The Wisconsin Cyclocross Series presented by Trek
We’ll use the Previews to give you a sense of what you might expect at the course and which riders have pre-registered. Then the Recaps will tell some stories beyond the results.
Englewood CX Preview, Fall River, Wisconsin
We’re moving to a new course that has featured lots of mountain bike racing – and cows.
Real cows. This is a working farm!
So we have no idea how the course will affects the riders.
But with 272 pre-registered riders, it’s going to be a full-on event!
Here are races I’m curious about on Saturday:
The Milwaukee girls face off against the Madison girls.
Milwaukee residents Brooklyn and Sloan Becker (Kenosha Velosport) and Eva Rachel (Team Wisconsin/Raychel Racing Regime) travel to Englewood to race off against Revolution teammates Abigail Wood, Issa Cohen, and Stella Hague.
Brooklyn Becker has won her last two races. Will the streak continue?
This is a stacked field!
Defending state champion Finn Sonnemann (Revolution) faces stiff competition from Rylan Zacharek (ASU Devo) and Roczen Beissel (Northstar Development).
Sonnemann and Zacharek have split their races, so this should be a good matchup.
Open Cat. 4
I don’t want to cause any controversy, nor am I going to call anyone out.
The 4s field, though, is stacked with riders who should probably become 3s fairly soon.
Soon it’s going to be an epic battle to see who emerges from this field onto the podium.
Open Single Speed
All three of the top riders, Josh Fangman (Brazen Dropouts), James Anders (Momo Riders), and Alex Sukowaty (Broken Spoke) have been riding really strongly over the first three races.
Sukowaty says he wants to be consistent and go for the series win, and then he won Sunday at Hill Bill.
Women’s Cat. 4
At Waterford, the Femme40 team did a podium sweep.
Will that happen again?
Jenna Motz won Waterford, Megan Agnew took second, and both, along with Amy Luebbering will go for the win.
But Anne Schwarzwalder (Brazen Dropouts) is going to try and disrupt that podium.
In the other races, look for a pitched battle in the Open 3/ 4! And the Master’s Cat. 4 races may come down to sprints again.
From the promoter:
Englewood has recently hosted WORS, NICA, and UCI mountain bike races.
The farm has natural terrain and trails that make for an incredibly fun and challenging (this is ‘cross after all) CX course!
We’re talkin’ FAST “Hay Bale Switchbacks™”, we’re talkin’ challenging climbs, and we’re talkin’ features that hearken back to the OG BD SP (who’s with me still?) course, BERMS!
Battle of Waterloo Preview
September 25, Fireman Park, Waterloo, WI
We’re back at the familiar course in Waterloo’s Fireman Park.
I’ve raced here in rain, snow, sleet, and hot weather, and it’s always a blast of a course.
There are 290 riders pre-registered, so the tight course is going to be tricky to navigate, especially on the off-camber hills!
Here are the races I’m curious about:
Open Masters 1/ 2/ 3 35 plus
There are a lot of heavy hitters in this field, including Justin Marshall (Trek Midwest) and Seth Eckert (801 W. Madison).
How Ben Schreiber (Linear Sport), Chad Hartley (Adapt), and Brian Bierman (2-Bit Bicycle Goons) recover from Englewood will determine who is at the front of the race.
Eckert is the kind of rider who can get away early, but Schreiber has been riding really strongly lately, including conquering the Hill Bill course.
Open Masters 1/ 2/ 3/ 50 plus
Some of the best veteran cyclocross races in the midwest are showing up Sunday in Waterloo.
Danny Warner, Jarrod Kerkhoff, and Omar Patalinghug (F3 p/b 7 Mile Cycles) are coming up from Illinois to ride against the usual Wisconsin suspects like Arlen Spicer (Serpentijn) and Anderson Bortoletto (Neff Cycle).
But now former national champion Robert Downs and Jeff Abitz (Diablo) are ready to throw wrenches into the mix.
Women’s 3/ 4
Now that Lyllie Sonneman upgraded to a 2, Sarah Kelnhofer (Colavita WI) has been riding by herself at the front.
She’s facing some new riders this weekend who may give her some competition.
Plus Kelnhofer will be riding her fourth race of the weekend, and fatigue may simply catch up to her.
Women’s 1/ 2
This could be one of the best races of the weekend.
Amber Markey was not signed up for the weekend races, so her presence is uncertain.
Markey is the first to beat Erin Feldhausen (Trek Midwest) at a Wisconsin elite race in a long time.
But other women are lurking, ready to ride at the front and show their speed.
Anne Mayer (Trek Midwest) is always ready to throw down and show her fitness.
Caitlin Neuman (Neff Cycle) and Kristin Korevec (Trek Midwest) were both in the top seven at this race last year, and Neuman is one of the few who’s beaten Feldhausen in a race.
And then there’s junior Lyllie Sonnemann, who is still learning the ropes in the elite field. The girl is a powerhouse and a really good bike handler, and on a course like Waterloo, could surprise everyone!
From the promoter:
The course will include many of the features from past years that you love, including the “Lion’s Mound” (commemorating the actual Battle of Waterloo), with a few new twists & turns to make it exciting.
With a real DJ on-site, we will have the beats playing and the good times rolling.
FREE Registration for Juniors (9-18) and First Timers, so bring your friends and convince them try it out – mountain and gravel bikes are welcome!