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Firecracker Photo Contest Winners Announced

We hope you've had a chance to look at the Firecracker Photo Contest Finalists on the WORS Flickr, here!

To make viewing the winning photos and videos easier, we've now embedded links into our Photo Contest Report. Click on any of the images, and you'll be taken to the original on Flickr (photo), or on Vimeo (video). You may need to allow pop-up windows for wors.org to open these links, or - if you'd rather - we've also linked the winning videos below. Enjoy!

Best Technical Section Video - Kelli Piotrowski

Best Overall Video - T. J. Harron

  • 250+ Team WORS Photo Contest Finalists
  • More WORS photographer and spectator videos at TeamWORS Vimeo.
  • WORS Photo Contest rules
  • How to submit photos to the WORS Photo Contest - NOTE: We are now accepting entries by FTP only
  • WORS Photo Contest tips at TeamWORS.org
  • Alterra Coffee Bean Classic Postponed

    The Alterra Coffee Bean Classic has been postponed due to heavy rainfall in the area. Portions of the trail are flooded or submerged and will need repair before they are rideable. The race will be rescheduled, and the most likely date is August 29 - the Sunday after the Reforestation Ramble.

    Please pass the word!

    WORS Photo Contest Winners - Subaru Cup

    There were many great pictures and videos submitted after the 2010 Subaru Cup, presented by Trek - and we hope you've had a chance to look at the finalists on the WORS Flickr, here!

    To make viewing the winning photos and videos easier, we've now embedded links into our Photo Contest Report. Click on any of the images, and you'll be taken to the original on Flickr, or on Vimeo. You may need to allow pop-up windows for wors.org to open these links, or - if you'd rather - we've linked the winning videos below. Enjoy!

    Best Spectator Video - Wilhelm Harm

    Best Overall Video - T. J. Harron

  • 250+ Team WORS Photo Contest Finalists
  • More WORS photographer and spectator videos at TeamWORS Vimeo.
  • WORS Photo Contest rules
  • How to submit photos to the WORS Photo Contest - NOTE: We are now accepting entries by FTP only
  • WORS Photo Contest tips at TeamWORS.org
  • Subaru Cup Volunteer Raffle WinnerAs a special reward to those who volunteered at the Subaru Cup, presenting sponsor, Trek, donated a $1,500 mountain bike to be awarded by raffle. After a careful inventory to ensure we had all those that qualified in the hopper, a name was pulled and that lucky winner is Paul Meuer. Paul worked the water station and feed zone at the Subaru Cup. Congratulations to Paul and a HUGE thanks again to all who volunteered their time and effort to make the Subaru Cup a great success. We could not have done it without you!
    EXPO Racing’s Junior Team Headed to Nationals

    MILWAUKEE, WI – JUNE 30, 2010 – Riders from EXPO Racing’s junior mountain bike team have once again qualified to attend the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in Granby, Colorado, July 15th – 18th. Twelve team members, ages 10 to 18 are making the trip, hoping to earn a spot on the national podium. The weekend-long event determines the US Mountain Bike Champions in Junior Age Classes, Junior Category 1, Category 1 Age Classes, and U23.

    EXPO Racing will be arriving at the National Championship in top form following a great showing at the Subaru Cup Midwest Regional Championships on June 26th and 27th at Mt. Morris, WI. Three EXPO Racing riders, Myles Beach, Andrew Schmidt and Emily Shull placed first in their divisions, earning the title of Midwest X-Country Champion. Additionally, EXPO Racing swept the podium in the Cat 2 Super D event for Men 18 and Under, with riders Myles Beach, Nate Labecki and Mitchell Bogardus placing first, second and third respectively. In his second year of competition, EXPO Racing’s newest and youngest rider, 10-year old Andrew Schmidt, captured 2nd overall in the Cat 3 Super D for Men 18 and under. 17-year old Cat 1 racer, Kyle Warras placed an impressive 5th in his event.

