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The NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race organizers set the race's dates for 2013. It will happen from May 26 to June 1 next year. Deep lush forests, cold mountain creeks and and rocks await racers in Pennsylvania.
"Trans-Sylvania Epic is a different focus from other stage races. This one is about community, the tribe, about getting people together who want to ride bikes. It is fun! The Average Joe can get through it and not be destroyed," said racer Rich Dillen (Team Dicky), a veteran of more than a dozen different mountain bike stage races when asked about the TSEpic.
In 2013, the Trans-Sylvania Epic will offer a wide range of options and make it possible for for all levels of riders to take part. Solos and duos looking for the thrill of competition have seven days of fast racing to look forward to on challenging singletrack filled courses. Mountain bike lovers looking to ride in a more relaxed vacation-like way can do so through the "Experience category" where stopping to take in the beautiful views of rolling green ridges stretching into the distance is encouraged and rewarded. And groups of racers from beginner to elite can band together in an Epic Team and choose their own adventure in ways that allow all participants to make the week fit their lives, fitness, goals and abilities.
Riders can look forward to improvements to camp and some new and revamped courses in 2013.
"We take a little different view of things here regarding our courses," said TSEpic co-organizer Mike Kuhn, "and mix up a little of everything into the week." The changes in focus - from wide open fast dirt to the fastest cross country course in North America at Allegrippis to the IMBA-style build of the Nittany Mountain Bike Association trails in Rothrock to raw old school trails from RB Winter - offer different racers an opportunity to excel and showcase the...
Canadian mountain biker excels in back-to-back weekends
Last week was an amazing week for pro mountain biker Max Plaxton (Specialized). It all started when he defended his Canadian cross country national championship title. A few days later, he was named to the Canadian Olympic team, and he finished the week off by stepping onto the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup podium for the first time in his career after finishing fifth in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada.
"This year I set myself a goal to get one [World Cup] podium leading into the Olympics for confidence. Now that I achieved that, I'll continue to train harder than ever for the next three to four weeks leading into it," said Plaxton to Cyclingnews. "It's a huge honor to be top five in the World Cup. There aren't that many guys missing. Maybe [Julien] Absalon and one other, so it's a pretty legit podium."
It was extra special for Plaxton to step onto his first podium at the only World Cup in Canada. The achievement came after the last World Cup in La Bresse, France, where he finished ninth.
Plaxton's first World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne was in 2004, when he finished in the top 15. "I have good memories of here. I've been racing awhile and the fans were pushing me up those switchbacks... not literally of course, but they were cheering."
"It was a tough course and I think a lot of guys were kind of scared of the course. Living in Victoria on the west coast, we train in this stuff every day of the winter. I was telling myself to 'just get on the trail and have a smooth start and just ride your race'."
When asked about his new-found success at the highest level, he said, "Part of it is confidence and getting my training down and figuring out what works for...
Some changes to initial allocations per nation
The UCI published the definitive attribution of places for the men's and women's mountain bike races for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Qualified National Olympic Committees (NOCs) had until June 15 to accept their starting slots. In accordance with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and UCI regulations, a reallocation of quota places was undertaken after some NOCs turned down their spots
Regarding the men's qualifying, Sweden declined its quota place which was reallocated to Portugal.
Regarding the women's qualifying, The Netherlands declined its only quota place and Norway one of its spots. These were, in the first instance, reallocated to Hungary and Spain. Spain declined the place and it was reallocated to Japan.
The final distribution of the 50 men's and 30 women's places is below.
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