Posts from 201706

Swartz and Karinen Race to the TopEau Claire,WI   The thirteenth year of the Red Flint Firecracker was the coldest to date, with temperatures hovering just about 50 degrees and mother nature made sure to throw in some rain too! Despite the weather, WORS alongside CORBA made it a weekend to remember with a pre-race spaghetti feed, endless s’mores and of course the infamous Firecracker socks! On the racing side, new boardwalk was added by the creek crossing, the whoops were hard-packed and the rocks were more exposed to keep it interesting, fun and challenging!   The start of the Red Flint Firecracker is unlike any other as it is a flat, long lead-out rather than a lung-busting hill. This meant that the Pro/Elite Women’s race took much longer to shake out and made racers work smarter bringing out the best tactical skills they have. Off the lead-out, racers remained fairly together, until overall series leader Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) attacked wanting to enter the whoops first. Emma Swartz(Team Wisconsin), playing a tactical card, sat on Schneeberger’s wheel following her line throughout the whole first lap. Schneeberger definitely had the experience at Lowe’s Creek as she was last year’s winner but as for Swartz, she hasn’t raced at here since 2012, so it was crucial for her to sit back until she was ready. Swartz and Schneeberger battled at the front until Swartz attacked on the road section starting lap two. Schneeberger did everything she could to counter, but the legs just didn’t have it. Schneeberger told herself that she wasn’t a quitter and anything is possible in a mountain bike race. After she burnt a couple matches, she closed the gap early in the last lap, but it didn’t last long. Right as she bridged, the clouds burst, dumping rain on the racers and the course. With Swartz’s strong cross background, she was a steady steed and she slowly hammered through the mud, opening a minute gap to take the lead and eventually the win. Schneeberger finished in second, but with smiles and a sense of accomplishment. Behind the leaders, Minnesota Native Corey Coogan Cisek(The Fixx Studio) had a fairly solo ride, but with her background in cross as well, she felt very confident in the mud as she rode into third place. Finally Holly Lavesser(Neff Cycle Service) and Anna Ganju(Colectivo Coffee) rounded out the top 5 coming in fourth and fifth respectively.   The Start of the BelGioioso Pro/Elite Men’s race began very slow. No one wanted to pull the approximately mile long lead out, but once racers approached the single track, Cole House(Broken Spoke Racing) wanted the lead. He pushed the pace, immediately opening up a minute lead but later fell victim to a derailleur mechanical. Behind House, Ben Schmutee(First Internet Bank), Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) and Pete Karinen(Broken Spoke Racing) were riding close behind but a small gap was between all three. Schmutee suffered a mechanical early on as well resulting in a DNF. After hearing rumors that House and Schmutee pulled out, Karinen found himself in the lead and wasn’t going to give it up. After four brutal, solo laps in the mud and rain, Karien redeemed himself from last weekend’s DNF with a win. Senkerik finished in second place, his best finish to date just a minute and a half off the mark. Behind Karinen and Senkerik, young rider Ethan Jedlicka(ASU Devo) started picking riders off and he rode from just outside the top ten all the way to third place, his best finish at just the young age of seventeen. Behind Jedlicka, Casey Griesemer(Neff Cycle Service) had his first top five of the year finishing in fourth. Rounding out the top five was Ray Nelson racing for Treadhead Cycling.   For more results, visit http://wors.org/results/ For info on the next WORS race, visit http://worscup.com/
Broken Spoke Duo Nabs Men and Women’s WinMt. Morris, WI-   The Wisconsin Off-Road Series is in full swing with the fourth race of the year held at Nordic Mountain in Mt. Morris, WI. The Mt. Morris challenge presented by the Waushara Area Mountain Bike Association(WAMBA) gave WORS racers one of the most challenging and exciting races on the circuit. The course snaked up and down the alpine ski venue with long climbs, technical downhills, the infamous rock drop, fast forested singletrack, and a plethora of rock gardens pushing every racer to his or her limit.   The BelGioioso Pro/Cat 1 Women’s field had a relatively calm start as overall series leader Lindsay Guerra(Vision Cycling) and friendly rival Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) immediately separated themselves from the rest of the field. Shortly off into the distance was Mckenna Dwyer(ASU Junior Development), a 16 year old prodigy racing in her first Cat 1 race. The young sensation had quite a start but the endurance and experience of Holly Lavesser(Neff Cycle Service) and Katrina Hurst(Linear Sport/Trek) gradually caught Dwyer’s speed and skill. Guerra and Schneeberger continued to open a gap on the rest of the ladies but they weren’t together for much longer. According to Schneeberger, as the leaders entered a rock garden, she took the A line, a faster more difficult line which caught Guerra off guard. The rocks swallowed up Guerra’s bike as it sent her to the ground resulting in a DNF. Guerra’s crash left Schneebergerwith a sizeable gap over second place to finish with her second win of the season. Lavesser continued to get faster as the day wore on to finish in second place, tying her best finish ever. Behind Lavesser, Hurst also had her best finish to date finishing in third with Dwyer in fourth. Honorary mention to Kristina Navarro(Neff Cycle Service) as she rounded out the top five.   