WORS Does The Mud Thing Big Time

A steady light rain which began at sun up and continued into the first lap of the Clif Bar Comp and Bel Gioioso Expert Series Race turned the challenging HIxton Holeshot into a mud filled test of endurance for many of the 600 racers that participated in Race #5 of WORS 2003 sponsored by Subaru. The four mile course which wound its way up and down through two coulees became an epic challenge for many and a nightmare for some. As the unpredicted rain continued through the morning hours, race organizers decided to shorten the Sport, Comp and Expert events by one lap. Sport did two laps (the same distance as Citizen), Comps and Expert women three and Expert men four with the Comp and Expert course having a short additional climb. Unfortunately the severity of the effects of the rain was discovered too late to modify the Citizen race. The wetness appeared to peak during the Saris Sport Series Race with the section of the course utilizing the motor cross track portion of the CMJ Raceway property being the area where the greatest number of racers had difficulty with the clay soil building up on their tires and bikes. There was much running (walking), pushing of bikes and digging mud out from between brakes, frames and wheels. Many lessons were learned. Cooking spray and narrow tires gave some riders an edge in the battle with the mud.

In the WORS Citizen Race at the Hixton Holeshot, Jenni Sprengelmeyer from La Crosse, Wisconsin turned in the fastest time for the ladies with a time of 1:26:32. Shell Lake, Wisconsin
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