Thursday, December 3
Are you ready for the summer?
I rose up off my ass and got pre-preregistered for the 2016 Trans-Sylvania Epic earlier this week. I was surprised to see a total of 94 people jumped at the chance for the super early bird price, despite some of the details such as dates and stages and whatnot were unknown...
or maybe not so surprised because the race has done a great job building its reputation as THE Singletrack Summer Camp.
One of the big changes for 2016 will be going from seven days of racing down to five. Sunday, May 29 through Friday, June 3, with the racing starting on Monday and ending on Friday. Reason? They (the promoters) realize it can be a bit of a hardship to be away for the amount of time it takes to do a seven day stage race. There will now be plenty of time to travel on both ends, and when you get home, the grass won't be waist high... and your family might still recognize you.
BTW: I fully support this decision and have been wanting it for years now. Huzzah.
Other changes? Glad you asked.
The short but vomit-inducing individual time trial on day one will be replaced with a more standard length, head-to-head course. The longer stages that have left people shelled are going to shorten up as well. The 40+ mile days will be replaced with less-deathy 35-36 mile routes. As much as I loved the 42 mile Cooper's Gap and Tussey Ridge, I have to admit that the "just kill me" thought would go through my head every 20 seconds for the last 10 miles. There's just a lot of brutal technical riding up there in Central PA. Fun riding that comes with more than its share of bumps, bruises, lacerations, breaks, sprains... you know? The sometimes side effects of mountain biking. A little less riding means that racers should be slightly less worn out and more on their game when they encounter this:
This is just one of those races that have been placed on my must-do-every-year list. It's everything I love about mountain biking; technical terrain, great people, distances that don't have me crawling on the floor at the end of the day, crisp weather, my extended family... warm happies all around.
Stop thinking about it, and just sign up already. Well, soon anyways.
Yeth, this post is terribly timed. As of right now, you can't sign up. Pretty soon though, all the details will be in place and those spots that weren't already pre-grabbed will be up for the taking. I highly suggest you jump on it.
I'll do my best to try and remember to post something when the registration is FULL-ON open.
Posted by dicky at 7:14 AM