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Trans-Sylvania Epic 2014

Date range:
May 25-31

May 30, Stage 6: Rothrock Tussey Mountain: 67km

Bishop and McConneloug win queen stage of Trans-Sylvania Epic

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
May 30, 2014, 23:32 BST,
Updated:
May 31, 2014, 5:02 BST

Bishop and Sornson in yellow with one stage remaining

Mary McConneloug (Kenda/NoTubes) en route to winning stage 6 of the Trans-Sylvania Epic

Mary McConneloug (Kenda/NoTubes) en route to winning stage 6 of the Trans-Sylvania Epic

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Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Mary McConneloug (Kenda/NoTubes) won stage 6 of the Trans-Sylvania Epic on a sunny Friday afternoon. Both riders claimed victory in the race's queen stage.

With one stage remaining, Bishop and Cheryl Sornson (Rare Disease Cycling) lead the overall standings.

Men

Jeremiah Bishop's number one goal for the queen stage was to defend his yellow jersey, but he was also interested in taking the stage win.

"I was focused on trying to win the stage. I could have won the race by taking third today, but that's not my style," said Bishop to Cyclingnews. "I like to put a hard ride in and ride my best. I felt like I had recovered well and was climbing well."

The pace was high from the start, thanks at first to Jeremy Powers, and while the favorites would sometimes get split up on the rougher singletrack sections, they'd come back together on the subsequent smoother dirt road sections.

The biggest climb was about 10 miles into the race, up a gradual sort of singletrack, sort of doubletrack grassy section. Bishop decided the pace wasn't hard enough and the group was too big, so he attacked near the top.

"We hit the big climb where people sort of rotated, but some were taking soft pulls," said Bishop. "I knew we needed to pick it up to do some more damage. Cole Oberman put in some good digs, then I did one,"

However, the group of leaders would again converge on the next descent and the 19-mile aid station, just before a super technical rocky trail known as the John Wert trail.

"On the first technical section, I drove it hard," said Bishop. "I got a good separation - maybe 30 seconds to Payson McElveen and everyone else. I knew the group would have trouble getting through it together."

That split was decisive with Bishop, Nick Waite (ProTested Gear) and Payson McElveen (Richard's Rainwater) forming the lead trio.

The three stayed together for a bit, but Waite then realized his chance. He was separated from Spencer Paxson (Kona) by just one second for second and third places in the GC.

"I was feeling fresh and was concerned because Paxson was just one second behind me on GC," said Waite, who attacked up the Bear Meadows Road ahead of the famous Tussey Ridge section of the course.

Bishop saw his opportunity and went for it going into the Tussey Mountain trail.

"That was the perfect springboard for me to attack on Tussey. I just gave it everything I had," said Bishop. "Payson came back to me a little - he was yo-yoing and I kept the pressure at max until finally he was redlined long enough."

"Jeremiah drilled it on the ridge and I fought and fought and fought, but he got a gap," said McElveen to Cyclingnews. "First it was three seconds, then five seconds, then 10 seconds. I think he had 20 seconds by the last feed zone."

From then on out, it was an individual time trial for both Bishop and McElveen for first and second places.

Behind them, Waite ended up riding with Kris Sneddon (Kona).

"I didn't feel like I had enough to pull off a late race attack, so I opted to go steady with Sneddon," said Waite. "He sat on because his teammate, Spencer, was behind - it was cool - I understood completely."

Sneddon said, "I was trying to help out Spencer, but things didn't go according to plan. Spencer didn't have as good of a ride as he was hoping to have. There are no radios or anything so I didn't know what was going on behind. Spencer had a bad day, which sucks, so I moved up in the GC ahead of him."

Ben Sonntag (Stan's) and yesterday's stage winner Cole Oberman (Rare Disease Cycling) rounded out the top five of the elite men since McElveen is being scored only in the under 25 category.

Bishop leads Waite by a comfortable 9:24 going into the final stage, but Sneddon is only about 1.5 minutes behind Waite.

