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Race Reports for the WORS Subaru Cup

This article will be your one-stop resource for media, photo and video coverage of the 2010 Subaru Cup, WORS' annual mega-event and USA Cycling Pro XCT. Stop back for additional links, and submit links to photos or articles to

  • Results will be posted here on Tuesday night (6/29). Check back at later in the week for Midwest Regional Championship and results in usual WORS format. In the meantime, complete results for Pro and many amateur racers are on, here.
  • Photos from WORS' Official Photographers, here.
  • Race reports at, here.
  • Post-race interviews at, here.
  • Race report at VeloNews', here
  • Race report at USA Cycling, here.
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Off The Couch
  • Pro XCT standings after Wisconsin on
  • Ladies Wheaties Fuel Pro Short Track race report on wobblenaught.
  • Adam Craig's helmet cam from the OPEN Super D, here.


  • Sam Schultz's blog, here.
  • Willow Koerber's blog, here
  • TJ Woodruff's blog, here.
  • Chloe Forsman's blog, here
  • Garrott Kuzzy represents for the Pro XC / Olympian skiers as a Cat 1, here
  • Sue Butler's blog here
  • Sue Stephens blog,
  • Scott Cole's blog, here
  • Meghan Korol's blog, here
  • Jack Hinkins represents for the youngins', and gives a shout-out to his mom, here.
  • Performa Cycling represents with a photo medley, here.
  • Subaru Cup in Subaru Drive, thanks to Lisa
  • Half Acre represents, here
  • Men's OPEN Super D video from Colin R (including 0.5 seconds of Adam Craig's mad passin' skills), here
Cut Off Times for Subaru Cup

Because of the tight schedule required to get all the races in on Saturday and Sunday for the Subaru Cup we have been forced to institute cut-off times for the Legacy Cross-Country/ Midwest Regional Championship Cross-Country.

The Cat 2 races are slated for 3 laps and racers will be required to have started their third lap by 9:10 a.m. for the 8:00 a.m. start and 10:40 for the 9:30 a.m. start. Those not making the cut-off time will receive their placing as of the finish of their second lap and be listed without a time as 1 lap down in the results. This policy will be in place for the 4 lap (significantly longer lap that includes most of the Pro course), Cat 1 men's and the 3 Lap Cat 1 women's race as well with the cut-off time being 12:15 p.m. The cut-off time for the 2 lap, 9:30 start time Cat 3 race on Sunday morning is 10:15 a.m. Pro racers will be subject to the UCI 80% rule under which they will be pulled at any time (except once they have started their last lap) that they fall behind the leader by more than 80% of the fastest lap time.
Press Coverage for Sunburst

Race Report:

Wicks and Strigel win again at WORS

By Claire Cannon

Undefeated 2010 Series Leader Abigail Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison) and WORS newcomer Barry Wicks (Kona) won the fourth race of the Wisconsin Off Road Series, the Sunburst Showdown in Kewaskum, WI.

Wicks, who recently moved to Evanston, IL, can now be considered a local at the Wisconsin Off Road Series won the WORS Crystal Lake Classic earlier this season. As Wicks lined up with the other WORS BelGioioso Elite Series men at Sunburst, there was one questions on everyone’s mind; whether all six and a half feet of Wicks’ lanky frame could be made to fit beneath a thick, low-hanging branch on the back half of the course. By mid-race, WORS photographers had the branch staked-out in hopes of catching the tight squeeze on film, but Wicks proved just a little too quick.

Finalist - WORS Sunburst Showdown Photo Contest

Photo by T.J.Harron

Others wondered who would give Wicks a run for his money. Past WORS Overall Men’s BelGioioso winner Tristan Schouten (Mafia Racing) stepped up, attacking on the climbs and trading pulls with Wicks throughout the 5-lap race. On the 5th and final lap, Schouten led out of the last section of singletrack, but Wicks was just a little too quick. In a critical open section, the Kona rider powered ahead to gain the high ground, and a narrow ledge and lapped traffic before the finish negated the chance for a sprint. Wicks finished in 1:35:17, and Schouten rolled in three seconds later. Darrin Braun, who lost contact with the leaders after an attack by Schouten on lap three, waged a solo chase for the last 2 laps and finished 1:32 back, for third. Fourth place went to Nathan Guerra (Mr. Tree Racing) at 3:11, and Brian Matter took 5th at 5:13 back.

