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Midwest MTB Championships Race ReportWORS(Wisconsin Off-Road Series) presented by Trek hosted the Midwest Mountain Bike Championships in Portage, WI for a great weekend of racing. Saturday kicked off with the amateur women and amateur men’s cross country race followed by the pro men and women’s cross country race. Another fun filled day of racing followed on Sunday with Bontrager’s Short track and the KMC Enduro race. Cascade Mountain has a great mix of hills, fast descents and a spectator friendly skills park to watch racers as they navigate through technical obstacles. The BelGioioso Pro/Elite Men’s race was delayed due to a severe thunderstorm causing the course to be extremely muddy, sloppy and slippery. Out of the gate Tristan Schouten (Pete’s Garage GB), Issac Neff(Neff Cycle Service), and Nathan Guerra(Vision Cycling/ P/B Ryder 930) took off hard with Schouten winning the hole shot. As the lead group entered the Trek Skills Park, Brian Matter (Team WI) and Neff made a mistake causing the leaders to open a small gap. Neff was able to pull away from Matter and chase down the leaders, Guerra and Schouten. Half way through the second lap Schouten pulled ahead to take the lead until, for the second race in a row, an unfortunate side wall caused him to pull out of the race. After having a rough first lap, Matter stopped to release some tire pressure and then was able to work himself into second place passing Guerra. Matter began to close the gap on Neff once he found his groove in the mud but it was too late. Neff secured the win becoming the Midwest Regional MTB Champion with Matter in second and Guerra in third. Honorary mention to Kenneth Hall (Salon Bella Vita) who finished in fourth and Justin Piontek (Adventure 212/Specialized) in fifth. The BelGioioso Pro/Elite Women’s race endured the thunderstorm, rain and an immense amount of mud. Many women pulled out early as Mother Nature was not letting up and the women left became very spread out as it was a race of survival and perseverance. At the start, Emma Swartz (Team WI/ KS Energy Services/ MOSH) took off immediately opening a gap on the rest of the field. Swartz, feeling confident in the mud with her experience in cyclocross created an unstoppable lead. Many hills were unrideable but that didn’t stop this young sensation from hiking a bike to secure the win. Behind Swartz was Lindsay Guerra (Vision Cycling/ P/B Ryder 930) who rode steady to finish second. An unfamiliar face to the WORS series was Amanda Schaap (Speed Merchants), racer out of Michigan who finished in third. Leia Schneeberger (Broken Spoke Racing) who is currently leading the WORS series finished fourth and Katrina Hurst (Treadhead Cycling) finished fifth respectively. The Short Track race presented by Bontrager brought on a close race for both the men’s and women’s field. In the men’s race Brian Matter (Team WI) and Nathan Guerra (Vision Cycling/ Ryder 930) sprinted to the line with Matter just edging ahead of Guerra for the win. In the women’s race, Emma Swartz(Team WI/ KS Energy Services/ MOSH) and Leia Schneeberger battled back and forth until the last lap where Swartz put a move in on the last hill and was able to finish one second ahead of Schneeberger. In the KMC Enduro race, Brian Matter (Team WI) made it a clean sweep on Sunday by also taking the title for enduro while Leia Schneeberger (Broken Spoke Racing) took the win for the Pro/Open Female. For more results visit http://mwmtbc.com/results/ For information on the next WORS race, visit http://wors.org/schedule/hixon-forest/ Photo courtesy of xtrphoto.com
