Strigel undefeated in WORS series with one round remaining

Braun tastes first victory at WORS Bear Paw Rock N' Roll

As the weather cools in Wisconsin and the 2010 WORS Series approaches its finale, the contest for the remaining steps on the elite podium remains hot. In this weekend's race, along the edges of the beautiful Nicolet National Forest near White Lake, Wisconsin, WORS Overall Series Leader Abby Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison) maintained her undefeated record on the season, while first-year Pro Darrin Braun (Adventure 212 / Specialized) fought his way to the top step of the men's podium with the help of teammates Chris Peariso and Ryan Krayer.

For the elite racers, the course at the Bear Paw Adventure Resort is one of the most technical on the WORS circuit, with large rocks, roots and plenty of singletrack climbing. A steep hill and a long section of open fire road before the first singletrack climb strung out the field in both contests.

Leading the charge up the climb in the women's race, series overall leader Abby Strigel (Trek Stores of Madison) was closely matched by Lisa Krayer (Adventure 212 / Specialized), who has a firm hold on second in the series. The two rode away from the field in the opening minutes of the race, and Strigel led into the first section of singletrack.

"I think Lisa and I started to pull away," said Strigel. "It hurt very badly. We rode together for quite a ways on the lead-out, and at one point we both turned around and no one was there. We were both like, 'woah!' Then, in the first lap, I wasn't getting away in the singletrack and I wasn't getting away in the open. By the end of that lap, I was just doing anything I could to get away from her. Right after the first lap, I started to pull away a little. She was making me work very hard."

"I love the course here," said Krayer. "There's good singletrack and, like I told Abby today, I was glad to have full suspension out there. I tried to stay with her in the singletrack in the first lap, and I almost did. She pulled away in the end. I had to let her go and ride at my own pace, which was too bad because I was by myself and it was a lot of fun riding with her."

Anna Ganju (Team Polska) took third for the women, in a career best-to-date. Ganju recently returned to the Cat. 1 ranks mid-season this year after a three-year hiatus from WORS. Lori Sable and Renee Back rounded out the top five women.

With a little help from his teammates

In the men's contest, Team Adventure 212/ Specialized had strength in numbers on the start line. Teammates Darrin Braun, Chris Peariso, Ryan Krayer and Scott Cole have all ridden well this year and were called up in the first two rows. The team had a strategy for Bear Paw that Team Manager Chris Peariso shared after Braun took the win.

"With Brian [Matter] and Tristan [Schouten] out, we knew that we had numbers today," said Peariso, who took third place. "We wanted to lead out a little bit slower. We knew that Nathan [Guerra] raced yesterday, and he was pretty much the only guy we had to watch. So Darrin took the holeshot and held everything up. We made sure Ryan [Krayer] was in the group. Once we got a little bit of a break from everyone else, we started some team tactics. We started throwing things off the front to make Nathan chase, until finally we got Darrin away, and took the win today."

"After the first two laps, I had Chris with me," said Braun. "It was Chris, Nathan and I. We were going back and forth, putting digs in. Nate had his fair share, I had mine and Chris had his. On the third lap, I put in a little attack on the big hill. I think Nathan was tired, because he raced yesterday. I just hung out for a while and let him catch me, and once he had, I went again in the singletrack. I got away."

"It was short and hard," said Braun. "The short length today helped, but when it was hard it was really hard. This is a good course. The climbs are different here. There's not much sustained climbing, but you're hitting all the rocks and it's punchy and always winding through little sections of roots. It's good and hard."

"I was good for the first three laps," said Guerra (Mr. Tree / PowerBar) of his race. "Then Darrin put an attack in on the first singletrack climb and my legs just seized up in all of the places that they hurt yesterday."

Braun and Guerra, who sometimes ride together outside of racing, have gone back and forth all year in the WORS Series. When asked about the start, Guerra agreed that Adventure 212 / Specialized had worked well together to try to control the pace of the race.

"All the big hitters were gone today except for Adventure 212, so it was the 212 train at the front of the race," said Guerra, laughing. "They were trying to control the pace of the race. It was awesome team tactics on their part. After the climb, it started to come back together, and I thought I was being boxed-in a little. I went to the outside and hit it hard, and tried to get into the singletrack first, but Darrin shut that down. In the end, I don't know if the team tactics really played a part, because when Darrin put in that attack in the singletrack and rode away, I just didn't have the legs and I couldn't respond. He was riding really great. I'm really happy for him. This is his first big WORS win."

