Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage 3

Lindine and Haywood win stage 3 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic

McElveen and Barclay defend their leads in overall classification

Today’s stage 3, the Galbraith Enduro, is a crowd-pleaser for both participants and spectators at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race. Five enduro segments of classic East Coast singletrack, each steeper and rockier than the last, tested racers’ ability to flow like water — or at least to remain upright and live to fight another day.

Justin Lindine (Competitive Cyclist) and Sue Haywood (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) won the elite men’s and women’s stage while Payson McElveen (Competitive Cyclist) and Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) successfully maintained their leads in the overall classification.

Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing) rides during the enduro stage at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race. Photo by: Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing) rides during the enduro stage at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race. Photo by: Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Elite men

One wouldn’t think that cyclo-cross skills would necessarily translate to enduro, but Justin Lindine (Competitive Cyclist) shows it’s possible. He won the day with an impressive time of 17:35.

“Last year, I think I ended up further back in the group at the start. I’ve always done this stage further back than I wanted to be, so it was nice to be in the front early to have the sections clean,” said Lindine.

“Payson [McElveen], Tristan [Uhl], Peter [Glassford] and I were kind of a little group. We hit the timed sections first and pretty much hit them in line, and it was really good. I led through most of them, and it was a way for my teammates and I to make sure nothing catastrophic happened to us… And it was nice to have company.”

Lindine proved his good result in the enduro stage last year wasn’t a fluke. “Last year was surprising, I was second in the stage. I knew I was trying hard but I didn’t know I was trying that hard,” he said.

“And there were only 10 seconds to first. So it’s cool to go out and surprise everyone a bit, you know, cross country riders can descend, too. Makes me want to try enduro racing. It’s tricky. Out here, it’s risk-versus-reward descending. You break stuff more often, you flat more often, but I enjoy it. You switch your brain off and just go.”

Lindine’s teammate Tristan Uhl followed his lead to earn second on the day with a time of 18:13.

Payson McElveen hung on to the Competitive Cyclist train and didn’t lose too much GC time.

“It’s good to get out front a bit on this stage and not be waiting in line at the top of the segments,” said McElveen. “We’re all pretty good friends, so we decided to roll the climbs together and pretty much stuck together on the descents.”

“Both Tristan Uhl and Justin Lindine are more confident descenders than I am, so I was taking it a bit more conservatively, just because I have the lead and I want to take care of that lead, while they were trying to make up a bit of that time. But Justin is a great descender so I think I lost a bit of time to him today. It was a balance working as a team to get down safely while all of us were trying to do good times.”

Sue Haywood (NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) shreds the enduro segments on her way to winning the enduro stage at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race. Photo by: Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Sue Haywood (NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) shreds the enduro segments on her way to winning the enduro stage at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race. Photo by: Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Elite women

Cross country legend Sue Haywood (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) has been focusing on enduro lately, and it showed today in her first-place performance.

“If there was any stage that I would have the chance of winning, it would be this one,” said Haywood. “But with enduro, you know how people say in bike racing anything can happen? Enduro is even more like that. You have a lot of expectations but it’s so easy to mess up. You always try, though!”

The Stan’s NoTubes women dominated the top half of the results, but Haywood attributed that to camaraderie more than planning. “I don’t think riding together was any kind of strategy. Some people ride faster because they’re able; they’re a lot faster up the hills. The open men were done so quickly! Their day is much shorter,” she said.

“It’s always more fun in this stage to ride with friends. You want to be with people you like,” said Haywood. The NoTubes women did coordinate their outfits — they all donned baggy shorts for this stage.

Haywood said that it’s back to work on the next stage. “Tomorrow is an important day for the women—different people have different strengths, so we’ll see.”

Currently sitting in second place in the general classification, Mical Dyck (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) earned second on today’s stage as well.

“We all rode together for the stage, Vicki [Barclay, Stan’s NoTubes], Crystal [Anthony, Riverside Racing] and Sue [Haywood]. We didn’t hammer up the road, we took it easy going to the first stage,” said Dyck.

About the team kit coordination, Dyck said, “Baggies make me feel cooler!”

Dyck also enjoyed her first go at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic’s enduro day. “I really liked the third and fifth segments,” she said. “I really liked five. I got held up at the end, in the big rock section. Racing—always better than working!”

Vicki Barclay had a good enduro day as well and hung on to her top spot in the general classification.

