July 27 & 28, 2013
The Midwest endurance rendezvous saw 600 riders come out on the coldest weekend since 1934 to ride the blazing fast trails of the Nine Mile County Forest. CWOCC put together a sweet course that omitted the steepest pitch to the Ho Chi Mihn Trail in exchange for even more of the rock features that are a signature of Nine Mile. Overall the course ran about three minutes faster than the year before with a lap still around 11 miles. The thing that had everyone worried was the dark clouds and chilly temperatures that dropped to the mid-forties. How quickly we can get used to a heat wave only to have it snatched away on race day.
Two-time single-speed and 2011 solo champ Ron Stawicki from Café de Arts Roastery was back on his single-speed to pace a huge solo field of over 50. He was able to navigate the shortened Le Mans start cleanly and spun free of the bottlenecks that snagged many on the Red Bud Road singletrack. After one lap he had gained 11 minutes on the solo field and was a half hour up when he finally checked after four laps. He continued what he considered a comfy pace and did not make an extended stop until eight hours had passed. Wausau24 is indeed the big race on Stawicki’s calendar this year. He’s placed less emphasis on WORS racing while focusing on building trail around Waukesha, but he did show up at two WEMS races this year as preparation for Wausau.