Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic: Seven days of pain and smiles.
(May 26-June 1 2013) SPRING MILLS, Penn- The fourth year of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic was one not to be forgotten. Nearly picture perfect weather with only one day of rain left racers battling it out on premier courses. The trails that are part of this seven day mountain bike race are world class and will test your technical skills as much as your physical fitness.
Seven Mountain Boys Scout Camp, situated about 15 miles outside of State College, is the race central for a week of what many call "adult mountain bike camp". Unique to this event, racers spend a full week of racing, eating and sleeping with their fellow racers. The camp Mess Hall becomes a feeding frenzy at each breakfast and dinner, while the on site pool and pond are perfect for cooling off after a hot day on the bike.
So, you are thinking that maybe you want to join this week of fun in the mountains, rocks, trees and roots? Well you better get ready for a week of hard work and tons of fun!
Stage 1: Bald Eagle Prologue Presented by Stan’s NoTubes
Day one of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic kicked off under clear skies and cool temperatures. The day sent racers off on a Time Trial over 14 miles and 1500 feet of climbing. Longer then the average time trail, but the TS Epic is no average race.
Stage 2: Rothrock Cooper’s Gap Presented by Answer Products
Day 2 of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic was another picture perfect day for racing. Today's stage sent racers out for 37 miles and over 4,000 feet of climbing. There was also two timed enduro sections which give racers point towards the overall GC standings.
After yesterday’s technical rock crawl, racers faced a day course that tested their fitness equally as much as their technique. The Bald Eagle Coburn Stage 3, presented by DirtRag and ProGold Lubricants, would treat riders to almost 5000 feet of climbing over 42 miles of fire roads interspersed with technical, rocky trails. Riders found no solace in the mild weather from earlier in the week, which was replaced with temperatures in the low-50s and light to moderate rain for the first half of the competition.
Day four of the Tran-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic brought warmer temps and humid conditions after yesterday's rain. Today's stage tested racers technical riding skills over the course of five enduro segments over 22 miles. Trails went from fast and flowy to steep and rocky. Today's stage aslo created some mix up in the GC standings.
Stage 5: R.B. Winter State Park Presented by Hammer
Day five of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic brought on classic early summer Pennsylvania weather, hot and sticky! Racers set off on a reletively short but extremely difficult stage of 26 miles and 4500 feet of climbing. The second enduro segment of the day sent racers flying down the steepest section of trail in the entire race. There was a bit of a mix up in the overall GC as day five came to a close, but hold on boys and girls, there is still two days of racing left!
Stage 6: Rothrock Tussey Mountain Presented by BMC
Known as the “Queen Stage” of the race, Stage 6 presented by BMC takes riders over some of the most known and loved trails in Rothrock State Forest. Most notably, riders transverse Tussey Ridge. A few years ago, the Ridge caught fire, burning the foliage from the trees in a large region at the top. As a result, the Ridge’s leafless trees provide a picturesque view of the valley below from the beautiful, open trail covered in ferns.
Stage 7: Bald Eagle Little Poe Presented by Freeze Thaw Cycles
Justin Lindine overturns his past years’ misfortunes to win the 2013 Trans-Sylvania Epic, while Amanda Carey takes her second overall win in the week-long stage race. After close racing all week, riders battled over an intense, 26-mile course in Stage 7 to confirm the final standings.
Heading into the seventh and final stage of the Trans-Sylvania Epic, race leader Justin Lindine (Redline/NBX) led the Open Men field by a comfortable fifteen minute gap over Sam Koerber (Progold) in second. The strong lead allowed Lindine to race more defensively in the final stage to retain his leader’s jersey, while the other competitors used their final opportunity to defend or improve their standings in the GC.
Stage 8- Beer Relay hosted by Stan's No Tubes Elite Women's Team
All Photos by Devon Balet.