Pisgah Stage Race Stage 1 Results and Report

2016 Pisgah Stage Race: Stage 1

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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The weather forecast for Stage 1: Ally’s Bar Looking Glass Route of the 2016 Oskar Blues Pisgah Stage Race called for 100% chance of rain all day. What riders got were early morning clouds turning to sunshine as they rolled across the starting line, topping out at a perfect 68 degrees.

Stage 1 eases riders into the week with a 24.7 mile route and 4,130 feet of climbing. With highlights such as Daniel Ridge, Butter Gap, Long Branch, Davidson River and Cove Creek, riders were treated to some of Pisgah’s most popular trails. Gravel road climbs and smile-inducing downhills make for a fast course that leaves riders with enough left over for the rest of the week.

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Taking the win and wearing the Race Leader jersey for Stage 2 is Kerry Werner, with Tristan Cowie only 1 second behind. Christopher Tries rounded out the top 3 coming in 5 minutes behind Cowie. Bryna Blanchard rocked the Open Women’s category, coming in almost 12 minutes ahead of second place, Heidi Rentz, and 15 minutes ahead of third place women’s finisher, Emily Shields.

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Each stage has a chip-timed Enduro section that lets the downhillers in the crowd open it up and race for the bottom. Burke Sanders took today’s title, coming in at a screaming 6 minutes 54 seconds. Aaron Albright came in 36 seconds behind Sanders,, with Eric Dodds close on his wheel, with only 7 seconds separating second and third place. Brenda Simril took the women’s honors, with Sue Haywood taking second place. Elizabeth Sampey rounded out the women’s podium.

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For full results, visit http://www.blueridgeadventures.net/2016-pisgah-stage-race-results/

After a fast first day, riders are getting ready for Stage 2, which will feature steep, singletrack climbs and screaming downhills over 29 miles. Stay tuned.

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2016 Pisgah Stage Race: Day 0

Monday, April 11, 2016

The 2016 Oskar Blues Pisgah Stage Race is kicking off with it’s opening night at the beautiful Brevard Music Center. Approximately 80 riders, from 6 different countries, are gathering in the Land of Waterfalls for 5 days of some of the best riding in the world. With 140 miles over 5 days and over ¾ of those miles on technical singletrack, this week is truly one of the best ways to experience the best of Pisgah National Forest.

While most riders are looking for a challenge and a week of stellar riding, there are a few folks vying for the top spot on the podium that we’ll be keeping an eye on.

In the Open Men’s category, we have 2 former Collegiate National Champions that will be battling for the top podium spot. Tristan Cowie, a Brevard resident and graduate of Brevard College, grew up in North Georgia and started riding bikes when he was just 5 years old. After years of racing at the state and national level, Tristan went on to race for Brevard College and is now a Carmichael Training Systems coach.

Trying to stop Tristan is Boone resident, National Collegiate Champion & former Pisgah Stage Race winner, Kerry Werner. Kerry is a graduate of Lees-McRae College where he won several championships, as well as participated in World Cup events.

For the Open Women’s category, we have a story that we’ll be watching closely as well. Mountain bike legend, Sue Haywood, will be putting a wheel to the starting line and showing everyone what years of professional racing experience and and strategy can do in a 5 day stage race. As a former member of the Trek-Volkswagon MTB team, Sue Haywood is definitely a contender for the number 1 spot.

Looking to bump Sue from the top of the podium is Stan NoTubes Women’s Elite Team member, Emily Shields. Emily is comes to the Pisgah Stage Race with U25 wins at other stage races and national championships under her belt. We’ll see if Emily’s youth and energy will be able to take on Sue’s experience and knowledge.

Turner, Sheets Take the Overall Wins in Pisgah

Thomas Turner (Jamis) pulled off an epic upset at the Pisgah Stage Race yesterday, becoming the first rider to beat Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon) in a stage race on American soil. Bishop’s streak had included wins at multiple editions of the Pisgah Stage Race, the Transylvannia Epic, Breck Epic, and others. However, despite innumerable attacks throughout the day, in the end Bishop was only able to put 10 seconds into Turner on the final stage, not enough to take the GC lead. Sara Sheets (Oscar Blues) took her forth stage win in five days to claim the overall win in the Women’s Open race.

Check out the highlight video and results for the week below.

