Lindine and Carey win stage 1 time trial in Trans-Sylvania

The fourth edition of the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic began today with picturesque weather and ideal trail conditions. The riders raced through the 14-mile individual time trial in Bald Eagle State Forest in sunny, 60-degree temperatures and dry, tacky trails. The course took riders through a variety of terrain, from gravel roads, to rocky descents and freshly cut, serpentine trails.


With three-time champion Jeremiah Bishop (Cannondale Factory Racing) deciding not to race this year, the men's field became an even tougher race as riders fought for the previously dominated top podium spot.

Commenting on the talent in the 2013 field, Justine Lindine (Redline) stated that he was competing against "six or seven guys who are pretty tightly matched." Though he acknowledged the threat many riders pose, Lindine was able to secure his lead in the time trial with a confident and impressive 1:00:19, putting him over one minute ahead of runner-up Brain Matter (ProGold) in the standings and securing the first yellow leader's jersey of the race.

Lindine hopes to build on his lead through the remaining stages despite his history of misfortune at the TSE in recent years. On his past mechanical issues, Lindine said, "I think last year I spent eight miles riding a flat tire just to make it to the aid station. Knock on wood, I'd like to avoid that kind of calamity this year."

Local Aaron Snyder (TSEpic Team) also showed a strong performance as he overtook Drew Edsall (Kenda/Felt) with only two miles left in the course. Snyder's aggressive ride placed him in third, only three minutes behind leader Lindine.


The women's field faced the formidable and dominating presence of the Stan's NoTubes Women's Elite team, which secured the top three podium positions for the day. Amanda Carey (Stan's NoTubes Women's Elite Team) won first place with her 1:12:29 ride while her teammates Sarah Kaufmann and Vicki Barclay took second and third, respectively. Kaufmann and Barclay showed very comparable form, separated by a mere 16 seconds in the standings.

Favored rider Sue Haywood broke her saddle during the race and lost just short of eight minutes to leader Carey, resulting in a fifth place finish. Sonya Looney (Topeak Ergon) experienced a similarly difficult day and would later describe her sixth place finish as a "rough stage".


Despite the over 1,400 feet of elevation gain in the stage, the top three finishers in the singlespeed class finished within two minutes of the race leader. Dax Massey (Breck Epic/Honey Stinger/Light and Motion) finished first with a time of 1:09:21. But Massey's finish hardly gives him a large time cushion, as runner-up Matt Ferrari (FreezeThaw/Hubcap Cycles) placed second with only a nine-second deficit. Dejay Birtch (Ride for Reading/Stan's/Maxxis/Pivot) clocked a time of 1:11:21 to secure third place. With today's close time gaps, the singlespeed category is sure to be extremely competitive in the coming stages.

Duo categories

The last of the duo men's teams out of the start, Mike Festa and Craig Lebair (Philadelphia Ciclismo) fought hard for their sub-1:12:40 finish time. But despite passing four of their competing teams during the time trial, they did not have enough speed to beat first place finishers Jon Firth and Drew Simson (TransRockies/Honeystinger/Planet Foods). Firth and Simson finished almost three minutes ahead of the Philadelphia Ciclismo duo, and almost nine minutes ahead of third place finishers Matt Johnson and Anthony Sanson (Racing for Riley/Summit City Bikes).

In the duo coed race, Lawrence Plug and Kaarin Tae (Java Blend) finished in first place, only a minute and a half ahead of Chris Merriam and Libbey Sheldon (Crosshairs Cycling).

Under 25

With an eighth place finish in the men's category, 21 year-old Madison Matthews (The Bicycle Shop/MBR/Maxxis) finished in an impressive 1:07:00 to take the BMC U25 leader's jersey. Only three minutes behind, Cory Rimmer (Piney Flats Bicycles/Dean Endurance) took the second place finish, while Logan Taylor (Kelpius Cycling & Logan Taylor) finished third.