Guerra and Schneeberger Take Top Steps Once AgainWith the aroma of Colectivo coffee and fresh cut grass in the air, Sunday brought on a beautiful day for racing bikes and cheering on racers. The Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic located just outside of Milwaukee in Waukesha WI was put on with the help of the Colectivo Coffee Mountain Bike Team, Waukesha Bicycle Alliance and Waukesha County Parks. Minooka Park has a 6 mile loop with a mix of challenging tight singletrack and wide open stretches to push racers to their limits. For the BelGioioso Men’s Elite field, it was Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) with the hole shot. Overall Series leader Nathan Guerra(Vision Cycling/P/B Ryder 930) surged hard so he could be the first one into the singletrack. Guerra planned to open a gap as early as possible, causing him to set the pace extremely fast for the first lap. Going into the second lap, Guerra had a gap open but a chase group made up of Pete Karinen(True North Apparel) Justin Piontek(Adventure 212/Specialized) and Senkerik were slowly closing it. After three laps of the men working together but yet still trying to pull away, none of them were able to shake the group; they knew it was going to be a sprint finish for 2nd place. Piontek, never riding here before was unsure of the last half a mile so he sat back behind Senkerik and Karinen. Once he felt comfortable, he jumped the group and Karinen jumped on his wheel. Karinen then pulled up next to Piontek as they sprinted towards the finish. After video review, Karinen won the sprint for 2nd, with Piontek third and missing it just by a half wheel was Senkerik in fourth. Rounding out the top five, Caleb Swartz(KS Energy Services/MOSH/Team Wisconsin) had his best race to date cracking the top five respectively. To start out, the BelGioioso Elite Women’s field flew up the start hill with Lindsey Guerra(Vision Cycling/P/B/ryder 930) stealing the hole shot. Overall Series leader Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) came into this race knowing she can get away in the singletrack but she has to get there first and that’s just what she did. Schneeberger was the first one into the singletrack and began to open a gap just like that. Anna Ganju, a Colectivo Coffee rider herself, was second going into the singletrack. Guerra passed her shortly on and they were able to ride a couple sections of singletrack together before Ganju fell off the back. Schneeberger was able to keep the gap open for the win while Guerra finished second and Ganju finished third. Rachael Jensen(KS Energy Services/MOSH/Team Wisconsin) had her best race to date just pulling ahead of Jamie Ertel (Unattached) in the last seconds for fourth and fifth place respectively. Next WORS race is the Midwest MTB Championships. For more information visit http://mwmtbc.com/. For results on last Sunday’s Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic visit http://wors.org/results/
Volunteer for Midwest MTB Championships
Online volunteer sign up will close at 4:30 Thursday, July 21st, but we are still in desperate need of volunteers!
Midwest MTB Champions Volunteers Needed! – Sign-Up HereThe Midwest MTB Championships is fast approaching and we are in need of many volunteers to help make this event a success. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of positions, many of which can be done in pairs. You can volunteer for a full day, half 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 enjoy the WORS Cup as a whole.
Be a part of bringing a premier mountain biking event to the Midwest, the Midwest MTB Championships, July 22-24 at Cascade Mountain, near Portage, WI.
Position Descriptions and Hours Needed –Sign up now!
- Cross-country Course Marshals – Sat: 8:30am-6pm, Direct and assist riders and spectators, monitor crossings
- Finish Chute/Timing – Sat & Sun (see sign-up for hours). Slow riders down, keep them in line, call out or record numbers
- Awards –Friday 8pm, Saturday 1pm, 3pm and 6pm, Sunday 11:30am and 4pm. Make sure that medals and awards are prepared prior to each ceremony and hand them out
- Parking – Sat & Sun 7:00am -1:00pm. Direct cars to ensure efficient use of space
- Short Track Officials – Sunday 8:30am – 1:00 pm. Assist with timing and/or marshal the course and spectator crossings
- KMC Enduro Marshals – Sunday 12:30 – 4:00pm Direct and assist riders and spectators, monitor crossings
- Awards – Times currently listed aren't accurate for this year. Suggest just saying 1/2 hour after the start of each race. This hasn't been included in the online sign-up in the past. If we still need people for this, I'd suggest we list it here and ask that they contact Halligan directly to help. Make sure that medals and awards are prepared prior to each ceremony and hand them out
- Tear Down & Load Out – Sun. 3pm ‘till it’s all packed up (hopefully 7pm-ish)