Men’s Open Results:

Position Bib # Name Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Overall Time Division Team Name
1 93 THOMAS TURNER  1:59:08.2  2:26:51.4  2:44:09.4  2:41:27.0  2:09:07.5 12:00:43 Open Men Team Jamis
2 94 JEREMIAH BISHOP  2:05:08.1  2:25:46.6  2:44:45.5  2:37:46.8  2:09:06.3 12:02:33 Open Men Team Topeak Ergon
3 84 CORY RIMMER  2:09:54.7  2:34:37.9  2:57:30.7  2:57:52.4  2:18:59.8 12:58:56 Open Men Kona Bikes / Nox Composites / Provision Sports Medicine
4 92 DAVID FORKNER  2:03:25.1  2:43:48.7  3:02:15.3  2:58:24.7  2:21:31.4 13:09:25 Open Men Team CTS
5 81 WILLIAM HARRISON  2:04:33.8  2:41:37.4  3:10:27.3  3:46:22.8  2:20:53.1 14:03:54 Open Men Clemmons Bicycle Racing
6 85 ANDRE LANDRY  2:17:42.9  2:56:19.8  3:09:33.8  3:21:43.3  2:41:42.5 14:27:02 Open Men mikes bike shop
7 96 ERIC INGALSBE  2:22:17.3  2:55:12.5  3:09:36.2  3:13:00.6  2:55:44.3 14:35:51 Open Men The Bike Shop
8 80 MATTHEW KESECKER  2:35:21.0  3:23:07.8  3:37:56.2  3:38:28.1  2:56:24.6 16:11:18 Open Men CAMBO / Hammer Nutrition
9 86 BRENT CROMWELL  2:46:45.9  3:39:08.6  3:42:57.7  3:42:44.9  2:47:35.9 16:39:13 Open Men N/A
10 89 CURTIS HOYT  2:58:53.5  4:01:50.9  3:49:48.4  3:47:00.2  3:05:07.7 17:42:41 Open Men Slippery Sasquatch Racing
11 97 MIKE FOLLAND  3:12:29.3  3:34:01.0  3:36:43.6  4:36:52.1  2:44:59.8 17:45:06 Open Men
12 98 DAVE GRANT  2:49:08.6  3:54:44.3  4:02:48.1  4:04:53.1  2:57:27.6 17:49:02 Open Men
13 78 JEFFREY CONLEY  2:55:45.0  4:05:55.8  4:20:24.8  4:14:39.5  3:15:26.1 18:52:11 Open Men Adventure Medical Group
14 82 CHRISTOPHER DOBBINS  3:34:11.8  3:47:42.8  4:03:23.3  4:37:15.9  3:11:17.0 19:13:51 Open Men Cool Breeze / Trek
15 193 BURKE SAUNDERS  2:58:02.8  4:19:48.0  4:39:04.2  5:18:36.9  4:06:38.4 21:22:10 Open Men Industry Nine / Endless Bike Co. / Wicked Wash
16 83 JONATHAN GARRICK  3:34:03.5  5:19:48.0  4:04:20.2  4:36:50.3 DNS Open Men Cool Breeze / Trek
17 91 NEKO MULALLY  2:57:43.1  3:45:16.4  4:39:03.5  5:18:36.5 DNS Open Men GSTAAD-Scott

Women’s Open Results:

1 88 SARA SHEETS  2:27:32.4  3:11:51.7  3:36:02.9  3:40:48.2  2:49:25.0 15:45:40 Open Women Oskar Blues
2 5 KAYSEE ARMSTRONG  2:29:55.0  3:28:50.6  3:46:21.5  3:25:57.3  2:48:06.9 15:59:11 Open Women Kona/ Provision Sports & Medicine
3 79 ALLY STACHER  2:26:34.4  3:26:30.9  3:39:33.4  3:49:46.2  2:39:31.2 16:01:56 Open Women Ally’s Bar
4 90 VIVIANE FAVERY-COSTA  2:42:29.8  3:36:42.5  3:59:17.3  4:03:53.7  2:59:13.8 17:21:37 Open Women Specialized Women Brasil / Pedal Urbano
5 2 HEATHER DAVIS  3:14:32.7  4:31:53.1  4:49:21.1  5:17:15.2  3:39:48.0 21:32:50 Open Women Ally’s Bar

Pisgah Stage Race Stages 3&4 Results and Video

With 4 of 5stages completed, the Pisgah Stage Race is far from over. In the Open Men’s race, Thomas Turner (Jamis) and Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon) have been battling all week. Turner snuck ahead to take his second stage win on Stage 3, but Bishop came roaring back today, taking the Queen Stage and bringing himself within 2 minutes of the GC lead with one day remaining.

