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Nick Sdrenka USA Cycling Midwest Mountain Bike Championships/ WORS #6 race report: July 22-24, 2016

 Cross Country

Saturday July 23 was the biggest day for all mountain bikers in the midwest that decided to come on over to Wisconsin for a chance to be crowned the Midwest Champion of Cross Country, none to less there might have been a few people from other states outside of the midwest but it still was a big turnout. The course at Cascade Mountain in Portage, Wisconsin had a very exclusive course not being ridden a whole lot throughout the season it still kept good shape, the course was either uphill or downhill most of the time with lots of technical downhills including the Trek skills park area and lots of uphill switchbacks out in the open and in the woods which did make it arguably the perfect course to host the Midwest Championships. Throughout the day the sky looked very ominous with a 50/50 chance of a thunderstorn which raised everyones concerns not wanting to race in the rain and mud. Sure enough about 45 minutes before the pro/cat 1 race it poured and because of that the race got delayed 10 minutes for various reasons, but once us juniors got the GO we were off in a flash and already not even a few minutes into the race there were people slipping and sliding in the mud and little to say it happened to everyone else it eventually happened to me, with this said I did not have the best time on the bike as I usually do. Long into the race the same continued to happen but I leaned to control it better using certain techniques. For most of the race I found myself in first position in my age group but come close to the end of the race that I had little knowledge of because of all the confusion between what course we were riding and how many laps we had to do my mental state was not exactly where it should’ve been. Because of that mistake coming into my 2nd lap I slowed the pace down a little to conserve a little energy for the third lap that I had thought I had to do so a guy from Michigan came up from behind me and I had the thought that I would be able to catch him in the third lap but that was when I saw him cross the finish and then I finally figured out that I had to do only 2 laps and that put me in a bad place of regret. Later on after the race I finally got myself back into a good state of mind and looked at the highs of the race and said to myself, “my fitness was phenomenal in the mud and could’ve been alot worse, NEXT YEAR WILL DEFINETLY BE THE YEAR!!” All that really needed to change was my tire choice because of the conditions and my mental attitude. So I made a huge goal to try and achieve the mental attitude side of things for Sundays Enduro race to ensure I could enjoy the rest of my weekend.

Enduro

two events that followed up saturdays Cross Country was either Short Track or Enduro, with the format of short track it did not fit my type of racing so then I made the decision to race enduro as it covered my two favorite things uphills and technical downhills. Right off the start I got to the front with Nathan Guerra, Brian Matter, and Cory Samz and I felt really good riding beside my coach and other fast guys up a 1,276 ft hill. When we got to the top of the hill I got called off 4th to start as each person went down one by one as fast as they could, so once my run came it was a little nerve wrecking at first starting behind fast guys and  throughout my run their were one or two mistakes that i made but still kept it somewhat fast and starting behind nathan I would’ve never had guessed to see him on the course during my run because each person had a 30 second start in between each person so I was just about to enter the skills park and their I see Nathan walking his bike and it got me worried because I did not know whether he had a flat or something else wrong with his bike but sure enough looks were decieving and he had told me he broke his clavicle right as I zipped pass him and then I started to sympathized greatly for him but at the same time tried to think about having a good run. Coming out of the first downhill we started back uphill again but this time I took control of the climbing group until about three quarters of the way up I let Cory go first because I wanted to make sure a more experienced rider like himself would’nt have to deal with me wreaking or something if I were to start before him. When my second run approached I knew the course inside and out by that time and approached it with far more speed taking riskier lines to try and shave off seconds the best I could and eventually finished my run faster than I expected and finished 4th in the Pro/Open race behind Tristan Hauser and in front of Nate Knowles who both put up good runs making the race very tight. But overall I made the enduro race a success by keeping a good mindset from saturday and did good in my first Pro/Open race, making for a good weekend overall.

