Bishop, Carey take wins on Tussey Ridge

Sager jumps Sneddon on GC

The Queen stage of the Trans-Sylvania Epic came down to a battle between the top three GC contenders. As predicted, Jason Sager (Team Jamis) attacked on the biggest fireroad climb of the day, which came early in a bid to distance himself from Kona's Kris Sneddon.

As the open men went up the first singletrack climb off the start Jeremiah Bishop, riding his Cannondale Scalpel 29'er prototype once again, opened up a 25-second gap but sat up at the top to regroup with teammate Alex Grant, Sneddon, his teammate Barry Wicks, Sager and a few other contenders. When the group finally hit the big climb Sager attacked. "He went like it was a road race and instantly got a gap," said Bishop.

As the group followed, Wicks was setting pace for his teammate Snedden, who was second on GC. At this point Grant went to the front and pulled Bishop up to Sager.

"When I saw there was separation, I slowed down a little just because that far out you need people to ride with," said Sager. "I heard that Sneddon was gaining faster than Grant so we had to go right away and leave Grant at that point. We were going man to man. Kris chased hard and I went hard."

As they progressed through the 38-mile course Bishop played it safe, knowing that Sager was on a mission to put time into Sneddon and possibly take over second place in the GC. As the pair hit the rocky singletrack climb leading up to Tussey Ridge, Sager got the jump as Bishop followed, eventually getting around and opening a small gap on the technical section.

Unfortunately Bishop lost his chain on the backside of the mountain allowing Sager to join back on. Once the pair hit the final four-mile gravel road to the finish Bishop, knowing that Sager was working to get back time took only took token pulls to keep the pace up. Once the pair turned onto the steep, one-mile grassy climb that funneled to the finish line Bishop attacked and won with 30 seconds to spare over Sager and 7:37 over Grant. But the Jamis rider's efforts were not in vain, he was able to secure second overall in the GC heading into the last day, 7:30 behind Bishop. Sneddon fell back to third overall, 7:31 behind Sager.

As the open women rode up the first singletrack in a compact group, all the major players were accounted for early. Heading into the fireroad climb Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt) opened up a convincing lead but once into the technical trails Selene Yeager (Team CF) closed the gap and eventually passed her going across the ridge. Once off the rocks and on the final run-in to the finish Carey was able to catch back on to Yeager and then pull away for a solo victory, all but securing her GC title at the conclusion of tomorrow's final stage.

In the hotly contested singlespeed race, Morgan Miller (West Virginia Night Club) took yet another win ahead of Rich Dillen (Team Dicky) and GC leader Rich Straub (Freeze Thaw/BikeFlights/NoTubes).

"When Morgan saw Straub it was over, f**k it," quipped Dillen. "I had stopped to straighten my rotor then I rode behind Miller for a while but when he saw Straub he was gone. I wanted no part of it."

Greg Martin (Club Ride) who started the day in third overall retired from the race mid-stage and in so doing moves Miller into third overall on GC, 8:04 behind Dillen and 29:07 behind Straub. 

Results

Stage 6 results - Open men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale )2:45:39 
2Jason Sager (Team Jamis)0:00:30 
3Alex Grant (Cannondale)0:06:37 
4Kris Sneddon (kona)0:08:01 
5Justin Lindine (BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage / Scott)0:09:22 
6Adam Snyder (Team Jamis)0:13:43 
7Drew Edsall (Super Cool Bike Shop / Firstplaceracing.)0:14:31 
8Bryan Fawley (Orbea USA)0:16:12 
9Barry Wicks (Kona)0:22:10 
10Sloane Anderson (ProAir HFA)0:23:27 
11Jonathan Davis (Trek Bike Store Boulder)0:24:29 
12Mark Weir (WTB/Cannondale/Shimano/Fox Racing Shox)0:25:48 
13Ben Cruz (WTB/Cannondale/Shimano/Fox Racing Shox)0:36:19 
14Nathan Ruch (Evolution Racing)0:41:24 
15Michael Cushionberry (Trans-Sylvania Epic / NoTubes)0:42:25 
16Kip Biese (Big Wheel Racing/Old Town Bike Shop)0:50:08 
17Nate Byrom (WTB/Cannondale/Shimano/Fox Racing Shox)2:00:18 
DNFJames Spurk  
DNFJosh Patterson (Dirt Rag)  
DNFSloane Anderson (ProAir HFA)  
DNFMichael Wissel (B2C2/ Boloco)  
DNSRyan Leech  
DNSChristopher Beck (TeamCF)  
DNSRoss Schnell (Trek/SRAM/Easton/Giro/Pearl)  
Open Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt)3:27:46 
2Selene Yeager (Team CF)0:02:26 
3Karen Potter (MTBRaceNews)0:06:14 
4Vicki Barclay (Notubes/FTC/Performance Labs)0:18:41 
5Sue Haywood (Shenandoah Bikes,Kenda,Turner,I-9)0:25:19 
6Rebecca Rusch (Specialized)0:53:09 
7Sonya Looney (Topeak Ergon)1:04:19 
8Tanya Hanham (Tall Tree Cycles/Steelwool Bicycles)1:08:20 
9Kaarin Tae (Bicycles Plus / Bedford)1:09:46 
10Karen Brooks (Dirt Rag)1:16:53 
11Laura Gleason (Giordana-Clif Bar - BRICA)1:36:44 
12Kerry Combs2:00:04 
13Jill Weist (Don Wiest Stables)2:32:55 
14Donna Weiser2:42:34 
DNFKarmen Woelber (Zoom Performance)  
Singlespeederific
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Morgan Miller (West Virginia Night Club)3:17:05 
2Rich Straub (Freeze Thaw / Bikeflights / Notubes)0:08:35 
3Rich Dillen (TeamDicky)0:12:28 
4Bob Radzwich (The Bicycle Shop)0:19:29 
5Doug Jenne0:21:23 
6Craig Dupree (Milk Pail Racing)0:49:18 
7Peter Buckland (FreezeThaw Cycles)0:55:49 
8Kelly Klett1:02:02 
9Mark Elsasser (Independent Fabrication)1:12:22 
DNFGreg Martin (Club Ride Apparel)  
DNSDave Cormier  
Master Men 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bruce Pisarek (COBC/National Engineering)3:28:11 
2John Kuhn (Cranford Bike Team/CTS)0:06:41 
3Rich Oneil (Trans-Sylvania Epic / NoTubes)0:07:19 
4Bruce Stauffer (Trek Bicycle Store Charlotte, NC)0:20:39 
5Robert Hayes0:25:53 
6Chris Merriam0:26:23 
7Garth Prosser (Ashford Surgical / Cannondale)0:28:37 
8Dave Stauffer0:45:45 
9Dave Pryor (Kapelmuur Independent)1:22:48 
10Garnett Abbey (Oakville Cycling Club)1:27:16 
11Mark Drogalis (Team CF)1:29:59 
12Brendan Hickey2:07:09 
13Lawrence Plug (Bicycles Plus / Bedford)2:16:31 
14Carl Bush2:19:09 
DNFJohn Merriam  
DNSJames Taylor  
DNSJason Gregg  
Master Men 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1James Wilson (Team CF)4:47:46 
2Scott Thomson  
3Edward Moran (Maverickfab Endurance)  
DNFFred Baker (Baker Compound 1250)  
Duo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andrew Caputo / Mark Hixon (Team ERRACE)4:09:34 
2Cissy Fowler/ David Cook (Pisgah Area Cycling)0:09:53 
Epic Team
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Derek Bissett (The CO/VA Connection)3:53:00 
2Patrick Jeanmenne (Team Saratoga)1:47:29 
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