Monday, May 30, 2011

Tanya's Transylvania Epic: Stage One
 Tall Tree Cycles' enduro cross country diva, Tanya Hanham, kicked off Transylvania Epic on Sunday with the Prologue, finishing mid-pack amongst many a pro. Tanya sent a short update to the rest of the team, and is looking for ward to Stage 1 today:

"Excited for a long, hard day tomorrow, of rocks, climbing, singletrack and oh did I mention the rocks? No shortage of them."

Tanya has a couple stage races under her belt, boldly taking on events solo and reporting back with great stories and encouragement to give em a try. Its just a matter of time before she has some company; stage races are getting more and more appealing all the time. Here's a rundown of the race and Prologue from the event's site:

The Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic is a seven day mountain bike stage race scheduled for May 29-June 4, 2011, an annual fund raiser event for The Outdoor Experience Organization, a non-profit Pennsylvania organization whose mission is to build and create, improve upon, and document forest trails in the state of Pennsylvania for the use of foot traffic, bicycles, cross-country skiers, equestrians and other user groups in order to increase interest in sustainable, healthy, and enjoyable outdoor oriented activities; build outdoor recreation tourism in Pennsylvania; and contribute to improved community health and wellness by increasing availability of fitness-related outdoor recreational activities and enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities.

The second annual Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race kicked off Sunday with a 12.5-mile prologue in hot and humid conditions, a stark reminder that when a heat wave hits eastern Pennsylvania it’s serious business. Racers agreed that this year’s day one course was even better than last year, maximizing the use of serpentine singletrack found in the area. The major obstacle of the day was not the exposed, two-mile road climb off the start but the one-mile singletrack climb at about mile 5.5. The forest mostly protected it but it’s steepness and sweltering humidity took a tool that effected many racers for the last half of the stage.

Lots more info and stories here

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