Lindine wins stage 2 battle with Werner at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic

TRANS-SYLVANIA, PA (May 31, 2016) – Today’s stage featured some of the signature trails of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic, including classic Eastern rocky singletrack that inspired racers to give it their all. Despite the challenging terrain, the top riders fought until the end and kept things close.

Elite men

Justin Lindine (APEX / NBX / Trek) and Kerry Werner (Rally Cycling) continued their two-man battle with Lindine sprinting to the stage victory and continuing as overall leader.

“Today was a lot like yesterday with Kerry and me getting away early and racing each other in the hopes of snagging time bonuses by also doing well in the enduros,” said Lindine. “We’d stay together on the gravel and whoever felt better would surge to get ahead in the singletrack – each of us led different singletrack sections. Kerry even got a slight gap on me at one point up on Tussey Mountain, but I knew the trail so well that I was pretty sure I could bring him back.”

Kerry Werner (Rally Cycling) and Justin Lindine (APEX / NBX / Trek)

Kerry Werner (Rally Cycling) applies pressure to Justin Lindine (APEX / NBX / Trek) through a rock garden on Tussey Mountain during stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

First-time NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic racer Werner doesn’t have the advantage of familiarity with the trails, but he’s still loving them. “I’ve never ridden up here, but I grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania. We have rocks there, but not as gnarly,” said Werner. “The John Wert trail and Tussey Mountain ridge trail were amazing today!”

Going into the final off-road section in the last mile, Werner attacked on a steep section, but Lindine reacted quickly. The stage was set for a sprint.

“Justin and I are well matched fitness-wise,” said Werner. “Maybe toward the end of the week, we’ll start to see some chinks in each other’s armor.”

Kerry Werner (Rally Cycling) and Justin Lindine (APEX / NBX / Trek)

Kerry Werner (Rally Cycling) leads Justin Lindine (APEX / NBX / Trek) through a tight section of singletrack early in the second stage of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. The two top elite men’s riders would stay together for the duration of the stage – neither was able to shake the other.

 

The surprise of the day came from Spanish rider Adria Noguera Soldevila (Buff Pro Team), who rode his way into third place for the stage and GC. “I’m on a hardtail – unlike the other top riders – so the technical parts have been hard, and I try to make up time on the gravel roads.” His teammate Pau Zamora said, “We’ve never ridden singletrack like this before. This is different – it’s hard to keep your momentum through the technical sections, especially on our hardtails.

Tomorrow’s stage 3 enduro format could shake up the standings as the top three riders will get time bonuses applied to the general classification.

Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team), who overcame mechanical issues to win the enduro category for the stage as well as defend his overall lead in the enduro classification, was clearly having fun. “The second segment was super pedally, and I time trialled it and was going so hard that I got cross-eyed. I came into that last rock pile so fast that I literally couldn’t crash because I had so much momentum. I hit something and caught air and got sideways but was up there for so long that I had time to turn myself back around. I can’t wait for tomorrow’s enduro stage – I want to finally get a Trans-Sylvania Epic stage win!”

Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team)

Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team) rode a switchback nose manual around a turn during stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic as the course transitioned from fireroad to singletrack.

 

Stage 2 Brief Results

  1. Justin Lindine (APEX / NBX / Trek)
  2. Kerry Werner (Rally Cycling)
  3. Adria Noguera Soldevila (Buff Pro Team)

General Classification After Stage 2

  1. Justin Lindine (APEX / NBX / Trek)
  2. Kerry Werner (Rally Cycling)
  3. Adria Noguera Soldevila

Enduro Stage 2 Brief Results

  1. Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team)
  2. Cory Rimmer (Kona / Nox Composite)
  3. Edward Kerly (Fuji Bikes)

Enduro Classification After Stage 2

  1. Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team)
  2. Cory Rimmer (Kona / Nox Composite)
  3. Justin Lindine (APEX / NBX / Trek)

Elite women

Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women) used her local expertise on the technical course to pull out a win, despite not feeling her best. “As soon as I started today, I could tell I was heavy in the legs,” she said. “Kaysee Armstrong [Liv] was with me for the first 6-7 miles, and then I got away on one of the big climbs and I rode by myself all day. Bryna [Blanchard, Windham Mountain Outfitters] was not too far behind today.”

Defending champion Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team)

Defending champion Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) on her way to a second solo stage win in a row during day 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. Barclay, a State College local, knows and loves most of the trails in this year’s race.

 

For tomorrow’s enduro stage, Barclay said she’s not going to push it. “I’m not going to try to win the enduro stage… there’s some fast downhill girls here, Kaysee and Meggie [Bichard, Fuji Bikes],” she said. “I just want to get down and have a good time… just let my legs spin and recover as much as possible.”