 Race pictures

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Enduro Pro/Open podium

Enduro Pro/Open podium

VISION CYCLING TRAIL RIDING CLINIC AND INTRO TO… -”WOMEN of VISION”

VISION CYCLING
TRAIL RIDING CLINIC
AND INTRO TO… ”WOMEN of VISION”
AUGUST 27, 2016
12-5 PM
THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL HEAD
N9097 COUNTY ROAD H, WHITEWATER, WI 53119

WHAT IS IT?
A totally free event put on by Vision Cycling where we will spend a short intro on mtb skills and drills and then take separate groups out on a loop of the trail and analyze and break it down section by section so as to ride it faster.

WHO IS IT FOR?
EVERYONE!
12:30 -Men’s group ride for experienced riders who want to get faster! -Led by Nathan Guerra
2:00 -Women ‘s group ride for experienced riders who want to get faster! -led by Lindsay Guerra
3:30 -juniors and beginner riders of any age who need to learn or practice trail riding knowledge and skills –(juniors need to be at least 8 and competent at riding a bike)

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
-Your awesome self!
-other awesome people who would like this!
-Bring some food to share for a picnic style potluck lunch!
-if you or someone you know would like to participate but doesn’t have a bike let us know and we can try to have a couple extra bikes on hand

PERKS!!!
-We hope to have demo bikes from Wheel and Sprocket available also!
-If anyone who comes to this has never done a WORS race before and decides they want to try one, we will pay the entry fee!!
-Social media contest!!! From each group whoever gives us the best pic, video, or comment share, will get an INDUSTRY NINE hoodie  or T-shirt!
-We will have some healthy snacks and recipes on hand!

LADIES!!…STAY TUNED!!
This event is also our formal introduction of Women of Vision!
Women of Vision will be a team division of Vision featuring….
-3 times a year women’s clinics
-a Women’s riding kit!! Think.. magenta and black!!!
-Women’s specific coaching plans
-and much more!!

ETC..
There is a trail pass and parking fee to ride here. Also these trails close at the first sign of bad weather so if they close but trail conditions are OK we will move it to Minooka park 1927 E Sunset Dr, Waukesha, WI 53186, or move it to Sunday

McKenna Dwyer WORS #5 – Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic: July 10, 2016

After riding the course about four times the weeks leading up to the race, and slowly walking through it, I felt more prepared for a race then ever.  I came into it knowing every line I wanted to take, and how to take it the quickest.  When it came to the day before the race, I went out and pre rode and just got to know the course further and see if I could find any last minute lines.  I also planned on mentally just going through the whole race working on the basics: cornering, attic position, braking, etc.  I felt completely confident for this race and was happy to finally feel this way.

On race day, I warmed up by just doing some spin ups on the trainer and then a little bit before race time, I hopped on my mountain bike and rode up a hill a couple times.  Minooka has a long lead out starting with a climb and then winding through some double track before going in to the single track.  I knew I wanted to be the first in to that section of single track because it was my strongest section of the race.  I ended up starting three rows back since there was a record amount of Elite women at this race.  Some Cat 1 junior girls got in the front row somehow so that made me nervous right away.  I already was nervous because I knew the hardest part of my race was going to be sprinting to get in to the single track first.

When the race started, I right away was behind because of starting so far back but I managed to get to the top of the first climb before most of my competitors.  I ended up going really hard in the double track and ended up fourth overall out of the Elite women and Cat 1 Juniors in to the single track.  I rode that single track hard and was riding behind Lindsay Guerra and Anna Ganju until they sprinted away from me when it opened up again.  I rode the whole first lap just focusing on the basics and riding with an Elite rider a bit in to the second lap.  I knew I already had a huge gap almost from the start.  On the second lap when I saw who I guessed was in second place coming down a hill I went down a couple minutes earlier, I then laid low for the rest of the race just focusing on hitting everything correctly but still putting up a pace.  The lady I was riding with had fallen back from where I was riding so I finished up the race by myself.  I ended up coming through in first feeling like I’ve had the strongest race that I’ve had in awhile.  I feel like I’m definitely going to peak for the Midwest Mountain Bike Championships and I’m excited to see what happens when I race there.

