The Wisconsin Off-Road Series (WORS) wrapped up the first half of the season with race number five, The Red Flint Firecracker in Eau Claire, WI. WORS alongside CORBA (Chippewa Off-Road Bike Association) made safe and fun additions to the classic course which still included the favorites like the whoops and the onion with new rock piles brought in by a lead sponsor Red Flint. Although mother nature didn’t provide us with a sunny day to race, competitors still brought their “A-game” despite conditions.
The BelGioioso Pro/Cat 1 men’s race started with a long lead out with riders fighting for the best position, while trying to limit their amount of work at the front. Cole House(Pete’s Garage/FSA), overall WORS series leader, made strategic moves early in the race to enter the singletrack in the lead. Minutes later, he was out of sight for everyone. House would race four laps solo but win with only a minute lead. In the chase, Aidan Lemorande(Pete’s Garage Racing), Issac Neff(Neff Cycle Service), Corey Stelljes(Neff Cycle Service) and others were in the mix. Lemorande found his strength in the mud as he had the ability to drill it in some of the worst spots on the course to easily open gaps. Neff began to fall back as Ethan Jedlicka(ASU Devo) made moves within the chasers. Lemorande and Jedlicka would finish solo, a minute between each other, for second and third. Stelljes would hold onto fourth and Pavel Nelson(LaMere Cycles) would come back after an early crash to secure fifth respectively.
The BelGioioso Pro/Cat 1 women’s race saw a different style of racing for most. Unlike most WORS starts, the Red Flint Firecracker has a long, flat double track lead out. Veteran competitors like Holly LaVesser( Neff Cycle Service) and Corey Cogan Cisek (Amy D Foundation) let the youngsters have a crack at the front while they sat in. Katy McDicken(ASU Devo), Hanna Mork(Linear Sport Racing/Trek) and Lauren Lackman(Rib Mountain Cycles) controlled the front and first half lap. After a crash in the onion, racers were left scrambling to establish position, as Mork squeezed out unscathed developing a minimal lead. LaVesser chased it down quickly along with Coogan Cisek and Lackman. LaVesser found her personal flow through the trees opening a gap on the field to win with a lead of three minutes. Coogan Cisek, Lackman and Catlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts) all finished within forty seconds to place second, third and fourth. Mork held on to found out the top five respectively.
See you the weekend of July 6-8 for the WORS Cup with events in cross country, enduro, dual slalom and short track! It will be an action packed weekend and you won’t want to miss it!