May 28, 2013
The fourth edition of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic presented by DirtRag is underway this week with picturesque weather and ideal trail conditions.
The Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic is a seven day mountain bike stage race scheduled for May 26-June 1, 2013. The event is based out of the Seven Mountains Boy Scout Campground in Spring Mills, PA, very close to State College. Five of the race’s stages will loop from the campground. The other two stages will be within a one hour drive of the campground.
The Trans-Sylvania Epic promoters have worked tirelessly to design courses that are fun and challenging for a wide range of riders. While they hope to continue to attract the very best pro cyclists to our event, we want to keep the fun factor high for weekend warriors and mid-level enthusiasts. For example, if you can ride 3-4 hours at a steady pace and smile at the end, you will do just fine at Trans-Sylvania. The longest courses should not take slowest riders more than five hours to complete, and most of our courses are shorter.
Stage 1 Recap
Stage 1 took had the riders racing through the 14 mile NoTubes Individual Time Trial in Bald Eagle State Forest in sunny, 60 degree temperatures and dry, tacky trails. The course exposes the racersy to a variety of terrain, from gravel roads, to rocky descents and freshly cut, serpentine trails.
With three-time champion Jeremiah Bishop deciding not to race this year, the Open Men’s field became an even tougher race as riders fought for the previously dominated top podium spot. Commenting on the talent in the 2013 field, Justine Lindine (Redline) stated that he was competing against “Six or seven guys who are pretty tightly matched.” Though he acknowledges the threat many riders pose, Lindine was able to secure his lead in the Time Trial with a confident and impressive 1:00:19, putting him over one minute ahead of runner-up Brain Matter (ProGold) in the standings and securing the NoTubes Leader Jersey provided by Pactimo.
Lindine hopes to build on his lead through the remaining stages despite his history of misfortune at the TSE in recent years. On his past mechanical issues, Lindine comments, “I think last year I spent eight miles riding a flat tire just to make it to the aid station. Knock on wood, I’d like to avoid that kind of calamity this year.”
Local Aaron Snyder (TSEpic Team) also showed a strong performance as he overtook Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt) with only two miles left in the course. Snyder’s aggressive ride placed him in third, only three minutes behind leader Justin Lindine.
In the Open Women’s field, the racers faced the formidable and dominating presence of the Stan’s NoTubes Women’s Elite team, which secured the top three podium positions at the end of the first stage. Amanda Carey (Stan’s NoTubes Women’s Elite Team) won first place with her 1:12:29 ride while Sarah Kaufmann (Stan’s NoTubes Women’s Elite Team) and Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Women’s Elite Team) took second and third, respectively.
Kaufmann and Barclay showed very comparable form, separated by a mere 16 seconds in the standings. Favored rider Sue Haywood broke her saddle during the race and lost just short of eight minutes to leader Carey, resulting in a fifth place finish. Sonya Looney (Topeak Ergon) experienced a similarly difficult day and would later describe her sixth place finish as a “rough stage.”
Stage 2 Recap
Stage 2, presented by Answer, saw the riders tackling the beautiful, yet unforgiving, 36-mile Cooper’s Gap area of Rothrock State Forest. With 4925 feet of elevation gain, and two SRAM/Bear Creek Enduro segments, the course tested even the even the most experienced riders. Lindine once again donned the yellow Pactimo Leaders Jersey and held a 6:51 lead over the remaining riders.
The Stan’s NoTubes Women’s Elite team continued their domination of the Open Women’s category during Stage 2. During the initial two-mile neutral start, the Stan’s NoTubes women stuck together to ensure a strong position to begin the stage. According to Amanda Carey (Stan’s NoTubes Women’s Elite Team), the end of the neutral start marked the moment where “the gloves came off” and the teammates became competitors in the 36-mile stage. In the end, the top three podium spots went unchanged. Amanda Carey kept the leader’s jersey while teammates Sarah Kaufmann and Vicki Barclay retained second and third, respectively.
And Stage 3…
Tuesday’s stage, the Dirt Rag/ProGold Coburn Stage, is a mainstay of the Trans-Sylvania Epic and has traditionally altered the racer’s focus from technical single-track skill to tactical acumen with a more open course that encourages group racing tactics. However, a reversal of the classic routing takes what were formerly leg searing rocky climbs and transformed them into blazing fast, gnarly descents that offer an entirely different look to the stage.
Stay on top of the results and see daily photos and videos at www.tsepic.com.
Pactimo is proud to provide leaders jerseys for the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race.
We are pleased to be the custom cycling apparel partner for the 2013 NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. Leader jerseys are from our Ascent cycling line and made from the very best European fabrics, with the serious cyclist in mind. They include both men’s and women’s specific designs.
Drew Simson and Zach Adams
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