Posts from 201410
Dendel and Matter Solidify 2014 Overall VictoriesThe Sheboygan Bicycle Company MTB Challenge has been the closer for WORS for many years and remains a favorite for hundreds of participants. With perfect weather and trail conditions, racers prepared for what would prove to be a fast and exhilarating competition. Young Pro Female, Cooper Dendel (Quick Stop Bike Shop) has been the overall points leader since she beat out Abigail Strigel (Honey Stinger/Bontrager) at the WORS opener in Iola, WI. Strigel had been the overall series winner for the past several years, but did not compete in enough races this season to overtake Dendel in series points. Dendel actually had enough points that she could not have been caught, even before the finale in Sheboygan. For her the race was about having fun and spending one last day tearing up the trails with her friends. While spending a lot of the race battling with Strigel, Cooper was able to break away on the slick rock section that precedes the famous “Equalizer” climb. The Equalizer is a spectator hot spot that faces riders against the forces of nature while they try to climb without falling backwards. It is the mountain bike equivalent of a dirt bike trials run, where successful climbers get a fresh $5 bill at the top as long as they do not put a foot down. Dendel opened the gap and a snafu left Strigel farther back than she would have preferred. Finishing second was Leia Schneeberger (Magnus). A recent addition to the Cat 1/Pro field, Schneeberger proved herself quite worthy after recently moving up from Women’s Open Class in her last race. This was her best finish to date, even beating out Lori Sable (Pedal Moraine), a regular to the podium, who finished in third. The Belgioioso Pro Men’s race was a heated battle for a spectacular final event of the season. An early lead was taken by Cole House (Intelligentsia Coffee/Broken Spoke) with Tristan Schouten (Rolf Prima/Attitude Sports) hot on his wheel. Following closely were Nathan Guerra (Vision Cycling/Attitude Sports), Brian Matter (KS Energy Services/Team WI), Joseph Maloney (KS Energy Services/Team WI) and Justin Piontek (Adventure 212/Specialized). According to House, several of the leaders were taking turns attacking the group for a break away. Matter sat back for the first few laps, following at around fourth place. House and Schouten got tangled up in what was most likely a failed pass attempt. The incident left Schouten unable to finish with what appeared to be a separated shoulder. Further mishaps left Guerra dropping from the lead group after flatting in a water crossing. This left a much smaller lead group. Matter, much like Dendel, already had the series victory clinched before arriving at the venue. But, the Sheboygan local had never before taken the top spot on his own home course. This was the only WORS race that he had yet to conquer. Knowing that Cole House is a very dominant sprinter, Matter’s strategy was to put some gap on him before arriving at the finish line. House has out-sprinter Matter on this course before and Brian did not want to repeat history. House was right there to grab the second step of the podium while Matter’s teammate, Joseph Maloney finished in third. Justin Piontek came in fourth The WORS season is never over until they have their famous awards banquet. The last stop before off season training is a fantastic dinner and social gathering for all of the series racers. If you are a series rider and want information for the banquet or want to start racing with WORS in 2015, visit http://wors.org/schedule/awards-banquet/ Follow on Twitter @teamWORS, YT https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNhpTibLLybfEIWH4kroSig or https://www.facebook.com/WORSRacing
Matter Grabs Another Win Too Take Overall Lead in the Wisconsin Off Road SeriesThe Trek sponsored Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) held their penultimate race of the 2014 season this past weekend in Franklin WI. Named The Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic, the race features burning climbs ascending a downhill bike park that hovers over miles over flowing single track in its basin. And yes, there was also coffee. The namesake comes from the Colectivo mountain bike race team who hosted the event. Their major sponsor, Colectivo Coffee, is a local coffee roaster with a chain of cafes in the Milwaukee area and were also at the event offering samples of their delicious brew. Racers needed every bit of caffeinated energy they could get their hands on to battle all of the climbs on one of the last beautiful sunny days Wisconsin is likely to have this season. The Belgioioso Pro/Elite Men’s race took a hot start with Nathan Guerra (Vision Cycling/Attitude Sports) and Joseph Maloney (KS Energy Services) duking it out for the hole shot premium atop the first climb. Guerra impressively stayed in the lead for much of the race, saving enough matches after the sprint. The first lap was a shortened prologue with two significant climbs. This allowed racers room to grab their spot before hitting the very narrow single track. The lead group occupied by Brian Matter (KS Energy Services), Isaac Neff (5 Nines/Motorless Motion), Corey Stelljes (5 Nines/ Motorless Motion), Justin Piontek (Adventure 212/Specialized), Ben Senkerik (Team Extreme) along with Guerra and Maloney. The group got a little smaller each lap with only Guerra, Matter, Neff and Piontek hanging on through the third lap. Guerra, who has held the overall lead in points for the WORS series throughout most of the season, held the lead until the final lap. Brian Matter made his move on the first climb of the final lap, sprinting away from Guerra to get into the single track first. Matter spent part of the race thinking about taking the overall WORS 2014 victory, that is, when he wasn’t wondering if the Packers won. He did his math and with this win, he cannot be passed in overall points. For Guerra, even a win at the final race would leave him one point behind Matter, and that is if Matter doesn’t race. But he will end up with his best season at 2nd overall. After Matter and Guerra took 1st and 2nd in race, Issac Neff rolled in for 3rd, shaking off Justin Piontek by only 13 seconds. Spectators of the women’s race saw an impressive climb by Sarah Agena (Hidden Bay/ Cider Boys) as she tried to repeat history and win the sprint prem for a second year in a row. After her $100 prize, she was quickly passed by Lindsey Kriete (Benelux Racing). Kriete has not appeared at a WORS race since 2013, which left fans wondering who the mystery rider was. It’s not everyday a woman can come out and lead a pack of some of the fastest women in Wisconsin. But Kriete is not new to WORS racing as she has many wins under her belt. Not far behind her was Lisa Krayer (Adventure 212/Specialized) working closely with her competitor and friend, Lori Sable (Pedal Moraine). It is not uncommon for racers to become close friends in the WORS community, in fact, all three women decided to do their post race interview together as they congratulated each other on their race. Kriete had an especially emotional reason she raced as she dedicated her victory to the loss of her dog, Izzy. Kriete said that she has not raced much but wanted to come out with the memory of her dog with her.