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Strigel and Schouten Win Again for Wisconsin Off Road Series  September 8, 2013 Full article   As the cross country racing season winds down, the Subaru-Sponsored Wisconsin Off Road Series(WORS) is still thrilling audiences and riders alike with challenging events. This holds true with the Treadfest race course in Lake Geneva, WI. Hidden away behind the famed Grand Geneva Resort, Treadfest offers riders a rare chance to race on private trails that are full of features and technical sections. The course is built around a ski hill that dares riders to keep climbing. Spectators are presented with many options for great photos and cheering as well as a nail-bitingly close encounter with a steeply descending and loose rock garden.   With all of the climbing, the Belgioioso Elite Women pushed hard up the start climb with Cooper Dendel (Border Grill/Quick Stop) and Abigail Strigel (Honey Stinger/Bontrager) fighting for the top spot. This was the first time Dendel had raced in Lake Geneva and after pre-riding the day before the event, she said she couldn’t wait to race. Both women are very comfortable with rocks and roots and managed to create a fairly big gap over the rest of the women in the field. Lori Sable (Team 65?/W&S) also has her strengths in technical single-track, of which Treadfest offers a lot. Sable was not able to hang onto Dendel and Strigel but put a comfortable cushion between herself and Lisa Krayer(Adventure 212/Specialized) who ended up in 4th place. While Dendel was fast and smooth through the single-track, Strigel was a bit faster as she broadened her lead by about two minutes by the end of the race. This was Strigel’s 6th win in the 2013 WORS season.   The Belgioioso Men’s Elite race once again had stacked lineup of pro men. As the men took to the starting climb, Joseph Maloney (KS Energy Services/Team Wisconsin) burnt a match or two to drive the front of the field. Maloney has been impressing many lately by improving his results almost every race. Tristan Schouten (Rolf Prima Wheels) even said “he’s gonna win one of these races.” Maloney said his strategy was to create a gap to cushion him if and when he hits a wall. After two laps, that wall came to him in the form of Brian Matter (RACC/Trek/Gear Grinder) and Tristan Schouten. Schouten and Matter worked well together throughout most of the race to reel Maloney back in. As the cyclocross season is starting, Matter and Schouten will be shifting focus. Matter actually raced his first CX event the day before Treadfest. In the end he felt that Schouten had a bit more gas in the tank as he pulled away from Matter in the final climb of the race. Schouten grabbed his 6th win of the season also. Nathan Guerra (Vision Pro Cycling) started off with a bit of bad luck with a dropped chain. Feeling the pressure after being passed by most of the field, Guerra gave it all he had to not only put himself back into the race but to finish impressively in 4th place.   WORS will pick up again at the end of September with the Cascade XC. A first for WORS in many ways, the Cascade XC is a fund raiser in support of the recently established WIN (WORS Interscholastic) Cycling, a not for profit organization devoted to the mission of the establishment of school-based mountain bike clubs in communities throughout Wisconsin. Please join us 9/29/2013 for the Cascade XC! We promise a unique experience that will leave you wanting to spend a lot more time riding and racing the trails of Cascade Mountain. For location and registration info please visit   1 23 03 4 04 5 6 7 8 9
Krayer Wins at Reforestation RambleThe Wisconsin Off Road Series(WORS) held race number 9 of the 12 race schedule on August 25th in Suamico, WI. Just outside of Green Bay, WI, the Reforestation Ramble is a popular event on the WORS calendar that offers longer distance racing combined with higher speeds than are typical with other races in the series. This makes the event attractive to both experienced mountain bikers and road riders alike. The course offers a good amount of flowing single track along with plenty of high speed action on several sections of double track roads. This year’s event had racers battling the heat with temperatures well into the 90’s and high humidity. The weather, in combination with a very dusty course, forced most of the participants to monitor their hydration very closely. Being a “marathon” format, this race has longer laps than are typical in WORS. Riders are used to a lap of around 5 miles, where the Reforestation Ramble has around 11 miles for each lap. Due to this race format, Cat 1 started about 10 minutes before Cat 2 racers instead of starting after Cat 2 is finished as they would in a typical race. The Belgioioso Elite Men’s race jumped into action with local pro, Cole House(Cashcall Cycling Team/616) taking a huge lead over the remaining pack of pro men in the first lap. He was followed not far behind by a very determined Joe Maloney(KS Energy Services/Team Wisconsin) who also maintained a decent gap over the remainder of the Cat 1 pack.  House had such a big gap that he ended up getting tangled into some lap traffic with the tail end of the Cat 2 racers. This resulted in an unfortunate crash that ended the race prematurely for him. At a more steady pace, Brian Matter(RACC/Trek/ Gear Grinder) and Tristan Schouten(Rolf Prima Wheels) pushed each other’s limits in the heat. Following closely behind, Tyler Gauthier(Border Grill-Quick Stop) and Darrin Braun(Adventure 212/Specialized) held the wheels of Matter and Schouten. The pack eventually regrouped and passed Maloney who was still happy with a 5th place spot. Matter grabbed his second win in a row, which is also his second win of the season, with Schouten once again taking the 2nd step on the podium. Gauthier and Braun were 3rd and 4th respectively. In the women’s race, spectators were a little surprised to see a new face in the lead throughout the entire race. Abigail Strigel(Honey Stinger/Bontrager) had started off in the front with Cooper Dendel(Border Grill-Quick Stop). But both were soon passed by Lisa Krayer(Adventure 212/Specialized). Krayer has been very consistent with finding her way to the podium. But this was the first time this season that she has taken the win. It was very apparent that the heat was draining the energy away from most of the participants. On the 2nd lap through, Strigel had thrown down her Camelbak to relieve herself from the excess weight and heat. Dendel followed suit by tossing her water as well. She said the decision paid off as she felt to be at least 5 degrees cooler. The decision by Strigel and Dendel may have been too little and too late as Krayer was already working her way to victory. Krayer knows the level of riders that she was up against and showed a look of determination and excitement, knowing she was being chased down by Strigel and Dendel. While Strigel closed the gap quite a bit in the final lap, she was still about 20 seconds short. Dendel was not far behind grabbing a 3rd place spot. Andrea Matter(Gear Grinder) and Leia Schneeberger(Magnus) finished off 4th and 5th place respectively as they battled the heat. The WORS series will pick up again September 8th in Lake Geneva, WI for Treadfest. In the meantime, the WORS crew is holding a Labor Day campout to encourage volunteers to help prepare trails for Wisconsin’s inaugural interscholastic mountain bike event later this summer. The event will happen in Portage, WI at the Cascade trail system from August 30th through September 2nd. For more information visit or 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
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