Aaron Albright (Trans-Sylvania Epic/NoTubes) descends the rocky Wildcat Trail in the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race. Photo by: Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Aaron Albright (Trans-Sylvania Epic/NoTubes) descends the rocky Wildcat Trail in the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race. Photo by: Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Under 25 men and women

The youngsters showed everyone else how to ride enduro. Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist) had a stellar day, taking third place in the elite women’s field. She’s currently in sixth place in the general classification. Emily Shields (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team), last year’s Under 25 women’s winner, also did well, with a seventh place finish.

Cody Phillips, an enduro specialist with the Ibis Cycles Enduro Team, broke into the top three of the elite men’s field. Scott Smith (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria), racing on an Epic team, was not far behind him, with a time that would have been good enough to crack the top five elite men. Aaron Albright (NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic) earned fifth place just ahead of men’s overall leader Payson McElveen.

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Lindine and Yeager Target Victory at NoTubes TSEpic

Past Winner Faces Talented Elite Men’s Line-up at Mountain Bike Stage Race

 

The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic (TSEpic) is attracting a talented field of top riders from all over North America to compete during seven days of mountain bike racing from May 24 to May 30, 2015 near State College, Pennsylvania. They’ll be taking part in a race, which many riders affectionately call “Singletrack Summer Camp”.

As the overall race winner in 2013, Justin Lindine (Competitive Cyclist) of Ogden, Utah tops the list of favorites in the elite men’s race.

“The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic is great for a lot of reasons, but the biggest is the communal atmosphere around camp,” said Lindine, who will be competing in the race for the fifth time “It will be another excellent week with friends while doing some awesome racing.”

Lindine is especially excited to be lining up for the start with several of his Competitive Cyclist teammates, including Payson McElveen and Tristan Uhl, and he knows from past experience just what it takes to win.

“Making it through the whole week with good luck, no mechanicals and staying healthy is key,” said Lindine, who has also won the True Grit 50-miler and the Wilmington Whiteface 100km. “It’s a hard week of racing, and the fatigue gets to you, so recovering as well as possible and keeping the bikes running are some of the most important things to do.”

Although he’s Lindine’s teammate, McElveen may prove to be one of Lindine’s toughest challengers. Last year’s NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Under 25 winner would have finished third overall among the elite men if he had been scored in that category. The Durango, Colorado rider even beat all the elite men in one of the stages.

Payson McElveen will be challenging for the win at TSEpic 2015. Photo by: A.E. Landes Photography / aelandesphotography.com

Payson McElveen will be challenging for the win at TSEpic 2015. Photo by: A.E. Landes Photography / aelandesphotography.com

“I’m looking forward to the fight! The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic’s terrain suits me well, and I’m going to give it my all for seven days straight,” said McElveen. “For me, the most challenging part is digging deep through the fatigue that builds up day after day to perform mentally and physically when tired. By stage 7 last year, my body was very ready to be done, and my heart rate was barely climbing above endurance-zone riding.”

No one knows quite what to expect from another contender, Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing) of Ithaca, New York. The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic newbie is a cyclo-cross specialist, currently ranked fifth among the US elite men. He stepped onto 11 UCI podiums during the 2014-2015 cyclo-cross season and was fifth at the 2015 US Cyclo-Cross National Championships in January.

“I am now focusing on mountain bike events through the spring and summer, which marks a return to my roots in the 1990s during mountain biking’s heyday,” said Timmerman, who finished third in the 2014 Hampshire 100, a 100-mile mountain bike race and also won the 2013 Bearscat 50.

The cyclo-cross star is just one year past a surgery he underwent to address a common cycling injury to the left iliac artery, which had been causing him premature fatigue and “dead leg” syndrome.

“There is so much to look forward to at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic,” said Timmerman. “Foremost is probably the scenery and the experience I will have essentially living for a week in such an amazing area. Mix that in with how great the trails there are and such a high level of competition.”

Known for his superior descending skills, Bryan Fawley (Kodiak Tough) of Texas will return to the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic after several years away. He plans to contest both the overall classification and the enduro classification, at least until a few days into the race, when he may decide to focus on one over the other, depending on how it’s going.

“I can’t wait to race on the variety of sections that make up the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic,” said Fawley. “To me, it’s a rider who can adjust under all conditions that will prevail.”

Two other top contenders to watch are State College, Pennsylvania local Aaron Snyder (7 Mountains) and Collingwood, Ontario’s Peter Glassford (Trek Canada), who is the top returning finisher from 2014, when he was sixth overall.

“The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic is special because it caters to so many different styles of participation,” said Glassford, who is the Canadian record holder at the Leadville 100 and two-time winner of the Crank the Shield three-day mountain bike stage race. “I describe it as seven mornings of fun and hard bike riding followed by afternoons hanging out at summer camp. The variety of stage types, terrains and durations help make the week great.”

