Trans-Sylvania Epic: Day in the Life of Cody Phillips

Get an inside look at how this enduro specialist approaches race day

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Cody Phillips rides through the Three Bridges area on the fifth timed segment. Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Cody Phillips rides through the Three Bridges area on the fifth timed segment (click to enlarge). Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Mtbr.com’s inside-the-race series, where we examine unique facets of the ongoing Trans-Sylvania Epic mountain bike stage race, currently happening near State College, Pennsylvania. To learn more about the race, visit TSEpic.com. For race reports and results head to outdoorexperience.org/tse/live-coverage. This article is written by Sue George.

Enduro specialist Cody Phillips (Ibis Cycles Enduro Team) made the trip to the Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race near State College, Pennsylvania from his hometown of Altadena, California. We spent day 3 with him – the only 100% enduro day of the race.

Cody Phillips is riding an Ibis Ripley demo bike all week, for both the cross country and enduro stages. Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Cody Phillips is riding an Ibis Ripley demo bike all week, for both the cross country and enduro stages (click to enlarge). Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Phillips finished third on the enduro stage after flatting on the third of the five timed segments. He currently leads the overall men’s enduro classification with four stages remaining.

When he’s not racing enduros, Phillips is finishing up his undergraduate degree in business and marketing at Lees McRae College in North Carolina.

He’s using the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic to ramp up for the rest of his enduro season.

Cody Phillips is riding through the woods during the enduro stage. Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Cody Phillips is riding through the woods during the enduro stage (click to enlarge). Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

“Doing this race gives me 25 chances to practice enduro segments,” said Phillips. “I get to dial in my preparation, my equipment and my fitness over seven days, and it sets me up well for all of my other races. While some of my competition was preparing all spring, I was still finishing up my semester at school, so this is a great way to catch myself up.”

Cody Phillips wakes up in his tent every morning at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race. Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Cody Phillips wakes up in his tent every morning at the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race. Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Cody Phillips eats breakfast in the dining hall. He kicked off breakfast with some chocolate milk and 15 minutes of internet surfing before diving into some food to fuel up for the day. Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Cody Phillips eats breakfast in the dining hall. He kicked off breakfast with some chocolate milk and 15 minutes of internet surfing before diving into some food to fuel up for the day. Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Cody Phillips checks his tire pressure to optimize it for the enduro stage. Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Cody Phillips checks his tire pressure to optimize it for the enduro stage. Photo by Harris Dunlap and A.E. Landes of the Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

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