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Report and Results from Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage II

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 9, 2011 3:20 AM
Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race - State College Pennsylvania

Kris Sneddon Takes Stage II, Bishop Still Clings to Race Lead - Amanda Carey Wins it for the Ladies

Day two of the Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race proved to be an exciting and groundbreaking event. Exciting because Cannondale rider Jeremiah Bishop was beaten by Kris Sneddon (Kona) and groundbreaking because the lead of the womenís race was occupied by not one but five elite women, each with a shot at taking the top spot.

In the womenís event, race leader Karen Potter (iRide Adventures/MTBRaceNews.com/zaboo29) was joined by Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt), Sue Haywood (Shenandoah Bikes), Selene Yeager (Team CF), and Vicki Barclay. The elite group, the strongest to ever compete in a U.S stage race, traded the lead back and forth with Potter, Carey, and Yeager each going off the front throughout the 43-mile stage.

No rider seemed to have the upper hand as the group stayed together in the early rough and technical sections of singletrack. The Cooperís Gap stage is one of the most technically demanding in the weeklong race and it took a toll on the lead group.

As the riders approached the final sections of the race the lead pack had been reduced to Potter, Yeager, and Carey. Now on the final 10-mile stretch of gravel road leading to the finish Amanda Carey was able to use her pure power to open up a gap on her competitors.

After 43 miles Carey take the win just one minute in front of Selene Yeager who was followed 20 seconds later by Karen Potter.

Carey had done just enough to take the leaders jersey from Karen Potter.

Vicki Barclay finished in fourth with Sue Haywood taking fifth.

Expect a lot more excitement from the womenís field the rest of this week as the top-3 women are separated by less than one minute in the general classification.

The menís race proved to be no less exciting. The technical riding and competitive field led to lots of riders taking risks. Those risks paid off for some more than others.

A fast pace was set from early on. Riders were doing their best to get established at the front of the field but the bad luck started early as well. First, Alex Grant (Cannondale), last yearís runner-up, encountered a conglomeration of mechanical trouble that led to him having a broken chain, broken rear derailleur, broken spoke, and a flat tire.

He wasnít the only rider set upon my misfortune as Barry Wicks (Kona) suffered two flats, Justin Lindine (BikeReg.com) flatted, and Jeremiah Bishop had an untimely broken chain that ultimately allowed Kona rider Kris Sneddon to get a gap and take the stage win.

Despite the broken chain that cost Bishop his wheel Sneddon was clearly having a stellar day up front. Sneddon had kept a high pace all day and unlike some of the others in the early group, he did not fade toward the end.

The Kona rider is an experienced stage race rider and has titles from the BC Bike Race and TransRockies proving his prowess as a favorite for TSE glory.

While Bishop finished just over a minute behind the Canadian Sneddon he maintained the leaders jersey on the strength of his dominating performance in the prologue.

The lead duo put some serious time into their closest competitors and the race is shaping up to be a showdown between the two best stage racers in Canada and the United States. While Bishop has never lost a stage race in the U.S., Sneddon has won about every stage race there is in Canada. And to make it even more interesting each rider is supported by superstar teammate of their own: Barry Wicks for Sneddon and Alex Grant for Bishop.

This should make the remaining 5 stages extremely interesting.

Race Notes

- Jeremiah Bishop rode his Cannondale 29er full-suspension prototype for todayís stage. This was Bishopís first race on the bike

- Ross Schnell, who has been riding a borrowed bike in the first two stages, tweeted that his bike and bags had finally arrived after getting lost on his flight to Pennsylvania

Stage III Ė Bald Eagle Coburn

Stage 3 is a 47-mile loop from the scout camp.  Riders start on a mix of dirt roads, scenic paved roads, and a little singletrack.  The then make their way through Coburn, home of the famous Wilderness 101, and transition to old rail grade and some singletrack along beautiful Pennís Creek.  Riders will pass through an old rail tunnel and climb to a beautiful vista called Pennís View (2nd checkpoint location).  From there, itís more rolling dirt roads and trail as they return to camp. This stage will cover a lot of ground and lot of history.  Rolling through historic train tunnels and Amish countryside along with some amazing views.  47 miles.  5100 climbing.


Results

Pro Men

1, Kris Sneddon Kona 3.12.01
2, Jeremiah Bishop Cannondale 3.13.28
3, Justin Lindine BikeReg.com 3.17.22
4, Drew Edsall Super Cool Bike Shop 3.18.31
5, Jason Sager Jamis 3.23.04
6, Barry Wicks Kona
7, Kip Biese Big Wheel Racing
8, Jonathon Davis Trek Store Boulder
9, Nate Byrum WTB/Cannondale
10, Alex Grant Cannondale
11, Christopher Beck Team CF
12, Adam Snyder Jamis
13, Bryan Fawley Orbea
14, Sloane Anderson ProAir HFA
15, Ross Schnell Trek/SRAM/Easton
16, Ryan Leech

Pro Women

1, Amanda Carey Kenda/Felt 3.56.34
2, Selene Yeager Team CF 3.57.35
3, Karen Potter iRide Adventures/MTBRaceNews.com/zaboo29 3.57.56
4, Vicki Barclay 3.59.01
5, Sue Haywood Shenandoah Cycles 4.10.49

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