2015 SKYWAY EPIC!

THE 4TH ANNUAL SKYWAY EPIC WILL BE ON APRIL 11TH, 2015.

We are switching the race to Saturday this year so plan accordingly.  There are also rumors floating around about a 100 mile option so stay tuned for details on the race and registration.  The Saturday format will allow for a longer race and camping on both Friday and Saturday night after the race.

2014 SKYWAY EPIC!

3RD ANNUAL SKYWAY EPIC MOUNTAIN BIKE ENDURANCE RACE

SUNDAY MAY 18TH, 2014

SYLACAUGA, ALABAMA

The Skyway Epic is a Mountain Bike endurance race in the Talladega Ranger District of Alabama.  The starting and finishing will happen on the Sylaward Trail at Lake Howard
in Sylacauga, Alabama.

2013 Skyway Epic Results

Category First Last Name Team Time Place

MEN 50+ Hardwick Gregg Donohoo-Infinity Racing 5:02 1st
MEN 50+ ED MCCALLEY TEAM ED/BIKE ZOO 5:28 2nd
MEN 50+ John Stehens 5:38 3rd
MEN 50+ Paul Blanton Beef and Pie Productions 5:39 4th
MEN 50+ Jeffrey Haines GS Montagna Rosa DNF
MEN 50+ Robert McDonald Panama City Cycling DNS

WOMEN Paige Witherington Serenbe Farms 5:20 1st
WOMEN Michele Allgire Gearlink Racing Team 5:40 2nd
WOMEN Amanda Reid 6:22 3rd
WOMEN Joan Ardovina MG&G 7:39 4th
WOMEN Gretchen McElveen MG&G 7:39 4th

SINGLE Scott Staubach 4:16 1st
SINGLE Jonathan Robbins Cahaba Cycles 4:27 2nd
SINGLE Michael Balliet SmithLock 4:46 3rd
SINGLE Ryan Wall Bicycles ETC 4:49 4th
SINGLE Ryan Elrite 5:01 5th
SINGLE sam porter cahaba cycles- 5:02 6th
SINGLE Max Diaz 5:28 7th
SINGLE Ross Porter BiCi Coop Racing 5:48 8th
SINGLE Bradley Hood Mellow Mushroom 5:57 9th
SINGLE James Brock 5:57 9th

OPEN MEN Kyle Taylor Bikers Choice 4:08 1
OPEN MEN Brian Toone Friends of the Great Smokies 4:09 2
OPEN MEN Jamie Alexander Donohoo-Infinity Racing 4:11 3
OPEN MEN Jafer Beizer C Town Bikes 4:19:31 4
OPEN MEN John Sedgie Noewsom University of Alabama 4.19.33 5
OPEN MEN Jacob Tubbs Donohoo-Infinity Racing 4:36 6
OPEN MEN Dwayne Allgire Gearlink Racing Team 4:37 7
OPEN MEN Will Fyfe Brick Alley Bicycle 4:38 8
OPEN MEN Leonard Moon Team Momentum 4:39 9
OPEN MEN Eric Murphy 4:41 10
OPEN MEN Matt Simpson 4:54 11
OPEN MEN michael lackey Donohoo-Infinity Racing 5:00 12
OPEN MEN Philip Thompson Donohoo-Infinity Racing 05:05.2 13
OPEN MEN Justin Dansby Peachtree Bikes 5:05:55 14
OPEN MEN Wayne Price Drummond 5:09 15
OPEN MEN Paul Brannon Relentless 5:10 16
OPEN MEN Alan Barton Bici Coop Racing 5:13 17
OPEN MEN Travis Sherman Marx and Bensdorf 5:15 18
OPEN MEN Eddie Lindsey 5:18 19
OPEN MEN Brian Parker 41 Flyers 5:19 20
OPEN MEN Brian Roth High Point Racing 5:26 21
OPEN MEN Zachary Riggins Chasing Hardtail 5:26 22
OPEN MEN Thomas Swann BiCi Coop 5:27 23
OPEN MEN Randy Charles 5:29 24
OPEN MEN Ron Williams Man with a 14 month old 5:30 25
OPEN MEN Cleve Blackwell 5:31 26
OPEN MEN J.D. Vibert Brick Alley Bikes 5:35 27
OPEN MEN Pete Edmondson 5:36 28
OPEN MEN Bo Nolen ebox 5:58 29
OPEN MEN Jonathan Soto MG&G 6:03:48 30
OPEN MEN James Johnston 6:04:02 31
OPEN MEN Joseph Dennis 6:04 32
OPEN MEN chad hubbard NSAT 6:06 33
OPEN MEN Colin Martin Toyota forklift 6:12 34
OPEN MEN Felix Foret Bike Link Racing 6:14 35
OPEN MEN Sorrell Chew 6:14 36
OPEN MEN Michael OKelley 41 Flyers 6:17 37
OPEN MEN james hall DarkStar 6:22 38
OPEN MEN Michael McLean High Point Racing 6:22 39
OPEN MEN Tim Davis Chasing Hardtail 6:49 40
OPEN MEN David Levins 7:16 41
OPEN MEN Mike Garner TEAM CCR p/b DEBS Inc/Diamond Smiles 7:39 42
OPEN MEN Jeffrey Gahm Team Train Wreck DNF
OPEN MEN William Hereford DNF
OPEN MEN Tyler King DNF
OPEN MEN Christopher Olson DNF
OPEN MEN David Darden SmithLock DNS

RACE WEEK INFORMATION!

