WORS presented by Trek made its second stop of the season in Rockdale, WI hosting the Battle Of Camrock. A few weeks after the opener, the WORS family was brought together again for some fun in the sun and some hard racing. Despite the rain on Saturday, the conditions on Sunday were perfect with tacky hero dirt. The Battle Of Camrock begins with the infamous start hill followed by a ride through the prairie and some tricky, fast descents. Once reaching the bottom of the course, it spits racers onto a gravel road for a 2 minute effort before climbing the singletrack back to the top.
To start out, the Pro Men weren’t afraid of a blistering pace out the start gate. As the men sprinted to the top of the hill, Corey Stelljes(5 Nines / Cannondale), Nathan Guerra(Vision Cycling P/B Ryder 930), and Cole House(Door County Brewing Co/Intelligensia) banded together off the start. During lap 1 and 2, Guerra was leading the pack feeling confident he could pull this one off, but after a crash or two he just couldn’t get the bike to ride the way he wanted. He began to feel his chance of winning slipping away. Meanwhile, House also felt his window closing with the legs just not performing to his expectation. Stelljes on the other hand, came into this race weekend determined to win his first pro mountain bike race and that he did. Going up the start hill for the final time, Stelljes stood up and surged to the top of the hill dropping Guerra. The adrenaline rush he experienced continued to fuel the fire as he opened up almost a two minute gap for the win. Behind Stelljes, came in House finishing 2nd and Guerra coming in 3rd. Rounding out the top 5 was Isaac Neff(Neff Cycling Service) in 4th and Justin Piontek(Adventure 212/Specialized) for the fifth step respectively.
Once again this year, the women’s Pro/Elite field had a healthy number of racers to compete on the hot sunny day. Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) came into Sunday looking for some sweet revenge as she placed second to Lindsay Kriete (Holllander Benelux Racing) at the WORS opener. Off the line, Schneeberger, Kriete, Emma Swartz(KS Energy Services/ MOSH/ Team WI) and Lindsey Guerra(Vision Cycling P/B Ryder 930) broke away from the rest of the field. Soon enough, Guerra began to drop back and Kriete was suffering from mechanical after mechanical. Swartz and Schneeberger worked together to open any gap they could but weren’t able to hold off Kriete for long. Schneeberger was able to ride away from Swartz who was later passed by Kriete. With just a minute ahead of the Holllander Benelux racer, Schneeberger was able to pull off the win with Kriete in second. Then came in Swartz for third and Guerra in fourth. Anna Ganju(Collectivo) finished fifth respectively.
Join us next weekend in Mt. Morris, WI for the Mt. Morris Challenge. For more infomation visit http://wors.org/schedule/nordic-mountain/
For last weekend’s results, visit http://wors.org/results/
Photo by Kari Scheppman