Back for a second time in La Crosse is this years race number 7. Known for its white knuckling decent and leg scorching climb, the Hixon Forest Epic has also added more technical single track to round out one of the most technical courses in the 2016 catalog. Category 2 and above, within minutes of race start, are shot down the brakepad cleaning decent until they reach the bottom of the mountain. Once at the bottom a quick break on a short flat is enjoyed before the long climb back to the top. From there, technical and tight single track keeps racers on their toes as they brace for another lap!
Dry race conditions and warm weather were very welcome as wet conditions would have made an already challenging course downright intense! With over 1100 feet of climbing per lap for some categories, Hixon yet again proves to be a must for the 2016 schedule!
Spared the long climb, Junior racer’s circuit remained on top of the mountain, but still offered plenty of exciting challenges for our youngest competitors.
- Charis Guerra 1st in age group for Junior Females age 9 AND 7th overall!
- Brianna Fletcher 1st in age group for Junior Females age 10 AND 2nd overall!
- James Wardle 2nd in age group for Junior Males age 9 AND 6th overall!
- Abby Johnson 3rd in age group for Junior Females age 7 to 8 AND 13th overall!
- Joshua Wardle 7th in age group for Junior Males age 7 to 8 AND 46th overall
Junior Elites, riding the full course, earned great finishes as well! McKenna Dwyer, knee hurt and run over, still placed very well with a 2nd overall! Nick Sdrenka also took home a 2nd in his age group and 4th overall.
- McKenna Dwyer 2nd in age group for Cat 1 Junior Female AND 2nd overall!
- Nick Sdrenka 2nd in age group for Cat 1 Junior Male AND 4th overall!
Cat 2 & 3 Results
Cat 3 racers were spared the mountain while Category 2 competitors found themselves sweating it out on the long climb. Both categories had great representations on Sunday as Kyle Johnson, Dean Wardle, Leah Fletcher, Elijah Johnson, Todd Fletcher and Steve Lipski all had their moment on the podium.
- Dean Wardle 1st in age group for Cat 3 Male 30 to 34 AND 20th overall!
- Kyle Johnson 3rd in age group for Cat 3 Males 40 to 44 AND 34th overall!
- Leah Fletcher 1st in age group for Cat 2 Sport Female 13 to 14 AND 2nd overall!
- Elijah Johnson 2nd in age group for Cat 2 Sport Male 13 to 14 AND 4th overall!
- Todd Fletcher 3rd in age group for Cat 2 Sport Male 55 to 59 AND 48th overall!
- Steve Lipski 2nd in age group for Cat 2 Comp Male Masters 50 to 59 and 25th overall!!
- Lucas Fletcher 12th in age group for Cat 3 Male 11 to 14 AND 57th overall
- Asa Guerra 4th in age group for Cat 3 Females 11 to 14 AND 4th overall
- Isacc Johnson 10th in age group for Cat 3 Males 11 to 14 AND 54th overall
- Walter Sdrenka 5th in age group for Cat 2 Sport Male 50 to 54 AND 63rd overall
Elite Team Results
Lindsay Guerra battled the challenging course for a 3rd in age and 4th overall! See her WORS recap interview below:
- Matt Paterson 2nd in age group Cat 1 Elite Males 23 to 29 AND 25th overall!
- Brian Paterson 5th in age group Cat 1 Elite Males 30 to 34 AND 23rd overall!
Best wishes for a fast recovery to Vision Founder and Pro, Nathan Guerra while he recovers from a broken collar bone at WORS #6.
Closing Action Shots