The woman's BMC U25 leader's jersey was awarded to Donna Miller (TSEpic Team).


The closest race of the day goes to the Masters 40+ field, where the top three finishers were separated by only 21 seconds. Chris Cyr ( took first place by a mere three seconds over Nathan Ruch (Evolution). Alex Hawkins crossed the line in third, finishing in 1:12:26.

In the Masters 50+ race, local rider Jim Matthews finished first with a time of 1:12:15. John Williams finished five minutes behind to take the second podium spot, and Jack Dalzell (Team CF-Ohio) rounded out the third podium position.

TSE teams

Unique to the Trans-Sylvania Epic, the Epic Team category enables riders to construct teams of two to five riders to focus on fun and camaraderie while competing in a GC event. While any and all team members may start any combination of stages, the Epic Team category requires at just one team member to finish a stage each day to compete in the GC competition. In the Epic Team category, Cycle-Smart finished first in the day with the winning time posted by Alec Donahue and supported by David Thompson.


In the enduro competition wherein a daily leader's jersey is awarded based on timed downhill segments, the SRAM/Bear Creek men's leader's jersey was awarded to Zachary Adams (Toasted Head Racing), while the women's leader jersey went to Rhonda Pearce. Due to minor, and now corrected, complications with the scoring process, all riders will enter stage 2 tied in standings for the enduro competition.

Stage 2: Cooper's Gap

With the first day of racing wrapped up, riders now look forward to stage 2. The 36-mile stage will take riders through the beautiful, yet unforgiving, Cooper's Gap area of Rothrock State Forest. With 4,925 feet of elevation gain, and two SRAM/Bear Creek Enduro segments, the course will be sure to mix up the GC results and will test even the most experienced riders.

