The start list for the second edition of America’s newest and fastest growing mountain bike stage race, the Trans-Sylvania Epic presented by NoTubes, may be the most competitive yet assembled for a North American stage style competition. While doubling in numbers from 2011’s inaugural edition, the fields on the men’s and women’s sides of this Pennsylvania race are filled with US Pro and World Cup XC, endurance and stage racing experience. It’s on this week. Check back here to see the latest results.

2010 TSEpic men’s champion Jeremiah Bishop and second overall Alex Grant (Cannondale Factory Racing), Barry Wicks and Kris Sneddon (Kona), Jason Sager (Jamis) and Drew Edsall (Super Cool Bike Shop / Firstplaceracing) bring thousands of kilometers of stage race experience and success with them to the line. Bishop is riding a string of seven consecutive US stage race victories and is returning to Trans-Sylvania to run his total to eight in a row. While Wicks and Sneddon took top honors in the duo category at last year’s TransRockies and BC Bike Races at the TSEpic the Kona men will face off against each other and the rest of this talented field. Sager’s 2010-11 seasons have included many of the world’s top stage events and Edsall followed up a fourth in the inaugural TSEpic with a second at the Pisgah Stage Race last fall.

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