With the faint sounds of the roaring lions from the nearby NEW Zoo, the Wisconsin Off-Road Series (WORS) held race #8, The Reforestation Ramble in Green Bay WI last Sunday. This race unlike most, with little to no hills and flowy singletrack made it extremely fast and exciting. Different from years past, this course was a 6 mile loop that covered all the fast corners and fire lanes the Reforestation Camp has to offer.
Off the start of the BelGioioso Elite men’s race, Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) grabbed the hole shot with big names like Tristan Schouten(Pete’s Garage), Cole House(Broken Spoke Racing), Pete Karinen(True North Apparel) and Justin Piontek (Adventure 212/Specialized) following behind. The top five men formed the lead group and stayed together the first lap. Off the second lap, Senkerik and House surged to open a gap and Schouten bridged the gap to join. The three leaders remained together going into the third lap, but an unfortunate crash for Senkerik caused him to pop off the lead pack into no man’s land. Into the fourth lap, Karinen and Piontek bridged the leaders and Karinen took over the lead. With about 3 miles to go, Karinen took a spill in a corner that House was merely able to squeeze by but left Schouten and Piontek at a stand still. House, now all by himself kept plugging away to open a gap for the win. House made WORS history by being the first to ever win a WORS Elite race on a fatbike, his bike of choice being the Salsa Beargrease. Despite his crash, Karinen was able to come back and pass Schouten in the final minutes of the race to finish second with Schouten in third. Piontek finished shortly after in fourth place with Senkerik rounding out the top 5.
The BelGioioso Elite women’s race was once again dominated by overall series leader Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) but at the start, it looked to be anyone’s race. Anna Ganju(Colectivo Coffee) took the hole shot with Lindsay Guerra(Vision Cycling/Ryder 930) and Schneeberger following. At the first wide open fire lane, Schneeberger and Guerra opened a gap on Ganju and the rest of the field. The two leaders were able to work together for the first lap but as they began the second lap Guerra couldn’t hold the pace Schneeberger was setting. Schneeberger was able to ride away putting almost three minutes between her and Guerra for the win. Guerra finished second with Ganju finishing third. After a slower start for Lisa Krayer(Advenutre 212/Specialized), she was able to work her way into fourth place for her best finish of the year. Honorary mention to goes to Holly Lavesser(Milwaukee Bicycle Co) for rounding out the top 5.
For a full list of results visit http://wors.org/results/
Join us for race #9 Treadfest in Lake Geneva, WI. Visit http://wors.org/schedule/treadfest/ for more information.