Posts from 201806

Schneeberger and House Win at Red Flint FirecrackerAfter a quick turnaround from the Wisconsin Off Road Series Race #4, the Mt.Morris Challenge, racers and families had just six days to recover before heading off to the fifth race of the season, The Red Flint Firecracker in Eau Claire, WI. The Red Flint Firecracker is a course that favors the strong and powerful. With little climbing, racers power through the open sections before tearing it up in the singletrack to offer an entertaining weekend for all.   The BelGioioso women’s Pro/Cat 1 race started off with a bang as the field ripped through the open grass. Led out by Neff Cycle Service’s Holly LaVesser, the women filed into two lines heading down the straightaway. Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) could sense the back of the field was getting a little haywire and she wanted to be first in the singletrack. Schneeberger drilled the last 30 seconds to open a sizable gap on the rest of the field with only Hanna Mork(Linear Sport/Trek) and Corey Coogan Cisek (Amy D Foundation) responding to the attack. The three entered the “Whoops” section together with the rest of the field filing in approximately ten to fifteen seconds back. Schneeberger rode off the front all by herself and that was the last any woman saw of her. Mork felt faster in the singletrack to pass Coogan Cisek and began the endless chase to find Schneeberger. LaVesser, who didn’t have the best start, worked her way up the field, catching Coogan Cisek and later Mork too. LaVesser and Schneeberger both had the same idea heading into lap two. Both ladies were unaware of how close they were to each other so they kept it pinned; Schneeberger wanted to continue to gap the field while LaVesser was hoping to chase her down. Meanwhile Mork was strung out by herself with a chase group consisting of Coogan Cisek, Lauren Lackman(Rib Mountain Cycles) and Katrina Hurst( Linear Sport/Trek) working together. As the ladies entered the last lap, Schneeberger was leading by over two and a half minutes to take the win and tie up the series with LaVesser finishing in second. Lackman bridged to Mork late in the last lap to finish third with Mork in fourth. Rounding out the top five was Hurst respectively.   The BelGioioso men’s Pro/Cat 1 race started off slower than expected but Team Extreme’s Ben Senkerik and Pete’s Garage/Hacienda Brewing’s Cole House made sure to ramp it up. After Senkerik took to the front and sped up the race on the lead out, a crash midfield left a few leaders out front. As the leaders entered the first section of singletrack, another crash split them once again. House saw the opportunity and drilled it in the following sections of singletrack to open as much of a gap as he could. Senkerik, Caleb Swartz(Linear Sport/Trek) and Kyle Trudeau(CZ Racing) developed a chase group for the next two laps until Swartz got away. With House gone, Swartz wanted to stay focused and not turn lazy as he was sitting in great position. House rode solo for majority of the race to secure his fourth win of the season. Swartz maintained steady to finish in second, his best WORS finish to date. Senkerik and Trudeau were together until Trudeau fell off pace in the third lap. Survival mode went into action for both Senkerik and Trudeau for the last lap as they would go on to finish third and fourth. Pete Karinen(Broken Spoke Racing) came out on top in a three-way sprint to round of the top five respectively. Racers and families will take this weekend off before heading to Alpine Valley for the Midwest Mountain Bike Championships, the WORS Cup. For More information visit http://worscup.com/
LaVesser and House Defeated the Harsh Heat to Win at Mt. Morris  Mt. Morris- Last Sunday the Wisconsin Off-Road Series made its fourth stop of the season at Mt. Morris for the Mt. Morris Challenge. The course snakes up and down the ski hill traversing across ski runs while climbing and descending technical and tricky switchbacks. Mother Nature added another layer of difficulty with the scorching heat reaching far into the 90s. With the help of Team WORS and WAMBA (Waushara Area Mountain Bike Association), racers were fueled with plenty of ice cold water and bananas to make it a fun and safe day for all!  

The BelGiosio Women’s Pro/Elite field was led off by Linear Sport Racing/Trek teammates Katrina Hurst and Hanna Mork up the start climb. As the ladies began to descend, Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) and Holly LaVesser(Neff Cycle Service) took control before entering the first section of singletrack.  The two leaders began to jam through the pines with a large chase group behind while Hurst was flyingsolo in between the groups. As the chase group exited the pines, Lauren Lackman(Rib Mountain Cycles) attacked the grassy climb behind the pond.  Mork was the only one to respond as they opened a gap on Caitlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts) and Katy McDicken(ASU Devo).  As Lackman hunted down Hurst, a costly mistake by Mork temporarily allowed Neuman to bridge.  As the ladies began lap two, despite the heat LaVesser was feeling really good and began to turn the screws. Schneeberger, meanwhile feeling the effects, couldn’t match the pace and went into conservation mode just hoping to maintain second.  After riding two laps alone and a 5 minute gap on the field LaVesser took her second win of the year.  Schneeberger held on for second as Lackman and Mork overtook Hurst for third and fourth place respectively.  Hurst dropping to fifth, rounded out the top five.

