Werner and Barclay win opening stage at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic

TRANS-SYLVANIA, PA (May 30, 2016) – Surprises abounded at today’s kickoff stage for the seventh NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. New for this year, racers can earn GC time bonuses by scoring in the overall top three on the enduro segments, a gravity-fed version of climbing points in the Tour de France – a switch that is causing some racers to rethink their strategy and possibly focus on downhill prowess rather than climbing fitness.

The Coburn stage has traditionally been considered the “road” stage, and had fallen later in the week, but this shorter and more singletrack-intensive version was a hit with racers. Perfect weather helped everyone have a great time.

Elite men

First-time NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic racer Kerry Werner, Jr. (Rally Cycling) pulled out a dramatic stage win over defending champion Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek), but only by a tiny margin: three-tenths of a second. However, because Lindine had a few seconds’ edge over Werner in the stage’s four enduro segments, he earned a 30-second time bonus toward the general classification and displaced Werner atop the podium for GC.

Following a fast start on winding singletrack, Werner attacked on the first major climb, and he and Lindine separated from the rest of the group. They kept up their blistering tempo through the entire 37-mile course. The final enduro included the last bit of singletrack all the way to the finish, where Werner just squeaked ahead in the sprint finish.

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

Kerry Werner (Rally Cycling) leads defending NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic champion Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek) during stage 1. The two would battle until a sprint finish at the very end.

 

Two-time Trans-Sylvania Epic winner Lindine was philosophical: “I should have pre-ridden the course.” No doubt his experience with the more familiar parts of the rest of the stages will come into play.

“The enduro time bonus thing is an interesting dynamic,” said Werner, “because the first and second fastest enduro racers were a minute faster than Justin and me in the enduro sections. It means that we’ll have to fight for third in the enduro, which is worth an extra 30 seconds per day. So, we could go hard and try to pummel each other with blows fitness-wise, but then at the same time, we could let up and try to go fast on the downhills. The enduro could decide the GC results, even if we finish close together each day.”

Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team)

Enduro riders have more fun! Or at least Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team) does. Phillips’ focus on the enduro segments paid off – he was the fastest enduro rider

 

Last year’s enduro runner-up Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team) got a good start on a bid for the win this year. The final enduro segment included a section of a nearby motorcycle trials course, complete with buried truck tires that racers had to roll up and over. “In enduro #3, I dropped my chain and lost some time,” Phillips said. “I think that cost me some points in the competition. So I was super motivated for enduro #4, and I ripped that one. I came into the final tire section so fast that I launched it and landed five feet past the tires on the flat.”

Stage 1 Top 3 Results

  1. Kerry Werner Kerry Werner, Jr.
  2. Justin Lindine
  3. Dan Timmerman

General Classification after Stage 1

  1. Justin Lindine
  2. Kerry Werner
  3. Dan Timmerman

Enduro stage 1 and classification

  1. Cody Phillips

Elite women

Defending champion Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women’s Team) soloed to victory in the opening stage and proved her status as favorite for this year’s race.

Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women)

Defending NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic elite women’s champion Vicki Barclay (Stan’s NoTubes Elite Women) showed she was on her game today with a convincing solo win.

 

“I knew from past experience in the race that it’s important to establish a lead in the first stage,” said Barclay, who was riding and racing 27.5” wheels for the first time ever. “Once we hit the climbs, I tried to pace it steady and put time on the others, and I felt better than ever on the descents on the new wheel size.”

Barclay was joined by Kaysee Armstrong (Liv) for the first 30 minutes of the race, but the rising young rider knew she couldn’t sustain Barclay’s pace. Eventually Armstrong was also overtaken by strong climber Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters), who worked her way into second place after a slow start.

Kaysee Armstrong (Liv)

Kaysee Armstrong (Liv) rode to third place in the solo women’s category on stage 1 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. Much of stage 1’s singletrack takes riders through the woods along fern-lined trails.

 

By virtue of being the fastest woman in the enduro and getting the corresponding time bonus, Meggie Bichard (Fuji Bikes) ended the day in third place in the GC, ahead of third place stage finisher Armstrong.

