Waite and Sornson earn stage 4 victories at Trans-Sylvania Epic

Under 25 racer McElveen first to finish but scored in separate category

Nick Waite (ProTested) and Cheryl Sornson (Rare Disease Cycling) earned the pro men's and women's victories at the end of stage 4 of the Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race on Wednesday. However, it wasn't Waite who was first across the line. Instead, under 25 racer Payson McElveen (Richard's Rainwater) was the first man to finish - though he is scored separately among his fellow U25s.

Waite finished ahead of overall leader Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Thomas Turner (Jamis) while Sornson claimed the victory ahead of Mary McConneloug (Kenda/NoTubes) and Selene Yeager (Rare Disease Cycling). Emily Shields (BMC Project Dirt) was the first under 25 woman to finish.

Billed as the road stage of the week due to its high fraction of fireroads and pavement, riders still faced some challenging rocky singletrack, made all the more treacherous by massive overnight storms. However, with the prevalent road bits, the favorites often came back together on the road sections and tactics played a big role throughout.

At the end of the day, Bishop and Sornson successfully defended their yellow jerseys.

Men

Kris Sneddon (Kona) was the first to animate the race as he rode off the front during the first enduro section.

"I just wanted to ride the trail sections fast and the downhills fast because they play to my strengths," said Sneddon.

The group of GC contenders eventually caught Sneddon ahead of the first feed zone, but then Sneddon rode away again on another enduro section. He gained even more time on the treacherous Fisherman's Path section.

Behind him, teammate Spencer Paxson tried to close, with Waite in tow. Race leader Bishop felt the pressure and pushed hard to close back to the two chasers.

By the end of the Fisherman's Path and subsequent famous railroad tunnel, most of the favorites including Bishop, Waite, Thomas Turner, Paxson, McElveen, Peter Glassford, Cole Oberman and Ben Sonntag, were back together again and Sneddon was still of the front alone.

At this point, Sneddon decided to go with it.

"I probably had 30 seconds to one minute, so I decided to just ride hard. Those guys climb harder than I do, but I figured I'd see where I could end up. I needed about another minute," said Sneddon. "I had as much as 1:30. They caught me at the second feed zone."

Sneddon was caught as Waite and Bishop started to push the pace.

"I had a great day and sat in for most of it until it started getting a bit frisky at the end," said Waite. "Then on the long climb up to the last feed station, Cole Oberman went for it and was off the front for five or six miles, but I knew we had enough diesel in our group that we could get him back."

Oberman had launched a bold attack, but it was too early. On the final climb, he was caught by Waite leading Bishop. Only McElveen could follow the dynamic duo.

"Today was even more awesome than Monday. Going into the stage, I figured it was one of my best chances to win a stage," said McElveen. "I think Jeremiah has more strength and fitness than me, but I thought if I played my cards right, I could do something sneaky at the end and it kind of played out that way."

"Jeremiah was at the limit on the final climb, and I felt like I had a little more left. It was so hard, I wanted to give up so badly. I had that inner dialogue going on about how I wasn't really racing them, but I really wanted to beat them."

Going into the finale, it was just the three of them. They were skidding around corners with one foot out and Waite and Bishop both overcooked one ofthem. It left just enough room for McElveen to sneak past.

"Luckily on one corner, Jeremiah and Nick went wide and I went inside. I had one more 20-second climb, and I just went as hard as I could. I finished maybe three seconds in front of Nick," said McElveen.

Bishop was just happy to keep his yellow jersey. "I was obviously thinking about the yellow jersey and keeping it rubber side down. It was a very different stage than any of the others. I was just glad to hold on to the yellow. Mission accomplished."

Thomas Turner (Jamis) claimed third place on the day, despite trying to also chase the enduro segments, which meant stopping to swipe his chip and then chasing back on a few times.

Women

In the women's category, Cheryl Sornson battled Mary McConneloug (Kenda NoTubes) for the win. McConneloug was in the lead at times, especially during the enduro sections, but Sornson would always catch her back and eventually rode away from McConneloug on the final climb.

"Mary got away from me on the enduro section while I was being cautious, but I caught her back. Later I got away from her, but she got me again on another enduro section. From then on, were together. I think I do better when the pace is high so Mary and I just went as hard as we could and it was fun," said Sornson.

McConneloug said, "I was trying to get the best time I could and maybe win the stage, but Cheryl was really strong. I was back on my race bike with 29er wheels and not such big rubber. I felt good and I could go at the start and not miss that group. It was a fun day, but hard. It was good to spin it out."

