May 25, 2019
The Wisconsin Off-Road Series made stop #2 in Central Wisconsin at the Iola Winter Sports Club Complex last Saturday. The Iola Bump and Jump, a staple to the WORS schedule was rescheduled due because of predicted thunderstorms to Saturday, May 25 and the decision was perfect. Last Saturday was full of sunshine and limited wind allowing for a great weekend for everyone involved. The course allows beginners to expand their skills while providing the elites a fast and fun course. The Iola Bump and Jump surely lives up to its name because after a couple grueling race pace laps on this course, riders will begin to feel the effects of the roots!
The BelGioioso Elite Men’s race saw last year’s winner dominate again. Cole House (Pete’s Garage/ FSA) sat in for the first two laps, allowing youngsters Daxton Mock (Trek Bikes) and Aidan Lemorande (Pete’s Garage) take charge but once his legs came around he went all in. It wasn’t before seasoned pro, Ben Senkerik (Team Extreme) put out an early feeler. Attacking off the front, Senkerik opened a small gap to see how the rest would respond but no one chased after him. Slowly with the work of Mock and Lemorande, they brought back Senkerik and it wasn’t long until House attacked. Senkerik tried to follow but the pace through the singletrack was too much and House rode away for the win. Senkerik finished two minutes behind for second place. The rising stars of Wisconsin’s High School League, Mock and Lemorande, made their presence known as they battled it out with the big boys. Lemorande, feeling as if he went too hard at the beginning, started to feel the effects of the blistering pace set early on and dropped back. He wasn’t off the back for too long as Mock was still in his sights. He began charging and reeled Mock in within the last lap. The two entered the last section of singletrack, Lemorande leading. Mock tried to pull around him in the sprint but ran out of track. Lemorande finished third and Mock fourth. Rounding out the top 5 was Nick Sdrenka (All Spoked Up) respectively.
The BelGioioso Elite Women’s race saw a strong mix of returning series racers and new faces. Through the leadout, Holly LaVesser and Lauren Lackman made their way to the front and worked together to establish a lead. Lackman slowly lost the wheel of LaVesser as it was a solo day for both of the ladies. LaVesser would have a clean day to finish over 2 minutes in front of the field while Lackman finished in second. Minnesota Native Madeline Arpin made the trek over to Iola for some Wisconsin racing and had a fantastic showing. After working her way up the field in the first lap, she would finish in third place. Seasoned veterans Anna Ganju and Caitlin Newman rounded out the top five finishing fourth and fifth respectively. Overall, a solo day for all the ladies in the top five, but the pace was still screaming fast as we head into next weekend’s race, The Battle of CamRock.