Full Results for stage 1 and general classification after stage 1

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Men open
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Justin Lindine (Redline / NBX)1:00:19
2Brian Matter (RACC / Trek/ PROGOLD)0:01:14
3Aaron Snyder (TSEpic Team)0:03:01
4Drew Edsall (Kenda / Felt)0:03:26
5Sam Koerber (Progold)0:04:11
6Phil Grove (Hammer Nutrition)0:05:24
7Wes Richards (Clemmons bicycle)0:06:14
8Madison Matthews (The Bicycle Shop / MBR / Maxxis)0:06:41
9Michael Wissell (B2C2/ Boloco)0:06:49
10Steven Ordons (Philadelphia Ciclismo)0:08:03
11Cory Rimmer (Piney Flats Bicycles/Dean Endurance)0:10:01
12Ben Welnak (Mountain Bike Radio)0:11:51
13Theo Procopos (Keswick Cycle)0:12:55
14Jesse Quagliaroli (Expo Wheelmen)0:13:04
15Peter Butt0:13:24
16Derek Bissett (NoTubes / Trans-Sylvania Epic / BMC)0:13:55
17David Fahnestock (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV)0:14:53
18Kyle Centrella (Philadephia Ciclismo)0:17:46
19Cody Hawkins0:19:34
20Michael Cosgrove (Bike Doctor Waldorf/SOMD Crew)0:23:33
21Matthew Kesecker (CAMBO)0:23:37
22Daniel Humm0:26:14
23Scott Molnar0:32:09
24Andrew Schmidt0:35:17
25Jorge Riba (CREMA)0:36:37
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Women open
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amanda Carey (Stan's Notubes Women's Elite)1:12:29
2Sarah Kaufmann (NoTubes Elite Women)0:02:35
3Vicki Barclay (Stan's NoTubes Elite Womens Team)0:02:51
4Andrea Wilson (Brickhouse Racing)0:05:23
5Sue Haywood0:07:52
6Sonya Looney (Topeak Ergon)0:09:50
7Vanessa McCaffery (Corning/Stan's NoTubes Race Team)0:14:06
8Rhonda Pearce0:14:33
9Jordan Salman (Pisgah Tavern)0:18:04
10Jana Morris (Giordana-Clif Bar)0:18:58
11Karen Brooks (Dirt Rag)0:20:04
12Beverly Richardson (Blue Rige Adventure Team)0:21:13
13Angie Sokorai (Action Wheels)0:22:02
14Donna Miller (TSEpic Team)0:22:21
15Sue George (
16Laura Gleason (TotalCyclist Mountain Bike Race Team)0:25:00
17Sandie Reynolds (Mason Dixon Velo/The Cycle Works)0:34:58
18Teresa DeWitt (Off the Front)0:36:28
19Carlota MoncadaRow 18 - Cell 2
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Singlespeed men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Dax Massey (Breck Epic/Honey Stinger/Light and Motion)1:09:21
2Matt Ferrari (FreezeThaw/Hubcap Cycles)0:00:09
3Dejay Birtch (Ride for Reading, Stan’s, Maxxis, Pivot)0:02:00
4David Yacobelli (Corning/NoTubes Race Team)0:03:28
5Rich Dillen (Faster Mustache)0:05:23
6Eric McKeegan (Dirt Rag)0:11:14
7Tyler Welnak (Vision/Wheel and Sprocket)0:23:38
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Master 40+ men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Cyr (
2Nathan Ruch (Evolution)0:00:03
3Alex Hawkins0:00:21
4Bob Radzwich (The Bicycle Shop / Vassago)0:03:29
5Brian Conroy (giordona clif bar)0:03:50
6Rob Campbell0:04:08
7Jon Stang (Crosstown Velo/Industry Nine)0:04:20
8Colby Waller (Juggernaut ESF)0:04:42
9David Olsen0:08:34
10Thori Wolfe (Juggernaut ESF)0:11:22
11Kevin Maldonado0:15:49
12Rick McEachran (Spinsanity Cycles)0:16:02
13Matt Lough (Juggernaut - ESF)0:21:34
14Alan Avis (Bikes plus)0:25:13
15Joaquin Gil del Real (CREMA)0:27:19
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Master 50+ men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1JIm Matthews1:12:15
2John Williams0:05:08
3Jack Dalzell (Team CF-Ohio)0:10:20
4Joe McCarthy0:14:26
5Robert Eiserman (CAMBO Racing)0:15:55
6Michael kryzytski (The Bicycle Peddler)0:28:18
7Scott Hammontree (Phoenix/Bike Source)0:38:06
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Coed duo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lawrence Plug (Java Blend)1:24:53
2Kaarin Tae (Java Blend)0:00:01
3Chris Merriam (Crosshairs Cycling)0:01:23
4Libbey Sheldon (Crosshairs Cycling)0:01:26
5Sean Riley (Griggs Orthopedics)0:08:12
6Elizabeth Shaner (Griggs Orthopedics)0:08:16
7Mark Deaton (Giordana-Clif Bar)0:17:58
8Sandy Marshall (Giordana-Clif Bar)0:18:03
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Men duo
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jon Firth (TransRockies/Planet Foods/HoneyStinger)1:09:58
2Drew Simson (TransRockies/Honeystinger/Planet Foods)0:00:06
3Mike Festa (Philadelphia Ciclsimo)0:02:39
4Craig Lebair (Philadelphia Ciclsimo)0:02:41
5Matt Johnson (Racing for Riley/Summit City Bikes)0:08:42
6Anthony Sanson (Racing for Riley/Summit City Bikes)0:08:50
7Paul Wojciak (Pawling Cycle and Sport)0:12:54
8Christian Baks (Pawling Cycle and Sport)0:12:56
9Matt Salter (Catamount/1K2GO)0:14:17
10Don Harmeyer (Catamount/1K2GO)0:14:24
11Marc Basiliere (
12Tyler Benedict (
13Jim Wedge (Revolution / Peak Fasteners)0:26:48
14Drew Jordan (Revolution / Peak Fasteners)0:26:55


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