Posts from 201208
A sad daySunday was a sad day for the WORS community. During the race, WORS Sport Series racer Rob Schuette told a nurse near him that he couldn't catch his breath. An emergency response team reached him with a defribrillator within minutes. He was evacuated and taken to a local hospital. Despite the efforts of many, Rob Schuette was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was 38. It is believed that he suffered a heart attack. WORS Director Don Edberg and Race Director Shawn Hauser have been in touch with Rob Schuette's teammates. His memorial service is planned for Thursday. At this time, his family has asked only for time. Should there be instructions for memorial bequests, we will share those with the WORS community here. Local media coverage can be found online (here, here). Although not mentioned in these reports, we know that Rob Schuette was a son, a grandson, a brother, and a father. A friend. A veteran. A teammate. He was many things in addition to being a mountain bike racer. We are proud that he was a mountain bike racer. To his family and friends, we express our very heartfelt condolences. Update: Rob Schuette's obituary has been posted here. Online condolences can be left for the family, and a memorial fund will be created in his name.
Subaru Cup 2012: a more than usual WORS Weekend[highlight]Race report by Todd Nutter[/highlight] Summers in Wisconsin are filled with festivals, food, friends and fun. No matter where you go, you can’t get away from it. That is, when you’re not working, of course. But summers can only last so long. The 90 degree days are already behind us and kids are getting ready to go back to school. Even the Packers are starting to play. But before the summer is over, there is still some time left to race. This past weekend’s Subaru Cup is one of the highlights every summer for the Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS). It combines the thrill of racing with the fun of spending time with your family and friends. On top of that, you get up-close access to some of the world’s top pro athletes. Sure, the Packers are playing. But can you play a game on their field before they do? Can you hang out with them for the weekend? The Subaru Cup allows this kind of access to the average weekend warrior up to riders at the pro level. [caption id="attachment_3752" align="alignnone" width="614" caption="2012 US Olympians Sam Schultz and Todd Wells ride the Trek Firelane Drops during the Subaru Cup Pro XCT 2012. Photo by Dave Reich"][/caption] WORS has really mixed the family atmosphere of a Wisconsin summer festival with the all out action you would expect from a World Cup mountain bike race. I realized this on Friday when I arrived. On one side of the venue you have all of the hustle and bustle of a circus being set up. Pro tour teams are tuning bikes while vendors are constructing their booths. On the other side you have families setting up camp for the weekend, hanging out with friends and tailgating. Families of racers are the bread and butter of the weekend. Most of them came to race or to watch races. Many of them also came to volunteer and make this event a success. Entire families chose to spend the weekend working. I think it’s this tight knit camaraderie that makes WORS feel like one big family. [caption id="attachment_3738" align="alignnone" width="614" caption="A quiet moment in the Subaru Cup venue and EXPO area"][/caption] Trail workers had been grooming the course all summer and the response from the riders was great. The Legacy Cross Country course started off with some open grassy climbs giving spectators great views of the lead out action. The trail gives a temporary relief as riders descended into “Fern Gully”, a section that looks more like a rain forest than a race course. The payback was coming out of this section and climbing to the top of Nordic Mountain. This major climb would double as the final event of Subaru Cup, Sunday’s Outback Super D race. Getting to the top of the hill feels like an accomplishment, but the fun has just begun. After a quick drink, riders drop into Triple T; a fast, rocky singletrack path that delivers them to the real descent. The fans line the woods in their favorite vantage points like the Bontrager Boulder or the Trek Fire Lane Drop. Many of the competitors enjoy these features of the course not only for their challenge but also for the fan support. According to local pro, Abby Strigel “that’s what make this race worth it..having everyone cheer.” Strigel was the top WORS series rider in the women’s pro category for this weekend’s event, finishing 7th in the Pro XCT Cross Country race and taking 1st in the Outback Super D. [caption id="attachment_3744" align="alignnone" width="605" caption="Abby Strigal in the Trek Firelane Drops during the 2012 Subaru Cup Pro XCT. Photo by Robert Paschke"][/caption] Saturday evening was filled with smiles and grimaces as people either reflected on their accomplishments for the day or collapsed under their exhaustion. Happy kids that just completed the Junior race giggled as they ran around the park, while others had to regroup after a long and tiring day. But after a few hours of rest and food, many of the campers participated in the Poker Run put on by the folks from Lights and Motion. Many teams of 4 rode sections of the trails in the dark to see who could gather the best poker hand and the winner won lights from L&M. Thanks Light and Motion! The fun wasn’t over. Sunday morning brought back that “Fastest in the Midwest” title for Cat 3 racers. This was a good lead in for the Impreza Short Track races. The Short Track was run for Cat 1, Cat 2 and Pro. The cheering for Cat 1 and 2 was no less electric than that of the Pros. It was great to see how many of our series riders would give it their all for the red-lined sprint race. Of the top 20 Pro men, 5 of them were WORS regulars including Brian Matter, Tristen Schouten, Corey Stelljes, Cole House and Nathan Guerra. Guerra would also go on to take 4th in the Outback Super D just behind fellow WORS pro Darrin Braun. The Super D is a gravity driven, high speed battle of technical skill. This event is a favorite for many that keeps participants around to the end of the weekend. All in all, the Subaru Cup was a big success. Thank you to all that raced, volunteered or cheered. We’ll see you next year!
