The Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic

A bike race that's a little bit like camp for adults

Apr 5, 2012
Outside Magazine
Jeremiah Bishop

Jeremiah Bishop    Photo: Abram Landes

Some race parties are for spectators (see: The Philly Race). This one is for the racers. An eight-stage mountain-bike marathon, held each year in late spring in Central Pennsylvania, the Trans-Slyvania Epic is contested by a handful of hardened racers—only about 50 in 2011. But it's a perfect participant-based race party: If you want to ride hard over rough single track, you’ll find plenty of fast competition. How fast? In 2011, Cannondale pro Jeremiah Bishop won the men’s division, with Kenda/Felt rider Amanda Carey taking a narrow win on the women’s side. More interested in camping out and enjoying drinks with friends? We won't begrudge you some soft pedaling to save your legs for the traditional 3-Beer Derby. Most racers stay at the race venue, Seven Mountains Scout Camp, in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, adding to the spirit of community fun, but if you need a civilization break head into nearby State College. May 27-June 2, 2012,

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