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Subaru Cup Trail Day # 2 this Saturday May 28Want to help build the trails at the Subaru Cup and then ride them? WORS has some wicked course improvements planned and we'd appreciate your help. We'll be hosting trail work days at Nordic Mountain on Saturday May 14, Saturday May 28, and Saturday June 4. Work will start at 9:00 AM and run till 1 or 2:00 PM, with a ride after. WORS will provide refreshments. Please email Don at don@wors.org if you can help and so we can make sure we have enough snacks and drinks. Bring shovel, rake, and/or mccloud if your have one and gloves, sunscreen and bug spray. Update - Saturday, May 14: Today was a great first work day. Thanks to those who came out, and doubly to Dave Reich for swinging a McCloud and the photos. Hope to see you at the next Trail Day after the Crystal Lake Classic on Saturday May 28.
WORS Crystal Lake Classic BelGioioso Elite race reportRace report also posted at: Strigel and Matter win at WORS Crystal Lake Classic Abby Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison) defended her winning streak at the Crystal Lake course on Sunday, while Brian Matter (Gear Grinder / Trek) outgunned Tristan Schouten and Nathan Guerra in the men’s race. In total, over 540 WORS particpants raced through the woods outside of Rhinelander, WI at the second outing of the 2011 WORS Series. Both Strigel and Matter crossed the line on a Trek Top Fuel, and credited their smooth performance on Rhinelander’s suspension-pounding singletrack to their full-suspension, 26-inch wheel bikes. “I raced smart and the Top Fuel was the bike of choice again, and Abby won on the Top Fuel too,” said Matter after the race. “Just good tire pressure, good bike and raced smart. In the third lap, I went pretty aggressive in the singletrack and got the gap that I needed, and went with it.” Matter separated from defending WORS Overall Champion Tristan Schouten (Mafia / Felt) in the singletrack on their third lap, and pulled away from the last man on his wheel, Nathan Guerra (Wheel & Sprocket / Vision) in the fourth. He finished in 1:59:01, just ahead of looming rain clouds. Schouten, who is still without a bike of his own in 2011 and was riding a 5-year old bike borrowed from a friend on Sunday, was unable to maintain contact with the two leaders through the rough, technical singletrack. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="Defending WORS Overall Champ Tristan Schouten (Mafia / Felt) is followed by Darrin Braun, Mike Anderson and Tyler Gauthier through the first sections of singletrack. Photo by Niki Frazier"]WORS Photo Contest Finalist - Crystal Lake Classic 2011[/caption] "I know this course demands a full suspension, or you just can’t pedal enough,” said Schouten. "After last year, when I was on a hardtail, I remember I was able to pedal my bike only half as often as racers on a full suspension, which is not good. Matter was strong today and this course did not suit me particularly well. There is really only singletrack to separate the racers, and I’ve spent limited hours on a mountain bike so far this season. Hopefully after a good weekend of [road] racing down in Iowa, I’ll have some good fitness for the next WORS race, and a bike.” Second-place finisher Nathan Guerra set the pace for much of the contest, racing to step back on to the top spot of the WORS podium. A WORS Series racer for over seven years, Guerra began as a Cat 3 and has steadily climbed through the field to finish in 3rd place overall in 2010. This year, Guerra is looking to contend for the Overall and set an aggressive pace in the singletrack at Crystal Lake. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="Mike Anderson (Trek 29er / Sram) leads out the BelGioioso Elite men's field. Photo by Niki Frazier"]WORS Photo Contest Finalist - Crystal Lake Classic 2011[/caption]   "I went to the front before the first singletrack and just put it down as hard as I could,” said Guerra. "It was scary because I was hurting pretty bad, but it looked like everybody else was too. It came down to Tristan, Brian and I by the end of the first lap. About half way through the third lap, Brian went to the front. I think he got sick of me punching it, then taking it easy, then punching it again. He just put the