Your 2013 Singlespeed State Champs are Heidi Beck and Jacob Groethe!Jacob Groethe won the men’s XC Race and the Cabin Loop Enduro Stage. Joe Curtes redeemed himself from a disappointing XC result, which eliminated him from GC contention, by winning both the Bermtown and Dragon’s Tail Enduro Stages. Jacob already had the title wrapped up going into the Trike Race Finale but continued his domination by winning the finale as well. Ron Stawicki placed second while Brian Schwaller came in third.
Heidi Beck won the women’s XC Race by less than a minute over Heather Stelljas making the Enduro decisive in determining the women’s champ. Heidi won both the Bermtown and Dragon’s Tail Stages by a slim margin and the two ladies had a dead heat tying on the Cabin Loop. After hard racing all day the ladies decided the strongest woman had won and to not let the Trike Finale alter the GC result and took a Trike parade lap for spectators.
Rock’n Root Set For August 10, 2013
The Rock N’ Root race trail is in excellent condition! The loop is approximately 8.5 miles and features some significant improvements made by a dedicated trail crew this season!
Start working on your endurance legs now! RASTA is hosting the 3rd annual WEMS Rock ‘N Root on August 10 at the Perch Lake shelter at Washburn Lake Silent Sports Trails Area in Rhinelander.
Start times are as follows:
10 Hour: 10 am – final lap must be finished by 8 pm
6 Hour: 1 pm – final lap must be completed by 7 pm
3 Hour: 3 pm – final lap must be completed by 6 pm
Day of race registration will open at 8:30 am
Camping will be available for a $10 fee. Tent camping is allowed along the pit area down by the lake. There is limited space for campers in the parking lot. There is a daily trail fee of $5 for racers who do not have annual passes already. Park rules include no glass, no pets. Plan on staying the night – this is the only weekend that camping is allowed at Perch Lake. Good times are had by all!
The lap is approximately 7 miles and is challenging and hilly. The RASTA crew has done some great work lately!
If you have any questions start a discussion on our RASTA Facebook page:
Or call the race director:
Beth Wagner 715-350-1517
Riders can pick up their pre-ordered WEMS Jerseys at the Rock’n Root. Limited quantities are still available for $60: women’s small and medium, men’s medium
An important answer about gearing from Mike Curtes:
Regular Beechwood riders riding on 29ers run anywhere from a 34×19 for the super strong mashers to a 32×21 for the spinners. There are lots and lots of steep punchy climbs and very few flat spots to hurt those that choose to run easier gearing. I’d suggest erring on the easy side for anyone that hasn’t been there.
Any other questions can go right to the source: Mike Curtes @ 414-397-0959
Anyone who wants to see a good show would be welcome as a volunteer. Rumor has it that Hawaiian shirts might make an appearance in the race, and the weekend is sure to be fun all around.
Look for this guy in Wausau this weekend if you pre-ordered your jersey, or pick yours up at an upcoming WEMS event. Limited sizes are still available at WEMS events or the WEMS store.
Help spread the word about the mountains of single speed fun that will be happening next weekend, August 3 out in Beechwood. Check the link below for some of the details. This should be unlike any other race you’ve ever been to, with a day filled with bikes, laughs, beers, and cheers. We’re planning on a stage race format with a xc stage and multiple enduro stages through some of the best single track segments. If you don’t have a single speed, leave the geared bikes at home and come try out one of the demo bikes that Milwaukee Bicycle will be bringing up. The enduro segments will be very spectator friendly and I’m sure we will have a mobile beer cart following the race along to help keep things lively. We’re also looking for volunteers to help out with registration and timing.
Come Friday and stay through Sunday if you can.
Schedule of Events:
Noon – ? Course marking, general setup, grilling, keg tapping, and camping
8am – 10am Registration
10 am – 12:30 pm XC Race
1 pm – 3:30 pm Enduro Stages
4 pm Race finale
Rest of the night bonfires, grilling, beers, and camping
Wake up Shake off the dust. Trails will be open for more riding and course clean up
1:30 pm WORS Single Speed race begins at Sunburst (15 minutes down the road from Beechwood)
Hope to see a ton of you folks out in the Beech!
Contact me with any questions or to volunteer to help out.
WEMS would like to give Velocity USA out of Grand Rapids, MI a big THANK YOU for donating a brand new set of their 29er Blunt SL Pro Disc wheels (MSRP: $799.99) which comes with a convertible front hub for 15mm thru axle and a convertible 142x12mm rear thru axle. Other Velocity give aways are 60% off gift certificates, 3 per each event for the remaining season.
For more info on these wheels or to purchase your own, please check out The Wheel Department.
These wheels will be on display at a WEMS race near you. A lucky racer will get a chance to keep these wheels at the end of the season. How does a racer end up with these wheels? You must first register for a series number plate and then you must compete in as many WEMS races as possible to increase your odds of winning. Once you have a WEMS Series number plate, you are then allowed to fill out a ticket and slip it into the drawing box. Again, this is ONLY for Registered Series Racers. There will also be other prizes at the end of the year to give away to Series Racers as an award for commitment.