This was a day that I’ve been looking forward to all week. The Allegrippis trails at Raystown are very unique for being trails located within the confines of Pennsylvania; think smooth, swoopy singletrack with very few rocks. While I love a good technical trail, particularly trails like Tussey Mountain Ridge in Rothrock, sometimes it’s good to let loose, dial in some speed, rail a berm or two, and have some fun! And that folks, is why Raystown is so amazing; it’s like riding a big dirt rollercoaster. You don’t need to take it from me, either. Simply look at the smiles on the faces of the racers in my photos.

In Men’s Open, Jason Sager, riding for Jamis, clinched his second stage victory. Drew Edsall (Super Cool Bike Shop) finished in second, and Justin Lindine (BikeReg.com) rode across the line in 3rd. In Women’s Open, Amanda Carey (Kenda/Felt) rocked the day, winning over second place Sue Haywood (Turner/I9/Shenandoah Bikes) by 2 minutes. Rebecca Rusch (Specialized) also had an impressive day, finishing in third, and thus she found herself on the podium for the first time this week.

As for the GC… well, nothing has really changed for now. Although he finished a distant 8th today, Bishop still remains in the lead for the men, but Sneddon (Kona) has reeled him in a bit, cutting back Bishop’s lead to about 3 and a half minutes. For the women, Amanda Carey’s win at Raystown further extended her already-impressive lead to 16 minutes over 2nd place Selene Yeager (Team CF).

For the official race report, stage info, photos, and more, head to the TSEpic website here.
Cyclingdirt.org has posted up video footage from today’s stage. You can find that here.

Also, don’t forget to check out the slideshow video that contains images and video footage from Abe Landes and myself from today’s stage at Raystown here.

Tomorrow will be Mini XC’s at RB Winter. I’ll be riding the entire 28 mile stage, snapping away as I go along. Should be an entertaining day, so stay tuned for tomorrow’s report.

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