Please share your opinion of the 2012 Reforestation RambleThank you for helping us to make WORS events even better. This survey will probably take around 5 minutes of your time. Every WORS event is run in partnership with a local organizer. The Reforestation Ramble is organized by the Titletown Flyers racing team on trails maintained at Reforestation Camp outside Suamico, WI. Thank you for your support! We hope that you had an outstanding experience at this WORS race venue. At the end of this survey, we have included a place to share comments for those who volunteered, and organizers who helped to make the event possible. Thank you!
BelGioioso Elite Pro XCT Interviews and Subaru Cup 2012 Media RoundupPost race interviews with WORS BelGioioso Elite Series Pro XCT finishers after the eighth race of the season, the Subaru Cup held at Nordic Mountain. Media coverage:
- Cyclingnews: great coverage and photos
- Cyclingdirt: full coverage
- USA Cycling: Wells, Mata on top after Wisconsin Pro XCT Finale
- Tom Held's : The Active Pursuit
- Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin: Olympic Caliber mountain biking at Nordic Mountain.
Please share your opinion of the 2012 Subaru CupThank you for helping us to make WORS events even better. This survey will probably take around 7 minutes of your time. The Subaru Cup at Nordic Mountain organizing committee is led by WORS Director Don Edberg. The event is held on trails maintained by the trail builders of WORS and the newly-formed Waushara Area Mountain Bike Association (WAMBA). Thank you for your support! We hope that you had an outstanding experience at this WORS race venue. At the end of this survey, we have included a place to share comments for those who volunteered, and organizers who helped to make the event possible. Thank you!
2012 #SubaruCup tweetsYou should follow @TeamWORS on Twitter, here.
- Tweet about the event by including "#subarucup in your message.
- Want to hit us up for specific updates or info? We're @teamwors
Nordic Mountain Trail Work Day[highlight]Update - Final pre-Subaru Cup Trail Day this Sunday[/highlight] WORS and WAMBA (the Wautoma Area Mountain Bike Association) are asking for your help with some new construction and maintenance of the Nordic Mountain mountain bike trails this Sunday, August 12 from 9-3. This will be final prep for Subaru Cup! Super D and Short Track courses as well as all XC courses will be previewed. Please wear long pants, gloves, hats, and sturdy footwear. Check our Facebook Trail Days gallery if you're new to trail building. Bring a leaf rake if you have one and/or string trimmer if you have one. ------- WORS and WAMBA (the Wautoma Area Mountain Bike Association) are asking for your help with some new construction and maintenance of the Nordic Mountain mountain bike trails this Sunday July 8. We will start work at 9AM, meeting in the main parking lot. Please bring sunscreen, bug spray (although so far they have not bee a big problem), glove and rake or shovel. Email, Don at email@example.com if you have any questions. We plan to have a group ride after the work.
