House and LaVesser’s Cross Skills Shine at the Mt. Morris Challenge

Mt. Morris, WI-

The Wisconsin Off-Road Series made stop number four in a small town called Mt. Morris, Wisconsin for the Mt. Morris Challenge. Racers faced common adversity as mother nature presented rain in the forecast for the entire race day. Racers had to wake up with an accepting attitude and an urge to play in the mud, otherwise it would be a miserable ride. Despite the muddy conditions, the Waushara Area Mountain Bike Association provided a challenging track for all, with a fast pines section, a climb to the top of the ski area and a demanding descent to keep racers on their toes, rain or shine.

The BelGioioso Pro/Elite women’s race saw overall leader Holly LaVesser (Neff Cycle Service) absolutely finesse the mud as if she was one with the bike. From the start, she knew in order to have a good day, a lot of running would be involved. Taking a different tactic because of her cross background, LaVesser said if she felt for one second that running would be faster, she would push her bike through the mud rather than fighting against it trying to stay on two wheels. LaVesser unquestionably obliterated the mud and the rest of the women’s field winning by over ten minutes. Catlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts), also a cross racer, felt as smooth as she could battling the conditions to work her way through the field to finish in the runner-up spot. Lauren Lackman(Rib Mountain Cycles) slowly but surely found her groove through the race to finish with bronze. Special shoutout to Wendy Ochs(Neff Cycle Service) and Ashley Berton(Borah Teamwear) as they earned their first WORS top five finishing fourth and fifth.

The BelGioioso Pro/Elite Men’s race saw cross racers dominate through the conditions. Cole House took control within the first section of singletrack and that was the last that any of his competitors saw of him. House knew that the earlier he can establish a lead, the most relaxed the rest of the race will be. Knowing that smooth is fast, Issac Neff found himself in second position for the majority of the race but after multiple mechanicals, Tristan Schouten took advantage of Neff’s poor luck and took over second starting the third lap. House would go on to win by almost four minutes with Schouten and Neff for silver and bronze. Rory Jack(The Pony Shop) and Scott Daubert(Trek) would round out the top five, fourth and fifth respectively.

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