Race Report: Sunburst Showdown

Last weekend's Sunburst Showdown, the tenth race in this year's Subaru sponsored 2007 Wisconsin Off Road Series, drew over 530 racers to Sunburst Ski Area outside Kewaskum, WI. WORS series racers enjoyed blue skies over a dry, fast course as the weather, once again, was fantastic. The wide open Sunburst track was punctuated with plentiful climbs, rapid descents and sections of wooded singletrack. Spectators particularly enjoyed plentiful opportunities to cheer on racers as they criss-crossed the hills.

In the Hayes Disc Brakes Citizen Series races, the Youth racers tackled one of the most challenging climbs of the day, traversing nearly a dozen switchbacks to the top of Sunburst ski hill. Alyson Davis (11) of Genoa City, and 12-year old Brett Poulton of Lake Forest IL, took top honors in their respective races.

In the Citizen races, Ann Holson of Manitowac once again led the ladies with a time of 56:43 for two laps. She was closely followed by Moriah Griesbach of Rockford IL (57:00). Matthew Amman of Milwaukee likewise held on to the top spot, leading the Citizen men with a time of 42:23, ahead of Matt Luger (Milwaukee, 45:58).

In the women's CycleOps Sport race, Claire Cannon of Milwaukee finished ahead with a time of 1:11:19 for 3 laps, while Karlene Olson of Rochester, MN followed at 1:13:59. Ben Koenig of Schofield again led the men's field in 1:01:26, followed by Alex Bird of Milwaukee at 1:01:45.

In the Cliff Bar Comp Series race Dan Teaters (Beans and Barley) of Kohler, WI had the best overall time of 1:14:20 for 4 laps, while Karl Schult of Crystal Lake, IL crossed the line in 1:15:37 to take second.

Kyia Malenkovich (Headmethod/Cannondale) of Saint Cloud, MN led the ladies field in the BelGioioso Elite race with a time of 1:20:49 for four laps, while Abigail Strigel (Polska/FDL Cyclery) followed at 1:23:00. The men's race featured a repeat of the "Lalonde sandwich", with Jesse Lalonde (Gary Fisher 29/BKB; 1:25:36), Travis Woodruff (1:25:36), and Marko Lalonde (Gary Fisher/BKB; 1:25:45) crossing the line within 10 seconds of one another.

Kuddos to the local event organizers for a fun race as spectators and competitors alike appreciated new features in the course layout this year. More photos of the event can be found online. And, as always, make sure to check out Extreme Photography.

See you in two weeks, September 23, at the Iola Winter Sports Club in Iola WI, for the Tater Bake Open!

Article and photos by Claire Cannon.

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