Trans-Sylvania Epic Day 3
Stage three on the Trans-Sylvania Epic was more so than yesterday. Last night around dinner time the rain started and pretty much showered all night. While the temperatures were moderate, it was too warm and humid to sleep comfortably and the dry and tacky trail conditions were sloppy and slick. Fortunately the course was mainly a tour of the local countryside with considerable doubletrack, gravel and even paved road sections.
The race mainly stayed together until we rode a singletrack trail that strung things out about halfway through. The front group was smaller and stayed together until the last longer climb following a harrowing trip through an old railroad tunnel. Going from daylight to near total darkness seemed to completely foul my equilibrium and I almost felt a little sickened from it.
Shortly after, Brandon Draugelis pushed the pace on the ensuing climb, and I decided to allow a gap to open as I was under the impression that we only had a few more miles to go. Evidently, the mileage profile I was looking at wasn’t accurate and we actually had seven miles to go and instead of a quick descent back to camp there were several more climbs. By the time I got the memo that we were no where near the finish it was too late and I was conceding big time.
To add a little insult Christian Tanguy who was in the break ahead grabbed my bottle at the last checkpoint leaving me with flavored water when I needed some fuel. Oh well, at least I held onto second overall by a couple minutes so without any more mechanicals or mental mistakes the race should sort out well. At the end, Jeremiah Bishop took the win from his teammate Alex Grant with Draugelis and Tanguy close behind.
On the women’s side, Selene Yeager had a great race and moved into a considerable lead overall. Rebecca Rusch was buoyed by a better ride and some recovery from the day before while Karen Potter was bummed about losing not only the overall lead but also more time than she expected.
The biggest loss today was instead of enjoying the sights, we sucked wheel and ate mud all day only to return to camp for a mostly sunny afternoon. Tomorrow we travel to Raystown Lake for a remote stage that promises to be ridiculously awesome. The weather is supposed to improve as well so that will please this fair weather flyer for sure!
Here are the latest results:
Jeremiah Bishop 3:04:28 6:51:05
Alex Grant 3:04:29 Evan Plews 7:01:00
Brandon Draugelis 3:04:46 Christian Tanguy 7:03:03
Christian Tanguy 3:05:25 Brandon Draugelis 7:05:49
Evan Plews 3:09:47 Alex Grant 7:10:35
Selene Yeager 3:37:35 8:35:18
Rebecca Rusch 3:45:17 Karen Potter 8:48:20
Karen Potter 3:53:56 Rebecca Rusch
Rachael Mirvish 4:33:38 Rachael Mirvish 10:53:56
Susan Williams 5:19:18 Susan Williams 12:34:31
Good night and good day tomorrow!