LaVesser and House Defeated the Harsh Heat to Win at Mt. Morris

  Mt. Morris- Last Sunday the Wisconsin Off-Road Series made its fourth stop of the season at Mt. Morris for the Mt. Morris Challenge. The course snakes up and down the ski hill traversing across ski runs while climbing and descending technical and tricky switchbacks. Mother Nature added another layer of difficulty with the scorching heat reaching far into the 90s. With the help of Team WORS and WAMBA (Waushara Area Mountain Bike Association), racers were fueled with plenty of ice cold water and bananas to make it a fun and safe day for all!  

The BelGiosio Women’s Pro/Elite field was led off by Linear Sport Racing/Trek teammates Katrina Hurst and Hanna Mork up the start climb. As the ladies began to descend, Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) and Holly LaVesser(Neff Cycle Service) took control before entering the first section of singletrack.  The two leaders began to jam through the pines with a large chase group behind while Hurst was flyingsolo in between the groups. As the chase group exited the pines, Lauren Lackman(Rib Mountain Cycles) attacked the grassy climb behind the pond.  Mork was the only one to respond as they opened a gap on Caitlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts) and Katy McDicken(ASU Devo).  As Lackman hunted down Hurst, a costly mistake by Mork temporarily allowed Neuman to bridge.  As the ladies began lap two, despite the heat LaVesser was feeling really good and began to turn the screws. Schneeberger, meanwhile feeling the effects, couldn’t match the pace and went into conservation mode just hoping to maintain second.  After riding two laps alone and a 5 minute gap on the field LaVesser took her second win of the year.  Schneeberger held on for second as Lackman and Mork overtook Hurst for third and fourth place respectively.  Hurst dropping to fifth, rounded out the top five.

The BeGiosio Men’s Pro/Elite field was led out by series overall leader Cole House(Pete’s Garage/ Hacienda Brewing) as he blew out of the gates, clearly winning the hole shot, and leading the entire ski trail start alone. Pete Karinen(Broken Spoke Racing) and Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) were critically dangling about 10 seconds back but Karinen knew he had to bridge the gap before they entered the first section of pines.  Stomping on the gas, Karinen dropped Senkerik and bridged to the leader.  House and Karinen rode together for the first half lap. House, feeling strong in the heat and sensing Karinen was struggling, increased the pace at the top of the hill to open a lead. He drilled the technical switchbacks coming down to further widen his lead over Karinen and the rest of the field. From there it was a solo three laps, staying consistent, being conservative in the descents and hitting the hills hard. House would go on to take his third win of the year by over three minutes. Karinen had a fairly quiet race once he lost sight of House to finish in second. Senkerik battled with Payson Partridge(Dekorra Products/ Skratch) for several laps until he found a slight edge finishing in third with Partridge finishing fourth, 30 seconds back.  Caleb Swartz(Linear Sport Racing/Trek) rounded out the Men’s top five.

The Wisconsin Off-Road Series and its racers will make a quick turnaround as the schedule goes back-to-back weekends. CORBA will be hosting the Red Flint Firecracker in Eau Claire, WI.

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