Let the adventure begin!
I ran into Dax Massey a few weeks back at a bachelor party. So, after catching up with him over a few drinks and chatting about what was next on his race calendar we both started talking about the TSE. We are both NoTubes sponsored riders, and we are both Colorado based, so being that Stan’s No Tubes has a satelite office in State College and is the title sponsors of the race we began to brainstorm ways to make this trip a reality. We also decided to touch base with Mike McCormak who runs the BreckEpic.
Collectively, with Zeke Hersh from Breckenridge, we came up with a plan to go out to Pennsylvania and represent both the BreckEpic and NoTubes for the seven day stage race. The hope is to ride some of the best Mtn Bike trails that PA has to offer while pumping up the NoTubes product and US Mtn Bike stage racing.
We arrived at State College late on Friday night and we picked up by Richie Rich from NoTubes. After some amazing eggs and GF pancakes we got some bikes built and waited for the rain to finish saturating the course. We met up with a crew at the Seven Mountain Boy Scout Camp, in Spring Mills, PA, to pre-ride the TT course. The race is based out of the Scout Camp with two days of remote starts. The pre-ride allowed us to get a good taste of what the upcoming week would have in store. Lots of rocks, roots and everything was is pretty wet. Really fun riding that keeps your attention. Check out a video of the TT course here. TSE TT Pre-Ride
The TT course is a 12.5 mile course, with teams and individual riders starting every 30 seconds. The rules with the Duo Category is that you must be with in 30 seconds of your teammate at all times. As we took off Dax immediately went to the front and slotted in behind him. The course starts off by winding it’s way thru the Scout Camp before setting you free on a long pavement section. As the course works it way back toward the Start/Finish area you are exposed to some very typical PA riding.
We ended up 3rd on the day. 46 seconds off the Win. We are both happy to see that there is going to be some solid competition in the duo category. We are also both looking forward to tomorrow’s stage. 43 miles and 5300 ft of climbing. Let the adventure begin.