2016 Stage Details are only final once approval is granted from PA’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This is what we’ve proposed.
Stage 0: Scout Camp
Wednesday, May 24th
We’ll be awarding the first leaders jerseys in the race through a competition on Sunday evening. Bring lights. Snares. Hunting gear. Survival Kits. You’ve seen the Hunger Games.
More details to follow.
Stage 1: Coburn Thursday, May 25 – 25-30 miles
The first stage of TSEpic will be one of the fastest and we’re expecting a thrilling and tight finish on the day. Traditionally considered dirt road-style stage, we’ve combined bits and pieces of previous prologues, Coburns and final Bald Eagle stages into this one to kick off the week. The famous dark, abandoned railroad tunnel also makes a return. New multi-use doubletrack trail construction through the forest results in a return trip eliminating some gravel roads, but the stage is still expected to be the one with the fastest average speed of the week.
This stage has always been exciting with racers sprinting to the line separated by only seconds. For those not looking to sprint to the finish, that railroad tunnels, rhododendron forests, fun singletrack, rippin’ fast open descents and fast rolling stage (with a little kick at the end) is a great way to start the week with huge smiles.
Stage 2: Tussey Ridge
Friday, May 26 – 30-35 miles
The Queen visits early this year with Tussey Ridge in the mix on day 2. We’re keeping all those great East Coast Rocks on John Wert for you and the fun drop of Hessick Trail is back too. No need for the big climb in the middle though and you’ll get all that great singletrack packed together after a nice rollout from Kearns Campground. Rocky singletrack lovers will eat up the scenic Tussey Ridge Trail, although they may not have time to look around at the spectacular view while mindfully picking their lines.
Tussey isn’t an easy ride, but this incredible trail is a gem and is as good at it gets in mountain biking.
Stage 3: Rothrock Enduro
Saturday, May 27th – 27-30 miles
Hump day is Enduro Day at the Trans-Sylvania Epic. These five fun, challenging segments are all the racing for today with casual rolling between. If you’ve with not tried enduro before, you’re going to love it – rippin’ and grinnin’ on the descents (maybe a little clenchin’ too in a couple spots, just sayin’) and then simply pedal on to the next segment and let it roll. The timed segments today count toward both the overall general classification and to the enduro points sub-classification.
With a stage/start finish from town and the HomeDPizzeria and Robin Hood Brewing Company, pack a bag and relax with friends afterward until we’re all in for awards. We can get you there and back with our transport – just choose that option on registration. Brought your own transport or still have some legs? While you’re here, check out town a bit!
Stage 4: R.B. Winter State Park
Sunday, May 28th – 29-35 miles
Once feared, this stage has become a contender for the favorite of the week! Deep woods and East Coast Old School riding awaits. The route travels through a lightly used area that is among the most picturesque riding in Pennsylvania, and old tram trails from early 20th century logging cuts will leave riders with a new understanding of baby-head rocks. The course returns to the trails used during the first two years of Trans-Sylvania Epic. Black Gap Trail is hard for riders to forget and for those who’ve experienced it, White Deer Creek Trail ranks among the top 10 trails in Pennsylvania. R.B. Winter State Park is a beautiful park with a cold, spring-fed lake at the finish to cool riders off. Expect four enduro segments with a wide variety in features.
Stage 5: Coopers Gap
Monday, May 29th – 25-30 miles
Meet our Alpe D’Huez and an incredible end to the week. We’ll start today by taking everyone to Greenwood Furnace for a remote start on the final stage of TSEpic this year. Ahead of you lies all the great trails Coopers Gap offers up and maybe a few new ones too. The stage is marked by up to four enduro segments of tight, technical Pennsylvania singletrack. Then we keep it interesting all the way to the finish as the finale of TSepic is the climb back to camp on Stillhouse Hollow.
If you’re racing, this stage is going to keep it interesting right to the finish and you better have a little something in the tank for Stillhouse. If you’re here for Singletrack Summer Camp, enjoy all those miles of great trails, take a little extra time to hang with the Davidsons and the rest of our crew at the aid station, and know we’ll have a party waiting for you when you cross the line today.
“Stage 8” (It will always be stage 8!)
Will be as good as ever!
Stages 9, 10, 11…if you’ve been here, you know it just keeps going all night long after the riding is done.
Be sure to check out all the course maps for this year’s race!
Learn more about the TSE or register now to experience the thrills!