Sneddon, who has attacked often all week implied that there would be some more fireworks tomorrow. "We'll see what happens tomorrow. It's everything I got tomorrow - it's the last day. Shoot all the bullets you have and maybe you'll hit something."

Women

In the women's race, Mary McConneloug won her first stage of the week. She had a rough start and had to chase back up to the top women.

At the front, Rare Disease Cycling teammates Cheryl Sornson and Selene Yeager rode together. NoTubes teammates Vicki Barclay and Sarah Kaufmann chased them, with McConneloug behind them

On the big climb at 10 miles, Barclay and McConneloug rode away from Kaufmann. Then on the John Wert Trail, the two caught up to Sornson and Yeager, but Yeager could not hang with them.

That left Sornson, Barclay and McConneloug, who was sort of on and off with them as she kept stopping to swipe in and out of the enduro and East Coast Rocks segments while Barclay and Sornson were not.

Going up the Bear Meadows climb toward the Tussey Ridge, Sornson and Barclay, the top two in the GC were marking each other closely.

Barclay, who is second overall, said to Cyclingnews, "As we were coming up to the ridge, I thought I'd have to make a move. I got onto the ridge first, but there was a lot of bobbling going on with me and Cheryl. I wasn't going to get any time on Cheryl and she wasn't going to let me get any time on her."

McConneloug was still on and off with the lead duo as she went through another East Coast Rocks segment. She elected to stay back just a bit to accommodate the fact she was riding a hardtail instead of a full suspension.

"The three of us rode Tussey Ridge together. It was amazing," said McConneloug to Cyclingnews. "They were flying and I was flying right behind them. I let them go a little bit because of my style of riding - I was on a hardtail and I needed to ramp up some sections while they were steadier. I did sort of peek at the view for a moment through my peripheal vision."

Coming off Tussey was another enduro section and McConneloug again had to close the gap after swiping out. With about seven miles to go, she went into full chase mode, then caught Sornson and Barclay on a climb near the end.

"I attacked and they let me around when I asked," said McConneloug. "I rode away and got some time, then I put my head down, locked out my fork and gave everything I could to go get that stage win.

Sornson said, "When Mary went for it, with about two miles to go, we just let her go. Neither of us had much left. There's only so much fire in the engine and I wasn't to stay safe on GC."

Barclay said, "I could have maybe gone with her, but Cheryl wouldn't let me. We let Mary ride away. We rode together to the line so the GC is the same as it was yesterday."

Going into the final stage, Sornson leads Barclay by a large 10:30 gap. Yeager and McConneloug are separated by just four minutes in a battle for third.

Race leader Sornson said, "Hopefully, it will be another good day tomorrow. I think Selene and Mary will want to race, so I'll probably have to hang onto their wheels."

U25 men and women

Second place overall finisher Payson McElveen also claimed the under 25 men's stage win. He finished ahead of Cole Oberman and Cory Rimmer. McElveen continues to lead the GC.

"I put a few more minutes on Cole. I think my lead's pretty safe going into tomorrow, but it's sure not going to be easy," said McElveen to Cyclingnews.

Emily Shields (Project Dirt/BMC) was the top under 25 woman.

"I felt much better than yesterday. I had a good start, unlike the other days," said Shields to Cyclingnews. "I was with the two women's leaders Cheryl and Selene for a bit. I stayed with them as long as I could, then Mary and Vicki caught me and I stayed with them for a bit. It was cool to ride with them. I got about eight more minutes today in the GC."

Singlespeed

Rich Dillen (Faster Mustache) claimed the men's singlespeed stage win today ahead of John Merriam (Crosshairs Cycling) and Scott Smith (TVB Race/Tomato Head).

Unfortunately, race leader Matt Ferrari (Freeze Thaw Cycles) crashed on a high speed descent and fractured his hip. Forced to withdraw from the stage and the race, Kurt Gensheimer also known as "The Angry Singlespeeder" took over as the new singlespeed men's leader.