Selene Yeager (Rare Disease Cycling) took third. "This was a good day for me with all its power climbs - I was looking forward to it. I knew Cheryl would go hot off the line and I figured I'd hang as long as I could. I spent some time with Vicky Barclay. Cheryl has a healthy lead, but everything else is fairly tight in the top cluster."

Going into stage 5, Sornson kept her lead. "I feel better and have a pretty good cushion, but anything can happen," she said.

Under 25 men and women

By virtue of being the first man across the line, Payson McElveen also was the fastest U25 men's rider. Cole Oberman took second spot, in the chase group, just behind the three leaders. McElveen continues to lead the U25 men's GC.

Emily Shields (BMC Project Dirt) won both the stage and took over the lead in the U25 women's category. The road stage suited her.

"I've done road longer than mountain biking, but 'cross the longest, so today was good for me," said Shields.

"I was by myself most of the day though I didn't catch previous race leader Kaysee Armstrong until just before the final hill. Then I kind of rode away from her on hill. What I'm really psyched about is being sixth fastest among the pro women."

 

Results

Elite men stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Nick Waite(Pro Tested Gear) 2:39:42  
2 Jeremiah Bishop(Sho-Air/Cannondale) 0:00:07  
3 Thomas Turner(Team Jamis) 0:00:14  
4 Cole Oberman(rarediseasecycling.org) 0:00:15  
5 Spencer Paxson(Kona Bikes) 0:00:17  
6 Peter Glassford(Trek - Canada) 0:00:19  
7 Benjamin Sonntag(Stan's No Tubes Elite Racing) 0:00:20  
8 Kris Sneddon(Kona) 0:00:27  
9 Chris Jackson(Castex Racing) 0:06:06  
10 Cory Rimmer 0:06:40  
11 Rob Spreng(Rare Disease Cycling) 0:08:57  
12 Michael Wissell(B2C2 / Boloco) 0:09:38  
13 Drew Edsall(Pro's Closet / Stan's No Tubes) 0:10:47  
14 Justin Lindine(Redline / NBX) 0:12:31  
15 Madison Matthews(Toasted Head Racing) 0:12:33  
16 Andre Landry(Fitwork) 0:14:22  
17 Daniel Sturm 0:18:07  
18 Michael Broderick(Kenda/Stan's NoTubes) 0:21:56  
19 Matt Acker(Redline) 0:22:33  
20 Matt Williams(mtbracing.com) 0:22:38  
21 Greg Jancaitis(Riverside Racing) 0:27:55  
22 Carlos Rodriguez(Steel Pipes) 0:28:22  
23 Benjamin Sawyer(Riverside Racing) 0:33:43  
24 Simon Tremblay(Espresso Sports) 0:36:58  
25 Tristan Uhl(787 Racing) 0:44:19  
26 Barry Croker 0:46:30  
27 Gary Hoehne(Death Row Velo / Vasago) 0:51:42  
28 Colt Mcelwaine 1:12:56  
29 Aaron Snyder(TSEpic.com/NoTubes) 1:14:40  
30 Eric Dejong(Team Sandbag) 1:17:50  
31 Matthew Kesecker(cambo) 1:20:54  
32 Kris Gibbs(Full Cycle) 1:38:42  
33 Kenny Kocarek(KSD Racing) 1:43:43  
34 Kevin Vanwert 1:46:15  
35 Jorge Riba 1:56:08  
Elite women stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cheryl Sornson(RDC) 3:02:32  
2 Mary Mcconneloug(Kenda/Stan's NoTubes) 0:00:56  
3 Selene Yeager 0:06:24  
4 Vicki Barclay 0:11:45  
5 Sarah Kaufmann(Stan's No-Tubes Womens Team) 0:14:39  
6 Emily Shields(BMC Project Dirt) 0:21:49  
7 Ellen Noble(Bear Development Team) 0:33:33  
8 Elizabeth Allen(Danielson Adventure sports) 0:36:08  
9 Kaysee Armstrong(Kona/TBB Race) 0:40:02  
10 Carolyn Popovic(Rare Disease Cycling) 0:46:05  
11 Cynthia Fowler 0:58:21  
12 Vanessa Mccaffery(Stans No Tubes/Corning Racing) 0:59:24  
13 Leslie Timm(Riverside Racing) 1:00:36  
14 Rachel Brown(Bikeman.com) 1:10:40  
15 Sue George 1:44:41  