Barry Wicks Races Again

Photo by Danny Marchewka

In the women’s race, Abby Strigel was challenged throughout the 4-lap race by Lisa Krayer (Adventure 212 / Specialized). Krayer is having her best year to date, and has raced to second place behind the defending Champ in nearly every event of the 2010 Series. In the contest for the Overall, Krayer is currently chasing Strigel by less than 50 points. Still, Strigel is accustomed to crossing the line with a comfortable margin on the rest of the field. At Sunburst, Strigel and Krayer traded pulls and banter throughout the race, and it was Krayer who led out of the final section of singletrack. Similar to the men’s race, the decisive attack came at a critical power section, and Strigel had the legs. She won in 1:34:55, with Krayer following just 5 seconds back.

“Abby made an attack, and I thought, ‘Gosh, if you can stay on her wheel and out-sprint her, you’ll have your first win!’,” recalled Krayer. “A second later, I was like ‘Oh - that’s not going to happen.’ She just went.”

“Lisa made me work really hard,” said Strigel after the close finish. “At the start, being the superstar that she is, Lisa just took off. I think I worked harder during this race than I have all year. It was really tough, but it was really fun.”

Finalist - WORS Sunburst Showdown Photo Contest

Lisa Krayer, in the lead, and Abby Strigel are cheered on by Krayer's two daughters and Lindsay and Nathan Guerra's two girls. Photo by Niki Frazier

Both women said they are looking forward to the upcoming Subaru Cup, presented by Trek, where Strigel will race the Pro XCT and Krayer, who races as a Cat 1, will contest for the Midwest Regional Championships title.

First year Pro Meghan Korol (Mafia Racing) finished behind Strigel and Krayer at 3:20 back for third, while Robin Williams (Mercy-Specialized; 5:52) and Claire Cannon (Trek Stores of Madison; 8:43), finished in 4th and 5th, rounded out the women’s podium.

Sunburst is a deceptively simple track with a reputation among WORS Elite racers as one of the most demanding courses on the circuit. Singletrack climbs pitch sharply uphill and open, grassy sections conceal tight corners. There is little opportunity to rest, and Sunburst favors riders with the fitness and power to tough out a short, intense battle. This year, there were additional challenges. Rain during the week before the event left the track slick in the woods and sticky in the open. In addition, the upcoming WORS Subaru Cup, presented by Trek, on June 26 and 27th had many WORS racers “training through” Sunburst.

“It was hard,” said Wick after his win. “The course is pretty deceiving. The first lap you’re thinking it’s not so bad, but by the fourth or fifth time around it’s starting to wear you out a bit.”

“I did a slightly harder workout than I normally would have done the day before this race, thanks to my awesome coach, Craig Manthe,” said Strigel. “He said today was going to be tough, and it was.”

“I knew from the race last year that [Sunburst] is really one of the hardest races on the circuit,” said WORS Racer Brian Matter (Gear Grinder / Trek). The 2009 WORS BelGioioso Overall Champion, Matter has the type of “street-cred” at WORS that comes from winning the WORS Overall more than any other male racer in WORS history. Last year, ahead of his win at the Chequamegon 40, Matter was in excellent form at Sunburst and put the screws to the rest of the WORS field with a dominating win. This year, with his training focus on cyclocross later in the season, Matter was unable to contest when the attacks came, and finished in 5th.

“[Sunburst] is relentless,” said Matter. “Climb after climb after climb. I had a big training week this week. So, when Barry and Tristan went hard over the top of the climb [during the second lap], and it felt like somebody was pulling my brakes, I lost contact. And that was it.”

“I'm always a little bummed when I can't be part of a good battle,” Matter wrote later. “I know that Barry showing up to a WORS race is a good opportunity to race against another fast guy. Tristan and Barry were battling it out and I could only watch from six switchbacks away.”