The Canadian favorite expects the most challenging stage to be the second one, but hopes that bringing a full suspension this year will help him toward a more successful experience over Pennsylvania’s unrelenting, rocky singletrack.

Selene Yeager is a veteran of the TSEpic. Photo by: A.E. Landes Photography / aelandesphotography.com

Selene Yeager is a veteran of the TSEpic. Photo by: A.E. Landes Photography / aelandesphotography.com

Elite Women’s Field Expected at the 2015 Trans-Sylvania Epic

The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic is again drawing a top notch field of women to race its seven-day mountain bike stage race from May 24 to May 30, 2015. Some of the fastest female endurance mountain bike racers will converge near State College, Pennsylvania for a race many affectionately call “Singletrack Summer Camp”.

Winner of the 2010 edition, Selene Yeager (Rare Disease Cycling) of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, returns as the top favorite. She’ll face a trio of accomplished pro riders from the Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team, including State College local Vicki Barclay, Mical Dyck of Canada and Sue Haywood of Davis, West Virginia.

“At the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic, there’s a camaraderie between racers you just don’t see at most big events. It makes it really special,” said Yeager. “I just love the vibe at camp.”

Yeager admits that she’s not one for repeating races, but she keeps coming back to the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. “Gearing back up each day knowing what I’m in for can take some mental wrangling, but it’s always great once the gun goes off,” said Yeager, who was second at the 2011 edition of the race and third in 2014. She has won other major stage races in Brazil and Colorado.

Vicki Barclay and her NoTubes teammates will be a dominant force at TSEpic 2015. Photo by: A.E. Landes Photography / aelandesphotography.com

Vicki Barclay and her NoTubes teammates will be a dominant force at TSEpic 2015. Photo by: A.E. Landes Photography / aelandesphotography.com

As a local rider, Barclay brings detailed knowledge of each trail with her to the race. Although she has done the race several times, she has yet to win. Her best finish was second in 2014.

“From a personal perspective, I just love this race and all the ups and downs of feelings and emotions that the race brings out of you over the seven days. And being a hometown race makes it extra special,” said Barclay.

“Since I live in State College and ride here every day, I always love to see people’s first reaction to the riding here; they are often amazed by the rawness and interesting features of the trails in Pennsylvania. And in fact, keeping your bike and body working every day is always the biggest challenge.”

Haywood is another a returning NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic race veteran, having finished second in 2012 and 2013 and fourth in 2011.

“I’m looking forward to seven days of hard riding in a row. When in real life do you get to do that?” said Haywood, a former national champion. “I can’t wait to see if my teammate, Vicki Barclay, can finally win this thing. She is in fine form this year and knows every inch of the course.”

Haywood expects the toughest stages to be the opening time trial and the final day.

It’s hard to predict the performance of several other top contenders who are elite pro riders making their first trip to the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

Cyclo-cross racer Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) of Beverly, Massachusetts is curious to see just how tough the terrain is.

“It’ll be my first time doing the race, so racing on unknown trails and on terrain that differs from what I’m used to riding will be the most challenging aspect of the course,” said Anthony, who finished fifth at US Cyclo-Cross Nationals earlier this year. “I competed in the TransAlp mountain bike stage race a couple summers ago, so I am familiar with a stage race format and the demands of racing day after day.”

“I’ve heard only great things about both the course and the experience of doing the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic, so I’m looking forward to both! It’s a real treat to be able to compete in a challenging stage race within driving distance from where I live.”

Pro mountain biker Megan Chinburg is making the trip to Pennsylvania from Portland, Oregon.

“I think the biggest challenge will be riding and racing alone. I’ll be there without a team, partner or other racers that I know,” said Chinburg, who has competed in two other stage races in Italy and Poland.

“I’m looking forward to the day that’s all about enduro,” said Chinburg. “While I’m not a gravity racer, I enjoy the format and think it could be a fun addition to the daily stages.”

Both Emily Shields (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) and Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist) will not only be competing for the win in the under 25 classification, but they will also be mixing it up with the older, elite women.

Last year, Shields of Winston Salem, North Carolina, finished sixth overall among the elite women and was the top under 25 rider.

“I know ahead of time how tiring and challenging the week will be, yet I will also be better prepared after learning from last year’s mistakes,” said Shields who is the current Division 1 US Collegiate Cyclo-cross National Champion. “It’ll be great to race with my new teammates, and the race is close enough to home that both of my parents can come support me.”

Noble, who hails from Kennebunkport, Maine, was the third fastest Under 25 woman in 2014.