RACE TIME: 8am Sunday May 19th

  • Onsite registration will be open on Saturday night at the race site (Lake Howard) 4-7pm.  Camping is available onsite and we will be cooking out Saturday night.  We are asking for a $5 donation to COGS (the local mountain bike group that maintains the trails) if possible.
  • Race morning registration will be open from 6am-7:30am.
  • Race starts at 8am.
  • You are allowed (1) one gallon drop bag. It must be at the registration table by 7:15am in order to make it to the turn around.  Please do not use coolers unless you are willing to wait at the finish for the volunteers from the turn-around aid station to return.
  • There will be (3) aid stations on course that will be stocked with cold water, Heed, Hammer gel, and bananas. The Heed will not be premixed.
  • There will be ProGold chain lube at the aid stations. Otherwise, you are required to be mechanically self sufficient.
  • There will be necklaces at the turnaround. They are big enough to go around your helmet, but not so big that they will be a problem. If you do not have your necklace at the finish, you will be a DNF.
  • The majority of this race takes place on forest service roads and jeep trail which are OPEN TO TRAFFIC. Use your head when bombing into a blind corner. All of these roads are two way race traffic as well, keep that in mind. While there is no yellow line, act like there is.
  • There will be food for racers and volunteers after the race.
  • Podiums will be after the race so stick around and enjoy some food.

THE 2013 SKYWAY EPIC

2nd ANNUAL SKYWAY EPIC MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE
SUNDAY MAY 19, 2013
SYLAWARD TRAILS AT LAKE HOWARD
SYLACAUGA, ALABAMA

The Skyway Epic is an endurance mountain bike race in the Talledega National Forest. The race will be 60ish miles long and feature enough climbing to satisfy a mountain goat, enough rolling forest service road to satisfy a roadie, enough crazy descending to scare the timid and satisfy the unstable. The race will begin and end on some of the finest flowy, grin-enducing singletrack in the southeast via the Sylaward trail.

COURSE INFORMATION

SKYWAY EPIC RACE FLYER

$90 Bikereg.com
$100 Day of Race

PAYOUT

Open Men- 1st- $300 / 2nd- $200 / 3rd- $100

Open Women- 1st- $250 / 2nd- $100 / 3rd- $50

All other categories will receive great prizes from Cahaba Cycles  (Camelbaks, Park Tools Work Stands, etc).

KOM & QOM Presented by Eddie Freyer State Farm & Bici Coop

$100 each for our Queen and King of the Mountain!

A recap

I haven’t seen much chatter from folks regarding their opinions of how the race went save for a few (very) notable ones in Brian Toones’ great blog and Scott Thigpen’s as well. Those were great write ups and they seem to cast a positive light on how the race went down.

So, here is my perspective: The race went really freaking well!…and by that I mean – We had a hearty little crowd of racers who all seemed to be on the same page with endurance racing and they were literally from all over the country. Nobody got lost, nobody got hurt, the weather was great, Raymond Black didn’t get mad at us, none of the support vehicles broke down on the way to their checkpoints, nobody lost their $100 bill and everyone had a good time, despite the death mask many were wearing when they finished.

The turnout was a little over 60 and I was pleased with this number, mainly from a logistical standpoint. It is probably best to try something like this out for the first time with a smaller crowd.

Many folks stepped forward to help and may not be recognized because they were not sponsors. I would like to say a special thanks to:

Matt Burks for working for months on our website and many other thankless tasks.

George Mattison for just being awesome and always there to help.

Billy Ritch for asking to help and then being a major player in the production.

My awesome father in law, “Tacky” Jack for the motorhome and the always great gumbo…and being our ambassador to Mr. Black.

My wife for being there, always.

Bob Schlemmer, Bo Nolan and Frank Davis for being my good friends and sweeping the skyway on the polaris while somehow handing out $100 bills to the kom’s and beer to those who needed liquid nutrition.

Tim the tile guy for being sous chef

The entire COGS group who put a huge effort into the trail cleanup, course marking and running the aid station like bosses.

Lindsay Burks for always helping Jacquelyn with registration.

Christian Leask for always answering my stupid questions.

All of our sponsors. Most of you just stepped forward and said “yes”, let’s do it. Thank You. You all helped bring epic racing to Alabama and it only continues, because it has to.

