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2013 Red Flint Firecracker CoursesFirecracker Course maps for the Red Flint Firecracker Have been released by the Chippewa Off-Road Bicycle Association (CORBA), an IMBA chapter and the local organizing committee for the race.  There is a new longer Junior course and Sports will be racing the same course as the Elites and Comps. Find your course at the links below. Junior course Citizen (Cat 3) course Sport, Comp, Open and Elite (Cat 2, Cat 1 and Pro) course
Volunteers Needed for Subaru Cup 4 The Subaru Cup would not be possible without the amazing support of volunteers. [button link="" bg_color="#ed0505" window="yes"]CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER[/button] To learn more about the Subaru Cup, and volunteer positions, start planning your weekend here. For the last years, 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 have done Midwest proud, and it would not have been possible without great volunteers. 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 :) Please stop by the Volunteer Check-In Tent to volunteer at the event.  We still need people for parking, course marshals and help at the water stations! 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.
Schouten and Strigel take 2nd wins for the seasonThe WORS season heats up with Strigel and Schouten each grabbing their second victory. IMG_10904 By: Todd Nutter Racing season, just like the weather, is starting to heat up in Wisconsin. The Subaru-sponsored Wisconsin Off-Road Series (WORS) organized its 4th event this past Sunday in Cambridge, WI with the Battle of CamRock. Just outside of the state’s capital, CamRock Park is a technically challenging course that thrills riders with a variety of obstacles and flowing single-track. As part of the Dane County Park System, CamRock is located between Milwaukee and Madison, WI, making a convenient home course for some of the state’s fastest athletes. Abby Strigel (Honey Stinger/ Bontrager) calls this course her home field. She certainly showed racers and spectators alike, this past weekend, that she knows the trails well. With a lengthy starting climb and a very hot and humid day, the Belgioioso Elite Women’s field had a lot of work to do before hitting the single-track. Strigel’s strategy was to be first into the woods so she would not get held up by anyone in the single-track she knows so well. Strigel was joined by Sue Stephens (Grit MTB / Dominos) who came from Harrow, Ontario to try a second year at the Battle of CamRock. Stephens recalled a few crashes in front of her by other elite women that slowed her down a bit. She stated the CamRock was “a true mountain bike course” since it is so full of challenging technical riding. Once she lost sight of Strigel, however, her focus shifted to hanging onto 2nd place. This year was a repeat of 2012 for Stephens who finished 2nd to Strigel last season. Lisa Krayer (Adventure 212/ Specialized) didn’t start her race in the 3rd position, but did work her way up to it. With a last minute course change, racers ended up with an extra lap to make up for a section of the race that was removed. Krayer said she had not prepared for an extra climb of the starting hill. But she made the best of the situation and worked her way to a third place finish. This was Krayer’s first top three finish of the season. In the Belgioioso Men’s Elite race, Tristan Schouten (Rolf Prima Wheels) put the hammer down for a second consecutive win for his season. Early in the race, Nathan Guerra (Vision Pro Cycling) led the pack. But soon after, Schouten took over in the first place position. Schouten was not going to break away from the pack alone. Corey Stelljes (RACC-Gear Grinder) held close onto Schouten’s wheel throughout the race. Stelljes has coached with his teammate and previous WORS overall champ, Brian Matter (RACC/ Trek). His coaching has paid off by landing him on the podium’s second step. Schouten, however, could not be caught as he pulled away in the final lap to widen the gap on Stelljes. Third place went to Kevin McConnell (Mercy-Specialized) who made the trip to CamRock from Iowa City, IA. McConnell and fellow teammates have made several appearances on the WORS podium before. McConnell credits his consistent pace for the 3rd place finish, saying that other riders were having issues with the heat and mechanical failures.
Dendel Takes Her First Victory Since Turning Pro and Schouten has First Win of the Season1 Article and more photos on June 2, 2013 Wausau, WI. The third race on the 2013 Subaru-sponsored Wisconsin Off-Road Series (WORS) calendar was the newly renamed “Red-Eye Rendezvous” at Wausau’s Nine Mile trail system. This fast pace event is characterized by crushed red granite rolling double-track, tight single-track and a treacherous technical climb known as the Ho Chi Minh trail. The race is also a fan favorite due to its easy access for spectators to snap photos and cheer for their favorite athletes. The Belgioioso Elite Women’s race started with a series of fast open double-track lanes that challenged racers to hang with the leader. In this case, the leader was Cooper Dendel (Border Grill). Dendel, who just upgraded to pro status this spring, pushed the pace of the Cat 1 women right from the start. Andrea Matter (Gear Grinder) said “I love the technical stuff.. get me in the rocks and the mud and I’m a happy camper.” Matter, who is the wife of Brian Matter (RACC/Trek), gives credit to her husband for her single-track know-how. But even with Matter’s ability in tight trails, she was not able to catch Dendel who excelled on the fire roads. Her skills in the single-track and her speed on open roads were a winning combination for the event in Wausau. This was Cooper Dendel’s first win since turning pro. Lori Sable (Team 65? / W&S) went back and forth between in placemen, but held onto the 3rd spot on the final lap. Matter grabbed the second step of the podium .5 The Belgioioso Elite Men’s race looked like anybody’s game from the beginning. The lead group was larger than usual due to the amount of open trail for the men to regroup. The front pack included Darrin Braun (Adventure 212/Specialized), Corey Stelljes (Racc/Gear Grinder), Matt Shriver (Trek Midwest Team), Nathan Guerra (Vision Pro Cycling), Tyler Gauthier (Border Grill), Tristan Schouten (Rolf Prima Wheels) and Casey Hildebrandt (Spooky Bikes/ Twin Six). Hildebrandt’s addition to the lead pack surprised many people, even the pro racers that he was hanging with. Some think he is a kid plucked from obscurity, but his knowledge of the trails in Wausau rival anyone out there and he really showed that he could ride them as well as any pro. The tightly formed pack stayed together until the third lap where Tristan Schouten planned his attack. In previous laps he pushed the pace on the long climbs, but in the third lap decided that he would keep pushing until he broke away. Matt Shriver was not going to let Schouten take off on his own and hung on his wheel until the end. The sprint finish ended is Schouten’s favor, but Shriver had a very strong 2nd place finish coming in less than a second behind. In the final lap, Nathan Guerra also made his move to take the third spot. The next scheduled race on the WORS calendar is Jun 16, 2013 at CamRock park in Rockdale, WI. The Battle of CamRock is a blend of wide and fast flowing single-track that runs through open fields of prairie grass, wooded single-track with bermed turns, and more technical single-track with a touch of roots and rocks. The Battle of CamRock’s course contains some great downhill sections that will have you begging for another lap.   Photo of Men's finish by Melissa Kennedy Photo of Cooper Dendel by Extreme Photograpghy
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