On the women’s side, Sara Sheets (Oscar Blues) looks to have a stranglehold on the GC, though today it was Kaysee Armstrong (Kona) who took the stage win by a commanding 25 minutes. If she can put in a similar performance tomorrow, Armstrong could well take overall.

Stage 5 will see riders tackle some of the toughest descents of the week, including Farlow Gap and Daniel Ridge. With some much on the line in the GC, riders will no doubt have to take some risks on the final day if they want to claim the overall Pisgah Stage Race title.

Check out results through Stage 4 and the Land of Sky Media highlight video below.

Open Men Results Through 4 Stages:

1 THOMAS TURNER  1:59:08.2  2:26:51.4  2:44:09.4  2:41:27.0 9:51:36 Team Jamis
2 JEREMIAH BISHOP  2:05:08.1  2:25:46.6  2:44:45.5  2:37:46.8 9:53:27 Team Topeak Ergon
3 CORY RIMMER  2:09:54.7  2:34:37.9  2:57:30.7  2:57:52.4 10:39:56 Kona Bikes / Nox Composites / Provision Sports Medicine
4 DAVID FORKNER  2:03:25.1  2:43:48.7  3:02:15.3  2:58:24.7 10:47:54 Team CTS
5 ERIC INGALSBE  2:22:17.3  2:55:12.5  3:09:36.2  3:13:00.6 11:40:07 The Bike Shop
6 WILLIAM HARRISON  2:04:33.8  2:41:37.4  3:10:27.3  3:46:22.8 11:43:01 Clemmons Bicycle Racing
7 ANDRE LANDRY  2:17:42.9  2:56:19.8  3:09:33.8  3:21:43.3 11:45:20 mikes bike shop
8 MATTHEW KESECKER  2:35:21.0  3:23:07.8  3:37:56.2  3:38:28.1 13:14:53 CAMBO / Hammer Nutrition
9 BRENT CROMWELL  2:46:45.9  3:39:08.6  3:42:57.7  3:42:44.9 13:51:37 N/A
10 CURTIS HOYT  2:58:53.5  4:01:50.9  3:49:48.4  3:47:00.2 14:37:33 Slippery Sasquatch Racing

Open Women Results Through 4 Stages:

1 SARA SHEETS  2:27:32.4  3:11:51.7  3:36:02.9  3:40:48.2 12:56:15 Oskar Blues
2 KAYSEE ARMSTRONG  2:29:55.0  3:28:50.6  3:46:21.5  3:25:57.3 13:11:04 Kona/ Provision Sports & Medicine
3 ALLY STACHER  2:26:34.4  3:26:30.9  3:39:33.4  3:49:46.2 13:22:25 Ally’s Bar
4 VIVIANE FAVERY-COSTA  2:42:29.8  3:36:42.5  3:59:17.3  4:03:53.7 14:22:23 Specialized Women Brasil / Pedal Urbano
5 HEATHER DAVIS  3:14:32.7  4:31:53.1  4:49:21.1  5:17:15.2 17:53:02 Ally’s Bar
-6 CATHY ZEGLINSKI  2:38:12.2  3:34:14.8  3:53:11.0 DNS Team Whistler / Scott

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Bishop, Sheets Take Stage 2 in Pisgah – Video Highlights

After suffering from a slow leak caused by a valve stem issue on Stage 1, Jeremiah Bishop (Topeak-Ergon) came roaring back to take Stage 2 of the Pisgah Stage race. Though he started the day with a six minute deficit to overnight GC leader Thomas Turner (Jamis), Bishop was determined to ride aggressively and put Turner under pressure. He did that today and pulled back just over a minute, but he still has some work to do to take home another Pisgah Stage Race crown. Ally Stacher (Ally’s Bar) relinquished her GC lead, as Sara Sheets (Oscar Blues) mastered the mud and took a big win on Stage 2. Sheets now leads Stacher by over 10 minutes.

Full results here. Check out the video highlights from Stage 2 below.