(Spring Mills, PA) 2013’s running of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic is shaping up to be one for the books. Amongst a stellar women’s field including Sue Haywood (NoTubes), Vicki Barclay (NoTubes), and Sonya Looney (Topeak Ergon), longtime endurance racing rivals Cheryl Sornson (Team CF) and Amanda Carey (NoTubes) are sure to heat things up. “Having faced Carey at numerous 100 milers, I know that she has incredible strength and fitness. I’m hoping to open some gaps on the technical sections during the week, but you never know what might happen over seven days of racing. Most of all, I’m looking forward to hanging out with everyone and having a good time!”
Meanwhile, Haywood and Barclay might have a thing or two to say about the standings. Haywood, making a successful comeback to competitive mountain biking, rode to second in the 2012 TSEpic, while local rockstar Barclay is hoping to improve on her 2011 3rd place. The two are both excellent technical riders, great climbers, and, as teammates, could be in a position to work together with Carey. Looney too is showing stellar early season fitness and is looking to avenge her last trip to Trans-Sylvania with her sights focused on the GC. The women’s field at the 2013 TSEpic will once again be a showdown of the best in North America.
While there clearly will be no shortage of talent amongst the open women’s field, there may be a shortage of space on the roster for latecomers to the event. “As of March 7, we have 89 registrants. That’s about double what we’ve had in past years at this time, which is just awesome to see,” says Director at Large Ray Adams. His partner Mike Kuhn agrees, “The word on just how much fun can be had at TSEpic is getting out. Our partners at Dirt Rag do a great job helping us reach people, and I credit our other sponsors Pactimo and Hammer Nutrition who have been with us since the beginning and BMC Switzerland for the great support they offer in helping us reach this level of success. I project TSEpic selling out all 165 spots by Mid April.”
The promoters of the event make it clear that they are targeting a broad spectrum of ability levels as they market the event, and credit this approach for the success of the event. “Each course is designed to be challenging enough for the best of pro riders, while not debilitating for our weekend warriors and adventure vacationers,” says Adams. “What fun is a week of suffering? With great support and an excellent venue, we keep the fun flowing along with the challenge and adventure of the sport. Take that week long mountain bike vacation you’ve been dreaming about and come ride with a bunch of other people who love riding as much as you do.”
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