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Schneeberger and N. Guerra Win Iola Bump and JumpSchneeberger and N. Guerra Win Iola Bump and Jump Iola, Wi   What has previously been known as the first WORS race, the Iola Bump and Jump was the second stop on the 2017 Wisconsin Off Road Racing series presented by Trek. Just because the order was changed, doesn’t mean the weather was any different. The Iola Bump and Jump is infamously known for either an abundance of rain and mud or the hot and humid air of spring. This time, Mother Nature dealt rain and mud, but the course held up fairly well. It had a mix of lung-bursting climbs, flowy single track and a plethora of roots to make sure the race held up to its name. To begin, the BelGioioso Cat 1/Pro Women’s field continued to show a strong promising season with large numbers once again. Off the start gate, Lindsay Guerra(Vision Cycling) and Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) took off with a bang, climbing the start hill, entering the bowl one and two. The two battled for many laps while Anna Ganju(Colectivo Coffee) and Anna Christian(Girlfired) chased from behind. After 3 laps of a fast hard pace, Schneeberger came to the realization that if she wanted to win, it was her time to attack, and so she did.  After the fatigue set in, Guerra just couldn’t match Schneeberger’s pace and began to fall off the back. Schneeberger would go on to finish solo with her first Iola Bump and Jump win, with Guerra behind in second. Meanwhile, Ganju started to use the lap traffic to her advantage as she began to open a gap on Christian to finish third. Holly LaVessar, who had a slower start but a maintained a steady pace started to see glimpses of Christian. Determination and endurance and downright power assisted LaVesser in chasing down Christian to finish fourth and fifth respectively.   The Cat 1/Pro Men’s race presented by BelGioioso started off at a swift pace with big names like Cole House(Broken Spoke Racing), Isaac Neff(Neff Cycle Service), Corey Stelljes(Neff Cycle Service), Caleb Swartz(Linear Sport/Trek) and Pete Karinen(Broken Spoke Racing) all racing for bragging rights. After a rocky race two weeks ago, Nathan Guerra started in the second row delaying his fast start and his ability to clinch onto the lead pack right away. After a few minutes of chasing, Guerra grabbed onto the back of the group to recover before many attacks occurred. After a relatively calm couple laps, Guerra and Neff broke off the front opening up a decently large gap, but was soon chased down by Stelljes. Once he joined, he attacked again with Guerra to counter, leaving Neff to fend for himself. After another hard lap with the two leaders, the finish was near, but for one racer not close enough. Stelljes took an unfortunate spill which disappointingly took him out of contention for the top step. Guerra saw his opportunity and rode into the finish line to finish first. After Stelljes recovered from his crash, he safely rode in for second place. Behind the two men, Neff was hanging in there but Karinen was not done. Karnien caught up to Neff and saw the matches Neff burned up and overtook him. Karinen was able to ride away from Neff to finish third and fourth respectively. Swartz rode in to round out the top five.   To see more of the results please visit, http://wors.org/results/ To read on the next race, visit http://wors.org/schedule/camrock Photography: Gary Smits at xtrphoto.com
Englewood Opener Preme goes to E. Swartz and KarinenFall River, WI As May flowers roll around, so do the tires of the Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) presented by Trek. The 2017 season kicked off with the Englewood Opener in Fall River, WI near Madison last Sunday. Ben and Christi Agnew, owners of the Englewood Grass Farm, were kind enough to host the WORS community for a fun filled weekend. The course snaked through the farm and along the ridge with fast grassy sections, sharp wooden berms and tricky rock garden.  Post-race entertainment included the awards ceremony, prize raffle, and live music.  All of which a paradise for racer and spectators alike. The Cat 1/Pro Women’s field brought in the biggest numbers we have seen in a few years. Big name returners such as Amber Markey(Wheel & Sprocket), Emma Swartz(Team Wisconsin), Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) and Lindsay Guerra(Vision Cycling) all lined up, ready to race for the Loft and Shove Preme. Off the start, Markey set a splitting pace, trying to separate the large women’s field. After the prologue lap, only Swartz had to lungs to stay on the wheel of Markey. Shortly after the start of the second lap Markey began to feel the effect of her early high pace so Swartz put down the throttle, going for an early solo effort. The 20 year old had no issue making the move stick as she rolled to the finish line, winning the WORS opener and the $1,000 Loft and Shove Preme. Following Swartz, Markey another Madison native, finished in second. Behind them many thought Schneeberger had third locked up.But after many efforts made by Guerra late in the last lap, she had finally closed the gap. As they sprinted to the line for 3rd place, Guerra’s efforts paid off narrowly edging out Schneeberger who fell to fourth.  Honorary mention goes to Anna Ganju as she rounds out the top five. Just as the Women’s field filled with big names, so was the BelGioioso Men’s Pro/Cat 1 field. Off the start, a lead pack formed including Broken Spoke Racing teammates Pete Karinen and Cole House, Colorado native Ben Schmutte(Unnattached), and the young sensation Caleb Swartz(Linear Sport/Trek). Following closely behind was last year’s overall winner Nathan Guerra(Vision Cycling), and Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme). Karinen and House worked together to pull away early in the race but the chasers were close behind. After a few laps, the two leaders found themselves in lapped traffic. On the last lap, Karinen noticed House was caught between lapped riders while in the rock garden.  Karinen attacked and gained a small lead.  He kept the gap open just enough to secure the win by 13 seconds, with House finishing second.  Closely behind the leaders, Schmutte and Swartz were together for almost the whole race until late in the last lap when Swartz surged hard out of a corner maintaining his speed.  He continued to speed up until he dropped Schmutte.  The two young riders finished about a minute and a half behind the leaders, Swartz coming in 3rd and Schmutte 4th.  Senkerik had a fairly solo ride to round out the top five. To see more of the results please visit http://wors.org/results/ To read on the next race, visit http://wors.org/schedule/iola/

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