WORS (Wisconsin Off-Road Series) presented by Trek held its 4th race of the season, The Red Flint Firecracker last Sunday June 26th in Eau Claire, WI. With the help of CORBA (Chippewa Off-road Bike Association) and Team WORS, we were able to put on a race full of fast singletrack covered with roots and rocks, hard packed whoops and wet creek crossings. The rain that came through Saturday helped to pack down the sandy corners making the conditions great for race day.
The Pro/Elite Men’s field started out fast as always on the gravel road roll out. Nathan Guerra(Vision Cycling P/B Ryder 930), overall series leader has never won in Eau Claire but made it his goal to take home the ‘W’. Guerra was first into the Singletrack with David Flaten(US Military), Corey Stelljes(5 Nines / Cannondale), Issac Neff(Neff Cycling Service) and Justin Piontek(Adventure 212/Specialized) in one group chasing him down. In the second chase group it was Pete Karinen(True North Apparel) and Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) and Casey Hildebrandt(The Underground Project). Piontek, still feeling sore from a pre-ride crash decided to pull out early on in the race leaving Stelljes, Flaten and Neff to battle it out in the chase group. This being a home course for Flaten, he felt an advantage in the singletrack so he made sure to attack in those areas and after many attacks, he lost Neff. Stelljes then countered Flaten’s attack by turning up the burner a little more in the third and fourth lap. Stelljes was slowly able to open a gap and ride away from Flaten who just couldn’t match his pace. After 4 laps, Guerra was still out front putting in a solid solo effort which would result in his first win at the Red Flint Firecracker. Stelljes would finish second with Flaten finishing third and Neff coming in fourth. Rounding out the top five, Karinen outsprinted Senkerik for 5th.
The Pro/Elite Women’s field continues to be dominated by WORS overall series leader Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing). From the get go, Schneeberger led the women off the start and down the gravel road. She was the first one into the whoops and that would be the last that most would see of her. Schneeberger had a near flawless ride to take home the grand prize finishing first overall. Behind Schneeberger were racers Lindsay Guerra(Vision Cycling P/B Ryder 930), Corey Coogan Cisek(The Fix Studio) and Robin Williams(UlHVC/Specialized). In the first lap, Williams was chasing Guerra but after a crash she lost contact with Guerra who would end up finishing second. Minnesotans and friends, Coogan Cisek and Williams worked together taking turns pulling, hoping to catch Guerra but it never happened. In the end, Williams was just able to clinch a four second advantage over Coogan Cisek to secure 3rd place with Coogan Cisek coming in Fourth. An honorable mention goes out to Lisa Krayer(Adventure 212/Specialized), who raced her first WORS race of the season coming in a respective 5th place.
For results visit http://wors.org/results/
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