Last weekend the Wisconsin Off-Road Series headed south to Cambridge, WI for the third race of the series, The Battle of CamRock. The Battle of CamRock starts off with a bang with a long and steep start climb to surely sort out the racers. Then competitors traverse up and down the hills of Cambridge through tight and twisty singletrack. A long gravel section in the middle of the lap offers the chance for racers to reach top speeds before dumping back into the singletrack. Overall, this course offers a little bit of everything for all types of riders.
The BelGioioso Pro/Elite Men’s saw leadout specialist Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) lead the men up the start climb, out of the saddle nearly the entire time. Once reaching the top, Pete Karnien(Broken Spoke Racing) took control with Daxton Mock(Trek Bikes) and Senkerik following closely. The three competitors rode together for the first half lap before Karinen starting drilling it up all the climbs. The early high speed was too much for Mock and Senkerik as small gaps started to form. Karinen’s approach was historically different then how he normally races. Instead of sitting in, Karnien wanted to make the first two laps the fastest and hardest laps for everyone, hoping to develop a large enough lead to settle in the last two laps. Sure enough, he was able to do exactly that to secure the win and the 1,000 dollar purse presented by Loft and Shove and Marling Lumber and HomeWorks. After Mock lost sight of Karinen, he rode a relatively solo race to finish runner-up. Corey Stelljes(Neff Cycle Service) worked his way up to Senkerik and passed him to move up into third. The two spent the next two laps playing cat and mouse until Senkerik attacked hard going into the fourth lap. From there on, Senkerik held Stelljes off to finish third and fourth. Rounding out the top five was Payson Partridge (Dekorra/Skratch Labs) respectively.
The BelGioioso Pro/Elite Women’s field started off extremely fast as Leia Rollins (Broken Spoke Racing) unquestionably grabbed the hole shot to lead the ladies up the start hill. Holly LaVesser(Neff Cycle Service) chased after her but Rollins had such an early lead, she was able to enter the singletrack alone off the front. LaVesser continued to chip away towards Rollins, but Rollins’ home field advantage and early attack was too much for the competitors. Rollins, who won The Battle of CamRock last year, went back to back securing the win by over two minutes. LaVesser rode a lonely race to finish runner-up. Lauren Lackman(Rib Mountain Cycles), a D1 collegiate cycling recruit worked together early on with Caitlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts) but soon found herself alone to finish in third place. Emma Swartz(Unattached), a hometown favorite and recent graduate of Marian University finished in fourth with Hanna Mork(Linear Sport/Trek) rounding out the top five respectively.