Results

Elite men stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) 3:00:41  
2 Nick Waite (Pro Tested Gear) 0:03:01  
3 Kris Sneddon (Kona) 0:03:02  
4 Benjamin Sonntag (Stan's No Tubes Elite Racing) 0:03:50  
5 Cole Oberman (rarediseasecycling.org) 0:04:21  
6 Spencer Paxson (Kona Bikes) 0:09:48  
7 Peter Glassford (Trek - Canada) 0:11:37  
8 Cory Rimmer 0:15:16  
9 Drew Edsall (Pro's Closet / Stan's No Tubes) 0:16:20  
10 Rob Spreng (Rare Disease Cycling) 0:18:23  
11 Chris Jackson (Castex Racing) 0:18:41  
12 Madison Matthews (Toasted Head Racing) 0:21:18  
13 Michael Wissell (B2C2 / Boloco) 0:25:26  
14 Michael Broderick (Kenda/Stan's NoTubes) 0:28:24  
15 Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) 0:30:13  
16 Justin Lindine (Redline / NBX) 0:35:09  
17 Andre Landry (Fitwork) 0:36:13  
18 Matt Williams (mtbracing.com) 0:41:56  
19 Matt Acker (Redline) 0:42:02  
20 Carlos Rodriguez (Steel Pipes) 0:43:47  
21 Benjamin Sawyer (Riverside Racing) 0:45:14  
22 Greg Jancaitis (Riverside Racing) 0:49:52  
23 Simon Tremblay (Espresso Sports) 0:52:23  
24 Barry Croker 1:08:21  
25 Tristan Uhl (787 Racing) 1:14:56  
26 Gary Hoehne (Death Row Velo / Vasago) 1:21:51  
27 Aaron Snyder (TSEpic.com/NoTubes) 1:30:51  
28 Eric Dejong (Team Sandbag) 1:37:28  
29 Matthew Kesecker (cambo) 1:38:51  
30 Colt Mcelwaine 1:59:57  
31 Jorge Riba 2:01:21  
32 Kris Gibbs (Full Cycle) 2:26:47  
Elite women stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda/Stan's NoTubes) 3:44:40  
2 Cheryl Sornson (RDC) 0:01:24  
3 Vicki Barclay 0:01:25  
4 Selene Yeager 0:06:29  
5 Sarah Kaufmann (Stan's No-Tubes Womens Team) 0:08:08  
6 Emily Shields (BMC Project Dirt) 0:16:01  
7 Kaysee Armstrong (Kona/TBB Race) 0:25:44  
8 Ellen Noble (Bear Development Team) 0:28:45  
9 Elizabeth Allen (Danielson Adventure sports) 0:44:54  
10 Vanessa Mccaffery (Stans No Tubes/Corning Racing) 1:04:49  
11 Cynthia Fowler 1:13:48  
12 Carolyn Popovic (Rare Disease Cycling) 1:22:37  
13 Rachel Brown (Bikeman.com) 1:23:40  
14 Sue George 1:24:15  
Under 25 men stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Payson Mcelveen (Colt Training Systems) 3:02:01  
2 Cole Oberman (rarediseasecycling.org) 0:03:01  
3 Cory Rimmer 0:13:56  
4 Madison Matthews (Toasted Head Racing) 0:19:58  
5 Cameron Dodge (Colt Training Systems) 0:22:11  
6 Levi Kurlander (Colt Training Systems) 0:40:05  
7 Cody Phillips (Colt Training Systems) 1:58:39  
Under 25 women stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Emily Shields (BMC Project Dirt) 4:00:41  
2 Kaysee Armstrong (Kona/TBB Race) 0:09:43  
3 Ellen Noble (Bear Development Team) 0:12:44  
Singlespeed me stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rich Dillen (Faster Mustache) 3:43:36  
2 John Merriam (Crosshairs Cycling) 0:02:22  
3 Scott Smith (TVB Race/Tomato Head) 0:07:09  
4 Kurt Gensheimer (Ibis) 0:11:07  
5 Chris Merriam 0:40:09  
Men enduro stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tristan Uhl (787 Racing) 600  pts
2 Aaron Snyder (TSEpic.com / No Tubes) 480  
3 Michael Broderick 420  
