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Byrom Competes in Trans-Sylvania Epic 2011 Finishes 9th in Stage 2 with Stacked Pro Field!!

May 30, 2011

Thanks to the support that WTB offers the Ride Giant / Ride Northstar mountain bike program they recently footed the bill to send Ride Giant / Ride Northstar pro rider Nate Byrom to compete in the grueling but amazingly fun Trans-Sylvania Epic stage race this week.

The Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic is a seven day mountain bike stage race scheduled for May 29-June 4, 2011.  The event is based out of the Seven Mountains Boy Scout Campground in Spring Mills, PA. During the race organizers provide full transport and food services in addition to lodging with fully supported aid stations that are stocked with food and supplies. The competitors only have to focus on the amazing ride and recovery.

The Trans-Sylvania Epic is the 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.

Byrom is excited to be racing in the Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race. He recently updated us on Stage 2 and he finished 9th in the pro-category with the help of Shimano Bicycle Component’s XTR brake system and drive train, Fox Racing Shox, Oakley, Giro shoes and helmets, Giant Bicycles, Northstar-at-Tahoe, and WTB.

I can sum this stage up in four words; hot, rocky, long, and hot… damn hot.  About 45 minutes in was the major climb of the day 1400 feet up a gravel road leading to some sweet ridge single track infested with momentum sucking rocks. It was nice to be on trail but it takes all the energy you have to get through the rocks out here including the trail downhills, which were hard to come by. Every section of trail needed full on pedaling and a big effort to get through. If I didn’t know better I would say we did more up then down. There were three feed stations but with the temperature I was consuming so much water I was out before reaching each one which almost cracked me mid race after not drinking for an hour.  42 miles, 7 water bottles, and 3:42 later I crossed the line 9th after a big final effort to hold of chasers. It was real fun and felt more like a trail ride than a race and I’m stoked on the top 10. Five days to go…

Byrom communicated it was a long hot day but an amazing experience. We will keep you updated on his racing from each stage with photos and Bryom’s updates.

Here is a video summary of last years race. Stay tuned, this is going to be good. http://www.cyclingdirt.org/coverage/238822-Transylvania-Epic-Stage-Race-2011/video/493354-Transylvania-Mountain-Bike-Epic-Stage-1.

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