Treadfest at the Grand Geneva Resort

Treadfest 2007
Treadfest 2007 at the Mountain Top Lodge, Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Genva, WI

Some thought that cyclocross season got off to an early start this year at Treadfest, race number two in WORS 2007 sponsored by Subaru.  Once the Elite/Comp racers took to the track, a sudden cold downpour lent the newly created Treadfest course that extra element* of challenge. In the Ladies' Elite race, Abigail Strigel (Team Polska - FDL Cyclery, finishing time 2:09:26.5), beat out her closest competitor Erin Disterheft (Team Billy's, Galesburg MI) by a nearly 8 minute margin to win the Ladies' Elite overall. Tristan Schouten (Trek/VW, finishing time 2:05:14.8) held off Jesse and Marko Lelonde (Gary Fischer/BKB, 2nd and 3rd place respectively), to win the Men's Elite overall. Honors in the Comp Males overall went to Mike Sherer, racing for Pony Shop, who crossed the line with a time of 1:57:38.2.

Abigail Strigel placed first for Team Polska
The rain held off earlier in the day for Sport, Citizen and Youth racers. Women's Sport Overall winner Martha O'Connor-Leigh (Free Flight Racing -DBQ, IA, finishing time 1:21:58.8) dominated the field, crossing the line more than 5 minutes ahead of the 2nd place finisher, Claire Cannon (Team WORS). Two of the youngest competitors in the field, Megan Wolf (15, #3021) racing for Team Extreme, and Sarah Huang (12, #3015) for Hayes Disc Brakes, finished strong to place in the top 5 overall. In the Men's Sport race, Radek Vopalka (Endeavor Cycling, finishing time 1:05:58.5), held off the second place finished, Craig Stanley, to win.

Citizen racers Liz Baumgardt-Kays, and Matthew Amman (Team Extreme) took top honors in the Women's and Men's races, respectively, while Alyson Davis and Brett Poulton were first place finishers in the Citizen Youth races. In all, over 740 racers turned out to test the newly created course. Lake Geneva-based bike club Skinny's Club Tread (pictured below) deserves a Big Thank You from satisfied WORS racers for the 1000+ hours that club members and friends invested in carving out both the track as well as the necessary collaboration with local land-owners.

Men's Start
Club members, faced with scarce riding in their local community, created the course in hopes of promoting interest in, and opportunities for, mountain biking in their area. Skinny's is currently working with the Grand Geneva Resort towards the possibility of future access to the course, which is on private land and can currently be ridden only by invitation. Skinny's Club members and friends who invested time in developing the course include Ray Nelson, Butch Welke, Lorna O'Rourke (this year's Treadfest director), Kent Lambert, Ryan Fosnaugh, Rich Mennenoh, Dan Getzen, Dave Seity, Steve Miller, Chris Solen, Paul Lauderbach, Don Thomas, Chris Volbrecht, Bob Weinty, Bob O'Rourke, Jared Collier, and RePete and DJ Burns from Clif Bar. In all, over 1000 hours were invested in developing the 5 miles of new trail. Skinny's would also like to extend their thanks for the support of the Grand Geneva, Michael's Cycles and Team MARS. And, of course, WORS racers who made the inaugural Treadfest a big success. Let's cross our fingers for Skinny's efforts to keep this track open for future access! You can view these and other pictures of Treadfest, including Starts and Podium shots, here. Watch for future pictures of WORS events to be posted here at the WORS website. And, of course, for shots of the race itself, check out WORS sponsor Extreme Photography Unlimited! See you at the Rudy Rack Big Ring Classic, June 3 at Nine Mile Forest, Wassau, WI!

Skinny's Club Tread made the Treadfest course possible.

* Originally this was Seth Lenss' pun, but he said I could have it because he didn't want it.

Article and photos by Claire Cannon

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