Chris Peariso rode in solo to a third place finish while Ryan Krayer, who had lost contact with the lead group in the second lap, finished in fourth. Rounding out the top five was Ted Hanes (Fond Du Lac Cyclery), who fought from 10th to fifth after an early crash in the pack caused him to lose several places at the start.

The series now turns all eyes to the traditional season finale in Sheboygan, to be held on October 10 at the Wigwam MTB Challenge. The final WORS event of the year will feature a large cash purse for the winner of both elite races, as well as a raffle during the awards ceremony and a special Trek Women skills clinic during the pre-ride on October 9. The women's clinic will feature Abby Strigel and Sara Kylander-Johnson (Trek Mountain CO-OP), and will be hosted by the WORS Women's riders group. For more information on the Sheboygan event, visit www.wors.org.

Full Results

Elite men (Pro & Cat. 1)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Darrin Braun (Adventure 212/Specialized)1:26:10 
2Nathan Guerra (Mr Tree / Powerbar)0:01:47 
3Chris Peariso (Adventure 212 / Specialized)0:02:31 
4Ryan Krayer (Adventure 212/Specialized)0:03:34 
5Ted Hanes (Fond du Lac / Oshkosh Cyclery)0:04:40 
6Seth Lenss (Titletown Flyers)0:04:40 
7Ronald Stawicki (Team Polska)0:05:48 
8Tyler Gauthier (Culvers Racing)0:06:34 
9Scott Cole (Adventure 212/Specialized)0:07:05 
10Neil Swanson (Team WORS)0:07:44 
11Trevor Olson (Muddy Cup)0:08:00 
12Matt Gehling (Trek Stores ofMadison / WORS)0:09:29 
13Adam Swank0:09:30 
14Bryan Fosler (Trek Stores ofMadison)0:09:56 
15J. W. Miller (Trek Stores ofMadison)0:10:39 
16John Lirette (Hayes)0:10:41 
17Glenn Kirst (Wheel & Sprocket)0:11:14 
18Ben Koenig (RMC / Clean Power)0:11:27 
19Justin Piontek (Performa Cycling)0:11:28 
20Matt Millin (Team BONK)0:12:16 
21Mike Budd (Wheel & Sprocket)0:12:36 
22Chad Hildebrandt (Team Polska)0:12:52 
23John Shull (EXPO Racing)0:13:43 
24Russ Krueger (Rib Mountain Cycles)0:15:15 
25Jesse Shoemaker (Performa Cycling)0:16:46 
26Carlos Haeckel (Alterra / Sunringle / Voodoo)0:16:46 
27Casey Masterson (Velo Trocadero)0:17:00 
28Bill Nigh (Team Pedal Moraine)0:17:11 
29Nick Sabel (Fond du Lac/Oshkosh Cyclery)0:19:03 
30Roger Lundsten (Muddy Cup)0:19:39 
31Chris Mantel (VeloTrocadero)0:20:11 
32Chad Dean (5Nines Data)0:20:42 
33Mark Burkholz (Extreme Bike)0:21:46 
34Jerrod Collier (Muddy Cup Racing)0:25:42 
Elite women (Pro & Cat. 1)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Abigail Strigel (Trek Stores ofMadison)1:18:31 
2Lisa Krayer (Adventure 212/Specialized)0:02:31 
3Anna Ganju (Polska)0:06:46 
4Lori Sable0:07:35 
5Renee Bach (Chain Smokers)0:08:23 
6Rachel Horstman (Erik's Bikes &Boards)0:10:29 
7April Dombrowski (Team Pedal Moraine)0:12:04 
8Kate Heil (Cyclenauts)0:12:41 
9Claire Cannon (Trek Stores ofMadison / WORS)0:13:48 
10Denise Coppock0:13:53 
11Michelle Peariso (Adventure 212/Specialized)0:24:59 
12Brenda Zimmermann Thorpe (Rib Mnt Cycles/Red Eye Brewery)0:24:59 
Junior men 15-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Myles Beach (EXPO)1:12:29 
2Kyle Warras (EXPO Racing)0:01:44 
3Nathan Labecki (EXPO Racing)0:02:31 
4Cameron Schave (Fond Du Lac Cyclery)0:03:31 
5Casey Hildebrandt (Maplelag-Paramount-Skinny Ski)0:03:38 
6Andrew Senderhauf (Wheel and Sprocket)0:04:11 