“I can’t wait to ride some of the most fun trails ever for the second year in a row!” said Noble. “The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic is such a good race because it draws a stacked field; there are so many talented young racers; and it’s crazy fun. I love this race, and it’s transformed the way I ride.”

Thaw Massacre – Moab, Utah

Justin Lindine and Joey Lythgoe Take the Inaugural Thaw Massacre

written by: Shannon Boffeli

The Thaw Massacre, Utah’s newest mountain bike race, launched yesterday in Moab, Utah. Starting at the Bar M trailhead, just north of town, riders tested their early-season fitness on a technically challenging and sometimes bone-rattling 40-mile course.

The ride included trails that tested every rider’s bike handling skills including Deadman’s Ridge and Long Branch and others like Rockin’ A and Circle O determined who had been doing their core workouts over the winter. Each 20-mile lap sprinkled in just enough fast, flowing singletrack to keep racers smiling.

Justin Lindine solos his way to a win in Moab - photo by Angie Harker

Justin Lindine solos his way to a win in Moab – photo by Angie Harker

Despite the difficult terrain riders still turned in crazy-fast lap times with Competitive Cyclist rider Justin Lindine throwing down the fastest time of the day at just 3 hours 7 minutes.

Lindine powered away from the Colorado duo of Bryan Alders (Training Peaks/Yeti) and Chris Baddick (Boulder Cycle Sport).

Together for most of the race, Alders and Baddick were finally separated on their second trip through the unrelenting slickrock of Circle O. Baddick inched just far enough out front that Alders was unable to make contact before the finish.

The slickrock also determined the final podium spots for the men as fifth-placed rider John Osguthorpe (Endurance 360) surged past Drew Free (Revolution/Peak Fasteners) on the unforgiving bumps and drops of Circle O.

The top pro men, women, and semi-pros took home stacks of cash - photo by Shannon Boffeli

The top pro men, women, and semi-pros took home stacks of cash – photo by Shannon Boffeli

The women’s race featured an impressive group of Utah’s toughest female riders. Each one experienced at hammering tough desert racecourses.

Off the start it was Joey Lythgoe (Kuhl) moving off the front in typical fashion. Unlike previous races she wasn’t alone as Jen Hanks (Pivot/Epic Brewing) stayed close behind finally making contact in the rock-crawling sections of Deadman’s Ridge.

The gap stayed small throughout the opening lap as Lythgoe held just a 90-second advantage at the end of lap one.

The Kuhl rider’s elite-level fitness took over at this point as Lythgoe continued to power through her second 20-mile lap increasing her advantage with every mile.

She crossed the line with just over 6 minutes advantage on an exhausted Jen Hanks. Lythgoe was the only women to finish the race under 4 hours at 3 hours 56 minutes.

Hanks took second, tired but happy with her performance.

KC Holley (Kuhl) finished third turning in a strong performance in her favorite riding environment. Debbie Mortensen (Diamond Peak) finished fourth.

Thaw Massacre represented the opening round of the 4-race endurance series hosted by the Intermountain Cup. The next race on the endurance calendar is a two-day stage race, the Stan Crane Memorial, in Draper, Utah, May 23rd and 25th. Click here for more information or the entire Intermountain Cup schedule

 

Results

Pro Men

1, Justin Lindine Competitive Cyclist 3.07.02
2, Chris Baddick Boulder Cycle Sport 3.13.19
3, Bryan Alders Training Peaks/Yeti 3.18.00
4, John Osguthorpe Endurance 360 3.26.11
5, Drew Free Revolution/Peak Fasteners 3.26.45
6, Justin Desilets Revolution/Peak Fasteners 3.32.03
7, Dan Sturm 3.33.30
8, Samuel Dolzani 3.37.08
9, Kris Ochs 3.40.25
10, Jason Hilimire FasCat 3.48.07
11, Ty Hansen Revolution/Peak Fasteners 3.50.28
12, Matthew Turner Summit Bike Club

 

Pro Women

1, Joey Lythgoe Kuhl 3.56.15
2, Jen Hanks Pivot/Epic Brewing 4.03.45
3, KC Holley Kuhl 4.07.15
4, Debbie Mortensen Diamond Peak

 

Semi-Pro Men

1, Dennis Barrett Bountiful Bicycles 3.33.40
2, Ryan Blaney Kuhl 3.37.54
3, Stewart Goodwin Kuhl 3.38.21
4, Bob Saffell Revolution/Peak Fasteners 3.53.50
5, Justin Healy 3.57.33
6, Mitt Stewart UtahMountainBiking.com 3.58.44
7, Josh Mortensen Diamond Peak 4.07.25