    This will be the EXPO Racing junior team’s third showing at a national event, having previously attended the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships in 2009 and the Mount Snow Mountain Bike Nationals in 2008. Since those events, the number of riders and the caliber of the riders on the team has greatly increased. Team Director Constantine Peters commented, “it’s all about getting junior-level riders more involved in the sport. The enthusiasm they generate is contagious. And that’s what we need, more kids being enthused about getting out and riding bikes.”

    Peters and his wife Christie Peters, both teachers, spent weeks planning the logistics for transporting, lodging and feeding 12 kids plus their bikes and gear. The team will leave July 1st, allowing riders to acclimate to the altitude before race day.

    Representing EXPO Racing at the National’s this year are:

  • • Nathan Labecki, age 16 from Milwaukee, WI
  • • Kyle Warras, age 17 from Waukesha, WI
  • • Theodore Peters, age 18 from Hartford, WI
  • • Mitchell Bogardus, age 16 from Kenosha, WI
  • • Gage Rodriguez, age 16 from Kenosha, WI
  • • Myles Beach, age 16 from Larsen, WI
  • • Andrew Schmidt, age 10 from Edgerton, WI
  • • Jordan Watkins, age 14 from Marshfield, WI
  • • Brandon Watkins, age 16 from Marshfield, WI
  • • Elizabeth Shull, age 16 from Libertyville, IL
  • • Emily Shull, age 15 from Libertyville, IL
  • • Ryan O’Connell, age 16 from Oak Forest, IL
  • EXPO Racing is sponsored in part by Ergon, Trek, Cliff, Oakley and Endura.

    Firecracker Race Report

    Below, you can find the report from the Elite Races, and interviews with the leaders are on Vimeo. Firecracker TeamWORS Photos and Photo Contest Finalists are on Flickr.

    Schouten and Strigel win at WORS Chippewa Valley Firecracker

    By Claire Cannon

    The sixth race in the Subaru-sponsored 2010 Wisconsin Off Road Series, the Chippewa Valley Firecracker, was held on Sunday, July 11.  Tristan Schouten (Mafia Racing) and Abigail Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison) won the BelGioioso Elite Series Races.

    The Firecracker is a popular venue on the WORS circuit, in large part because the trails at Lowes Creek Park in Eau Claire are heavily weighted toward tight, swooping singletrack.  “Think rollercoaster,” said local race organizer Craig Manthe.

    While the Lowes Creek trails are a blast to ride, they can be a real challenge to race.  The heavy doses of singletrack push some racers to their limit, while blistering attacks in the open sections can make or break the race at Eau Claire for others.

    “It was hard today”. said men’s BelGioioso Elite Series winner Tristan Schouten.  “I was hurting out there.  This was not an easy win.”

    ”Strangely enough, it was probably the wide-open sections where I could really put down power today,” said Schouten.  “I told [second place finisher] Nathan Guerra that I felt like we were Jedi Knights flying through the singletrack.”

    “It was a lot of fun,” said second place finisher Nathan Guerra (Mr. Tree / PowerBar).  “This course has so much really nice, flowing singletrack.  The times when it hurt was when we were out on the flats and somebody wants to punch it.  Ben Koenig [Rib Mountain Cycles] took a real whipper at the start and got into the singletrack first.  Darrin [Braun] chased that down and then it was the four of us for two laps.  After two laps I was feeling pretty good, so I went up front in the singletrack.”

    “I was getting hurt by those guys and getting gaped,” said Schouten after his win.  “I could come back on the open sections.  So, I used the open sections to attack or keep the pace hard, and then I tried to recover and keep pace in the woods.”

    “I was waiting today, to see what I could do,” said third-place finisher Darrin Braun (Adventure 212 / Specialized).  “Tristan said that Nathan [Guerra] was a Jedi in the singletrack today - and that’s true.  We held on together for three laps, with Tristan putting the power down on the flats and Nathan being the Jedi in the singletrack.”