U25 men stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Payson Mcelveen(Colt Training Systems) 2:39:37  
2 Cole Oberman(rarediseasecycling.org) 0:00:20  
3 Cameron Dodge(Colt Training Systems) 0:05:35  
4 Cory Rimmer 0:06:45  
5 Madison Matthews(Toasted Head Racing) 0:12:38  
6 Levi Kurlander(Colt Training Systems) 0:15:17  
7 Cody Phillips(Colt Training Systems) 0:44:23  
8 Miguel Torres(Orioles MTB Team) 1:50:54  
U25 women stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Emily Shields(BMC Project Dirt) 3:24:21  
2 Ellen Noble(Bear Development Team) 0:11:44  
3 Kaysee Armstrong(Kona/TBB Race) 0:18:13  
Singlespeed stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Matthew Ferrari 3:02:36  
2 Kurt Gensheimer(Ibis) 0:21:20  
3 Scott Smith(TVB Race/Tomato Head) 0:35:05  
4 Rich Dillen(Faster Mustache) 0:48:18  
Elite men enduro stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tristan Uhl(787 Racing) 520  pts
2 Aaron Snyder(TSEpic.com / No Tubes) 500  
3 Justin Lindine(Redline / NBX) 360  
4 Kevin Maldonado 338  
5 Michael Broderick 330  
6 Colt Mcelwaine 305  
6 Benjamin Sawyer(Riverside Racing) 305  
8 Thomas Turner(Team Jamis) 235  
8 Barry Croker 235  
10 Gary Hoehne(Death Row Velo / Vasago) 230  
11 Mark Gedraitis 221  
12 Jorge Riba 216  
13 Matthew Kesecker(cambo) 165  
Elite women enduro stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Carolyn Popovic 560  pts
2 Mary Mcconneloug 520  
3 Kaysee Armstrong(Kona/TBB Race) 420  
4 Ellen Noble(Bear Development Team) 345  
5 Elizabeth Allen(Danielson Adventure sports) 315  
6 Leslie Timm(Riverside Racing) 300  
7 Rachel Brown(Bikeman.com) 290  
8 Cynthia Fowler 255  
8 Vanessa Mccaffery(Stans No Tubes/Corning Racing) 255  
Elite men general classification after stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jeremiah Bishop(Sho-Air/Cannondale) 7:47:14  
2 Spencer Paxson(Kona Bikes) 0:04:50  
3 Nick Waite(Pro Tested Gear) 0:05:27  
4 Kris Sneddon(Kona) 0:06:48  
5 Benjamin Sonntag(Stan's No Tubes Elite Racing) 0:13:06  
6 Thomas Turner(Team Jamis) 0:22:14  
7 Peter Glassford(Trek - Canada) 0:27:10  
8 Drew Edsall(Pro's Closet / Stan's No Tubes) 0:35:47  
9 Cole Oberman(rarediseasecycling.org) 0:36:07  
10 Rob Spreng(Rare Disease Cycling) 0:36:59  
11 Madison Matthews(Toasted Head Racing) 0:50:24  
12 Michael Broderick(Kenda/Stan's NoTubes) 0:52:36  
13 Chris Jackson(Castex Racing) 0:55:37  
14 Michael Wissell(B2C2 / Boloco) 0:55:40  
15 Justin Lindine(Redline / NBX) 0:59:39  
16 Cory Rimmer 1:04:40  
17 Daniel Sturm 1:06:09  
18 Matt Williams(mtbracing.com) 1:22:47  
19 Tristan Uhl(787 Racing) 1:32:27  
20 Andre Landry(Fitwork) 1:33:55  
21 Carlos Rodriguez(Steel Pipes) 1:51:10  
22 Matt Acker(Redline) 2:04:18  
23 Benjamin Sawyer(Riverside Racing) 2:05:04  
24 Aaron Snyder(TSEpic.com/NoTubes) 2:16:02  
25 Greg Jancaitis(Riverside Racing) 2:17:57  
26 Barry Croker 2:32:25  
27 Gary Hoehne(Death Row Velo / Vasago) 2:56:26  
28 Matthew Kesecker(cambo) 3:27:12  
29 Colt Mcelwaine 4:55:25  
30 Kris Gibbs(Full Cycle) 4:56:55  
31 Kenny Kocarek(KSD Racing) 5:19:56  
32 Jorge Riba 5:20:12  
Elite women general classification after stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cheryl Sornson(RDC) 9:14:14  
2 Vicki Barclay 0:14:58  
3 Mary Mcconneloug(Kenda/Stan's NoTubes) 0:19:12  
4 Selene Yeager 0:22:04  
5 Sarah Kaufmann(Stan's No-Tubes Womens Team) 0:42:55  