Nick Sdrenka WORS #5 Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic: July 10, 2016

WORS race #5 Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic at Minooka Park was the halfway point in the WORS season before the Midwest Mountain Bike Championships arrive and this course had its differences from the last race in Eau Claire. Minooka starts with a semi long lead out until the squeeze into the singletrack and then goes into lots of twisty singletrack that still contains alot of flow with the berms which I always found to be one of my better skills in tight tree sections coming from my backround in slalom snowboarding going fast through the trails seemed alot like it which I comprehended very well during the pre ride. On race day I was still feeling under the weather from the sinus infection I had during the week and made it somewhat hard for my muscles and my body to recover, however my mental state said otherwise because of my eagerness to race. As soon as I knew it I was on the line ready to race with a good attitude, despite not feeling 100% I still went with the fast guys and got slighty farther ahead than I usually get on the first lap but shortly after I completed my first lap I felt my body’s pain started to catch up with me slowly blowing up and fatiguing, trying to react quickly I dialed myself back to ensure myself that I could finish the race and shortly then after I slowly brought the pace back up taking advantage of my technical skills through the trees to catch up on people. Although my mentality was to not give up and stay positive I had two of my teammate Brian and Matt Paterson to help get me through the open sections as fast as they could to help me out in my race. Overall in the race I did not finish first and did not finish last but in between placing 2nd in my age which I was very happy with at the end of the day not having any regrets on doing any better with the current health I was in. Coming up in the next two weeks is the Midwest Mountain Bike Championships where I aim to ride 100% healthy and 200% happy setting that aside as a key goal for this next race weekend.

Keepin it fast and fun on the first lap through the berms

Keepin it fast and fun on the first lap through the berms

Their was nothing better in the race than simply just riding some fun singletrack!

Their was nothing better in the race than simply just riding some fun singletrack!

Vision Wheel & Sprocket WORS #5 Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic Race Report: July 10th, 2016

With half the WORS season complete, race number 5 returned to Minooka Park in Waukesha for the Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic.  This course starts with a quick sprint up the hill followed by open dual track then quickly ducks into tight, burmed single track.  A technical course overall, Minooka offers plenty of rock obstacles and narrow, bar-grabbing turns – a real change of pace from Firecracker!  Dry to the point of being slick in some turns, the conditions on Sunday were quite fast and made for some fantastic racing!

Junior Results

With the vast majority of Vision Juniors placing on the podium, it is very clear that the technical handling abilities are strong with our youngest competitors!  Brianna, Charis and Ryenn all placed 1st in their age groups and also very well overall!  James Wardle brought home a 2nd while Abby Johnson nabbed a 3rd.

  • Brianna Fletcher 1st in age group for Junior Females 10 AND 2nd overall!
  • Charis Guerra 1st in age group for Junior Females 9 AND 6th overall!
  • Ryenn Foote 1st in age group for Junior Females age 12 AND 8th overall!
  • James Wardle 2rd in age group for Junior Males 9 AND 11th overall!
  • Abby Johnson 3rd in age group for Junior Females age 7 to 8 AND 16th overall!
  • Joshua Wardle 7th in age group for Junior Males age 7 to 8 AND 64th overall

Yet again, Vision Junior Elites rode strong also finishing on the podium.  McKenna Dwyer has officially started a winning streak, placing 1st overall in three consecutive WORS races!  Nick Sdrenka, of Gilberts, IL, not feeling 100%, just missed 1st by less than a minute, but still took 2nd in his age group!  Here is his full race report.

  • McKenna Dwyer 1st in age group for Cat 1 Junior Female AND 1st overall!
  • Nick Sdrenka 2nd in age group for Cat 1 Junior Male AND 3rd overall!

