Peter Glassford
Peter Glassford. Photo credit: Abe Landis

Saturday’s Bald Eagle stage concluded the 2015 Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic seven-day stage race. Despite being a relatively short stage, this one is never easy—especially for those racing for a position. For many racers, the final stage is a parade and the week’s efforts are enjoyed at a more social pace. Whether racing or parading, all riders get to enjoy the last two enduro stages of the race, including a very long and memorable rip down a rocky fire road beside a river.

The open women’s race was largely decided on Stage 6 and so a parade was agreed upon. After some under-25s launched some attacks, which were brought back, the women finished with no changes to the overall. Canada’s Mical Dyck (Stan’s No-Tubes) finished in second overall, while her teammate Vicky Barclay took the win after several years of trying for the TS-Epic win. Chrystal Anthony (Riverside Cycles) rounded out the top-three overall.

For the open men, there would be no parade. With Tristan Uhl and I separated by only 12 seconds and a stage win on the line, the guys would be racing. I put in all the efforts I had early on with the hope of breaking Tristan early, before the very hard final 5 miles. In the end, it was Timmerman scoring the stage win after a smart stage and a late attack. Payson McElveen and Justin Lindine rounded out the top three on the day. For the men’s overall, I was not able to make it back into the top three, finishing fourth. The Competitive Cyclist Team swept the podium with Justin Lindine taking a well-earned victory over Payson and Tristan.

Peter Glassford and Tristan Uhl
Peter Glassford battling with Tristan Uhl during the seventh and final stage of the 2015 Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic. Photo credit: Peter Glassford

The enduro competition had the biggest shakeup of the day with favourite Cody Phillips being usurped from the enduro throne by Bryan Fawley. The enduro contest is becoming a larger focus in the upcoming years as Cody and the TS-Epic Organizers work to make stages more rewarding for those with technical skills and downhill ability.

After a hard week of racing, it is hard to take fourth in a race where I had hopes of winning and put out enough work to be in position to win, but not be close. The three guys on a team together ahead of me, and multiple guys behind me, were all strong. Payson told Molly, “It was everything, having a team. Poor Peter. He didn’t complain a single time, just pulled. Based on how much he could have complained, I was so impressed with his professionalism. Big props to him.”

But even without the team advantage, I got what I trained for and more fitness could have changed things. To do better, I need to want it more, race more distance races and focus on being better in the critical moments, such as steep uphills. Getting to ride a week with a bunch of very talented guys has been a great learning experience and great training. Onto the next adventure, thanks for following along.

Check out final results and information on how to register at the Trans-Sylvania Epic Stage Race.

Peter Glassford and Tristan Uhl
Glassford and his during-the-race nemesis Tristan Uhl after the competition. Photo credit: Peter Glassford
TS-Epic 2015
Photo credit: Abe Landis

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