4 Colt Mcelwaine 360  
5 Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) 315  
6 Justin Lindine (Redline / NBX) 290  
7 Benjamin Sawyer (Riverside Racing) 270  
8 Matthew Kesecker (cambo) 260  
9 Barry Croker 235  
9 Mark Gedraitis 235  
11 Jorge Riba 225  
12 Michael Wissell (B2C2 / Boloco)    
Women enduro stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kaysee Armstrong (Kona/TVB Race) 500  pts
2 Carolyn Popovic 485  
3 Ellen Noble (Bear Development Team) 465  
4 Mary Mcconneloug 385  
5 Cynthia Fowler 330  
6 Rachel Brown (Bikeman.com) 305  
7 Elizabeth Allen (Danielson Adventure sports) 280  
8 Vanessa Mccaffery (Stans No Tubes/Corning Racing) 265  
Men general classification after stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jeremiah Bishop (Sho-Air/Cannondale) 13:08:07  
2 Nick Waite (Pro Tested Gear) 0:09:24  
3 Kris Sneddon (Kona) 0:10:58  
4 Spencer Paxson (Kona Bikes) 0:16:10  
5 Benjamin Sonntag (Stan's No Tubes Elite Racing) 0:19:59  
6 Cole Oberman (rarediseasecycling.org) 0:39:19  
7 Peter Glassford (Trek - Canada) 0:45:35  
8 Drew Edsall (Pro's Closet / Stan's No Tubes) 1:02:28  
9 Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) 1:06:32  
10 Rob Spreng (Rare Disease Cycling) 1:12:10  
11 Madison Matthews (Toasted Head Racing) 1:25:33  
12 Chris Jackson (Castex Racing) 1:28:55  
13 Cory Rimmer 1:30:18  
14 Michael Wissell (B2C2 / Boloco) 1:40:43  
15 Michael Broderick (Kenda/Stan's NoTubes) 1:45:44  
16 Justin Lindine (Redline / NBX) 1:55:36  
17 Matt Williams (mtbracing.com) 2:23:53  
18 Andre Landry (Fitwork) 2:29:46  
19 Carlos Rodriguez (Steel Pipes) 3:05:56  
20 Matt Acker (Redline) 3:08:10  
21 Benjamin Sawyer (Riverside Racing) 3:17:06  
22 Greg Jancaitis (Riverside Racing) 3:36:01  
23 Tristan Uhl (787 Racing) 3:48:48  
24 Barry Croker 4:24:18  
25 Aaron Snyder (TSEpic.com/NoTubes) 5:06:30  
26 Gary Hoehne (Death Row Velo / Vasago) 5:15:45  
27 Matthew Kesecker (cambo) 5:58:14  
28 Colt Mcelwaine 7:46:55  
29 Jorge Riba 8:55:09  
30 Kris Gibbs (Full Cycle) 9:18:22  
Women general classification after stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Cheryl Sornson (RDC) 15:59:11  
2 Vicki Barclay 0:10:30  
3 Selene Yeager 0:24:00  
4 Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda/Stan's NoTubes) 0:28:00  
5 Sarah Kaufmann (Stan's No-Tubes Womens Team) 0:51:59  
6 Emily Shields (BMC Project Dirt) 1:37:15  
7 Kaysee Armstrong (Kona/TBB Race) 1:54:40  
8 Ellen Noble (Bear Development Team) 2:06:40  
9 Elizabeth Allen (Danielson Adventure sports) 2:41:09  
10 Carolyn Popovic (Rare Disease Cycling) 3:57:44  
11 Vanessa Mccaffery (Stans No Tubes/Corning Racing) 4:33:54  
12 Rachel Brown (Bikeman.com) 5:23:12  
13 Cynthia Fowler 5:38:59  
14 Sue George 6:44:02  
Under 25 men general classification after stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Payson Mcelveen (Colt Training Systems) 13:15:05  
2 Cole Oberman (rarediseasecycling.org) 0:32:21  
3 Cameron Dodge (Colt Training Systems) 0:39:55  
4 Madison Matthews (Toasted Head Racing) 1:18:35  
