I started off my weekend of racing at 4:00 on Saturday afternoon right after it poured for a couple hours. The Pro men went off later than they were supposed to due to course changes because of the heavy amount of rain. Many of the racers I started with only went up the start hill or got a little ways into the race and stopped, I honestly just wanted to finish the race. The Pro women started one minute before us and I caught up to all of them except for the leader within the first couple of miles. We all were racing in the same terrible, muddy race conditions and it honestly was just a battle of whose bike worked the best in mud. I was working with Lindsay Guerra most of the race and going back and forth with a couple of the other Elite racers. When we got to the skills park (probably the most tricky part of the race) on the first lap this is where I made the mistake that cost me the race. Rather then just running the first section of boulders and getting back on and riding the rest, I ran the entire skills park and second place gained a huge amount of time on me. Right after I got out of the skills park my chain came off (luckily this was the only time my chain came off, most other riders weren’t as lucky) and this is where second place caught up to me and passed me and kept getting farther away. I just raced the rest of the race as best as I could with the conditions and came threw in second. I mostly was just happy to finish the race, and I still came through in a pretty good position. I definitely learned a new technique for getting through mud races and I’m happy I have the experience under my belt for future races.
I still haven’t figured out a strategy for short track so I usually go hard from the start and it usually works for me. I started of this race just going hard right away and I basically killed myself for the whole race. There was a spot on the course where I could see second place the whole time and she was always the same amount of time behind me so that’s how I judged how hard I should go for the rest of the race. It was honestly just fun to race again, and I’m really just starting to focus on having fun during my races.
It was really fun to spent time camping with my friends and that’s honestly probably my favorite part of race weekends. Thank you to everyone who came to the race and supported me. I race the 12 hour duo at Wausau 24 with Katy McDicken next weekend and I’m really excited to see how that race ends up.
With half the series in the rear-view, WORS again hosted the Midwest Mountain Bike Championships (MWMTBC) presented by Trek at Cascade Mountain. The MWMTBC has USAC sanctioned Cross-Country, Short Track and Enduro races over two days and promises great spectating and vendor representation.
The Cascade Mountain course is arguably one of the most difficult in the series throwing tight single track, rocky climbs and descents. To compound this, risk of rain loomed over head for the later XC races on Saturday. While earlier races for the Cat 2/3 finished with little precipitation, downpours started during the Junior races and continued on well past the scheduled start time for the Pro/Elite fields. With a delayed start, conditions for the Elite men’s field can be best described as riding through a jar of crunchy-peanut butter. Unfortunately, the Elite Women’s field saw no better conditions.
Still drying out from the heavy rains the day prior, Sunday held the Short Track and Enduro races in the morning and afternoon respectively. Short Track, a race referred to as the “hurricane of pain” is a short, roughly 20 minute all out race covering a flatter, but faster course than what XC provides. Enduro, a race with downhill roots, challenges racers with multiple timed descents down some of the course’s most technical sections.
With a dry start and a messy, wet finish, the Junior’s fields were both large and skilled. A step away from normal WORS age/category breakouts, the MWMTBC moved some of Vision’s Cat 3 racers to Junior fields based on their ages.
Asa Guerra 1st in age group for Junior Females age 12 AND 1st overall!
Leah Fletcher 1st in age group for Junior Female age 13 AND 2nd overall!
Brianna Fletcher 1st in age group for Junior Females age 10 AND 4th overall!
Charis Guerra 1st in age group for Junior Females age 9 AND 6th overall!
Abby Johnson 2nd in age group for Junior Females age 7 to 8 AND 2nd overall!
Lucas Fletcher 2nd in age group for Junior Males age 12 AND 3rd overall!
James Wardle 2nd in age group for Junior Males age 9 AND 10th overall!
Elijah Johnson 3rd in age group for Junior Males age 14 AND 3rd overall!
Joshua Wardle 8th in age group for Junior Males age 7 to 8 AND 8th overall
Isacc Johnson 4th in age group for Junior Males age 12 AND 8th overall
McKenna Dwyer 2nd in age group for Cat 1 Junior Females AND 2nd overall!
Nick Sdrenka 2nd in age group for Cat 1 Junior Males AND 4th overall!
Cat 2 and 3 Results
With an earlier start time, Category 2 and 3 racers were able to beat the storms and saw dry trail conditions. Note that Comp and Sport are not broken out for the MWMTBC results.
Dean Wardle 2nd in age group for Cat 3 Male 30 to 34 AND 24th overall!
Steve Lipski 3rd in age group for Cat 2 Male Masters 50 to 59 and 83rd overall!
Todd Fletcher 5th in age group for Cat 2 Male Masters 55 to 59 AND 114th overall
Walter Sdrenka 16 in age group for Cat 2 Males 50 to 54 AND 124th overall
Elite Team Results
Vision Elite Lindsay Guerra found her way through the mud to 2nd place overall and a 1st in her age group. Team Pro, Nathan Guerra, fought hard through the mud and earned a 3rd place for the wet day.
Brian Paterson DNF
Matt Paterson DNF
Short Track Results
From the perspective of Brian and Matt Paterson, have a look at the full Elite Short Track race:
Kyle Johnson 23rd for Amateur Males 40 to 49
Elijah Johnson 1st for Amateur Males 9 to 14
Steve Lipski 5th for Amateur Males 50 and Over
McKenna Dwyer 1st in age group for Cat 1 Females 15 to 18 and 5th overall!
Lindsay Guerra 5th in age group for Cat 1 Females 19 to 39 and 6th overall
Matt Paterson 3rd in age group for Cat 1 Males 19 to 29 and 18th overall!
Brian Paterson 6th in age group for Cat 1 Males 30 to 39 and 17th overall
Nathan Guerra 2nd in Pro Males!
Vision Junior Elite Nick Sdrenka showed his technical abilities by earning a 4th overall in the Pro/Open fields! Walter Sdrenka earned a top spot in his age group with a 2nd for the day of descending! In an unfortunate turn, Nathan Guerra, had to pull out of the race due to a broken collarbone. We wish Nathan the best as he heals quickly and we look forward to seeing him on the trail soon!
Nick Sdrenka 4th in Pro/Open Males!
Walter Sdrenka 2nd in age group for Cat 2-3 Males 50 and Over AND 22nd overall!
Lindsay Guerra DNF
Nathan Guerra DNF
Closing Action Shots
Vision’s Asa Guerra taking a 2nd in age and overall!
Beating the pudding mud, Leah Fletcher takes 2nd in age and 3rd overall!
Brianna Fletcher, caught in the rain, finishes with a 1st in her age group!
Charis Guerra taking 1st in her age group!
Vision Junior, Abby Johnson battling slick trails on her way to 2nd!
Lucas Fletcher in 2nd for his age and 3rd overall!
James Wardle on his way to 2nd!
Elijah Johnson nabs 3rd in age and overall!
McKenna Dwyer earns herself a 1st in age for Short Track and 2nd overall in XC!
Nick Sdrenka earning a 2nd in age group for XC and 4th overall in Enduro!
Dean Wardle, took advantage of the fast trails as he grabbed 2nd in his age group!
Steve Lipski puts the hurt on Cat 2, taking 3rd in his age group!
Vision Elite LIndsay Guerra with a 2nd overall and 1st in age!