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WORS Cup - McConnell and Woodruff Take The XC Wins
Portage, WI-

The Wisconsin Off Road Series hosted the Pro Cross Country Tour last weekend at Cascade Mountain in Portage, WI. Mother Nature made sure the heat and humidity was high for the WORS Cup Pro XCT race presented by Trek. The course was of the modern World Cup model, approximately 3.1 miles in length per lap. It wound itself several times to provide spectators with convenient access and numerous viewing points. The pro women had 5 laps of punching climbs and tight corners while the men had 6.

Saturday started out with the pro women racing in the beating sun. Our recently named National Champion Chloe Woodruff(Stans No Tubes/Niner) was able to put in an early lead among the rest of the field with Rebecca Henderson(Trek Factory Racing) trying to chase her down. Closely behind Henderson was Evelyn Dong(Sho-Air/Cannondale) but after a mechanical Dong was not able to catch Henderson but managed to keep her third place position. After Woodruff developed a gap, she steadily continued to open it, securing her second ever UCI win. After 5 demanding laps, Henderson finished second with Dong finishing 3rd. Just a minute behind Dong finished Larrisa Conners(RidebikerAlliance) and behind her finishing a respective 5th place was Peta Mullens(Sram Yeti Racing).

After a fast and hot start for the pro men, Stephen Ettinger(Sho-Air/Cannondale) and Daniel McConnell(Trek Factory Racing) began to pull away from the field. The two competitors were able to work together for the first two laps but then things began to change. According to Ettinger, he wasn't descending very well which gave McConnell a chance to pull away roughly halfway through the race. McConnell was able to put 2 minutes and 45 seconds between Ettinger and the rest of the field to secure his win with Ettinger finishing second. Behind them, was Hector Fernando Riveros(Raliegh Clement) finishing a respective third place. Together for most of the race was Benjamin Sonntag(Team Clif Bar) and Cameron Ivory(Bike Team Solothurn Switzerland) but in the end, Sonntag put 14 seconds between them to finish 4th with Ivory 5th.

The fun continued on Sunday with the pro men and women Short Track presented by Bontrager. The pro women were off first with a tight group of four. Peta Mullens(SRAM Yeti Racing), Larrisa Conners (RidebikerAlliance), Rebecca Henderson(Trek Factory Racing), and Shayna Powells(Liv Co-Factory) were close together until Mullens made her attack. On the third lap of ten, Mullens made her way to the front of the pack and by the fourth lap she developed a small gap. From there on out, she continued to steadily open her gap to steal her first international win of the season. Conners finished just under 30 seconds behind Mullens for second, while Powells grabbed third. Local WORS Pro, Cooper Dendel(Quick Stop Bike Shop) took an impressive fourth while Henderson dropped back to round out the top five.
Mothernature did not let up with the heat for the pro men. A big pack of lead men were together from the start with a couple big names. Current Short Track National Champion Russell Finsterwald(SRAM/ Troy Lee Designs), Dan McConnell (Trek Factory Racing), and WORS’ own Brian Matter(KS/Energy Mosh), Cole House, Tristan Schouten(Wolf Prima/Attitude Sports), and Nathan Guerra(Vision Cycling) were just a few in the lead pack. Matter, Finsterwald and House mainly set the tempo of the race each taking turns leading laps but when it came down to the end neither one of them took the title. After the bell rang for the final lap, Matter and House made a couple big moves but it wasn’t enough to keep off McConnell who surged up the last hill to take the win. House and Finsterwald sprinted to the line for second and third place respectively.  Chris Hamilton(Torq Nutrition) finished fourth with Matter rounding out the top five.
Schneeberger Grabs Her First Win While House Takes His Second of the SeasonFIRE_2701_15 The Trek sponsored Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) made their fifth stop of the 2015 season this past weekend at Lowes Creek in Eau Claire, WI. Named The Red Flint Firecracker, the race featured a long, fast lead out that then tossed racers onto the Whoops for their first taste of fun. Afterwards racers were thrown into a short pine forest with twisty but flowing singletrack. From there on it was a mix of roots, rocks, boardwalks and rolling ski trails that kept the racers engaged and ready for anything. This race course provided a fun and fast Sunday for everyone. The Belgioioso Pro/Elite Men’s race took a hot start with a fast lead out but then shortened down to a group of 5 off the front. Cole House, Nathan Guerra (Vision Cycling), Tristan Schouten (Rolf Prima/Attitude Sports) and teammates Corey Stelljes(Motorless Motion/Cannondale) and Issac Neff (Motorless Motion Bicycles/ 5 Nines) all came through together after the prologue lap. To start the second lap, House took a wrong turn which in response, Guerra surged. Shortly after his surge, Guerra went down in the singletrack leaving the lead group scattered with others trying to bridge up to the front.  By the start of the third lap, the top 5 riders were back together.  As the lap continued, Guerra and House slowly pulled away from the group, an all too familiar position for the two men. On the last lap, House attacked Guerra on the final hill of the race which gave him just enough for the win. Guerra finished shortly after with his third 2nd place finish of the season. As for the other men, Stelljes finished 3rd, Schouten 4th, with Neff closely behind rounding out the top 5. The BelGioioso Pro/Elite Women’s field was small but fast. The long lead out proved dangerous for the women as there was a crash. Racer Lindsay Guerra (Vision Cycling) took a hard fall along with a Junior Elite competitor shortly after the start of the race. Guerra was pretty shaken up but managed to finish with a solid third place. After the crash, Leia Schneeberger (Magnus) and Sarah Agena (Cider Boys) rode together for the first half of lap until Schneeberger began to ride away. Schneeberger put over 5 minutes on the rest of the field on her way to her first ever 1st place overall. Sarah Agena also had one of her best WORS finishes with second place. Rounding out the Pro/Elite field, Rachel Jensen(Team Wisconsin/ KS Energy) finished fourth overall. Next stop on the WORS 2015 calendar is the Scarlet Knight Scramble on July 12th. This race held at Nordic Mountain in Mt. Morris is best known for hosting the USA Cycling Pro XCT in years past. This course will bring all the same fun with the challenging climbs, and demanding twists and turns. For more information visit FIRE_2337_15FIRE_2388_15FIRE_2339_15FIRE_2200_15FIRE_2206_15FIRE_2900_15FIRE_2540_15FIRE_2906_15FIRE_2701_15
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