The BeGiosio Men’s Pro/Elite field was led out by series overall leader Cole House(Pete’s Garage/ Hacienda Brewing) as he blew out of the gates, clearly winning the hole shot, and leading the entire ski trail start alone. Pete Karinen(Broken Spoke Racing) and Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) were critically dangling about 10 seconds back but Karinen knew he had to bridge the gap before they entered the first section of pines.  Stomping on the gas, Karinen dropped Senkerik and bridged to the leader.  House and Karinen rode together for the first half lap. House, feeling strong in the heat and sensing Karinen was struggling, increased the pace at the top of the hill to open a lead. He drilled the technical switchbacks coming down to further widen his lead over Karinen and the rest of the field. From there it was a solo three laps, staying consistent, being conservative in the descents and hitting the hills hard. House would go on to take his third win of the year by over three minutes. Karinen had a fairly quiet race once he lost sight of House to finish in second. Senkerik battled with Payson Partridge(Dekorra Products/ Skratch) for several laps until he found a slight edge finishing in third with Partridge finishing fourth, 30 seconds back.  Caleb Swartz(Linear Sport Racing/Trek) rounded out the Men’s top five.

The Wisconsin Off-Road Series and its racers will make a quick turnaround as the schedule goes back-to-back weekends. CORBA will be hosting the Red Flint Firecracker in Eau Claire, WI.

Schneeberger and Karinen Take Home Big Checks at Battle of CamrockRockdale, WI- Last weekend the Wisconsin Off-Road Series(WORS) headed south to Rockdale WI for WORS #3, the Battle of Camrock. Capital Off-Road Pathfinders(CORPS), Loft and Shove, and Team WORS all banded together to design a fun and family friendly weekend for all. Food trucks, bouncy houses, and of course a hilly and technical race course made this year’s Battle of Camrock the best to date!   The BelGioioso Pro/Cat 1 men’s race had racers out of the saddle early for an extensive climb to the top of CamRock Park where the men then funneled into the first section of singletrack. Early on a large lead group developed with roughly 10 racers all together and many chasing. With the extra-large purse of $1,000 sponsored by Loft and Shove, all were hungry for the money. As the leaders approached lap two, the group dwindled down to five with Cole House(Hacienda Brewing/Pete’s Garage), Brian Matter(Linear Sport/Trek), Pete Karinen(Broken Spoke Racing), Caleb Swartz(Linear Sport/Trek) and Ben Schmutte(First Internet Bank) all together. The group of five hit the first half of the race hard, opening a sizable lead on the rest of the field, but as the race progressed, lap traffic began to take effect. Schmutte, House and Karinen all tried to push the pace and ride off the front but the tightness of the singletrack made that a tall task. The five men all silently realized what was inevitably going to happen: a sprint finish. So they settled in on the fourth lap, weaving their way through lapped riders.  The intensity picked back up as they entered the last section of singletrack.  Karinen entered first with House and the others in close pursuit.  Finally the trail widened and it was every man for themselves.  Karinen exiting the singletrack first had an obvious advantage as he was able to jump on the pedals early.  Karinen crossed the line first to take home the win with House finishingsecond by 0.4 seconds. Schmutte claimed third and Linear Sport Racing Teammates Swartz and Matter finished fourth and fifth respectively in the five-way sprint.   The BelGioioso Pro/Cat 1 race was led out by young Minnesotan Anna Christian(LaMere Cycles) as the once again strong women’s field followed in pursuit. Leia Schneeberger(Broken Spoke Racing) took control early on and the only one to respond was Christian. The two rode together for the first two laps trading places back and forth. Schneeberger tried to lose Christian in the singletrack but Christian’s handling skills were too advanced as she couldn’t shake her. As they entered the last lap, Schneeberger up the pace and Christian began to fall off the back. When Schneeberger began to feel Christian slipping, she continued to attack, opening as big of a lead as she could, knowing that Christian and possibly Holly LaVesser(Neff Cycle Service) were still in the hunt. Schneeberger’s high speed in the last lap was enough for her to cross the line in first and take home the big check as Christian finished a minute and a half back in second. LaVesser started the race in third with Caitlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts) hovering close by. LaVesser was able to lose Neuman early and maintain her position for the entirety of the race to finish third. Linear Sport Racing’s Katrina Hurst found her groove and worked up pass Neuman to finish fourth with Neuman rounding out the top five respectively.

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