Phillips finally gets his NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic stage win

TRANS-SYLVANIA, PA (June 1, 2016) – Today was Enduro Day at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic – a day when descending prowess is key for every racer. While the elite solo general classification contenders tried to keep the rubber side down and their hopes of overall glory alive, the gravity specialists let it fly and showed everyone the fastest way down the mountain.

Elite men

Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team) was ecstatic to finally capture his first stage win at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic on his third try. “I’m pumped, I finally got a stage win at Trans-Sylvania! That’s been a long time coming,” he said. “The last two years, I’ve been frustrated to miss out on the enduro stage win due to flat tires and other issues. Today, I didn’t do the typical enduro day hangout with people; I stayed focused and blasted my way through the course.”

Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team)

Before the stage even started, Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team) had his sights set on winning the enduro stage of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic after being the fastest enduro racer on the first two days of this year’s race. Phillips had never previously won a Trans-Sylvania Epic stage… until today.

 

When asked what he did differently this year, Phillips explained his gravity-focused bike prep. “The last few days, I had some chain issues because I didn’t have a chain guide, which was poor planning on my part, so I went and got a chain guide yesterday at Freeze-Thaw Cycles. I put on downhill tires and put 33 psi in the rear tire and 30 psi in the front, so I could go as fast as I wanted through the rocks without flatting.”

The fourth section of the day, the Wildcat Gap trail, is notoriously difficult – basically a steeply tilted rock garden – but Phillips made it look easy. “You’re good at things when it’s life or death. So basically you get going into a section, and if you shut your brain off just enough that you get up to a speed where it’s life or death, you’re going to be a way better rider than if you’re thinking about it and trying to use your skills. Suddenly you realize you’re going so fast you can’t stop, so you either have to make the trail or you’re going to crash. Eventually you go so fast that you don’t fall in the holes, you’re just skimming across the top, and it feels like you’re riding across braking bumps instead of a rock garden.”

Phillips has a decently comfortable lead in enduro points over second place racer Cory Rimmer (Kona / Nox Composites / Provision Sports Medicine). He plans to ride conservatively the next two days to defend that lead.

Cory Rimmer (Kona / Nox Composites / Provision Sports Medicine)

Cory Rimmer (Kona / Nox Composites / Provision Sports Medicine) has been mixing it up as one of the top two enduro riders at the Trans-Sylvania Epic. He enjoyed an all-enduro kind of a day during stage 3 on Wednesday, taking second place.

 

Overall leader Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek) put in a good performance to grab the third podium spot, keeping his GC lead. “I gained a whole nine seconds on Kerry [Werner, Rally Cycling]…not terrible. I had four good runs, and then crashed in the middle of the last one, which was too bad, because I think it would have been fast.” Werner borrowed a bigger-travel bike which mean he lost time to Lindine in the flatter two first sections, but made up time on the latter two steeper, rockier sections.

Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek)

Men’s race leader Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek) rails it on the first timed enduro section during stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. Lindine would go on to finish third on the day and retain his lead over Kerry Werner (Rally Cycling).

 

Tomorrow’s stage 4 at R.B. Winter State Park, with its new added sections and longer distance, will challenge Lindine’s local knowledge gained from past race editions.

Stage 3 Brief Results
Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team)
Cory Rimmer (Kona / Nox Composites / Provision Sports Medicine)
Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek)

General Classification After Stage 3
Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek)
Kerry Werner (Rally Cycling)
Adria Noguera Soldevila (Buff Pro Team)

Enduro Stage 3 Brief Results
Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team)
Cory Rimmer (Kona / Nox Composites / Provision Sports Medicine)
Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek)

Enduro Classification After Stage 3
Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team)
Cory Rimmer (Kona / Nox Composites / Provision Sports Medicine)
Christopher Hamlin (Bicycle Express Racing)

Elite women

With the day’s action focused on enduro, Meggie Bichard (Fuji Bikes) got a turn in the spotlight. The unassuming British enduro racer, who currently lives in New Zealand, has been quietly dominating the enduro category all week.

Meggie Bichard (Fuji Bikes)

Meggie Bichard (Fuji Bikes) continued her domination of the solo women’s enduro classification in her first-ever NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. She spends half the year in New Zealand and half the year travelling around the world to different races.

 

“I enjoyed today! The last three enduro segments were world-class,” said Bichard. “I haven’t ridden anything like that before. It was pure rock garden the whole way down the trail. Riding it blind made it pretty interesting, too. I’ve never raced anywhere like this in the U.S., and I’m impressed – I’d only previously been to Colorado.”

Up and coming young rider Kaysee Armstrong (Liv) continued to excel in the enduro and rode to second place in the stage. Unlike Bichard, who decided not to contest the cross country after experiencing stage 1, Armstrong is among the top women in both classifications.

Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)

Kaysee Armstrong (Liv) has been one of the top cross country and enduro riders in the solo women’s category this week. She broke a chain during stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic, but fortunately, it was between the timed enduro segments, so she still finished second in the stage.

 

“My chain came off on the third enduro segment, but everything else was perfect and smooth about today,” said Armstrong. “The fifth and final section was my favorite. I didn’t remember all those rocks! It just kept going and going.”

Kimberly Quinlan (Bicycle Express Racing) claimed the final spot in the day’s top three and made her first podium appearance of the week.

Race leader Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes) kept her overall GC lead with a fourth place on the day; however, Armstrong’s enduro prowess moved her into second place, bumping Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters) into third.

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

State College-area local rider Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) was on an important mission during stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic: to defend her lead in the solo women’s category!

 

Stage 3 Brief Results
Meggie Bichard (Fuji Bikes)
Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)
Kimberly Quinlan (Bicycle Express Racing)

General Classification After Stage 3
Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team)
Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)
Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters)

Enduro Stage 3 Brief Results
Meggie Bichard (Fuji Bikes)
Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)
Kimberly Quinlan (Bicycle Express Racing)

Enduro Classification After Stage 3
Meggie Bichard (Fuji Bikes)
Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)
Karen Talley Mead (Two Wheel Fixation)

For full results click here

The Trails

The third day of the Trans-Sylvania Epic was all about enduro racing. There were five separate Julbo/EVOC enduro segments with no timed racing in between them – racers simply pedalled on to the next segment and let it roll. The timed segments counted toward both the overall general classification and the enduro points sub-classification. The day’s total riding covered 29.5 miles and included 4,377 feet of climbing.

Thanks to our sponsors

The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic presented is made possible with the generous support of great partners like Julbo, Central PA Tourism, Lupine, Purple Lizard, SRAM, Kona, NUUN, Freeze Thaw Cycles, EVOC and more!

Dwayne Allgire (Torque-Group/Gearlink/Bents Cycling)

Dwayne Allgire (Torque-Group/Gearlink/Bents Cycling) rides the bottom of the famous Wildcat Gap enduro segment of stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. It’s one of the best places to watch the day’s action. Riders get to negotiate steep downhills AND rocks in this segment.

 

NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic

Karen Brooks finishes up the fifth and final enduro section of stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Pau Zamora (Buff Pro Team)

Pau Zamora (Buff Pro Team) didn’t let riding a hardtail slow him down. He has been contending among the top solo men all week at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. Nearly all of his competitors are on full suspension bikes, a clear advantage in the relentlessly rocky singletrack.

 

Elizabeth Sampey (Papa Bikers)

Co-ed duo team rider Elizabeth Sampey (Papa Bikers) enjoyed a beautiful day of enduro racing at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. The weather was hot and summery, but racers spent most of the day cruising singletrack and roads under the cool shade of a dense tree canopy.

 

Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)

Kaysee Armstrong (Liv) is racing her second-ever NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. She competed for the first time two years ago and has worked her way up to become one of the top contenders in the solo women’s cross country and enduro classifications.

 

NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic

Matt Spohn flatted and tore a sidewall during stage 3 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. The tire wouldn’t seal, but he was able to put a tube in and finish the day’s racing.

 

Singlespeeder Rich Dillen (Team Faster Mustache) finally made a decision, settling upon 27.5” wheels and a suspension fork for the enduro stage on day 3 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. He’s been riding 29-inch wheels and a rigid fork in the non-enduro stages.

Singlespeeder Rich Dillen (Team Faster Mustache) finally made a decision, settling upon 27.5” wheels and a suspension fork for the enduro stage on day 3 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. He’s been riding 29-inch wheels and a rigid fork in the non-enduro stages.

 

Michael Sommer (R-bikes.com Race Team)

You never know what you’ll see in Trans-Sylvania! Michael Sommer (R-bikes.com Race Team) gets heckled during the first timed enduro segment of stage 3.

 

Nick Sears

Men’s 30+ racer Nick Sears blasts through lovely Rothrock State Forest singletrack during the third day of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic

Riders get ready for the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic enduro day. Stage 3 departed from a pizza place and brewery in State College, PA, which meant that riders were treated to even more singletrack on the way to and from the five timed enduro segments.

 

Dwayne Allgire (Torque-Group/Gearlink/Bents Cycling)

Dwayne Allgire (Torque-Group/Gearlink/Bents Cycling) rallies through an enduro section. He is racing as part of a duo team at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic with Mose Howard.

 

Mike Wissell (Team Cuppow)

NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic regular Mike Wissell (Team Cuppow) is part of a strong New England contingent at this year’s race.

 

Jessica Nankman (Liv / Giant Co Factory Off Road Team)

Jessica Nankman (Liv / Giant Co Factory Off Road Team) tests out her bike before the start of stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

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