Stage 1 Top 3 Results

  1. Vicki Barclay
  2. Bryna Blanchard
  3. Kaysee Armstrong

General Classification after Stage 1

  1. Vicki Barclay
  2. Bryna Blanchard
  3. Meggie Bichard

Enduro stage 1 and classification

  1. Meggie Bichard

For full results click here

The Trails

Traditionally considered a dirt road-style stage, this 36.9-mile stage with 4,015 feet of climbing was tweaked from previous years and featured more singletrack than ever before as well as four enduro segments – three singletrack segments and one gravel road descent. Racers headed out from Singletrack Summer Camp headquarters at the Seven Mountains Boy Scout Camp toward Coburn and finished up nearby at the Seven Mountains Conservation Corps’ infamous motocross course.

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!

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.

Singletrack in the woods of central Pennsylvania

Riding through the bright green ferns on singletrack in the woods of central Pennsylvania is a magical feeling.

 

Scott Rath (Cadre Racing)

Scott Rath (Cadre Racing) of New York pulls a wheelie for the camera during stage 1 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Karen Talley Mead (Two Wheel Fixation)

Karen Talley Mead (Two Wheel Fixation) on her way to a top-10 finish among the solo women in stage 1 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Maria Benson and Vicki Monahan (Meat Huckers - Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing)

Duo team riders Maria Benson and Vicki Monahan (Meat Huckers – Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing) high-five after completing a successful open stage of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters)

Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters) blazed onto the podium with a second place finish in stage 1 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Papa Bikes Teammates Elizabeth Sampey and Brendan James

Papa Bikes Teammates Elizabeth Sampey and Brendan James of Guatemala roll the singletrack during stage 1 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Chris Conklin and Mark Stallone

Chris Conklin and Mark Stallone carried the spirit of the day. Stage 1 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic was raced on the US Memorial Day holiday.

 

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

Joel Nankman (Liv / Giant Co Factory Off Road Team) regularly races the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic with his partner and wife Jessica Nankman.

 

Ian Schon (Team Cuppow)

Ian Schon (Team Cuppow) had an unlucky day and broke his freehub. He tagged on a bunch of extra miles and about 1,000 extra feet of climbing when riding to the aid station to get help and then back onto the course. Fortunately, he was able to swap his wheel for a Kona neutral support wheel and finish out the stage.

 

Jon Burgess (Oakley Atlantic Racing)

Jon Burgess (Oakley Atlantic Racing) rides through a tunnel of green on singletrack during stage 1 of the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic.

 

Past Trans-Sylvania Epic elite women’s winner Selene Yeager

Past Trans-Sylvania Epic elite women’s winner Selene Yeager is racing this year on a multi-person Epic Team called the Emmaus Bad Decisions Club.

 

Racers set off for the start of the 36.9-mile stage 1 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic

Racers set off for the start of the 36.9-mile stage 1 at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic. The revamped Coburn stage – traditionally called the “road” stage of the race for its high percentage of paved and dirt roads – featured more singletrack and less road than ever before and proved a hit with this year’s racers. With more than 4,000 feet of climbing, there was still plenty of uphill on which to test the legs.

 

Damian Gonzalez (Michael David Winery)

Damian Gonzalez (Michael David Winery) celebrated an absolutely glorious, sunny, dry day out on the trails of central Pennsylvania around State College.

 

Willem Heydendael (Glorified Training Ride)

Willem Heydendael (Glorified Training Ride) leads a line of riders including Jeff DesRoches (ZM Cycle / AWI Coaching) and Russell Schmidt.

 

Singlespeeder Joaquin Gil del Real and his teammate made the journey all the way from Panama to race the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic

Singlespeeder Joaquin Gil del Real and his teammate made the journey all the way from Panama to race the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic near State College, Pennsylvania. They are wearing snazzy custom kits they had made for the event.

 

Jason Blodgett (Colt Training Systems)

Jason Blodgett (Colt Training Systems) topped the standings in the multi-rider team category for stage 1. At Trans-Sylvania Epic, riders can compete solo, with a partner on a duo team or as part of a multi-person team.

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