hammer down for the last half of the third lap and we lost contact with Tristan. Then, in the last half of the fourth lap he did the same thing to me, and I was gone.” Guerra chased hard to finish at 1:59:51, while Schouten rolled in at 2:01:24. Behind the trio battling at the front, a sudden crash downed 2010 second-place Elite Overall finisher Darrin Braun (Adventure 212 / Specialized) on the first lap. Braun was already riding injured, having bruised or cracked at least one rib before the race. After his hard crash, Braun was in visible distress and having difficulty breathing. Several racers who were then riding within the top 10 immediately stopped to aid Braun, including teammate Ryan Krayer, Mike Anderson (Trek 29er / Sram) and Iowa City racer Brian Eppen (Mercy-Specialized). Though now recovering well, Braun suffered a broken rib. After the race, he was quick to offer thanks to those racers, volunteers and emergency medical staff who helped him to safely recover. Braun’s teammate Chris Peariso finished in fourth at 2:02:15 while Ben Koenig (RMC / Red Eye Brewery) took the final step on the BelGioioso podium out of an Elite men’s field of 57 at 2:02:20. Strigel wins in the singletrack In the women’s race, Abby Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison) did her best to gain an edge over Kim Eppen (Mercy Specialized) in the abundant singletrack. The two women have met in Upper Midwest contests for several years, and only recently did Strigel prevail, beating Eppen for the first time at WORS Treadfest in September 2010. "I like all the bumpiness and the twisty turns at Crystal Lake,” said Strigel. "I feel like it’s a fairly technical course and I enjoy it. Despite my love for this course, it is a back killer and I was very happy to be on my Top Fuel not only for the tight twisty single track, but also for the beating you take while racing there.” [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="Michelle Peariso (Adventure 212 / Specialized) led out the women's BelGioioso Elite field. Photo by Niki Frazier"]WORS Photo Contest Finalist - Crystal Lake Classic 2011[/caption] After the women’s field of 16 Pro and Cat 1 racers was led out by Michelle Peariso (Adventure 212 / Specialized), Strigel went to the front and separated from the group, with only Eppen holding her wheel. "I know what Kim is capable of,” said Strigel. "So, I just went as hard as I could up all the climbs. I think she’s a little stronger on the climbs than I am. Once we hit singletrack, I just tried to do my thing because I thought that would be the only way I could get any kind of lead on her.”   "I had never been to that course before,” said Eppen after her race. "I figured I would try to stay with Abby and get a feel for the course on the first lap and see what happened. We hit the single track together and she was ripping it up! I was following a bit too closely, hit a few whoops and caught some big air and about filled my chamois! I figured I had better shut it down a bit and regroup so that I didn’t launch myself into a tree. Meanwhile, Abby was rocking the single track while I rocked myself right off the back, and continued to go backwards. It was a rough day for me, but I give props to Abby.” [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="426" caption="Abby Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison) rode herself into the BelGioioso Elite men's field to put nearly 5 minutes on the second place finisher. Photo by Niki Frazier"]WORS Photo Contest Finalist - Crystal Lake Classic 2011[/caption]   With the threat of Eppen spurring her on, Strigel rode into the Elite men’s field and pushed herself even harder in the open sections and climbs to keep her advantage in singletrack. Without knowing the gap until after the finish, she crossed the line with a lead of nearly five minutes over Eppen at 1:43:20. Eppen, in turn, put considerable time into the remainder of the women’s field, finishing in 1:48:13, five minutes ahead of teammate Robin Williams, who took third at 1:53:12. Adventure 212 / Specialized teammates Michelle Peariso and Sarah Agena went on to round out the BelGioioso Elite podium in 4th and 5th place, respectively. The next WORS race, the Trek Big Ring Classic, will be held at 9-mile Forest outside of Wausau, WI on June 12.