Darrin Braun held on a little longer, then lost contact on the same climb during the following lap, when Schouten attacked. In 2009, Braun’s success as a first-year Cat 1 was almost unprecedented in the men’s series when he finished fourth in the Overall standings. After an upgrade to Pro for 2010, Braun’s been a consistent contender and, at the Trek Big Ring Classic, jumped onto the 2nd step of the WORS BelGioioso Elite podium for the first time. It’s clear he’s got his eye on the top step. After finishing third at Sunburst, Braun couldn’t help but sound a bit disappointed.

“I guess I had a little higher expectation for myself today,” said Braun. “I’m happy considering the crowd. The pace was OK for the first lap or two, I think, and then Tristan [Schouten] wanted to take over control. We climbed up that first section and Tristan got around Wicks and just put the hammer down. That’s where I got popped off.”

Braun, too, is looking forward to racing at the Subaru Cup Pro XCT at Mt. Morris this weekend.

“Last year, that course was just the best for me because of the climbing,” said Braun. “This year, it will be a different story because there will be a hundred guys just as good as I am. I don’t expect a front-row call up, so we’ll probably have to do a lot of passing. I’m going to try to stick with some people I know like [past Subaru Cup winners] Tristan and Matter. We’ll see what happens. It should be fun.”

The Bontrager COMP Series Cat 2 men were led by Patryk Limanowicz who completed four laps in 1:27:48. The CycleOps Sport Women’s race was led by Anna Ganju in 1:22:35 for three laps.

The next race of the WORS Series, the Subaru Cup, presented by Trek, will be held at Nordic Mountain outside Wautoma, WI on June 26th and 27th. For details, see

Interviews after the BelGioioso Elite Series Races:

Subaru Cup Great For Improving Your WORS OverallParticipation in the Subaru Cup by WORS Series Registrants provides an excellent opportunity to improve your series point total and advance in the series overall standings.

There are two possible series scores for the Subaru Cup, one for the Legacy Cross-Country and one for racer’s placing in either the Outback Super D or Impreza Short Track presented by Wheaties Fuel. Participation in the Legacy Cross-Country is required to receive a second score from either the short track or super d toward a racer’s WORS overall score.

For categories where all three events are offered, (WORS Elite, Comp, Open & Sport) a racer's Legacy Cross-Country placing and their higher class placing in either the Impreza Short Track or Outback Super D will determine points scored toward the WORS Overall. For all other categories, (WORS Citizen & Junior) points awarded by a racer’s placing in the Super D class (per WORS Series (Overall) Points Scale, see WORS Guidelines) will be used for their second score.

For the Subaru Cup Legacy Cross-Country, WORS Elites will be split into Pro and Cat 1, WORS Open Junior and 50+ into Cat 1 and Cat 2 and WORS Comp and Sport racers will be combined into Cat 2, so the series points will be awarded as follows:

  • WORS Elite – series registrants with a Pro license will be separated from the other pros and scored by their order of finish. The top placing pro from WORS will receive 200 points, second highest placing 192 points, etc. WORS Elite series registrants racing with a Cat 1 license will be scored as follows, their points in the WORS Elite Overall will be determined by their placing amongst all Cat 1 racers in the event and their Cat 1 Age Class points will be determined by adding their overall points to points for their placing within their Subaru Cup age class. This means that for WORS Elite Class Overall there could be multiple racers receiving maximum points as the highest placing Pro and a Cat 1 placing first would both receive 200 points.
  • WORS Comp – Comp series registrants will receive series points by their placing within the Subaru Cup Cat 2 age class for WORS Overall Age Class scoring and their Cat 2 overall finish by time* for the WORS Comp Overall. Clydesdales will be sorted out of Cat 2 and awarded series points by their order of finish without non-series racers. *Because their will be two Cat 2 races, 39 and under and 40 and over, the races will be sorted together by finish time to determine placing for WORS Comp overall points.
  • WORS Sport - series racers will be scored separate from all others Cat 2’s within their age class and the first WORS Sport series racer in each age class will receive 200 points, second 192 points, etc.
  • WORS Citizen – will be scored as usual by the placing within their Cat 3 age class with all entrants (series registrants or not) receiving points.
  • WORS Open – will be scored similar to WORS Elite with Cat 1 license holders pulled from other Cat 1’s and Cat 2’s receiving points as usual by overall finish within their age class. WORS Open Singlespeed competitors will be sorted out of Cat 2 and awarded series points by their order of finish without non-series racers. This means that for WORS Open Junior class there could be multiple racers receiving maximum points as WORS normal 15-18 will be split to 15-16 and 17-18 and the highest placing Cat 1 and a Cat 2 placing first would both receive 200 points.
  • Winners Announced for Trek Big Ring Classic Photo Contest

