Trudeau and Looney Win Queen Stage at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic

Werner and Liu lead enduro classification

TRANS-SYLVANIA, PA (May 27, 2017) – Stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic was the Queen Stage, featuring the epic Tussey Mountain Trail as well as the longest mileage of the race. Because of recent wet weather, some traditional singletrack sections were cut and replaced with epic gravel climbs, so racers’ strategies had to shift. Mechanicals also contributed to a shuffling of the race deck.

Three-day racers joined the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic on what was stage 3 for the five-day racers.

Elite men

Kyle Trudeau (CZ Racing) took the win in Saturday’s Tussey Mountain stage, with teammate Henry Nadell and race leader Justin Lindine (Apex/NBX/Hyperthread) finishing within tenths of a second.

Under 25 men’s leader Kyle Trudeau (CZ Racing) on his way to winning stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

Trudeau’s first NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic stage win bumped him into second place standing in the general classification. He’s now about six minutes behind race leader Lindine, and he continues to lead the Under 25 classification. “The climbs were kinda relentless,” he said of the day’s course, which featured 4,300 feet of elevation change. “I was always expecting it to be the last climb, but even within a mile or two of the finish line, there were a couple good pitches that come when you’re already dying and you just want to see the finish arch.”

The biggest shake-up occurred when yesterday’s runner-up Kerry Werner (Kona Factory) flatted on the second enduro segment of the day and lost a significant amount of time. “I was able to finish and not have it affect the enduro standings, but I spent some time fixing the flat.” Werner didn’t realize that there was only about a minute of pedaling left to the first aid station, where he could have gotten a speedier fix. “Then the rest of the day was just time trial mode… There was only so much I could do with all the road between my mechanical and Tussey Mountain, where I knew I could make up some time.”

After flatting in the second enduro segment of stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic, Kerry Werner (Kona Factory Racing) rides much of the rest of the day on his own, chasing the other top contenders.

Werner finished several minutes back from first place, dropping to 13 minutes behind in the general classification. “Unless something catastrophic happens to Justin, he probably has the overall win.” Second place, however, is still achievable. “Some enduro time bonuses would help. So the next two days, I have to make it really hard.” Werner did win the day’s enduro and now leads the enduro classification.

Nadell was pleased with his second-place result – especially considering this is not only his first-ever stage race, but also one of his first races on the East Coast . “My goal was just to be in that front group, so when I found myself up there I thought ‘Oh, I’m gonna stay here…’” Although the unique Pennsylvania rocks have challenged him, he noted that he has been getting better on them every day.

Lindine’s third place on the stage was good enough for him to keep the leader’s jersey. He was sympathetic to Werner’s mechanical. “It’s a bummer,” said Lindine. “I’ve been there many times myself.” But he also wasn’t afraid to use the situation to his advantage. “Kyle Trudeau, his teammate [Nadell] and I rolled it all day together. It was in all our best interests at that point to work together and try to get as much time on Kerry as we could.”

Yellow jersey wearer Justin Lindine (Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads) defends his overall race lead in stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

When asked about his plans for the coming stages, Lindine was hopeful. “I have a little bit of a cushion now, so I feel I need to ride smart over the next few days and – knock on wood – have no mechanicals.”

Stage 3 Results

  1. Kyle Trudeau (CZ Racing)
  2. Henry Nadell (CZ Racing)
  3. Justin Lindine (Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads)

General Classification after Stage 3

  1. Justin Lindine (Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads)
  2. Kyle Trudeau (CZ Racing)
  3. Henry Nadell (CZ Racing)

Enduro Stage 3 Results

  1. Kerry Werner (Kona Factory Team)
  2. Cody Phillips (TRP/Ibis/DVO)
  3. Justin Lindine (Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads)

Enduro Classification after Stage 3

  1. Kerry Werner (Kona Factory Team)

Elite women

The elite women’s race was tightly contested through all 37.5 miles. Sonya Looney (Freakshow Scott) persevered until the end to take the stage 3 win. “Kaysee [Armstrong] and I went hard off the front,” Looney said. “She got away, and I blew up. Then I spent the long grind-y climb in the middle trying to recover. Vicki and I were back and forth for awhile, then we decided to work together. Eventually, I saw someone in the distance, and it turned out to be Kaysee. The predator instinct came out, and I had to go for it.”

