Podium wide open as NoTubes and Team CF field large teams
State College, PA – While neither Vampira or Elvira is on the reg list, a host of hellishly fast women are targeting the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic p/b Dirt Rag in 2012. As is the case with the men’s field, the talent assembling for the women’s race TSEpic is as good as it gets. With this many incredible women all headed to the deep lush Pennsylvania forests to face off against one another, the winner of the TSEpic could easily stake her claim as North America’s best endurance mountain bike racer.
Team CF’s Selene Yeager on way to 2010 TSEpic Victory | AE Landes Photography
With two years of TSEpic experience including overall victory in 2010, Team CF’s Selene Yeager is one of the first to consider for the win. Interestingly, some of Selene’s top competition may come from her own team mates as TeamCF is also fielding former NUE series champion Cheryl Sorrenson and TSE veteran Kristin Gavin. Cheryl is fresh off a storming win at the Cohutta 100 where she knocked last year’s TSEpic and NUE series champ Amanda Carey from the top of the podium. Teammate Gavin was just behind in third place. Without doubt the women of TeamCF are ready for TSE, but are they ready for NoTubes?
Look for Gavin to play a significant role at this year’s TSEpic. | AE Landes Photography
Even with this incredible line up Team CF will be challenged to have the strongest team at the TSEpic. The NoTubes elite women’s team is fielding no less than 5 racers with the goal of nothing less than total and absolute domination of their sponsor’s top mountain bike event.
Vicki Barclay (NoTubes) is all smiles about her home field advantage at the TSEpic | AE Landes Photography
Vicki Barclay, who happens to call State College home, and teammate and former US National Champ Sue Haywood both have a year of TSEpic experience to call on and both are showing excellent early season form. Sue has claimed both the MD and DE State Championship titles on recent weekends and Vicki was fourth at Cohutta. Joining these two will be NoTubes team captain Shannon Gibson, 2011′s ProXCT top 10 finisher Sarah Kaufmann and former New Zealand World Championship Team Member Jenny Smith. The mountain bike stage race podiums under the belts of these NoTubes women ensure that there will be plenty of neon pink mixing it up with that bright blue plaid of Team CF at the sharp end of the race.
Sue Haywood has joined the neon pink army of Team NoTubes for 2012 |
Several solo women are not to be counted out and will be battling against these formidible teams on every stage. Mountain bike racing is about nothing more than who tears whose legs off and who is willing to go deepest. Last year MTBRaceNews.com’ Karen Potter served notice that she was at TSEpic for the win and held the leaders jersey after the stage one time trial. A stomach bug took Potter out of the running for the overall but she came back late in the week to win a second stage. Potter too has seen early season success in both XC and XXC distance events.
Karen Potter is aiming to make it a start to finish ride in 2012 with the final stop the top of the podium | AE Landes Photography
Kona’s Alice Pennington will not have teammates to call on, but this talented and super experienced racer also heads to Trans-Sylvania prepared to take on all comers and do her part to give Kona a sweep of the men’s and women’s titles. And while Niner’s Donna Miller is making her first appearance at TSE she has no less than podium intentions in mind.
Watch the battle unfold on www.TSEpic.com, Dirt Rag and Cycling Dirtthroughout race week with updates, pics and video posted daily. For even more insight find Trans-Sylvania Epic on facebook.
The 2012 NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic presented by Dirt Rag rolls out with the Bald Eagle Prologue on Sunday May 27 near State College, PA and will again feature what are perhaps the deepest and most competitive pro men’s and women’s fields in North American mountain bike stage racing while providing every participant the feel of a week of summer camp with a camp full of mountain biking friends. The TSEpic benefits PA Trails through the Outdoor Experience Organization. Find out more atTSEpic.com.