    Thanks to the many photographers who submitted great photos from the Trek Big Ring Classic!

    Due to time constraints, we were able to load and judge only those photos submitted before Wednesday, June 2. Remember, to be assured of inclusion, submit photos by Monday evening after the event. Please review the photo contest rules before submitting.

    We look forward to seeing you at the Sunburst Showdown this weekend, June 13. Photo contest categories for the upcoming event will be:

    • Best Venue
    • Best Sponsor Banner - Subaru is the featured Sponsor again for Race #4
    • Best Spectator
    • Best Group of Racers in Singletrack and/or Climbing (both preferred!)
    • Best Photo of Racer(s) at a Singletrack Technical Feature
    • Best Overall
  • 250+ Team WORS Photo Contest Finalists
  • More WORS photographer and spectator videos at TeamWORS Vimeo.
  • WORS Photo Contest rules
  • WORS Photo Contest tips at
  • Volunteer at the Subaru Cup

    The Subaru Cup is fast approaching and we are in need of many volunteers to help make WORS Mega Event a success. Volunteers are needed for the following positions, course marshals, timing finish chute help, start personnel, parking attendants, set up and running of the kids’ race, awards presentations and event tear down & clean up. VOLUNTEERS ARE ESPECIALLY NEEDED ON SATURDAY MORNING. A complete schedule of events for the weekend can be found below.

    Most assignments can be done in shifts. So, you can volunteer for part of the day or even just a couple of hours and still have plenty of time to cheer on your favorite racer, compete in one or more of the races, and still have time to enjoy the Subaru Cup as a whole.

    Most positions include free food, a volunteer t-shirt, and entry into a drawing for a $1500 Trek mountain bike. Be a part of bringing a premier event to the Midwest, the Subaru Cup, June 25th - 27th at Nordic Mountain near Wautoma, Wisconsin.

    Volunteers, use the form below to sign-up! A web-link to the form is here.

    Subaru Cup Volunteer Extravaganza!
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    • Cross-country Course Marshals – Sat. 7:45am-7:30pm
    • Finish Chute/Timing – Sat. 8:30am-7:00pm Sun 9:45am-11:00pm. Slow riders down, keep them in line, pull back tags, call out or record numbers.
    • Parking – Saturday. 7:00-Noon Direct cars to ensure efficient use of space.
    • Awards – Sat 11:00am-8:00pm. (award times TBD) Make sure that medals and awards are prepared prior to each ceremony and hand out or announce awards.
    • Kids’ Race – Saturday 12:00pm-3:30pm. Assist with awards, crowd control and direction.
    • Clean-up/Tear down – Sun. 3:00 ‘till it’s all packed up (approx. 7pm)
    Notes: • Positions will be done in shifts, so it is not necessary to commit to the full time listed for each. Just specify what hours you will be available to work within the hours needed. • Effective volunteers will be assertive and proactive, but always courteous and helpful.

    Complete Schedule of the Subaru Cup Weekend

    Press Coverage for the Trek Big Ring Classic


    WORS fans and racers can check out the regional and national coverage of WORS events at cyclingnews, cyclingdirt, and MTBracenews.  Photo contest Finalists can be found at the WORS Flickr, and post-race interviews and race footage are at the WORS Vimeo.

    Here are some of the Race Reports and Interviews from the Big Ring Classic.

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