With the aroma of Colectivo coffee and fresh cut grass in the air, Sunday brought on a beautiful day for racing bikes and cheering on racers. The Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic located just outside of Milwaukee in Waukesha WI was put on with the help of the Colectivo Coffee Mountain Bike Team, Waukesha Bicycle Alliance and Waukesha County Parks. Minooka Park has a 6 mile loop with a mix of challenging tight singletrack and wide open stretches to push racers to their limits.
For the BelGioioso Men’s Elite field, it was Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) with the hole shot. Overall Series leader Nathan Guerra(Vision Cycling/P/B Ryder 930) surged hard so he could be the first one into the singletrack. Guerra planned to open a gap as early as possible, causing him to set the pace extremely fast for the first lap. Going into the second lap, Guerra had a gap open but a chase group made up of Pete Karinen(True North Apparel) Justin Piontek(Adventure 212/Specialized) and Senkerik were slowly closing it. After three laps of the men working together but yet still trying to pull away, none of them were able to shake the group; they knew it was going to be a sprint finish for 2nd place. Piontek, never riding here before was unsure of the last half a mile so he sat back behind Senkerik and Karinen. Once he felt comfortable, he jumped the group and Karinen jumped on his wheel. Karinen then pulled up next to Piontek as they sprinted towards the finish. After video review, Karinen won the sprint for 2nd, with Piontek third and missing it just by a half wheel was Senkerik in fourth. Rounding out the top five, Caleb Swartz(KS Energy Services/MOSH/Team Wisconsin) had his best race to date cracking the top five respectively.
To start out, the BelGioioso Elite Women’s field flew up the start hill with Lindsey Guerra(Vision Cycling/P/B/ryder 930) stealing the hole shot. Overall Series leader Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) came into this race knowing she can get away in the singletrack but she has to get there first and that’s just what she did. Schneeberger was the first one into the singletrack and began to open a gap just like that. Anna Ganju, a Colectivo Coffee rider herself, was second going into the singletrack. Guerra passed her shortly on and they were able to ride a couple sections of singletrack together before Ganju fell off the back. Schneeberger was able to keep the gap open for the win while Guerra finished second and Ganju finished third. Rachael Jensen(KS Energy Services/MOSH/Team Wisconsin) had her best race to date just pulling ahead of Jamie Ertel (Unattached) in the last seconds for fourth and fifth place respectively.
Next WORS race is the Midwest MTB Championships. For more information visit http://mwmtbc.com/.
For results on last Sunday’s Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic visit http://wors.org/results/