Category 2 and 3 Results

Yet again met with massive fields, Citizen, Sport and Comp had tough competition on Sunday. Leah Fletcher, returning from a medical recovery period, showed her determination to make her comeback as strong as possible by taking 1st in her age group!  Elijah Johnson with his fourth 2nd this season is showing consistently strong finishes as well.  Master’s, Steve Lipski also finishes on the podium with a 3rd for the day in his age group.

  • Asa Guerra 4th in age group for Cat 3 Females 11 to 14 AND 5th overall
  • Lucas Fletcher 12th in age group for Cat 3 Male 11 to 14 AND 101st overall
  • Isacc Johnson 10th in age group for Cat 3 Males 11 to 14 AND 84th overall
  • Jim Pekowsky 6th in age group for Cat 3 Males 45 to 49 AND 91st overall
  • Kyle Johnson 10th in age group for Cat 3 Males 40 to 44 AND 71st overall
  • Dean Wardle 4th in age group for Cat 3 Male 30 to 34 AND 40th overall
  • Leah Fletcher 1st in age group for Cat 2 Sport Female 13 to 14 AND 8th overall!
  • Elijah Johnson 2nd in age group for Cat 2 Sport Male 13 to 14 AND 7th overall!
  • Walter Sdrenka 21st in age group for Cat 2 Sport Male 50 to 54 AND 113th overall
  • Todd Fletcher 4th in age group for Cat 2 Sport Male 55 to 59 AND 93rd overall
  • Dave Gavinski 12th in age group for Cat 2 Sport Clydesdale Male 45 and over AND 14th overall
  • Steve Lipski 3rd in age group for Cat 2 Comp Male Masters 50 to 59 and 51st overall!

Elite Team Results

With double 1st’s claimed in a row, Pro Nathan Guerra was looking to make it a triple and he did just that by taking 1st for the day finishing almost a full minute ahead of the competition.

In case you missed it, catch Nathan’s Firecracker POV recap from Red Flint Firecracker!

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Vision Pro, Lindsay Guerra podiumed with a 2nd overall on this technical course!  Watch her steal the sprint off the line for the Women’s Elite field:

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  • Brian Paterson 6th in age group Cat 1 Elite Males 30 to 34 AND 32nd overall
  • Matt Paterson 5th in age group Cat 1 Elite Males 23 to 29 AND 37th overall

Vision Elite’s Brian and Matt Paterson work together with Nick Sdrenka to slingshot him to a strong finish, catch a video of the teamwork here.

Closing Action Shots

Brianna Fletcher capturing 1st in age and 2nd overall!

Brianna Fletcher capturing 1st in age and 2nd overall!

Flying through the burms on her way to 1st, Charis Guerra!

Flying through the burms on her way to 1st, Charis Guerra!

James Wardle looking strong on his way to 2nd!

James Wardle looking strong on his way to 2nd!

Earning a back to back win, McKenna Dwyer places 1st!

Earning a back to back win, McKenna Dwyer places 1st!

Vision Junior Elite, Nick Sdrenka in 2nd!

Vision Junior Elite, Nick Sdrenka in 2nd!

Leah Fletcher returns in a big way with a 1st after a medical recovery!

Leah Fletcher returns in a big way with a 1st after a medical recovery!

Elijah Johnson ripping through to a 2nd in his age group!

Elijah Johnson ripping through to a 2nd in his age group!

Steve Lipski turning out a strong 3rd!

Steve Lipski turning out a strong 3rd!

Nathan Guerra for the third straight WORS race, takes 1st in Pro!

Nathan Guerra for the third straight WORS race, takes 1st in Pro!

Her third 2nd in a row, Lindsay Guerra consistently placing well on the podium!

Her third 2nd in a row, Lindsay Guerra consistently placing well on the podium!

Thanks to everyone for coming out and we’ll catch you next time at WORS #6 for the Midwest MTB Championships.