Subaru Cup site updatesNew at subarucup.com: Race and Award Schedule in two places:
WORS 2013 Schedule [highlight]Mark your calendars today![/highlight]
|IOLA BUMP & JUMP||Iola Winter Sports Club, Iola, WI||Race Director, Phil Johnsrud|
|CRYSTAL LAKE CLASSIC||Camp Tesomas, Rhinelander, WI||Race Director, Elvis Bauman|
|RED EYE RENDEZVOUS||Nine Mile Forest, Wausau, WI||Race Director, Adam Schmidt|
|BATTLE OF CAMROCK||Camrock 3 Park, Rockdale, WI||Race Director, TJ Harron|
|RED FLINT FIRECRACKER||Eau Claire Co. Expo Center, Eau Claire, WI||Local Organizing Committee, CORBA|
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|SUBARU CUP||Nordic Mt, Mt Morris, WI||Race Director, Don Edberg|
|SUNBURST SHOWDOWN||Sunburst Ski Area, Kewaskum, WI||Race Director, Dave Hasse|
|ALTERRA COFFEE BEAN CLASSIC||Crystal Ridge, Franklin, WI||Race Director, Todd Somers|
|REFORESTRATION RAMBLE||Reforestation Camp, Suamico, WI||Race Director, Shawn Hauser|
|TREADFEST||Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI||Race Director, Jim Baxa|
|CASCADE XC for KIDS||Cascade Mountain, Portage, WI||Race Director, Shane Semrow|
|WIGWAM MTB CHALLENGE||Evergreen Park, Sheboygan, WI||Race Director, Dan Dittrich|
Volunteers needed for the 2012 Subaru CupThe Subaru Cup would not be possible without the amazing support of volunteers. [button bg_color="#ed0505" window="yes"]Online volunteer sign-up has closed.[/button] Interested in volunteering on-site? Stop by the volunteer tent. To learn more about the Subaru Cup, and volunteer positions, start planning your weekend here. For two years in a row, dozens of selfless volunteers have helped to course marshal, pull tags in the finish chute, present awards, and guide spectators and arriving visitors. In other words, they helped to make the Subaru Cup one of the best events in the nation, not just for visiting Pro racers but for every racer and every spectator. We did the Midwest proud, and it would not have been possible without them. We need your help. If you can help for a couple hours, please let us know. 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. 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. Please lend your hand and show the world why mountain biking in the Midwest is all that. We are especially in need of volunteers on Saturday! Remember, you can be a course marshal and still have a great view of the racing action! FACT: Volunteering will improve your race karma [button bg_color="#ed0505" window="yes"]Online volunteer sign-up has closed.[/button] Interested in volunteering on-site? Stop by the volunteer tent. 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.
Found! "apprentice" WORS Race Reporter Update 8/4/2012: Found! Thanks to those who expressed interest. I'm excited to be working together with a fellow WORS racer on media coverage, beginning at the Subaru Cup. If you saw this post after the position was filled, and are interested in WORS media, feel free to contact me. Participation is always welcome and help is always appreciated! A post from WORS Race Reporter Claire Gehling: On my first day as a member of TeamWORS at the 2007 Iola Bump & Jump - I tried to quit. (It was really hard work!) I also made a mistake. When Don Edberg asked me if I was a "writer", I thought he said "rider". I thought he wanted me to get on my mountain bike and ride. So I said, "Yes!" That's how I became the WORS Race Reporter by accident. Five years later, and I haven't quit again. WORS is a great community. It's my community. I can't help but enjoy the little ways in which I can help our community to grow, share our experiences, and connect with one another. We're always looking towards the future at WORS, and I'm hoping to help it grow even more next year. That's why it's time for me to ask for help with one of my favorite roles on TeamWORS - as WORS Race Reporter. I'm seeking an "apprentice" to work with for the remainder of the 2012 Season - with a view to training a new WORS Race Reporter to step into the spotlight. Interviewing the Pro XCT racers at the Subaru Cup seems like a great place to start. The WORS Race Reporter serves the WORS Community, and helps WORS to garner national recognition for our racers, and for the sponsors who make the WORS Series possible. You'll also get to know our racers. In addition to being ridiculously fast, the BelGioioso Elite men and women are incredibly nice, generous, smart and hilarious. This is the fun part! The WORS Race Reporter is a great opportunity for someone who wants real-world, resume-building experience with written media. In fact, I was hired for the position I now hold at Trek Bicycle (voted today as one of Outdoor Magazine's Best Places to Work!) on the strength of the volunteer work I've done for WORS. Working with WORS, and within WORS, is a great opportunity to connect professionally and build, or start, a career. Because your byline will be the official author credit, you'll be regularly published at top media sites. And you will be fully supported by myself and WORS Series Director Don Edberg as you learn in this role. I'm open to offering mentorship and training in any of the related areas of WORS media that are of interest, including social media, email campaigns, website design and coding, photo contest and graphic design work, analytics, and the general strategies of communication and community building on which WORS' success is based. As a former college professor, I understand the importance of teaching and learning through experience. I also understand the essential need to work towards mutual goals as a team. If you have a personal or professional goal, and you think working with WORS is a great opportunity to reach it - I'm ready to help. Is the WORS Race Reporter paid? Yes. It's not much, but the more you know, the better the job gets. It can be a great "part-time" source of a little extra in the "bike stuff fund". Interested? Send me an email and we'll connect. teamwors at gmail dot com. Thanks! Claire Gehling