Reforestation Ramble: Elite race reports

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Eppen and House win at WORS Reforestation Ramble

Over 700 racers lined up at the ninth race in the 2011 Subaru-sponsored Wisconsin Off Road Series on Sunday, the Reforestation Ramble outside Green Bay Wisconsin. Kim Eppen (Mercy-Specialized) and Cole House (RealCyclist.com) won the BelGioioso Elite contests. Both finishes may prove to be decisive for the Overall in the Wisconsin Off Road Series. Eppen, who is in contention with defending Champion Abby Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison), now has a firm grasp on the Series lead. House, though not racing for the Series Overall, nevertheless may have created a tipping point between several strong contenders by taking the win. Although the 36 mile race was longer than most WORS distances, House went with a solo attack from the start. Coming out of the first section of singletrack, he had gapped all but recent Ore To Shore winner Brian Matter (Gear Grinder / Trek). Matter fought up to House's wheel and the two dueled for three long laps. The race came down to a sprint, and House had the edge. Matter took second, and in a small incidence of WORS-community humor, was presented with his Elite prize money in a commemorative Green Bay Packer's Superbowl envelope. Matter is well known within WORS as a Steelers fan. Movie here: http://www.wors.org/2011/08/brian-matter-steelers-fan/ Kim Eppen stayed away from the women's field and powered to a gap of nearly two minutes ahead of second place finisher Sarah Agena (Adventure 212/Specialized). This season is Agena's first in the Elite field, and her Reforestation finish was her best yet at a WORS race. The next WORS event is Treadfest located at the Grand Geneva Resort outside Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Complete results can be found here. Best times in the amateur categories were:
  • Cat. 2 Comp Men - Kyle Sarasin of Marquette, Michigan
  • Cat. 2 Men - Andrew Tegge of Suamico, Wisconsin
  • Cat. 2 Women - Maria Statz of Plover, Wisconsin
  • Cat. 3 Men - Mitch Otto of Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Cat. 3 Women - Becky Unterriker of Appleton, Wisconsin

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