Please share your opinion of the 2011 Crystal Lake Classic Comments from WORS racers and spectators for the Crystal Lake Classic volunteers: • Loved the Pre race pasta and breakfast and loved the on site cabins • Everyone was great. Had a great time ! • Great Venue. Great staff and volunteers. • Great friendly staff. Always helpful • Great job and thank you! • Great work! Looking forward to next year. • Hats off Elvis and you Crew did a AWESOME JOB! • I think that they would have made Wayne very proud • It was so nice to have people out on the course giving us water. Thank you!! • NICE JOB PEOPLE IT WAS GREAT! • Race staff and volunteers were awesome again, as usual :) Thanks for putting on such a fun race! • THANK YOU SO MUCH!! • Thank you to all volunteers, they make these races possible. • Thanks for all the help. Great water stations and was great to have several. • Thanks for all your help! • You guys are great! • great event! • nice work • thank you to all who helped • volunteers did a great job made sure to thank all of them for their support and kindness • You guys did a bang up job as we have come to expect at every race. Don, I don't know how you and your crew of very dedicated workers do it every race! One of our kids runs a GOPRO camera during the races now so my wife and I can also see the entire race course every time and see the amount of work that goes into setting up the courses. See you guys in Wausau! • Great job! I wish the Boy Scouts could host every race. They know how to handle large groups. The food was very good. • Thank you for all your hard work that usually goes unnoticed. Without you, we would just be a bunch of giddy deer romping in the woods aimlessly...or something to that effect. You guys rock! • Thanks to all the volunteers who stayed strong at their water/aid stations, even though it was raining! • Thank you for keeping us informed about awards, even during the ever-changing weather. You guys were on top of it. Great work everyone. • Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the Crystal Lake Classic, like any race it couldn't happen without you! Everyone is so nice and happy! • Thank you to all the volunteers and race staff at the Crystal Lake Classic! It was great to see you out there during the race. You made us feel welcome and you put on a great event! Your event always feels well organized to me. • Thanks to the Scouts and all the volunteers...easily one of my favorite venues / races of the year (WORS or otherwise) Survey Results Click to open original size 2011 Crystal Lake Classic all racers together Click to open original size 2011 Crystal Lake Classic all racers by category
Crystal Lake Photo Contest FinalistsEntries are rolling in to the 2011 Crystal Lake Photo Contest. You can view all of the finalists here on Flickr, and in the slideshow below. We will continue to add photos during the next week.
See more at WORS Flickr. There's still time to enter the photo contest. Winners will be announced prior to the Trek Big Ring Classic presented by the Trek Store of Wausau.
Iola Photo Contest WinnersThanks to everyone who entered the WORS Photo Contest for the 2011 Iola Bump & Jump. You can view all of the finalists here or on Flickr. Photographers, the word of the day for this coming Sunday will be singletrack! Get some great shots at Crystal Lake and enter the photo contest.
Don Edberg nominated for Mountain Bike Hall of FameEdit 7/13/2011: Ballots are due this, Friday 7/15. For 20 years, Don Edberg has served as the Founder, Director, and central guiding force of the Wisconsin Off Road Series. In this year, WORS 20th anniversary season, we wanted to nominate Don to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame for his contributions as an event promoter. You can read the complete nomination here.
"In the WORS Series, Edberg has demonstrated, perhaps more than any other race promoter, that the highest levels of mountain bike competition can be best achieved by extending an inclusive welcome to as many mountain bikers as possible..."
...Cooperation and Inclusion An enduring and outstanding characteristic of Edberg’s leadership of the WORS Series has been the amazing work done by volunteers and family. Edberg has a genius for enlisting help and retaining cooperative partnerships. He is quick to deflect praise by pointing out that WORS is much more than the Series, and that, as Series Director, he does only some the work. In fact, the crew of volunteers who set up and tear down the WORS venue at each race sometimes tease him by claiming that Edberg “only works 12 days a year.” In reality, Edberg built the WORS Series through long hours while he was also a single parent, in the years after losing his wife to cancer. While WORS was still becoming established, Edberg left his career as a physical therapist in order to be able to dedicate the time needed to manage and grow the series...