    Schouten made the attack that stuck on the third lap.  He opened a gap in the open, and then got away in the singletrack when Braun, who was leading Guerra, took a spill.  Guerra couldn’t close the gap to Schouten, who crossed the line in 2:09:27, 43 seconds ahead of Guerra.  Braun held on to third, rolling it in at 2:11:26, followed by teammate Ryan Krayer (Adventure 212 / Specialized; 2:12:35) and Cody Larson of Northfield, MN (2:12:38), who just barely edged ahead of Ted Hanes (Fond du Lac / Oshkosh Cyclery) in the sprint for fifth.

    Strigel Undefeated in 2010

    In the women’s BelGioioso Elite Series race, Abigail Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison) took the win, opening a gap on the rest of the field within the first lap, and steadily extending her lead throughout the race.  Strigel is currently riding undefeated in the WORS Series.

    “I love this course,” said Strigel after her win.  “[Local organizer] Craig Manthe does a great job every year, and he added even more awesome stuff, so it was super fun.  I love riding berms and rock gardens and all of those sections, and especially the large [“Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde”] rock garden at the end of each lap, were a ton of fun.”

    Manthe also coaches Strigel, and offered some sage advice to her while course marshaling during the race.

    “I actually got to see him out on the course,” she recalled.  “So he was coaching me on, and that was nice because he could watch me race, and, you know, say: ‘Now go faster!’”

    The ladies seemed to start as fast as possible, as second-place finisher Meghan Korol (Mafia Racing) gapped all but Strigel on the road lead-out.

    “It was really fun,” said Korol. “I had a great time.  I drilled it from the start on the open section and the climbs and tried to recover in the singletrack.”

    “Meghan just took off at the start,” recalled Strigel.  “She went super fast and I had to work really hard, actually, to jump on her wheel.  But, it was great.  It was perfect.  I sat on her wheel for as long as I could, then got by her.”

    Strigel went on to finish in 1:49:42, with Korol following at 1:52:39.

    In the chase were Adventure 212 teammates Lisa Krayer and Diana McFadden, and Lori Sable.

    “I feel like I struggled on the first lap,” recalled third-place finisher Lisa Krayer.  “I felt like I was in the red that whole first lap.  I wanted to stay with the leaders.  Meghan [Korol] and Abby [Strigel] had a great start.  Eventually Lori [Sable] and I settled in and she helped keep me motivated.  I was happy to have her wheel to follow in the singletrack, and we took some turns pulling on the flats.  I knew this would be a good course for Lori, and she was rockin’ through the singletrack, so it was fun racing with her. I felt like my legs came around and felt better in the second lap, and when I heard that the gap to Meghan was starting to grow, I decided to try and catch her.”

    “I knew that with the amount of singletrack, it was going to be a struggle,” said Krayer.  “I like my singletrack, but it’s nice to have the mental break, and there was not much of that.  I knew it would be a good course for Abby [Strigel].  I’m sure if you look at her brake pads, they weren’t touched, whereas I probably wore out my own today.”

    Even before the mid-way point in the 2010 WORS Series, Strigel has built a nearly insurmountable lead for the ladies Overall.  She needs only a few more successful races to lock-in her lead for the year.  When asked if she plans to skip any of the remaining races in the 2010 series, Strigel answered with a laugh and a shrug.

    “These races are so fun,” said Strigel.  “I don’t know how I could not show up.  What else would I do?”

    WORS Spectators Make Themselves Heard

    The 2010 Chippewa Valley Firecracker was well attended by both racers and spectators, with 743 racers and as many spectators.  In 2009, the Chippewa Off Road Bicycling Association (C.O.R.B.A.) added a large rock garden within walking distance of the start, called “Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde”.  A series of progressively larger berms drops racers into the 50-60 foot stretch of medium-sized jagged rocks, which was lined with fans throughout the Expert race.  In addition, the drop-chute hairpin, the “Nucleus”, and a series of bermed switchbacks followed by a steep rock chute in the middle of each lap were all popular spots to watch the BelGioioso Elite and Bontrager Comp Series racers.