The Men’s side of the BelGioioso Pro/Cat 1 race was very eventful in the first few minutes. Cole House(Broken Spoke Racing) effortlessly grabbed the hole shot and entered the first section of singletrack with a decent lead leaving Issac Neff(Neff Cycle Service) and others working hard to close the gap down. After chasing House back, WORS overall series leader Pete Karinen(Broken Spoke Racing) suffered a mechanical also causing him to DNF. Shortly after Karnien’s DNF, Corey Stelljes(Neff Cycle Service) who was in the lead group suffered from a flat tire adding to the first lap’s debacle. All of this activity can affect one’s race, but House’s goal was to ride his own race which is what he did. After feeling the pressure and motivation to find his first win of the year, he continued to push the pace and only Neff could match it. Although House felt that he was descending better, he could notice that Neff was much stronger in the steep climbs. After two laps of back and forth, House felt that he finally had an edge on the hills and that it was his time to attack. After a split second decision, he jumped on a climb hammering to the top immediately opening a gap. Neff, feeling the lactic acid setting in, couldn’t match the pace. House would continue to ride on finishing in first with Neff less than thirty seconds behind in second place. With House and Neff off the front, Karinen sidelined with a mechanical, the next group on course was Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) and Caleb Swartz(Linear Sport/Trek). Swartz swapped places with Senkerik after Senkerik became victim to a mechanical. Swartz thenrode in third for majority of the race but Senkerik after fixing his set back, was on the hunt. Senkerik chased down Swartz and theybattled throughout the middle portion of the race. Towards the end of the race, Senkerik could feel himself pull away and once Swartz made a mistake in the singletrack he saw his opportunity. Senkerik jumped on it to finish in third while Swartz rode in for fourth. Honorary Mention goes to Stelljes who after his flat fought his way back to finish top five.   To see more results, visit http://wors.org/results/   Join us at the next WORS race! For more info, visit http://wors.org/schedule/firecracker/
The Guerra Duo takes home both the Women’s and Men’s Top PrizeCambridge, WI-   The third stop on the WORS circuit was the Battle of Camrock on a beautiful and quite toasty Sunday afternoon. Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) presented by Trek alongside the Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) set up a fast and hard course for all racers to enjoy. The track climbed up and down the CamRock County Park with sections of root’n’rocks and great hero dirt that would fulfill every racer’s dream.   The start of the Women’s Pro/Cat 1 race at The Battle of Camrock can sometimes be quite daunting as there is a brutal climb that gets every racer out of the saddle, but two riders in particular made it look like a cake walk. Lindsay Guerra(Vision Cycling) and Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) have had quite the friendly rivalry brewing up the past couple years but this season it's in full swing. They continued to put on quite a show for spectators as they battled once again. After a lap of fierce climbing and strong descending, Guerra had just a small edge on Schneeberger and was able to ride away. After three hot laps, Guerra opened the gap over 2 minutes taking her first win of the season. Leia finished runner-up but it was close at the end as Neff Cycle Service’s Holly LaVesser was closing the gap. She was close but not close enough as she finished less than thirty seconds behind Schneeberger. Behind LaVesser finished Anna Ganju(Colectivo Coffee) in fourth and Anna Christian(Girlfierd) in fifth respectively.   On the Men’s side of the spectrum, it seemed that many struggled in battling the extreme heat. Off the start, Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) and Pete Karinen(Broken Spoke Racing) won the hole shot but later the heat got the best of Senkerik while Karnien dropped out of the top five. Behind the hole shooter’s, Nathan Guerra(Vision Cycling), Issac Neff(Neff Cycle Service) and Caleb Swartz(Linear Sport/Trek)  developed a lead group with Cole House(Broken Spoke Racing) patiently waiting from the back. After Swartz suffered from a small mechanical, Neff and Guerra got away while House passed Swartz. After a couple laps, Guerra was able to pull ahead of Neff while House put in an effort to catch and pass Neff. Time was not on House’s side as the clock wound down and Guerra continued to keep his gap open. He finished on the top step with House in second. Neff took home the bronze while Swartz finished fourth. Rounding out the top five respectively was Corey Stelljes(Neff Cycle Service).   To see all of the results, visit http://wors.org/results/ To learn more about the next WORS race visit http://wors.org/schedule/nordic-mountain/

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