible not to consider what might have happened if Johnson had started in the front and not had to pass 70-80 racers on his way to the front.  Johnson chipped away at his team's deficit to Team CF's Chip Meeks, Jessie Kelly, Nate Cross, Jack Delzel and Kaitlyn Broadhurst but still has close to 20 minutes to bring back and only three stages left to do so.

After the evening stage presentation the fun continued with the second annual wheelie competition and Hump Day Party which was made possible by stage winner Bishop and his sponsor Cannondale.  Joel Light of the Epic Team TEVR destroyed all in an "around the world" wheelie while racers kicked back under the Red Bull wigwam and enjoyed a selection of fine beverages before tomorrow's assault on RB Winter and the raw, rough, old school trails throughout this part of central Pennsylvania.  

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Scroll to the bottom for Karen Potter's blog post from today

Results - Stage 4

Open Men

1,

Jeremiah Bishop

Cannondale Factory Racing

2.28.20

2,

Matthys Beukes

 

2.28.20

3,

Justin Lindine

Redline

2.28.39

4,

Aaron Snyder

Scott Pro MTB Team

2.28.48

5,

Drew Edsall

Kenda/Felt

2.29.38

6,

Barry Wicks

Kona

2.34.21

7,

Cary Smith

Team CF

2.38.21

8,

Chris Michaels

 

2.42.48

9,

Matt Miller

Giant Mid Atlantic

2.44.57

10,

Stephan Kincaid

Stanís No Tubes

2.46.52

11,

Michael Wissell

B2C2

2.49.00

12,

Luke Sagur

Carolina Bicycle

2.56.06

13,

Madison Matthews

The Bicycle Shop

3.00.34

14,

Cory Wallace

Kona

3.01.25

15,

Jarrett Heitzman

 

3.04.40

16,

Theo Procopos

Keswick Cycle

3.07.59

17,

Jesse Stauffer

 

3.17.34

18,

Eric McKeegan

Dirt Rag

3.28.26

19,

Samir Salas

Diamond Adventure

3.36.31

20,

James Spurk

 

3.52.00

21,

Matthew Garrett

 

3.53.50

22,

Andrew Cappella

 

3.57.14


Open Women

1,

Sue Haywood

Stanís No Tubes Elite

2.54.13

2,

Cheryl Sornson

Team CF

2.54.29

3,

Jenny Smith

Stanís No Tubes Elite

2.56.28

4,

Sarah Kaufmann

Stanís No Tubes Elite

2.58.59

5,

Kristin Gavin

Team CF

3.04.29

6,

Alice Pennington

Kona

3.10.29

7,

Karen Potter

Epic Brewing/MTBRaceNews.com

3.21.53

8,

Shannon Gibson

Stanís No Tubes Elite

3.35.23

9,

Karen Brooks

Dirt Rag

3.41.19

10,

Rachel Brown

Team LUNA Chix

3.42.59


Singlespeed

1,

Dejay Birtch

Niner/Ergon

2.53.18

2,

Clayton Chiles

Faster Mustache

2.59.22

3,

Rich Dillen

Team Dicky

3.00.27

4,

Chris Merriam

Crosshairs Racing

3.25.37

5,

Steven Thompson

Big Pig Racing

3.28.30


GC After Stage 4

Open Men

1,

Jeremiah Bishop

Cannondale Factory Racing

9.0033

2,

Barry Wicks

Kona

9.07.01

3,

Drew Edsall

Kenda/Felt

9.18.58

4,

Aaron Snyder

Scott Pro MTB Team

9.22.25

5,

Matthys Beukes

 

9.23.13

6,

Justin Lindine

Redline

9.33.21

7,

Cary Smith

Team CF

9.41.22

8,

Chris Michaels

 

9.55.28

9,

Stephan Kincaid

Stanís No Tubes

10.21.40

10,

Cory Wallace

Kona

10.26.42

11,

Matt Miller

Giant Mid Atlantic

10.28.05

12,

Michael Wissell

B2C2

10.36.21

13,

Madison Matthews

The Bicycle Shop

10.56.25

14,

Luke Sagur

Carolina Bicycle

11.13.50

15,

Theo Procopos

Keswick Cycle

11.16.32

16,

Jarrett Heitzman

 

11.43.10

17,

Jesse Stauffer

 

11.46.05

18,

Eric McKeegan

Dirt Rag

12.39.46

19,

Samir Salas

Diamond Adventure

13.16.16

20,

James Spurk

 

14.05.12

21,

Andrew Cappella

 

15.57.12


Open Women

1,

Cheryl Sornson

Team CF

10.40.56

2,

Sue Haywood

Stanís No Tubes Elite

10.45.49

3,

Jenny Smith

Stanís No Tubes Elite

11.00.15

4,

Kristin Gavin

Team CF

11.25.23

5,

Sarah Kaufmann

Stanís No Tubes Elite

11.29.33

6,

Alice Pennington

Kona

11.38.17

7,

Shannon Gibson

Stanís No Tubes Elite

13.03.46

8,

Karen Brooks

Dirt Rag

14.13.30

9,

Rachel Brown

Team LUNA Chix

15.26.04


Singlespeed

1,

DeJay Birtch

Niner/Ergon

10.52.18

2,

Rich Dillen

Team Dicky

11.29.12

3,

Clayton Chiles

Faster Mustache

12.16.46

4,

Chris Merriam

Crosshairs Racing

12.49.47

5,

Steven Thompson

Big Pig Racing

14.53.18


Karen's Blog

2012 TSE Stage 4 -Raystown

Todayís stage was the first of two remote starts.  It is held at the very popular Raystown which boasts super fast pump track like trails, but oh there is some climbing that you do feel after four days of racing.  Many bike fests have been held here.

I was really looking forward to riding Raystown as my first year doing this stage race I was completely smoked by this day and wondering what the heck did I get myself into it.  And last year, I caught a bug going around camp and came down with a nasty fever and had to pull out of the race on Stage 3.  I was totally bummed. I wanted to go ride Raystown with some Ďfreshí legs. 

Today I was hoping I would feel semi good as I didnít do the full stage on Day 2 after crashing hard and yesterday I rode the dirt road stage at a fairly steady pace but on the mellow side to save some for todayís stage.

I was still having a hard time finding my mojo for getting into race mode. I was hoping to feel good and try to hang with the lead ladies but once we started I felt flat.  I was kind of bummed out but I realized even with the injury I donít have the base of training I needed to be super competitive here.  I didnít do a 100 miler with lots of climbing before this race and really decided rather last minute to come here to race, so in fairness to myself I canít be too disappointed.  So I just settled in and reminded myself that this is great training and will help my form tremendously coming out of it so enjoy!  And enjoy I did.  The trails are truly super fun, fast and flowing.  While there was 6,500 feet of climbing you donít really feel all of that, just some.

Three more days or more technical riding.  I hope I start to feel comfortable on the rocks again since usually I can ride that stuff well.  Iíve been a bit backed off since going down so hard.  It was dry today and the forecast for tomorrow looks pretty good so getting my confidence back on dry rocky trails will be nice.

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