    In the 3-lap BelGioioso Open Categories, the 50+ men were led by Brett Edgerle of Kohler, WI in 1:54:10.  The fastest time in the Open Junior category was posted by Dusty Dale of Cable, WI (1:49:40).  In the Cat 2 Bontrager COMP Series, the fastest time was 1:45:30, from Patryk Limanowicz of Chicago, IL.

    “There were quite a few sections out there on the course today where we had a crowd of spectators, and it’s always good to see that,” said Lisa Krayer.  “It helps motivate you, and it’s great to hear the time gaps too!”

    “It’s alot more fun when there’s a cool section where spectators can watch,” commented Tristan Schouten.  “Instead of just watching us come through the start-finish area.  The local organizers here do a really good job.”

    The next race in the Subaru-sponsored 2010 WORS Series will be the Alterra Coffee Bean Classic, to be held June 25 just outside Milwaukee, WI at the Crystal Ridge Ski Area.  The Alterra race is expected to draw a large number of racers and spectators throughout the weekend, and also will host popular trail run on Sunday morning.

    Don Edberg Reads Your Blog

    posted by Claire Cannon

    After months of preparation, weeks of sweat equity and days when even the voice that says "GOOOO!" was stretched thin - the 2010 Subaru Cup was a huge learning experience for WORS. Some things were pretty good, and some things we think we could have done better. In fact, we're preparing an opinion survey for those of you who would like to give us some feedback, should we attempt another large-scale event. We're thinking hard about whether doing such a national-level race again in 2011 is possible, and whether there will be support and resources to make a second Pro XCT happen here in Wisconsin.

    In the weeks after the Cup, WORS Series Director Don Edberg has been thinking hard about all of those questions, and he took some time to collect these comments about the Subaru Cup. We thought that you might like to see them too. You can read them below, and download them as a pdf, here. And if you have comments to add, feel free to send them to TeamWORS@gmail.com, or leave them on the WORS Facebook or message board. And thanks again, very much, to all of you who made the Subaru Cup as success in 2010.

    A collection of quotes from blogs and media after the Subaru Cup Pro XCT race and Midwest Regional Championships weekend, organized by the Wisconsin Off Road Series on June 26th and 27th, 2010.

    “I had heard that the WORS series had big turnouts, but I was really impressed with how many people were out at the race.  It was like the old days (or what I imagine the old days were like)!” Georgia Gould, Luna Pro Team

    “The lap was short- about 4 miles, but it had a little bit of everything: short, punchy climbs; fast singletrack; tight switchbacks; a few rock gardens and plenty of places to pass.  Not only that, but the course wound around the venue making it very spectator-friendly.” Georgia Gould, Luna Pro Team

    “Overall, I was very impressed with the event.  The course was great, there were tons of spectators and lots of amateur racers and kids.  I'd say it was the best national series race we've been to in awhile- hopefully we'll be back next year.  Thanks to everyone who came out and cheered- it always helps me dig a little deeper!”  Georgia Gould, Luna Pro Team

    “I really don't think I've ever been to a Pro XC race before with that many fans, that cool of a course and that good of racing. I think all the riders in all the categories enjoyed it all and it was definitely a success and hopefully comes back next year. I think for the Pros especially it was exciting to have a World Cup style course with fans to make it exciting, it was for me.” Tristan Schouten, Mafia Racing

    “Nice work, Sam, and in front of the best crowd we’ve seen at a National Series race in years.  The last Switch Back climb and Yee Haw descent of each lap was packed with cheering fans from all walks of life.  There were the families, the drunk singlespeeders and the stoked junior racers.  I told the most stoked junior to come fine me for a reward of some type.  All I could think of were the size medium Giro test gloves I raced in.”  Adam Craig, Robo Bank Giant

    “I heard nothing but great compliments on the course and venue and definitely would be a great spot to host the US MTB Championships. With Champs being held out east or west it would be nice to have it in the Midwest for two years. Don and the WORS crew run a series like no one else in the country and set the benchmark high for sure.” Jay Richards, Maplelag Resort

