The Wisconsin Off-Road Series put together an action packed weekend for the WORS Cup, more formally known as the Midwest Regional Championships last weekend in Elkhorn, WI. The steep slope of the Alpine Valley Ski Resort granted us the opportunity to host our first ever Dual Slalom event along with an enduro event. On the cross country side of things, racers competed in a cross country race and a short track race. Overall, the weekend was packed full of racing and it brought great spectating for family and friends.
Friday night took off with cross country preride and Dual Slalom qualification rounds. The DS course shot straight down one of the main runs of the resort, allowing spectators to watch each run. In the women’s race, Wendy Ochs(Neff Cycle Service) knocked out her sister, Holly LaVesser(Neff Cycle Service) in the finals to take the first ever DS win. In the Pro/Open men race Pat Smage knocked out Byrne Dobrient.
Saturday morning, the cross country event began with races for all ages and abilities. After a storm rolled through, the Pro/Elite men took the course. Cole House(Pete’s Garage/FSA) took immediate charge of the race but rising star Caleb Swartz(Bear Professional Team) handled the wet climbs with ease and overtook House. After a couple exchanges, Swartz found his groove to secure the win by over two and a half minutes. House barely held on to second as a charging Payson Partridge(Dekorra/Skratch Labs) was closing quick to finish third. Scotty Albaugh(Base Media/Cycle Therapy) finished fourth and Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) rounded out the top five respectively. In the women’s cross country race, Holly LaVesser(Neff Cycle Service) continued her WORS reign as she won the overall race, including the Pro Women’s race. Newcomer Maddy Frank(Freewheeler Racing), an 18 year old Michigan native won the Cat 1/Open division. Catilin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts) and Hanna Mork(Linear Sport/Trek) found themselves in a close battle towards the end of the race but Neuman was able to enter the last section of singletrack first to finish in the bronze position. Mork and Madeline Arpin (Borah Teamwear) rounded out the top five, fourth and fifth respectively.
Sunday’s events included Short Track presented by Bontrager and the KMC King of the Mountain Enduro race. In the Open Women’s race, the young ladies dominated, controlling it from the start line to finish line. Catlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts) set an early pace, but rising star Katy McDicken(ASU Devo) wanted to shake some riders loose and take charge. McDicken upped the pace and drilled it from the front for almost the entirety of the race. Right on her wheel, Hanna Mork(Linear Sport/Trek) and Maddy Frank(Freewheeler Racing) followed closely, but never petitioned McDicken’s lead until the last lap. Coming around the pond, Frank attacked on the outside. Mork followed but Frank had already established a sprint. Frank would take the win, with Mork in second and McDicken in third. In the Pro/Open men’s race, after last year’s winner Cole House(Pete’s Garage/FSA) suffered from a mechanical in the first lap, Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) took charge at the front to push the pace. Daxton Mock(Trek Bikes) made a mid-race attack off the front but after a couple laps was chased down by four riders. Senkerik tried again with four to go, held a little gap open from the chasers but Tristan Schouten(Threshold Sports Carbon Repair) and Mock closed it down. On the last lap, Mock and Schouten developed a gap, keeping the pace high and in the final turn, Mock made his move for the win. Schouten would finish second with Payson Partridge(Dekorra/Skratch Labs) finishing third.
In the KMC King of the Mountain Enduro event, Holly LaVesser(Neff Cycle Service) won every stage to take the win, with Wendy Ochs(Neff Cycle Service) finishing second. Tight race for third, but Kylie Krayer(Adventure 212) was able to just squeeze by Catlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts) for her first WORS Pro/Open podium at 16. On the men’s side, Ryan Zinzow and Carlos Haeckel went 1-1 on the two stages but Zinzow edged Haeckel out by two seconds for the win. Daxton Mock(Trek Bikes) would round out the top three respectively.