Photo credit: Ricky DeLeyos
The Stan’s NoTubes Women’s Elite Team have been ramping up their racing in preparation for stacked fields at Sea Otter and Stan’s sponsored Whiskey 50.
A strength of our team is coast to coast representation. With the addition of Canadian rider Mical Dyck to the 2013 roster, our team can be racing from BC to Pennsylvania simultaneously!
On the East Coast, Susan Haywood continued her early season domination. Sue is prepping for what we expect will be a showdown at the upcoming Transylvania Epic. She began the weekend with a 13 hour relay called Baker’s Dozen. The following day she lined up for long XC event The Dragon’s Tale.
Sue’s brief report: “Since Transylvania Epic is a pretty big deal for me and the team, I knew that I need to get some double race days in! Luckily the East Coast is packed with good racing. I was honored to be asked to be part of an all women’s team for a relay race called the Baker’s Dozen in Leesburg, Virginia. It’s a 13 hour race on private trails. The loop was nearly flat, with any elevation changes being fast and technical. This race combined so many things that I love- fast trail with log jumps, time trial format and team racing. I had the fastest women’s lap and those were my first “intervals” of the year- 40 minutes on the gas, 1:20 rbi (rest between interval). My teammates were so cool and so fast. Since there were only a couple women’s teams, the promoter lumped us in with the co-ed teams and we got third.
The next day’s race was the Dragon’s Tale in New Castle, Virginia. It was an awesome and very tough 37 miles of big mountain climbing, long rocky ridge riding and the fastest downhills in the state. It took a couple hours to warm up, but I finally did and caught up to the other girls that blistered me on the gravel roads at the start. It was great to get two days of racing in, but Transylvania is 7 days in a row!
Since those two race courses were about as different as you can get, it gave me a great perspective on how good our team equipment is! A couple of observations that stood out this weekend: The Scalpel is a very versatile bike. It can hammer on the flats and roads sporting Stan’s Race Golds, ride rocky ridges and ledges with precision Lefty XLR suspension, and fly down some big mountain descents with amazing stability. The Magura MT6 brakes are amazing. I had to do some very hard, late braking at Dragon’s Tale and no problems. I never felt like I needed more brakes like other riders were saying. The Kenda Kommando with Stan’s Race Sealant is a good set up for merciless mountain terrain as well as more suburban trails. Gu Roctane tropical punch does my body good. The Uvex Active Vario sunglasses in green with mirror lenses don’t fog, and they look so rad!”
Vicki Barclay continued to step up her race game with a hard fought battle at the Michaux Off Road weekend, which is part of the Mid-Atlantic Super Series. Vicki’s duel came in the form of a one on one race with 2012 NUE series winner Cheryl Sornson. Cheryl is as respected and tough as they come. Vicki’s improving form is timely for The Whiskey 50 and Transylvania Epic. Watch this lady!
Vicki’s report: “Michaux State Forest is the most technical trail system in Pennsylvania, and the Michaux Off Road Weekend race lived up to its formidable name. I raced against my good friend and competitor Cheryl Sornson. I managed to make time on the steep technical descents because of my Cannondale Scalpel. I cannot believe how well the bike handles and how fast it descends! In the end, she got me by 32 seconds over 4 hours. It felt great to race an endurance race for the first time this year.”
In the West Amanda Carey has been ramping up her racing. Amanda put her cyclocross and off season ski training to use by running the last hour of The Barking Spider race to take the win. Held in Amanda’s home state of Idaho, the late winter weather made the last lap unrideable, and made Amanda glad to carry a 19lb hardtail! The following weekend she made the drive out to Santa Ynez for the 4th round of the US Cup series. Santa Ynez has historically seen some of the hottest temperatures on the US pro race circuit. It was a dramatic change of scenery for Amanda.
Here’s what she has to say about her win. “After a long drive out to Santa Ynez I was SO happy to hop out of the car, shake out the 17hrs of drive time and take the win at the Santa Ynez round of the US Cup this past Sunday. My Cannondale F29 performed flawlessly. It smoothed out the rough, bumpy hardpack course and I was really happy to be able to run 23psi on my Stan’s NoTubes Race Golds. The course was very, very fast and full of new singletrack with some really tall berms, making corner-drifting a blast…and yes at times a tad bit scary! It was particularly nice to get off the trainer, out of snowy/rainy/cold Idaho and rip around in the sun! Looking forward to Sea Otter and to seeing the whole team.”
We wish the team luck as they race and represent at Sea Otter this coming weekend. Stay tuned for Sea Otter reports next week!