    “The course is pretty far out there at Mt Morris Nordic area but it is awesome. It has short twisty single track climbs and descents with a few open areas for passing. It is so much fun to ride I could have done laps all day.” Todd Wells, Specialized

    “Wisconsin and WORS put on a great event, I hope we go back next year. The courses were fun and challenging, the spectators were awesome and the weather was good. I would say it's the coolest course on the PRO XCT circuit this year.” Todd Wells, Specialized Factory Racing

    “On Saturday all of the elements of a good day of racing came together. Rad course—check; rowdy crowd—check; dialed bike—check; good legs—check; lots of luck—bonus check.” Sam Schultz, Subaru-Trek

    “The Pro XCT race we did was part of the "WORS" series of racing.  I have always heard that the WORS series was one of the strongest mountain bike series in the US and it didn't disappoint.” “WORS designed a great course that passed within a hundred yards of the Start/Finish multiple times on each of our six laps. That made it a very spectator friendly course and the spectators showed up. In some sections they were three deep and screaming loudly. This race definitely had the best fans of any race I have been to.” Andy Schultz, Kenda/Felt

    “The course was filled with short, steep, punchy climbs and some tight trees.  There wasn't a lap where I didn't bump a bar on a tree.  It was pretty much exactly what you would expect from a race in Wisconsin.  I rode my heart out out there but didn't seem to go anywhere.  It was still a lot of fun though.  There were more fans out on this course then on any other I have ever done.  It was awesome.” Andy Schultz, Kenda/Felt

    “Summary: great course, great fans, great organization as always from Don,” Brendan Moore, Trek Mountain Co-op

    “We pre-rode on friday and I was really happy with the layout and course design. The only person that I know was involved with set-up was Porter Million, but the whole WORS staff did a A+ job. Everyone I talked to really liked the course, which is not usually the case.” Jack Hinkens, Trek Mountain Co-op

    “WORS put on a top-notch event just as I knew they would.  Having a pro race come to WI was a long time in the making and it was awesome to be a part of the action.  Hopefully it was just the start of what will become many more pro level events in WI.  WORS is a great group of people that make racing fun and exciting, so thanks again for making the ProXCT happen.” T.J. Woodruff, Trek Store – Boulder

    “This event is a pretty big deal for the Midwest racing scene, which hasn’t seen a national-level event since 2001. WORS (Wisconsin Off-Road Series) is one of the most successful and the largest mountain bike series in the country. It’s very apparent from the couple WORS races I’ve been too. The spectators are dense, there’s energy, the fields are large (even the women’s), there’s 12 races a year, and the entry fees are sub $30! A huge thanks to Don Edberg for bringing the Subaru Cup to the Pro XCT and putting on a fantastic event.” Chloe Forsman, Tokyo Joes

    “The course was sooo much fun. It had alot of switch back climbing and switch back descents, very little free speed,” Sue Stephens, Bell’s Beer/Quiring Cycles

    “The spectators were amazing!  I absolutely loved the course and had fun on the drops.  It was incredibly hard, but that’s to be expected at a UCI race!” Megan Korol, Mafia Racing

    “I think Wisco is on of my new favorite places. The race was well done, and such a fun course.” Stephen Ettinger, Mafia Racing

     

    “I had a great time in Wisconsin and so far it was the most organized National of the year in my opinion. The course had plenty of single track and also many places to pass but best of all were the tons of spectators cheering everyone through the whole course. I truly believe in the power of cheering and there is nothing better than that, so a BIG thank you to the Wisconsin crowd for a wonderful atmoshere:) We will be back for sure.” Aleksandra Mooradian, K.Bedfor/Verge/Spin Professional Cycling Team

    As happy I am to be heading to Colorado and some nice dry air, I gotta say the racing was pretty damn fun. I can't remember a race in the USA with that many people watching and cheering. It really makes the racing funner, and harder at the same time. Maybe Mont Saint Anne tops this one but that is at a whole different level. Good Job WORS, keep it up and come back next year with a C1 :) Max Plaxton, Specialized/Sho-Air