Sonya Looney (Freakshow Scott) mixes it up among the top elite men at the start of stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

Looney was pleasantly surprised at the outcome as she was expecting to finish third today after blowing up. “To be able to just keep trying and not give up – crazy things happen. I’m an endurance racer, so I was happy that today was longer as it gave me time to make up for my mistakes in the beginning.”

State College local Vicki Barclay (NoTubes/Kenda) seems to be returning to her customary top form, which combined with her extensive NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic race experience, carried her to second place on the day.

Vicki Barclay (NoTubes/Kenda) rides smoothly along her home trails during stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

“I got gapped by Sonya and Kaysee on the road, but decided to ride my own race,” she said, “knowing the punishingly long climbs later could hurt if I went into the red too many times too early. I started to feel really strong on Tussey and passed Sonya. The spectators on the ridge were fab. On the last road climb, I caught Kaysee, but Sonya was gone. I rode in for second; it was the best I have felt in nine months!

Kaysee Armstrong (LIV) rides along the Tussey Mountain Trail in stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

Kaysee Armstrong (LIV) led for most of the day, but lost her lead in the final few miles. “It was good until after Tussey,” she said. “There was a lot of gravel, and I was a little disappointed, to be honest. Tussey was awesome – first time I ever cleared that one so I was in great spirits.” But then Armstrong found herself working alone on the road to the finish. “I didn’t realize how long that last climb was; they caught me and I was like, ‘Done. Put a fork in me.'”

Sonya Looney (Freakshow Scott) on her way to winning stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

The tough stage shook up the enduro competition, with Jennifer Summers (Cutter’s Bike Shop) taking the top podium spot for the day. Gloria Liu (South Mountain Cycles) destroyed her derailleur on the second segment, but did well enough on the other two segments to earn third place points and keep her enduro classification leader’s jersey. Meghan Korol (Lead Out Services/Industry Nine) jumped up into second on the day and in the enduro classification.

Enduro classification leader Gloria Liu (South Mountain Cycles) stops for a beverage during stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

Stage 3 Results

  1. Sonya Looney (Freakshow Scott)
  2. Vicki Barclay (NoTubes/Kenda)
  3. Kaysee Armstrong (LIV)

General Classification after Stage 3

  1. Sonya Looney (Freakshow Scott)
  2. Kaysee Armstrong (LIV)
  3. Vicki Barclay (NoTubes/Kenda)

Enduro Stage 3 Results

  1. Jennifer Summers (Cutter’s Bike Shop)
  2. Meghan Korol (Lead Out Services/Industry Nine)
  3. Gloria Liu (South Mountain Cycles)

Enduro Classification after Stage 3

  1. Gloria Liu (South Mountain Cycles)

Full results available here

The Trails

Racers tested their climbing legs during stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. The “Queen Stage” came at the halfway point of the race and covered nearly 40 miles and approximately 4,350 feet of climbing. The highlight was riding Tussey Ridge singletrack, due in part to a Happy Valley Brewing party at the “Beer Tap” at the end of the ridge, but also because of the beautiful backdrop of lush green foliage and views of the surrounding mountains.

The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic is made possible with the generous support of great partners Stan’s NoTubes, Maxxis, Camelbak, Gu, Julbo, TRP, Diamondback, Freeze Thaw Cycles and Dirt Rag.

For more information, visit OutdoorExperience.org or TSEpic.com; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TransSylvaniaEpic; or follow us on Instagram or Twitter @TransSylvania, #TSEpic, #TSEnduro and #SingletrackSummerCamp.

Henry Nadell (CZ Racing) awaits the start of stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

A rider cruises among the ferns during stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

A rider flies down the final enduro segment of stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

State College local Aaron Snyder races to a top-five finish among the elite men in stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Enduro classification leader Cody Phillips (TRP/Ibis/DVO) has some fun while out on course at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Singlespeeder Rich Dillen rides among the mountain laurel on Tussey Mountain in the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Racers start stage 3, the Queen Stage, of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

There is no shortage of rocks in Rothrock State Forest, which hosts stages 3 and 5 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic takes racers through some lush, green singletrack.

 

Although most riders didn’t have time to enjoy them, there are great views along the Tussey Mountain ridgeline trail featured in stage 3 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

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