6 Emily Shields(BMC Project Dirt) 1:19:30  
7 Carolyn Popovic(Rare Disease Cycling) 1:22:44  
8 Kaysee Armstrong(Kona/TBB Race) 1:30:01  
9 Ellen Noble(Bear Development Team) 1:31:40  
10 Elizabeth Allen(Danielson Adventure sports) 1:33:55  
11 Vanessa Mccaffery(Stans No Tubes/Corning Racing) 3:02:39  
12 Leslie Timm(Riverside Racing) 3:13:23  
13 Rachel Brown(Bikeman.com) 3:15:16  
14 Cynthia Fowler 3:32:35  
15 Sue George 4:20:27  
U25 men general classification after stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Payson Mcelveen(Colt Training Systems) 7:52:28  
2 Cameron Dodge(Colt Training Systems) 0:17:15  
3 Cole Oberman(rarediseasecycling.org) 0:30:53  
4 Madison Matthews(Toasted Head Racing) 0:45:10  
5 Levi Kurlander(Colt Training Systems) 0:58:06  
6 Cory Rimmer 0:59:26  
7 Cody Phillips(Colt Training Systems) 2:42:31  
8 Miguel Torres(Orioles MTB Team) 5:45:21  
U25 women general classification after stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Emily(Shields) 10:33:44  
2 Kaysee(Armstrong) 0:10:31  
3 Ellen(Noble) 0:12:10  
Singlespeed general classification after stage 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Matthew Ferrari 9:15:17  
2 Kurt Gensheimer(Ibis) 0:33:58  
3 Rich Dillen(Faster Mustache) 1:11:22  
4 Scott Smith(TVB Race/Tomato Head) 1:14:57  
5 Chris Merriam 2:39:03  
Men enduro classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tristan Uhl(787 Racing) 1985  pts
2 Aaron Snyder(TSEpic.com / No Tubes) 1955  
3 Michael Broderick 1775  
4 Justin Lindine(Redline / NBX) 1675  
5 Thomas Turner(Team Jamis) 1165  
6 Benjamin Sawyer(Riverside Racing) 1028  
7 Colt Mcelwaine 961  
8 Drew Edsall(Pro's Closet / Stan's No Tubes) 873  
9 Barry Croker 811  
10 Rob Spreng(Rare Disease Cycling) 787  
11 Jorge Riba 740  
12 Nick Shepherd 704  
13 Gary Hoehne(Death Row Velo / Vasago) 696  
14 Mark Gedraitis 663  
15 Madison Matthews(Toasted Head Racing) 643  
16 Daniel Sturm 601  
17 Kris Sneddon(Kona) 513  
18 Matthew Kesecker(cambo) 509  
18 Kevin Maldonado 509  
20 Peter Glassford(Trek - Canada) 458  
21 Spencer Paxson(Kona Bikes) 411  
22 Benjamin Sonntag(Stan's No Tubes Elite Racing) 387  
23 Michael Wissell(B2C2 / Boloco) 333  
23 Greg Jancaitis(Riverside Racing) 333  
25 Matt Williams(mtbracing.com) 328  
25 Chris Jackson(Castex Racing) 328  
27 Cole Oberman(rarediseasecycling.org) 304  
28 Matt Acker(Redline) 285  
29 Jeremiah Bishop 262  
30 Nick Waite 246  
31 Eric Dejong(Team Sandbag) 244  
32 Scott Smith(TVB Race/Tomato Head) 226  
33 Andre Landry(Fitwork) 212  
34 Carlos Rodriguez(Steel Pipes) 200  
35 Simon Tremblay(Espresso Sports) 197  
36 Kris Gibbs(Full Cycle) 179  
37 Mike Johnson 70  
Women enduro classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Carolyn Popovic 2015  pts
2 Kaysee Armstrong(Kona/TBB Race) 1930  
3 Mary Mcconneloug 1775  
4 Cheryl Sornson(RDC) 1285  
5 Ellen Noble(Bear Development Team) 1175  
6 Elizabeth Allen(Danielson Adventure sports) 1173  
7 Rachel Brown(Bikeman.com) 1066  
8 Leslie Timm(Riverside Racing) 1037  
9 Cynthia Fowler 992  
10 Vanessa Mccaffery(Stans No Tubes/Corning Racing) 867  
11 Vicki Barclay 785  
12 Kaarin Tae(Bike Monkey Cycling) 765  
13 Sarah Kaufmann(Stan's No-Tubes Womens Team) 660  
14 Selene Yeager 595  
15 Emily Shields(BMC Project Dirt) 465  

 

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