    “The mountain isn’t much but the trails and course rock. It was made up of ninety percent tight, tacky single-track trails with short switch back climbs and tight descents.” “The fans in Wisconsin were awesome and one of the forested climbs was packed with people and felt a bit like a Euro World Cup.” Todd Wells, Specialized Factory Team

    “I think the best part was the story that the ever-classy Mrs Peters was telling. She watched the pro race with a racer outta Texas' dad. This race-dad and kid have been hitting the natl race scene and, the dad was stunned by the turnout of crazy cheeseheads. In particular, he noted that not only were the crowds the biggest and by FAR the loudest of any mtn bike in the country - he had never ever seen the ear-splitting roar that came for every local pro, as they looped around the course. He was dumfounded, and had to ask Mrs Peters " what IS that ?? " t-mon-t

    “A very exciting weekend at the Subaru Cup Pro XCT in Mt Morris, Wisconsin.  This was the rebirth of a national pro level mtb event in the Midwest for the first time since 2002 when a NORBA National XC was last held at Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI.  The racing was intense all weekend along with the best fans that you could ask for.  They cheered or rang cowbells no matter if we were suffering up the switchback climbs or descending through the spectator packed Firelane section of the course where it was at the noise level of a World Cup race according to the top pro's.  Thanks to Don Edberg and WORS for a great event that we all hope returns year after year!” Scott Cole, Adeventure 212/Specialized

    “The race certainly had a festival atmosphere, and there were more spectators than at any other Pro XCT this season. The WORS organisation seemed well oiled and free of the glitches that often plague first-time Pro XCT races.

    Many of the top professional racers raved about the course, comparing it to World Cup courses in terms of lap length, punchy climbs, and the fact that there was virtually nowhere that you can rest on the course.

    "They did a fantastic job on the course," said Gould. "There is plenty of room to pass and it was spectator friendly. It had technical stuff and power stuff. It was really fun to ride." Dave McElwaine, cyclingnews.com

    The crowds on the course today were large, and as enthusiastic as those you find at World Cup races. Adam Craig said, "This is the biggest crowd we’ve seen in a long time at a national series race. WORS…they love it." Dave McElwaine, cyclingnews.com

    Twitter:

    • RT @Gary_Fisher: 2012 World Cup stop at @teamWORS? All in favor ReTweet!
    • RT @irmigrrr @JeremyHK @sam_schultz retweet this for the Midwest! RT @cyclingdirt 2012 World Cup stop at @teamWORS? All in favor ReTweet!
    • RT @yetidude WORS Subaru Cup this past weekend was awesome! Great chance to watch Sam Schultz, JHK & the Pros race in WI. Thanks @teamWORS!
    • RT @ryantrebon @teamWORS Thanks for having out this weekend. One of the best mtb races I've been to in a long time.
    • RT @RichardsJay Great job @teamWORS with the Pro XCT race today. Be nice to have Natl Mtb championships in Midwest, this would be the place!
    • RT @ryantrebon WI did it up right with the Pro XCT today, awesome course and great crowds. Sure as shit hope we come back here next year.
    • RT @irmigrrr Seamless change to the new bike, sweet course, SPECTACULAR WORS fans, felt great & finished 3rd. It's a good day.
    • RT @yotwells: The course here in Wisconsin is awesome, just like riding where I grew up in N.Y. with a few less rocks.
    Photo Contest Winners Announced

    The winning photos from the WORS Sunburst Showdown, June 13, 2010.

    We appreciate your patience with the extra time it took to upload, sort and judge the many photos from Sunburst. We had a great time before, during and after the Subaru Cup Pro XCT on June 26 and 27th, and hope you did too.