As is fitting for such a prestigious award, Don Edberg faces some outstanding competition in the Promoter category this year. The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame is based in Crested Butte, Co and only paying members can vote.
If you would like to vote for your favorite Mountain Bike Hall of Fame nominees, become a member of the MBHOF. The application form is right here on this website. It’s the only way you can vote unless you are a past inductee. To join, go to our MEMBERSHIP page, download an application, fill it out and snail mail it to us with a check or money order. We will send out the ballots in June.
- MBHOF Nomination Page Just like the sport of mountain biking itself, the MBHOF in Crested Butte has grown from a small group of enthusiasts in a particular local area and still retains a distinctive regional flavor. A large number of inductees are from Colorado and California - and the list is steadily growing to include many inductees from around the US. Don's induction into the Hall of Fame would represent a significant increase in the representation of Midwest Mountain Bike community. We wish Don the best of luck in the voting process and - whatever the outcome - we hope you'll join us in thanking Don for all he's done for MTB racing in Wisconsin these last 20 years. Here's one of our favorite photos of Don racing - taken at the Reforestation Ramble in 2009.
WORS Blog update: Nathan GuerraNathan Guerra (Wheel & Sprocket / Vision) finished the 2010 WORS season in third place overall in the BelGioioso Elite men's field. A WORS Series race for over 7 years, Nathan began at WORS in the Citizen Series. Improving steadily each year, Nathan took his first BelGioioso Elite race win at the Alterra Coffee Bean Classic in 2009. At the Iola Bump & Jump on May 1, he placed 7th, despite a flat tire. Here's Nathan's edit of his race at Iola. If you've ever wondered what the start of an Elite men's race is like, this video is a great insight: Read the rest of Nathan's Iola post here, and make sure to visit the Wheel & Sprocket tent at the next WORS race to say hello.
Nordic Mountain Trail DaysWant to help build the trails at the Subaru Cup and then ride them? WORS has some wicked course improvements planned and we'd appreciate your help. We'll be hosting trail work days at Nordic Mountain on Saturday May 14, Saturday May 28, and Saturday June 4. Work will start at 9:00 AM and run till 1 or 2:00 PM, with a ride after. WORS will provide refreshments. Please email Don at don@wors.org if you can help and so we can make sure we have enough snacks and drinks. Bring shovel, rake, and/or mccloud if your have one and gloves, sunscreen and bug spray. Update - Saturday, May 14: Today was a great first work day. Thanks to those who came out, and doubly to Dave Reich for swinging a McCloud and the photos. Hope to see you at the next Trail Day after the Crystal Lake Classic on Saturday May 28.
Iola Photo Contest FinalistsEntries have rolled in to the 2011 Iola Photo Contest. You can view all of the finalists here on Flickr, and in the slideshow below.
See more at WORS Flickr. There's still time to enter the photo contest. Winners will be announced prior to the Crystal Lake Classic.
Battle of Cam Rock course preview and Women's MTB ClinicThere will be two events hosted at the Battle of Cam Rock course this week.
  • On Saturday May 7, the Trek Stores of Madison will host a Bike Demo between 12 and 4 PM, and WORS Women and the Trek Stores will hold a free ladies MTB Clinic between 1 and 3 (details here). Riders of all levels are welcome, and individualized skills work for both beginners and advanced riders will be available.
  • On Monday May 9, the Capital Off Road Pathfinders will host a course preview day between noon and 7 PM. The Trek Stores of Madison will have their demo bikes on hand between 3 and 7 PM. Details at the C.O.R.P. website, here.
Demo bikes that will be available from the Trek Stores of Madison include:
  • Trek EX 6 WSD 14.5
  • Trek EX 6 WSD 16.5
  • Trek EX 8 17
  • Trek EX 8 18 (two bikes)
  • Trek EX 8 19.5
  • Trek EX 9.8 17.5
A description of the Cam Rock III trails at WORS Women can be found hereHere's a video from one of last year's Trek Team demo days at Cam Rock.