5 Cory Rimmer 1:23:20  
6 Levi Kurlander (Colt Training Systems) 1:58:34  
7 Cody Phillips (Colt Training Systems) 5:40:53  
Under 25 women general classification after stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Emily Shields (BMC Project Dirt) 17:36:26  
2 Kaysee Armstrong (Kona/TBB Race) 0:17:25  
3 Ellen Noble (Bear Development Team) 0:29:25  
Singlespeed men general classification after stage 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kurt Gensheimer (Ibis) 16:36:23  
2 Rich Dillen (Faster Mustache) 0:31:35  
3 Scott Smith (TVB Race/Tomato Head) 0:51:39  
4 Chris Merriam 3:05:41  
Men enduro classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tristan Uhl (787 Racing) 3345  pts
2 Aaron Snyder (TSEpic.com / No Tubes) 3020  
3 Michael Broderick 2835  
4 Justin Lindine (Redline / NBX) 2415  
5 Thomas Turner (Team Jamis) 1865  
6 Colt Mcelwaine 1686  
7 Benjamin Sawyer (Riverside Racing) 1648  
8 Barry Croker 1330  
9 Jorge Riba 1231  
10 Nick Shepherd 1189  
11 Mark Gedraitis 1177  
12 Matthew Kesecker (cambo) 1060  
13 Gary Hoehne (Death Row Velo / Vasago) 970  
14 Drew Edsall (Pro's Closet / Stan's No Tubes) 873  
15 Rob Spreng (Rare Disease Cycling) 787  
16 Madison Matthews (Toasted Head Racing) 643  
17 Daniel Sturm 601  
18 Scott Smith (TVB Race/Tomato Head) 524  
19 Kris Sneddon (Kona) 513  
20 Kevin Maldonado 509  
21 Peter Glassford (Trek - Canada) 458  
22 Spencer Paxson (Kona Bikes) 411  
23 Greg Jancaitis (Riverside Racing) 395  
24 Benjamin Sonntag (Stan's No Tubes Elite Racing) 387  
25 Michael Wissell (B2C2 / Boloco) 333  
26 Matt Williams (mtbracing.com) 328  
26 Chris Jackson (Castex Racing) 328  
28 Cole Oberman (rarediseasecycling.org) 304  
29 Cory Rimmer 273  
30 Jeremiah Bishop 262  
31 Nick Waite 246  
32 Eric Dejong (Team Sandbag) 244  
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 3260  pts
2 Kaysee Armstrong (Kona/TVB Race) 3010  
3 Mary Mcconneloug 2820  
4 Ellen Noble (Bear Development Team) 2110  
5 Elizabeth Allen (Danielson Adventure sports) 1878  
6 Rachel Brown (Bikeman.com) 1796  
7 Cynthia Fowler 1672  
8 Vanessa Mccaffery (Stans No Tubes/Corning Racing) 1482  
9 Cheryl Sornson (RDC) 1285  
10 Leslie Timm (Riverside Racing) 1037  
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  
Men East Coast Rocks classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michael Broderick 0:49:43  
2 Cody Phillips (Felt Factory Enduro Team) 0:00:13  
3 Michael Wissell (B2C2 / Boloco) 0:05:45  
4 Benjamin Sawyer (Riverside Racing) 0:10:38  
5 Chris Kozanczyn (Evil Orange) 0:14:49  
6 Rob Campbell (Bike Line's Phine Wine) 0:15:57  
7 Barry Croker 0:19:35  
8 Adam Linstedt 0:25:09  
9 Joaquin Gil Del Real 0:25:48  
10 Erik Eiseman 0:32:30  
11 Joseph White (Cambo) 0:35:44  
Women East Coast Rocks classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Mary Mcconneloug 1:00:22  
2 Elizabeth Allen (Danielson Adventure sports) 0:05:08  
3 Carolyn Popovic 0:05:51  
4 Rachel Brown (Bikeman.com) 0:18:55  
5 Cynthia Fowler 0:24:50  
6 Sue George 0:26:54  
7 Carlota Moncada 0:59:30