    In fact, we are extending the deadline for photos from the Subaru Cup and will be posting selected finalists this week through Thursday, July 8. Please review the photo contest rules before submitting. All photos are welcome, and special photo contest categories for the Subaru Cup are:

    • Best Venue
    • Best Sponsor Banner - Subaru and Trek are the featured sponsors
    • 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
    • We are especially interested in photos of the venue area, the large crowd at the Trek Firelane Drops, any photos of Sam Schultz in the rock drops with the Trek Banner visible, and video highlights. If you have a video clip that is too large to email, please contact teamwors@gmail.com for easy instructions to upload to our FTP site.

    • 250+ Team WORS Photo Contest Finalists
    • More WORS photographer and spectator videos at TeamWORS Vimeo.
    • WORS Photo Contest rules
    • WORS Photo Contest tips at TeamWORS.org
    Subaru Cup Open Letter

    As I have had a little time to reflect on this year’s Subaru Cup event several thoughts have come to mind. Number one is that I and all of WORS owe a huge debt to the many individuals that made this past weekend possible and so amazing. First and foremost I have to thank Team WORS that continues to support the series with phenomenal feats of logistics and setup. Kenny, Chris, Jason, Kelly, Collin, and Scott, you guys are the best. .

    These are the real unsung heroes of the series and definitely live the WORS Posse motto, “First to show, last to go.”

    We built a truly world class mountain course on the slopes of Nordic mountain and none of that would have been possible without the support of owner Rick Schmitz and an amazing amount of sweat equity on the part of many WORS racers who believed in the goal and worked very hard to achieve it. Dave, Steve, Ron, Myles, Mike, Andrew, Thom, Dave, Claire, Abby, Matt, and many others helped to put the icing on the cake with this spring’s additions. Dave Reich and his family are the closest thing we have to trail stewards and are always out at Nordic making the trails better for everyone.

    My family all showed up and did an amazing support job. My brother, Barry, came in on Tuesday before the race and without his help through the following Monday, the Subaru Cup and my sanity would have been is serious question. I only wish I had had some time to enjoying your company during the event.

    Karen continues to be my rock and always puts an extraordinary effort into handling everyone’s needs at the WORS tent. Although my daughter, Alexis, was unable to attend, she spent countless late nights organizing the volunteer effort that was necessary to make this event happen. Her friends have been helping with WORS events for years and have always proved to be exceptionally intelligent and hard working. Thanks Melissa, Kim, Anna, Sean, and Porter.

    To all the volunteers, a huge “THANK YOU!” Hopefully you can all take pride in your part of putting on one of the best Pro XCT (national series) events ever. I have to mention few of the stars of the weekend and apologize in advance to those I fail to mention. Jon Holcombe and his family went way above and beyond. Wally Sniadajewski rocked. Both Jon and Wally announced for awards ceremonies in addition to volunteering at what ever needed to be done. Thanks guys. We also got great help from Jeff Steckbauer who has been working the event since it moved to Nordic Mountain.

    Attention all WORS racers, families and fans, the secret is out. Now the rest of the mountain bike world knows how awesome you are.

    Leigh and his timing crew took on a herculean effort, with Leigh working for a full week up to and after the event in an attempt to achieve the perhaps unrealistic goals I had for scheduling, the adjusting of categories and classes, results and scoring. I know I need to put many more resources into this area to make this event truly world class. I pushed the schedule and mistakenly relied too heavily on the abilities of the USA Cycling officials. The result was a substantial deficiency in getting our amateurs the quality results they deserve. For this, I apologize to all.

    I also want to acknowledge the great sponsorship we received for the event. The financial support and participation of Subaru, Trek, Wheaties Fuel, and Capital Brewery, as well as all our other WORS sponsors, was a big part of the success of this event.

    And last, but certainly not least, a big thank you to Claire Cannon, WORS marketing coordinator for all her efforts in letting the world know about the Subaru Cup and her help in the planning and direction of the event.

    Plans are already in the works for next year and we know we have areas to improve upon. Thankfully, we already have an excellent base to build on, as we shared many successes with all of you this year. Thanks to everyone in attendance for making the Subaru Cup such an amazing event!

    Best wishes, Don

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