Blanchard had a fantastic day, and it showed in her result, just 2:28 behind Barclay. “I had so much fun today. It was like magic… probably one of the best days I’ve had on the bike this year,” she said. She also plans to ride conservatively in the enduro stage. “Tomorrow I just want to ride clean, minimize the damage, and recover on the climbs. Hopefully I can build on how I felt today and keep it smooth. I have no illusions about trying to do anything on enduro day other than just enjoying it and not killing myself.”

Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters)

Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters) put her climbing skills to use during today’s Queen stage at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. She is the top challenger this year so far to defending champion Vicki Barclay.

 

Armstrong, who nabbed second in the 2014 NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic in the Under 25 category, is enjoying her solid third place spot. “We started off well,” she said. “Vicki and I were together for a little bit at the beginning, but then we hit the gravel road and she was gone. Bryna caught me not long afterward, so I just tried to maintain third and saved energy for Tussey Ridge, because two years ago when I did it I died, and today it was perfect.”

Armstrong is a good descender and earned a 60-second time bonus for finishing second overall in today’s enduro sections, so she could be a threat to gain GC time tomorrow with a good performance. However, the New Zealander Bichard continues to dominate the overall women’s enduro competition.

Stage 2 Brief Results

  1. Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women)
  2. Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters)
  3. Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)

General Classification After Stage 2

  1. Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women)
  2. Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters)
  3. Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)

Enduro Stage 2 Brief Results

  1. Meggie Bichard (Fuji Bikes)
  2. Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)
  3. Karen Talley Mead (Two Wheel Fixation)

Enduro Classification after Stage 2

  1. Meggie Bichard (Fuji Bikes)
  2. Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)
  3. Karen Talley Mead (Two Wheel Fixation)

For full results click here

The Trails

At 36.9 miles and with 3,921 feet of climbing, the “Queen Stage” came early to the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic this year – it was moved up from its traditional spot as the final day to the second day. Perhaps the most awesome stage of the week, stage 2 combined trails from the myriad of races that have made Rothrock State Forest legendary. The three Julbo/EVOC enduro segments were among the fastest of the week, but rocky singletrack lovers also got their share of awesomeness with the John Wert trail and the always scenic Tussey Ridge trail.

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Jonathan Drum (Retro Shortbus)

Jonathan Drum (Retro Shortbus) rolls out with the rest of the peloton for stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic on a beautiful, sunny Pennsylvania morning.

 

Emily Shields (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team)

Emily Shields (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) finds her way along sweet singletrack between the mountain laurels and blueberry bushes. She was the top Under 25 women’s rider heading into the day’s stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Alex Meucci (Bents Cycling/Atomix)

Alex Meucci (Bents Cycling/Atomix) on his way to a top 10 finish in stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Bob McCarty (Stradalli Cycle)

Bob McCarty (Stradalli Cycle) picks his line through a rock garden during stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Rob Mundt (The Shredderbros)

Rob Mundt (The Shredderbros) deals with his damaged derailleur during stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. He hit it on a rock early on Tussey Ridge, and it miraculously held together until the end of the ridge and subsequent descent.

 

Mike Montalbano (Race 4 Rescues)

Mike Montalbano (Race 4 Rescues) pedals along Tussey Mountain toward a NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic stage 2 victory in the singlespeed men’s category.

 

Jorge Riba (Crema)

Jorge Riba (Crema) cruises one of the final road sections of stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Tom Steinbacher (Stradalli)

Tom Steinbacher (Stradalli) descends around a switchback during the third and final enduro segment of stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Madison Matthews (SRAM Factory East) and Aaron Albright (NoTubes Trans-Sylvania)

Being a local isn’t always as much of an advantage as you’d think. Local State College racers Madison Matthews (SRAM Factory East) and Aaron Albright (NoTubes Trans-Sylvania) both crashed on this steep, twisty downhill section early in stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Teammates Dwayne Allgire and Mose Howard (Torque-Group/Gearlin)

Teammates Dwayne Allgire and Mose Howard (Torque-Group/Gearlin) on their way to being the fastest duo team of stage 2 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team)

Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team) catches his breath and gets a pat on the back from a course marshal after finishing an enduro segment during stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Gary Swayze (Progressive Nutrition)

Gary Swayze (Progressive Nutrition) mixes it up in the top five of the solo men’s 50+ category during stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Dan Chabanov (Hudson/Ludwig N Lars)

Dan Chabanov (Hudson/Ludwig N Lars) cruises along the famous Tussey Mountain ridgeline singletrack during stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Karen Talley Mead (Two Wheel Fixation)

Karen Talley Mead (Two Wheel Fixation) finished stage 2 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic in just under four hours. The day featured lots of singletrack climbs and descents, as well as some connecting sections of fireroads.

 

Phil Beard (Bicycle Express Racing)

Phil Beard (Bicycle Express Racing) leans into a turn. The singletrack is tight and leaves little room for error throughout the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Rob Campbell (BikeLine)

Solo 40+ men’s racer Rob Campbell (BikeLine) contends for a podium spot during the second day of racing at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

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