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Drew Edsall's Trans-Sylvania Epic Blog - Day 3

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |June 24, 2013 2:17 AM
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Drew Edsall is heading up the Kenda/Felt mountain bike team at this year's Trans-Sylvania Epic (TSE). Drew is a veteran of the TSE having completed the 7-day stage race every year since it's beginning. This year he's made it a priority hoping to improve on his past performances and finally reach the top step of the TSE podium. Drew will be sending us a report from each day's stage giving our readers a chance to experience seven days of racing in Pennsylvania through his eyes.

Read Drew's report from day 2 below:

When Plan A Doesnít Work, Go To Plan B and Give It Everything

Today played out like this: two riders crashed in front of me on the first singletrack section and I followed with an endo over them. Not so cool when I was involved, but thatís racing. I was pretty pissed, actually really pissed. Reason being is that section was followed by me riding solo for the rest of the race on a "road likeĒ course for pretty much the entire time. So much that I lost a ton of time in the GC by attempting to chase groups of riders by myself. Total time I lost is yet to be determined, but it wasnít pretty. That took me off the top 5 in the GC, but I assure you that isnít the last of me gunning for the top 5. Still 4 days to go of racing.

Moving to Plan B. 
With that being said, I took that anger early on and re-focused it toward the Enduro sections. I love going downhill fast especially when conditions get sloppy and muddy as they were today. So this worked perfectly. In fact, it worked out well that I got some prototype Kenda SCT tires, my favorite flat free tire casings, in the Karma 29 x 1.9 tires. Great addition to my Felt Nine Hardtail for the day.  Yes, a hardtail for Enduro on 1.9 tires. My XC style racing bike likes to go fast up and downhill. Was a ton of fun and worked great. Taking the Enduro sections today went kinda like this: hold on tight, look ahead for good lines, let go of all brakes, and pray that the bike holds up. The bike tends to go where you look, and confidence, which I had on this, can make a world of difference.  The equipment held up great and I ended on the top of the podium today. SWEET!

Now moving to tomorrow: it is THE Enduro stage. 5 Stages, and tons of technical, rocky terrain. Iíve got a new motivation to push it hard tomorrow. I am gunning for the Enduro overall and hoping that with that I will also make some good amount of time on my competitors in the overall GC. Time will tell!

Until then, thanks for reading.

Drew Edsall

 

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