Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Magnificent Seven!

This is the winner’s medal, but the experience is the real prize.
Team Pedal Moraine amassed an impressive total of seven individual victories in the 2015 Wisconsin Off-Road Series season, which concluded on Oct. 11 in Sheboygan. John Hughes and Larry Hipps each accounted for three wins on their way to high overall placings in the season-long points competition. I accounted for the other, winning the Sport 50-54 race at the Reforestation Ramble in Suamico on Aug. 23.

Competing in Comp 40-44, Hughes won the Red Flint Firecracker in Eau Claire on June 28, the Scarlet Knight Scramble in Mt. Morris on July 12, and the Reforestation Ramble. Hughes finished 5th in his age group on series points.

Competing in Sport 50-54, Hipps won the Scarlet Knight Scramble, the Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic in Waukesha on Aug. 16, and Treadfest in Lake Geneva on Sep. 6. Hipps finished 2nd in his age group on series points, just 23 points shy of a state championship! Michael Owens (Colectivo Coffee Team) took 1st, beating Hipps 1596-1573.

Hughes and Hipps each had four 2nd place finishes and never finished a cross country race lower than 5th (Hipps was 10th in a greatly expanded field that included all Cat 2 men, ages 45-54, in the short track race at the WORS Cup in Portage on July 26). Congratulations to both of them for being so consistently good over a season that began way back on May 3!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Bill & Brittany Nigh Win WEMS Season Titles

The Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series wrapped up its 9-race season on Oct. 3 at Wausau and crowned Team Pedal Moraine’s Bill and Brittany Nigh as its 2015 short distance champions!

Each WEMS event features races of different duration, based either on time or on distance. A typical race will have a 3-hour option (about 30 miles), a 5- or 6-hour option (50-60 miles), and a 10- or 12-hour option (about 100 miles).

Bill’s path to the men’s championship was a consistent accumulation of series points. His 4th place finish in the season opener at Greenbush—a race hosted by Team Pedal Moraine—was the first of several Top 5 finishes. Bill was 3rd at Suamico, 4th at Alpine Valley, 2nd at Levis Mound, 2nd at Southern Kettles, and 3rd at Rock-n-Root.

Brittany’s season began with a 5th place at Greenbush, 2nd at Suamico, and 6th at Alpine Valley. She then won back-to-back races, first at Levis Mound and then at Thunderdown in the Underdown. She was 2nd at Southern Kettles, 3rd at Rock-n-Root, and 2nd at Wausau.

Bill & Brittany set aside their own racing ambitions on Sep. 19 to host another successful Northern Kettles Fall Epic at New Fane. Their teammates were there in force, either helping with race administration or taking part in the action on the trails.

Wisconsin is home to two statewide mountain bike racing series: WEMS and the Wisconsin Off-Road Series. The WORS season finale will be held next Sunday, Oct. 11, in Sheboygan. Team Pedal Moraine riders compete in both series, so watch for a WORS wrapup soon.

At this time of year, Team Pedal Moraine is also active in the Wisconsin Cycling Association cyclocross series. Cyclocross combines elements of road racing and mountain biking into a unique discipline that is fast and fan-friendly. Racers complete multiple laps of a mostly-grass course, sometimes carrying their bikes over or around obstacles. The season began in Manitowoc on Sep. 12 and Team Pedal Moraine’s Jeff Melcher took the win in the Masters 45+ Cat 1/2/3/4 race. Jeff won again at Lake Geneva on Sep. 20, and yet again at Verona on Oct. 3! The series continues through Nov. 21.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

TPM Riders Rock The MS 150

Teammates Brittany Nigh, Bill Nigh, Mike Laufenberg and Ross Lemke, with friend Graeme Reid.
A Wisconsin tradition at the beginning of every August, the MS 150 is a 2-day bike tour that attracts hundreds of riders to raise funds for the fight against multiple sclerosis. This year’s ride raised more than $1.1 million!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Team Pedal Moraine Supports Women's Cycling

Pedal Moraine supplied good things to eat and Team Pedal Moraine supplied the volunteers today for the Cedar Lake Wayside rest stop at the Wisconsin Women Cycling Century.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

WEMS Thunderdown in the Underdown

In several weeks some of us are tackling one of the most technically challenging courses WEMS has to offer; Thunderdown in the Underdown on July 18th. Bill Nigh, Brittany Nigh, Suzanne Letellier, and I will be attending. Give it some thought. Might be a whole lot of fun, along with some self-selected suffering.