7Ben Senkerik (Team Extreme)0:04:50 
8Mike Zuiker (Pomps)0:05:39 
9Dakota Dale (Riverbrook Momentum)0:06:22 
10Caleb Lenss (EXPO)0:07:08 
11Chris Harrison (Titletown Flyers)0:18:39 
Men 50+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brad Tennis (Wildside Velo)1:30:13 
2Bob Boone (Chippewa Valley Cycling Club)0:00:54 
3Tim Montee (Muddy Cup)0:05:19 
Singlespeed men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Jones (Hayes Brakes)1:17:45 
2Brent Palmer (Titletown Flyers)0:01:32 
3Rick Walls (Muddy Cup \\ Twin Six)0:09:38 
Cat. 2 Men (all ages & Clydesdale)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greg Heil (Cyclenauts)1:11:06 
2Patryk Limanowicz (Pact-Dish Network)0:01:02 
3Chris Cook (Bikes N Boards)0:02:20 
4Joseph Maloney0:02:31 
5Spence Cone (Wildside Velo Club)0:02:31 
6Nicholas Holzem (City Bike Works)0:03:01 
7Lance Wall (Treadhead cycle club)0:03:48 
8Justin Michaels (Gear'N Up)0:04:10 
9Sanjay Ganju (Alterra Mtb)0:04:17 
10Eric Fossell (Spokes N Spines)0:05:00 
11Vince Steger (Eriks Bikes & Boards)0:05:04 
12Dan Szczepanski (BelGioioso/Titletown Flyers)0:05:12 
13Mark Cole (Adventure 212/Specialized)0:05:21 
14Nathan Lillie (RUCC-Brones Bike Shop)0:05:37 
15Gabriel Ion (Treadhead Cycling)0:05:59 
16Tim Racette (Team Wisconsin/MC2)0:06:40 
17Kurt Schwiesow (Tower Clock Eye Center)0:06:59 
18Steve Herriges0:07:09 
19Matt Dale (Riverbrook Momentum)0:07:18 
20Glen Stroik (Chiropractic Partners)0:07:42 
21Joe Villalobos (Hayes RPM Cycling)0:07:48 
22Ross Lemke (Pedal Moraine/Hammer)0:07:55 
23Kevin Pomasl (Team Wisconsin/ MC2)0:08:41 
24Joe Greatens0:08:50 
25Dan Wierzba (Rib Mountain Cycles)0:09:07 
26Jesse Kusserow0:09:16 
27Jeremy Vogels (Performa Cycling)0:09:33 
28Dan Tavela (THC)0:09:38 
29Tyson Schwiesow (CZ Velo)0:09:39 
30Patrick Haley (Velo Trocadero)0:09:43 
31Jimmy Toombs (Eriks Bikes & Boards)0:09:53 
32Michael Joachim0:10:02 
33Matt Bolenbaugh (RMC)0:10:15 
34Bryan Frazier (Wildside Velo Club)0:10:19 
35Jeremy Lentz0:11:31 
36Bill Schneider (Elliot)0:12:33 
37Krystian Pac (PACT - DISH POLSKA TV - Miodu!)0:13:26 
38Tyler Welnak (Wheel and Sprocket)0:15:11 
39Steve Jeske (Pedal Moraine)0:15:12 
40Erin Sikora (Performa Cycling)0:18:10 
41Chris Fellows (WORS HAYES BRAKES)0:18:47 
42Shawn Hoppe (Fond Du Lac Cyclery)0:18:49 
43Jeff Steckbauer (Rib Mountain Cycles)0:21:19 
44Andrew Wiesner (Titletown Flyers)0:27:55 
45Tim Cook0:28:04 
46Jamie Prange (Cyclopath)0:36:19 
Cat. 2 Women (all ages)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nina Karinen1:14:48 
2Beth Wagner (RASTA Dirty Girlz)0:02:08 
3Paula Liske (Rib Mountain Cycles)0:03:41 
4Karlene W Olson (Muddy Cup)0:08:18 
5Sarah Agena (Adventure 212)0:09:14 
6Brittany Nigh (Team Pedal Moraine)0:09:28 
7Emily Shull (EXPO Racing)0:10:40 
8Lynne Senkerik (Team Extreme)0:10:44 
9Rachael Jensen (Gear Grinder)0:12:29 
10Ann Holsen (Heavy Pedal Velo Club)0:14:24 
11Kelli Piotrowski0:18:38 
12Susie McGinnity (Elliot)0:18:46 
13Helmy Tennis (Wildside Velo)0:19:06 
14Jenni Borell (Attitude Sports)0:21:05 
15Lisa Olson0:26:40 
16Cheryl Post (Point Pursuit)0:27:27 
17Sue Lundsten (Muddy Cup)0:28:21 
18Kris Tiles0:31:09 
19Rolleen Kralovec (Team Spike)0:34:39 
20Sue Borchardt (team extream)0:48:31 
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