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Trans-Sylvania Epic 2011

Date range:
May 29 - June 4, 2011

June 03, Stage 6: Rothrock Tussey Mountain: 61km

Bishop, Carey take wins on Tussey Ridge

Mike Cushionbury
June 04, 2011, 6:08 BST,
June 08, 2011, 18:55 BST

Sager jumps Sneddon on GC

Amanda Carey (Felt/Kenda) won the stage but was pushed all the way by yesterday's women's mini_xc stage winner Selene Yeager with the two trading blows on the road and rocks until Carey pulled away in the final five miles.

Amanda Carey (Felt/Kenda) won the stage but was pushed all the way by yesterday's women's mini_xc stage winner Selene Yeager with the two trading blows on the road and rocks until Carey pulled away in the final five miles.

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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. 


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