WORS Blog Update: Tristan Schouten

New for 2011, WORS will share updates from racers at all levels here at wors.org. Check out our new WORS Racers page to submit your stories. We want to hear from you! Tristan Schouten wrote a great update after Iola this year, reflecting not only on the WORS Series, but on how 10+ years of racing in Wisconsin and on the national scene comes down to what really matters. Here's an excerpt:

Defending Iola

WORS Photo Contest Finalist - Iola 2011 The season is in full swing now. The first mtn bike race of the season went off yesterday WORS #1 in Iola and spring has been just nice enough to let the ground dry just enough to finally get on the trails for a little off road action. There was a lot of aprehension 2 weeks ago when 4" of snow fell if we would actually be having the race here this weekend, spring is maybe just now starting to feel like spring, I'd say about a month behind normal. It's been pretty miserable with very little for sunshine the last month and a lots of rainy and extremely windy days for riding. But, we are making it and things were just good enough to dry out by May 1 for Iola. I have lots of memories of Iola, I have done this race now since at least 2000 when I was a comp racer. I think I got maybe 11th or something. Then, the next year I think I won it as an elite, maybe 2001 against Chad Melis and Jeff Otto. I was riding a Schwinn Homegrown and I think I could dig up a picture of that day. It was a pretty special win and I couldn't believe it when I actually came across the line. I think Iola has been my best race over the years and I am sure I have won it 5-6 times. I know one year in there it was snowing either late in the year, or early in the spring, so I guess things really dont' change much over the years weather wise. I also remember finishing Tour of CT in 2004 with Saturn, hopping on a plane and arriving home at midnight. I drove up Sunday morning and was able to win, that was a pretty special one too. WORS Photo Contest Finalist - Iola 2011 Since those first years as an elite I've traveled a lot and raced a lot, tried to go big on the NORBA circuit, tried to go big on the road with Saturn, but never quite seemed to make it. I told Jamie last night maybe things could be different if I had gotten on the podium at some of those NORBA short track races where I was 6th or 7th so many times. I look at who was right in front of me on the podium and many times it was Chris Sheppard, a pro with a contract beating me out for the final spot. Then, shortley after I decided I couldn't make it he gets busted for EPO and I think back how things might have been different if I had made the podium as some unknown WORS racer on team PCW making the Pro podium at short track what might have happened. ...

Read the conclusion of Tristan's post here.

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