WORS #2, Adventure in the Mud!

WORS #2, the Kewaunee XC Adventure was held this last weekend at Bruemmer Park in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. Although the sun shined for both Saturday and Sunday, it was not able to dry up the water soaking the Riverview and Winter Park portions of the race course. Following a week of rainy weather that deposited over five inches of rain in the area, the XC Adventure course turned from one of hard packed dirt across fields, up and down rolling hills and wooded singletrack into one of soft tracks, wet grassy areas, and muddy creek crossings. The only part of the course that remained consistent from the previous year was the road lead out and return. Unfortunately the wet condition scrapped plans to add additional course from the newly built Winter Park area. The softness of the track let to a shortening of the course as well creating a short tough race for those suited to the conditions and a long trudge for those not. But hey, that?s mountain bike racing.

Sunday?s race got started at 9:30 a.m. with the Citizen Youth portion of the USA Cycling Citizen Series class competition of WORS (Wisconsin Off Road Series) sponsored by Subaru. This class for entry level and WORS youngest competitors features competition for 8-10 year olds and 11-12 year olds. In the 8-10 year old race, Jessica House and Nathan Labecki turned in fast times for the girls and boys respectfully and for the 11-12 year olds, Arin Lemke and Nick Montee did the same. In the adult Citizen race, fast times came from Antonia Leal (Greendale, WI) for the women and Ron Kay (Rice Lake, WI) for the men.

The Saris Sport Series Race went off at 11:30 with competitors challenged to approximately 2 additional miles of the Riverview Park mire. 274 Sports, 23 Sport Clydesdales and 19 Singlespeeders took to the course and when the mud and water had settled, Katie Schneider (Madison, WI) with a time of 1:10:49 and Kip Spaude (Watertown, WI) recording a 59:20 had fastest times for this segment of the Kewaunee XC Adventure. While those not fairing as well with the extreme course conditions were still finishing the Hayes Youth Race for kids twelve and under was held in the staging area through a dry area of large pines.

The final race of WORS #2 combined the Clif Bar Comp Series and Bel Gioioso Elite Series events. The absence of several of the top male Elite participants as they were in California to compete in NORBA National #2 left room for a different look to the men?s podium and Brian Schaning (PCW Cycling) set the pace with time of 1:20:36 to claim top spot with A.J. Ettmayer, Jr. (Team Pedal Moraine) 1:53 back for second. Mike Bushey (Ski Hut ? Duluth), Jesse Lalonde (Kenwood/Gunnar), and Chris Peariso (Gear ?N Up) respectively filled out the other five podium spots representing career high WORS placing for many of the guys. The women are still looking for someone to interupt Sara Kylander-Johnson?s (Trek Midwest Regional Team) quest for a second consecutive WORS overall as she rode to the Kewaunee championship chased by Susan Juedes (Team Bike Hub, Jenna Zander (NicoletBike.com), Rebecca Cleveland (Team Bike Hub), and Lori Sable (Team Wisconsin) finishing second through fifth in order. For the Comp?s, the race for the Clif Bar Comp leader?s jersey is on with those after it coming from the 14-18 year old category. Jake Whitwam?s (Bike Doctor) win tied him with Jonathan Kay, (Hayes OnTrack Race Team) the leader coming into Kewaunee. The tie breaker (time differential) leaves the jersey on Kay?s back through the running of WORS #3, the Rome Around. Jerry Long (Chainsmokers) turn finished 23 seconds back to claim third overall. Complete results for the Kewaunee XC Adventure are available on the Cross Country Result page of www.wors.org . WORS Series Overalls will be updated by the end of the week.

Thanks to all those responsible for the Kewaunee XC Adventure,especially race director Jonathan Viste who is hoping for drier times to show off the singletrack of this area. Next up for WORS is the Rome Around staged at Alexander Field in Wisconsin Rapids on May 30, 2004. The Rome Around features an excellent course to introduce new racers to WORS and a fast fun singletrack filled course experienced racers. See you there!
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