Trek Team Trail work & Demo day from velocorapture on Vimeo.

And here's a sweet YouTube video of riding at Cam Rock III:
WORS Blog Update: Tristan SchoutenNew 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.

BelGioioso Elite Series Race Report: WORS # 1Note to WORS Photographers: Submit entries to the Iola Photo Contest following these instructions. Tristan Schouten (Mafia / Felt) and Kim Eppen (Mercy-Specialized) won the first race of the 2011 Wisconsin Off Road Series on Sunday at the Iola Bump & Jump. Despite late-season snowfall in recent weeks the sandy course was dry and fast, thanks to Herculean efforts by the race organizers, including draining standing water in the ski jump bowl. Still, cool temperatures and gusting winds presented a challenge in the open. It was not the wind but the steep climbs that fractured the men's field early in the race. A group of four broke away after setting a blistering pace on four climbs within minutes of the start. They were never caught. Tristan Schouten, Brian Matter (Gear Grinders / Trek), Brian Eppen (Mercy-Specialized), and Mike Anderson (Trek 29er / Sram) worked together through the first lap to extend their lead on the rest of the field. During the second lap, Schouten began to pull away on another steep climb and only Matter could hold his wheel. The two rode together until the fifth lap, when Schouten pulled ahead to take the win in 1:37:07. Matter followed in second at 1:37:11. The two Sheboygan racers train together, and share a love of both mountain bike racing and cyclocross. Both Matter and Schouten have won the WORS Overall three times in the last decade, and both are planning to contend for the Series Overall in 2011, as well as cyclocross Nationals in Madison, WI this January. In hot pursuit of Schouten and Matter at Iola, Eppen and Anderson traded places and worked together. During the fifth lap, Eppen pulled into the lead in an open section and held his advantage to the finish, crossing the line at 1:38:10, 7 seconds ahead of Anderson. Mike Phillips (Adventure 212 / Specialized) led the charge from the chasing field, finishing in fifth in 1:39:25. The women's field likewise started fast, with past WORS Overall winner Kim Eppen leading the charge closely followed by defending 2010 champ Abby Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison). More than half the field were still together in their first pass into the jump bowl when Diana McFadden (Trek Mountain Co-op / Adventure 212) dropped her chain. Within seconds, she'd been passed by the remainder of the field. She remounted her bike determined to chase back. "I red-lined it," said McFadden. "I just rode as hard as I could until I saw [Adventure 212 teammates] Michelle [Peariso], Sarah [Agena] and Lisa [Krayer]. Within a half lap, McFadden had caught her teammates, and the four women began to chase Eppen together. While McFadden chased from behind, the defending champ Strigel had been riding with Eppen, but broke her chain and was unable to finish. The Adventure 212 women rode together through the first lap. "It was cool coming through the spectator area all together," said Agena. "I had a great time all riding as a group." Teammate Lisa Krayer agreed. "We've all been out there by ourselves during a race, and this was just so much more fun to all race together and push each other." In the second lap, McFadden began to pull away, still chasing Eppen, who was now minutes ahead. "It happened gradually," said McFadden. "I could still see Sarah [Agena] behind me for a while." Eppen's lead was insurmountable and she rode strong to a finish time of 1:28:59, nearly 10 minutes ahead of McFadden who finished in 1:38:14. The remaining podium positions went to Adventure 212, with Agena (1:39:29), Krayer (1:40:59), and Peariso (1:42:16) rounding out the top five. Although McFadden will not compete in the Series Overall, her teammates will be back for the rest of the WORS races and will be a force to be reckoned with in the Series Overall. Complete Iola Race Results can be found here. Check back here later this week for the complete race report for all racer categories.

Tristan Schouten (Mafia Racing) and Brian Matter (Gear Grinder / Trek) talk about the first race of the Wisconsin Off Road Series, and the upcoming 2011 WORS season. Schouten and Matter took 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the men's BelGioioso Elite Race today.

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