Vision Wheel & Sprocket WORS #4 Red Flint Firecracker Race Report: June 26th, 2016

The furthest west race in WORS 2016, the Red Flint Firecracker, continues to be held at the beloved Eau Claire Co. Expo Center in Eau Claire, WI.  This course offers a bit of everything from the fast lead out, pump hills, and plenty of rocks, roots and bridges!  The trail has a high sand content which drys out quickly in the sun – a trait many racers were thankful for after Saturday’s downpour.  Nathan Guerra was live streaming during the storms:

Junior Results

Vision Juniors found themselves on a moist course from the rain the day prior, but were able to take some great finish!  Brianna Fletcher has clearly found her rhythm with three wins this year for her age group!  James Wardle fought through feeling tired during the race and took 2nd in his age class with a 6th overall!  Charis Guerra landed in 1st for her age group and you can see her post race interview below.

  • Brianna Fletcher 1st in age group for Junior Females 10 AND 5th overall!
  • Charis Guerra 1st in age group for Junior Females 9 AND 7th overall!
  • James Wardle 2rd in age group for Junior Males 9 AND 6th overall!
  • Abby Johnson 4th in age group for Junior Females Age 7 to 8 AND 22nd overall
  • Joshua Wardle 8th in age group for Junior Males age 7 to 8 AND 61st overall

Vision Junior racer Charis Guerra post race interview

Vision Cat 1 Juniors topped the podiums taking 1st in both men’s and women’s fields.  Nick Sdrenka, looking to relive his success from previous WORS race at Mt Morris, took 1st overall!  For Nick’s full race report click here. McKenna, after a training camp in the U.P. and switching back to a more familiar bike, reclaimed 1st on the podium overall!

  • Nick Sdrenka 1st in age group for Cat 1 Junior Male AND 1st overall!
  • McKenna Dwyer 1st in age group for Cat 1 Junior Female AND 1st overall!

Category 2 and 3 Results

With race times starting in the morning, the course was not quite dry and still had some cautious wet turns.  Asa Guerra wiped out on a rocky climb, but was able to salvage her race with a very respectable finish in 3rd overall.  Dean Wardle had his best finish of the season taking a 3rd in age group.  With a 2nd on Sunday, Sport racer Elijah Johnson has held this spot for 3 races.  Comp racer, Steve Lipski battled the tough course and landed himself in 2nd for the 4th straight time!

  • Asa Guerra 3rd in age group for Cat 3 Females 11 to 14 AND 3rd overall
  • Dean Wardle 3rd in age group for Cat 3 Male 30 to 34 AND 32nd overall!
  • Lucas Fletcher 10th in age group for Cat 3 Male 11 to 14 AND 82nd overall
  • Isacc Johnson 7th in age group for Cat 3 Males 11 to 14 AND 64th overall
  • Elijah Johnson 2nd in age group for Cat 2 Sport Male 13 to 14 AND 13th overall!
  • Julien Henry 4th in age group for Cat 2 Sport Male 25 to 29 AND 25th overall
  • Walter Sdrenka 11th in age group for Cat 2 Sport Male 50 to 54 AND 82nd overall
  • Todd Fletcher DNF
  • Steve Lipski 2nd in age group for Cat 2 Comp Male Masters 50 to 59 and 42nd overall!

Elite Team Results

Working her way up the podium from Mt Morris, Lindsay Guerra placed 2nd overall!

Lindsay Guerra taking 2nd overall!

Lindsay Guerra taking 2nd overall!

With a dialed bike and working for a back-to-back win in WORS, Vision Pro Nathan Guerra, took 1st overall by almost 2 minutes!

Pro Nathan Guerra in 1st with the dialed bike that got him there!

Pro Nathan Guerra in 1st with the dialed bike that got him there!

