House and LaVesser Win at Englewood Open

Fall River, Wi-  Last weekend the Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) made its second stop of the season at Englewood Grass Farms for the Englewood Open race in Fall River, WI. The course is very unique with a world-cup feel as the racers navigate through the pines, speed across the farm fields and bounce their way through many A-B line options. Many volunteers came together to make it a family friendly event for all.   The Women’s Elite/Pro field was led out by Katy McDicken (ASU Devo), a young elite rider with Veterans Anna Ganju (Colectivo Coffee) and Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) in close pursuit behind. A pack formed early on with Schneeberger, Caitlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts), Holly LaVesser(Neff Cycle Service) and Katrina Hurst(Linear Sport/Trek) all together. LaVesser and Schneeberger entered the second lap together but LaVesser’s high tempo left her out front all alone. Knowing it was a shorter race than normal, she kept the pace high, holding off Schneeberger and all other contenders to secure the win. Schneeberger, without a woman in sight, used her experience to work with some of the Elite and Comp Men to stay on pace to finish second. Hurst and Newman traded places for majority of the race until a costly mistake for Hurst left Newman out front to finish in third with Hurst finishing fourth. Rounding out the top five was Lauren Lackman(Rib Mountain Cycles) respectively.   The BelGioioso Elite/Pro Men’s race was controlled early on by a big group consisting of Pete Karinen(Broken Spoke Racing), Cole House(Hacienda Brewing/Pete’s Garage), Issac Neff(Neff Cycle Service), Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) and Caleb Swartz(Linear Sport/Trek). Towards the end of the first lap, the group entered a long rock garden where Karinen and House floated graciously over the rocks opening a small gap to leave Senkerik, Swartz and Neff behind. Senkerik and Swartz soon found themselves alone towards the middle of the race. Swartz seized an opportunity as they entered a climb to motor past Senkerik on the third lap. Swartz had such a strong surge he began closing the gap on leaders Karinen and House. The front runners began to feel the pressure of Swartz closing so Karinen turned up the heat. Although Swartz was slimming down their lead, it wasn’t enough as the leaders entered the last section of singletrack. House took Karinen on the inside of a corner to grab just an edge as they entered the finish chute. Karinen ran out of trail to close the gap on House as House won by about a bike length. Karinen finished second with Swartz finishing with bronze. Senkerik and Neff rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.   Join us June 2-3 2018 for WORS #3, The Battle of Camrock in Rockdale, Wisconsin. For more information visit http://wors.org/schedule/camrock/ For results visit http://wors.org/results/

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