Tuscarora recap

Abbey Tuscorora Start Line

The weekend of March 23rd  was the first race of the season for Abbey Alexiades, Jamie Yoder, Jessica Nankman and Joël Nankman. They decided to start their season with the first endurance event of the Mid-Atlantic Super Series. They headed to Tuscarora State Park for the second day of racing in the Tuscarora Off-Road Weekend, the XC Marathon. The 4 hour lap race featured a 6.3 mile course with a  little bit of everything: fire road climbs, gnarly rock sections, creek crossings, and fun downhills.

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Joël providing some extra entertainment for the cameraman

Photo Credit: A. E. Landes Photography

The course started up a steep climb on mile long dirt road; a great way to spread out the field before the singletrack.  The singletrack started with a slow climb up the mountain, with a few really sloppy sections that made for muddy bikes and slippery climbing.  A hike-a-bike section, referred to as “the beast”, abruptly showed it’s face which no rider conquered due to the wet conditions.  After this was the fun descent and super technical but, fun rock gardens.  More climbing followed the rock gardens on some loose, rocky double track and dirt roads before a chattery doubletrack descent. A dirt road led riders back to the start/finish.

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Abbey navigating the rocky singletrack

Photo Credit: A. E. Landes Photography

Abbey Alexiades has endured the rough Ithaca winter with little chance to get outside and ride on trails. Tuscorora was her first opportunity to get out on some dirt and singletrack since a she was on a trip to Australia in December. She took advantage of the rocky trails as a way to dial in her technical skills for the season.

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Abbey giving the men a run for their money

Photo Credit: A. E. Landes Photography

Tuscarora was Jamie Yoder’s longest race to date. She has primarily raced shorter cross country formats in the past. This year she aims to try some longer mileage events. This past weekend was an opportunity for her to focus on proper fueling, good pacing, and efficient riding. She wanted to use this race as a test for the Bakers Dozen. After having a strong ride at Tuscorora she is confident and excited for 13 hours of Bakers Dozen.

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Jess showing that getting muddy beats spring cleaning

Photo Credit: A. E. Landes Photography

Jessica and Joël Nankman battled pesky flats throughout the race, but had a great time. They may experiment with different tire pressure or adding more Stan’s sealant to alleviate the problems in the future. Jessica commented, “the 27.5” wheels of the Giant bikes really are as nimble as 26″ but roll over things better.”

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Happy bikes!

Results:

Abbey Alexiades: 5th open woman
Jamie Yoder: 6th open woman
Jessica Nankman: 7th open woman
Joël Nankman: 7th open men
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