Trans-Sylvania Epic – Day One

Bishop and Potter take top positions in prologue.

Source: Trans-Sylvania Epic

The second annual Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race kicked off at State College, Pennsylvania, Sunday with a 12.5-mile prologue in hot and humid conditions. This year's prologue course maximized the use of singletrack found in the area. The major obstacle of the day was not the exposed, two-mile road climb off the start but the one-mile singletrack climb at about mile 5.5. Its steepness and sweltering humidity took a toll that effected many racers for the last half of the stage.

Drama started early when rider Ross Schnell showed up to State College yesterday without a race bike. A case of lost luggage left him with just a race kit and jersey. Luckily a fellow racer loaned him shoes and race promoter Mike Kuhn handed over his personal bike so Schnell could ride the day. In another near miss, Team CF's Chris Beck almost missed his start. In his usual "rockstar" fashion Beck raced through though the start ramp and pulled onto the course without missing a beat and loosing only one second, according to TSE timing.

Jeremiah Bishop dominated the day with a winning time of 47:56 but the big story was notable Boston, MA cyclocross racer Justin Lindine who took second less than four minutes back. Schnell, for all his effort to get on course in the first place ended up getting lost and currently sits in last a 1:25:42. For the women Karen Potter took the surprising win over defending champion Selene Yeager, less than a minute back.

Tomorrow’s stage one, the second longest of the week, is a 69-kilometer day in Cooper's Gap in Rothrock State Forest. With temperatures hitting the 90's heat and high humidity, the weather could play a role.