 Pro Podium @ WORS Firecracker

  • Brian Paterson 4th in age group Cat 1 Elite Males 30 to 34 AND 30th overall
  • Matt Paterson 4th in age group Cat 1 Elite Males 23 to 29 AND 39th overall

For some lighthearted viewing, watch Brian & Matt’s recap of their Sioeye captured elite race footage highlighting interesting sections and a few flubs. All while providing unscripted commentary.

Closing Action Shots

Brianna Fletcher with a 1st in age and 5th overall!

Brianna Fletcher with a 1st in age and 5th overall!

Charis Guerra taking a 1st in her age class and 7th overall!

Charis Guerra taking a 1st in her age class and 7th overall!

2nd overall and 6th in his age group is Vision Junior, James Wardle!

2nd overall and 6th in his age group is Vision Junior, James Wardle!

3rd in age and overall, Asa Guerra!

3rd in age and overall, Asa Guerra!

Taking a 3rd in his age group, Dean Wardle represents Vision in the Citizen class on sunday!

Taking a 3rd in his age group, Dean Wardle represents Vision in the Citizen class on Sunday!

Sport racer, Elijah Johnson places 2nd in his age class at WORS#4!

Sport racer, Elijah Johnson places 2nd in his age class at WORS#4!

Comp Master's, Steve Lipski rode his way to 2nd in his age class!

Comp Master’s, Steve Lipski rode his way to 2nd in his age class!

Cat 1 Junior, McKenna Dwyer after some hard training recently, takes 1st overall!

Cat 1 Junior, McKenna Dwyer after some hard training recently, takes 1st overall!

Nick Sdrenka of Vision Junior Elite repeats his 1st overall result again this week!

Nick Sdrenka of Vision Junior Elite repeats his 1st overall result again this week!

Lindsay Guerra moving up on the podium, takes 2nd overall!

Lindsay Guerra moving up on the podium, takes 2nd overall!

Vision Founder, Nathan Guerra, on a freshly dialed bike tears up the technical and earns himself a 1st overall!

Vision Founder, Nathan Guerra, on a freshly dialed bike tears up the technical and earns himself a 1st overall!

Vision Elite, Brian Paterson places 4th in age group landing him on the podium!

Vision Elite, Brian Paterson places 4th in age group landing him on the podium!

 

Nick Sdrenka WORS #4 Red Flint Firecracker race report: June 26, 2016

WORS race #4 in Eau Claire took place at Lowes Creek County Park which was an area I was quite unfamiliar with being my first time ever racing there, the saturday preride put everything into perspective once it was done, but did not feel 100% about the course at first because it was a different type of course with little climbing and not as much decending as im used to but the decents that were provided in the course were very technical mostly because it felt like every big decent was a big rock garden and thats what a majority of them were. Along with that there was also a lot of flat wide open stuff which didn’t play to my advantage but still tried to make the best of my pre ride having two crashes already in my first lap.

The following day was the race and by that time I knew I had the course somewhat locked in my  head but still kept an open mind. Later on in the day my race came and felt good about how I treated my body so that was already a good sign and once Don said go it was a flat out effort right from the start for the elite field and soon funneled into an area that has a bunch of jumps so I tried to stay calm and conservative trying not to crash into anyone because of how hecktic it was toward the back of the elite field. I finally got settled in after a lap and a half and stuck with a fast group and paced myself until the junior field started coming back together so at that time I decided to put it in gear for the rest of the second lap and the whole third which ended up working out well because throughout the race I learned a bit and had fun tackling the tough decents that I had some problems with in the pre ride and with all of those variables I put together my first 1st place at Eau Claire which not only made me happy at the end of the day but made me feel a confident with the different parts of my riding that made me feel unsure of myself on race day and proved my diversity going into a race that I’ve never done before.

Surprised with a first

Surprised with a first

Putting the happy exclamation smile on my face rolling through the rock garden seemlessly

Putting the happy exclamation smile on my face rolling through the rock garden seemlessly