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House and LaVesser Win Again in the Mud at The Red Flint Firecracker

The Wisconsin Off-Road Series (WORS) wrapped up the first half of the season with race number five, The Red Flint Firecracker in Eau Claire, WI. WORS alongside CORBA (Chippewa Off-Road Bike Association) made safe and fun additions to the classic course which still included the favorites like the whoops and the onion with new rock piles brought in by a lead sponsor Red Flint. Although mother nature didn’t provide us with a sunny day to race, competitors still brought their “A-game” despite conditions. 

The BelGioioso Pro/Cat 1 men’s race started with a long lead out with riders fighting for the best position, while trying to limit their amount of work at the front. Cole House(Pete’s Garage/FSA), overall WORS series leader, made strategic moves early in the race to enter the singletrack in the lead. Minutes later, he was out of sight for everyone. House would race four laps solo but win with only a minute lead. In the chase, Aidan Lemorande(Pete’s Garage Racing), Issac Neff(Neff Cycle Service), Corey Stelljes(Neff Cycle Service) and others were in the mix. Lemorande found his strength in the mud as he had the ability to drill it in some of the worst spots on the course to easily open gaps. Neff began to fall back as Ethan Jedlicka(ASU Devo) made moves within the chasers. Lemorande and Jedlicka would finish solo, a minute between each other, for second and third. Stelljes would hold onto fourth and Pavel Nelson(LaMere Cycles) would come back after an early crash to secure fifth respectively. 

The BelGioioso Pro/Cat 1 women’s race saw a different style of racing for most. Unlike most WORS starts, the Red Flint Firecracker has a long, flat double track lead out. Veteran competitors like Holly LaVesser( Neff Cycle Service) and Corey Cogan Cisek (Amy D Foundation) let the youngsters have a crack at the front while they sat in. Katy McDicken(ASU Devo), Hanna Mork(Linear Sport Racing/Trek) and Lauren Lackman(Rib Mountain Cycles) controlled the front and first half lap. After a crash in the onion, racers were left scrambling to establish position, as Mork squeezed out unscathed developing a minimal lead. LaVesser chased it down quickly along with Coogan Cisek and Lackman. LaVesser found her personal flow through the trees opening a gap on the field to win with a lead of three minutes. Coogan Cisek, Lackman and Catlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts) all finished within forty seconds to place second, third and fourth. Mork held on to found out the top five respectively. 

See you the weekend of July 6-8 for the WORS Cup with events in cross country, enduro, dual slalom and short track! It will be an action packed weekend and you won’t want to miss it! 

House and LaVesser’s Cross Skills Shine at the Mt. Morris Challenge

Mt. Morris, WI-

The Wisconsin Off-Road Series made stop number four in a small town called Mt. Morris, Wisconsin for the Mt. Morris Challenge. Racers faced common adversity as mother nature presented rain in the forecast for the entire race day. Racers had to wake up with an accepting attitude and an urge to play in the mud, otherwise it would be a miserable ride. Despite the muddy conditions, the Waushara Area Mountain Bike Association provided a challenging track for all, with a fast pines section, a climb to the top of the ski area and a demanding descent to keep racers on their toes, rain or shine.

The BelGioioso Pro/Elite women’s race saw overall leader Holly LaVesser (Neff Cycle Service) absolutely finesse the mud as if she was one with the bike. From the start, she knew in order to have a good day, a lot of running would be involved. Taking a different tactic because of her cross background, LaVesser said if she felt for one second that running would be faster, she would push her bike through the mud rather than fighting against it trying to stay on two wheels. LaVesser unquestionably obliterated the mud and the rest of the women’s field winning by over ten minutes. Catlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts), also a cross racer, felt as smooth as she could battling the conditions to work her way through the field to finish in the runner-up spot. Lauren Lackman(Rib Mountain Cycles) slowly but surely found her groove through the race to finish with bronze. Special shoutout to Wendy Ochs(Neff Cycle Service) and Ashley Berton(Borah Teamwear) as they earned their first WORS top five finishing fourth and fifth.

The BelGioioso Pro/Elite Men’s race saw cross racers dominate through the conditions. Cole House took control within the first section of singletrack and that was the last that any of his competitors saw of him. House knew that the earlier he can establish a lead, the most relaxed the rest of the race will be. Knowing that smooth is fast, Issac Neff found himself in second position for the majority of the race but after multiple mechanicals, Tristan Schouten took advantage of Neff’s poor luck and took over second starting the third lap. House would go on to win by almost four minutes with Schouten and Neff for silver and bronze. Rory Jack(The Pony Shop) and Scott Daubert(Trek) would round out the top five, fourth and fifth respectively.

The WORS circuit will travel to the western side of Wisconsin for the Red Flint Firecracker in Eau Claire, WI. For information, visit http://wors.org/schedule/firecracker/

For results, visit http://wors.org/results/

Karinen and Rollins Take Home the Big Checks at The Battle of CamRock

Cambridge, WI-

Last weekend the Wisconsin Off-Road Series headed south to Cambridge, WI for the third race of the series, The Battle of CamRock. The Battle of CamRock starts off with a bang with a long and steep start climb to surely sort out the racers. Then competitors traverse up and down the hills of Cambridge through tight and twisty singletrack. A long gravel section in the middle of the lap offers the chance for racers to reach top speeds before dumping back into the singletrack. Overall, this course offers a little bit of everything for all types of riders.

The BelGioioso Pro/Elite Men’s saw leadout specialist Ben Senkerik(Team Extreme) lead the men up the start climb, out of the saddle nearly the entire time. Once reaching the top, Pete Karnien(Broken Spoke Racing) took control with Daxton Mock(Trek Bikes) and Senkerik following closely. The three competitors rode together for the first half lap before Karinen starting drilling it up all the climbs. The early high speed was too much for Mock and Senkerik as small gaps started to form. Karinen’s approach was historically different then how he normally races. Instead of sitting in, Karnien wanted to make the first two laps the fastest and hardest laps for everyone, hoping to develop a large enough lead to settle in the last two laps. Sure enough, he was able to do exactly that to secure the win and the 1,000 dollar purse presented by Loft and Shove and Marling Lumber and HomeWorks. After Mock lost sight of Karinen, he rode a relatively solo race to finish runner-up. Corey Stelljes(Neff Cycle Service) worked his way up to Senkerik and passed him to move up into third. The two spent the next two laps playing cat and mouse until Senkerik attacked hard going into the fourth lap. From there on, Senkerik held Stelljes off to finish third and fourth. Rounding out the top five was Payson Partridge (Dekorra/Skratch Labs) respectively.


The BelGioioso Pro/Elite Women’s field started off extremely fast as Leia Rollins (Broken Spoke Racing) unquestionably grabbed the hole shot to lead the ladies up the start hill. Holly LaVesser(Neff Cycle Service) chased after her but Rollins had such an early lead, she was able to enter the singletrack alone off the front. LaVesser continued to chip away towards Rollins, but Rollins’ home field advantage and early attack was too much for the competitors. Rollins, who won The Battle of CamRock last year, went back to back securing the win by over two minutes. LaVesser rode a lonely race to finish runner-up. Lauren Lackman(Rib Mountain Cycles), a D1 collegiate cycling recruit worked together early on with Caitlin Neuman(Brazen Dropouts) but soon found herself alone to finish in third place. Emma Swartz(Unattached), a hometown favorite and recent graduate of Marian University finished in fourth with Hanna Mork(Linear Sport/Trek) rounding out the top five respectively.

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