Results

BIB FIRST NAME LAST NAME CATEGORY Finish Time
431 Adam Gaubert Open Men 4:04
449 Brian Toone Open Men 4:07
425 Jeff Clayton Open Men 4:18
412 Randy Kerr Men 50+ 4:27
480 John Newsom Single Speed 4:35
426 David Darden Open Men 4:37
427 Chris Davis Open Men 4:38
440 Leonard Moon Open Men 4:40
433 Ben Horst Open Men 4:41
444 James Prentice Open Men 4:42
482 Jonathan Robbins Single Speed 4:43
405 Hardwick Gregg Men 50+ 4:44
439 Jose Mendez Open Men 4:48
473 Wael Amara Single Speed 4:50
455 Ed Merritt Open Men 4:52
478 Steve Etherton Single Speed 4:58
402 Ken Burst Men 50+ 4:59
483 Jimmy Smith Single Speed 4:59
428 Joshua De Boisblanc Open Men 5:01
479 Bradley Hood Single Speed 5:07
430 Michael Enervold Open Men 5:09
474 Michael Balliet Single Speed 5:09
404 Robert Eslick Men 50+ 5:12
454 Ross Livingston Open Men 5:12
422 Alan Barton Open Men 5:14
423 Paul Brannon Open Men 5:15
462 Stacey Davis Open Women 5:15
409 Mitch Moses Men 50+ 5:17
401 Delynn ‘Boomer’ Burkhalter Men 50+ 5:19
442 Clayton Plummer Open Men 5:24
448 Philip Thompson Open Men 5:25
450 Lee Neel Single Speed 5:25
445 Brian Roth Open Men 5:26
451 Open Men 5:27
411 John Stephens Men 50+ 5:35
463 Maaike Everts Open Women 5:35
466 Melinda Steele Open Women 5:47
481 Bryan Porter Single Speed 5:54
413 David Morgan Men 50+ 5:56
458 Marty Mitchell Open Men 5:57
447 Scott Thigpen Open Men 6:01
441 Michael Okelley Open Men 6:04
457 Michael Morris Open Men 6:09
438 Tracy McKay Open Men 6:10
424 Matthew Burks Open Men 6:13
476 Zach Davis Single Speed 6:15
446 Paul Theriot Open Men 6:35
453 Pete Foret Open Men 6:41
467 Casey Fredrickson Open Women 6:41
414 Jeff Dorminey Men 50+ 6:43
477 Max Diaz Single Speed 6:52
456 Bart Davidson Open Men 7:06
436 Nick Marinelli Single Speed 7:19
434 Jim Johnston Open Men 7:21
410 Chris Nall Men 50+ 7:25
452 Neil Cochram Open Men 7:25
421 Bill Andrews Open Men 7:33
432 Will Hereford Open Men 7:47
403 Tim Cotton Men 50+ DNF
429 Charlie Dixon Open Men DNF
443 Daniel Porter Open Men DNF
464 Amy Parkinson Open Women DNF
465 Robyn Reyes Open Women DNF
406 James Hall Men 50+ DNS
408 Robert McDonald Men 50+ DNS
435 Chris Larkin Open Men DNS
437 George Mattison V Open Men DNS
475 Dalton Creech Single Speed DNS
484 Matthew Wallace Single Speed DNS

more info

We are changing the time for packet pickup on Saturday to 4pm. There is a fishing rodeo at the lake that morning and we need to wait until it clears out a bit. Also, the mass start is at 9am. It was posted as 8am on bikereg. We need that extra hour to get volunteers setup on course.

Full Map:DOC051712-001

 

 

KOM:

Some High Points

I am copying and pasting from the Skyway Facebook page. It’s hard for me to keep all the info flowing on twitter, this page and facebook…seems like I would be smart enough to work that out…or not. If you haven’t joined the fb page, please do, it is just too easy to discuss and trade info there.

High Points- 1.Online registration closes tomorrow 2.Onsite registration will be open on Saturday night at the race site (Lake Howard) 4-7pm. Race morning registration will be open from 6am-8:30am 3. You are allowed (1) one gallon drop bag. It must be at the registration table by 8:15am in order to make it to the turn around 4. There will be (3) aid stations on course that will be stocked with cold water, heed, gel, bananas. The heed will not be premixed … 5. There will be no tools or supplies at aid stations. You are required to be mechanically self sufficient 6. There will be food after the race. Gumbo, crackers, cokes, nathan’s dogs, chips, cookies. The food is for racers and volunteers only. 7. There will be necklaces at the turnaround. They are big enough to go around your helmet, but not so big that they will be a problem. If you do not have your necklace at the finish, you will be a DNF 8. The majority of this race takes place on forest service roads and jeep trail which are OPEN TO TRAFFIC. Use your head when bombing into a blind corner. All of these roads are two way race traffic as well, keep that in mind. While there is no yellow line, act like there is.