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2013 North Kettles Fall Epic

North Kettles Fall Epic
New Fane Trails
September 14th, 2013

Fall temperatures made the fastest course in the Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Bike Series even faster and led to many lap times under 24 minutes. The 10-hour field located the fast groves with a wheel-to-wheel opening lap led by Polska’s Adam Gipril. Series veteran Rich Lytle and series regular David Swanson never gave Gipril a gap on the tight course until Swanson moved to the front when the course finally widened at the transition.

Swanson’s lead held until Gipril brought him back on lap four and finally broke things open on lap seven. Up to second in series points, Swanson soon withdrew from New Fane as Gipril continued to grind out the hard laps until he had built an 18 minute lead over Lytle who had struggled with a dangling seat bag and disconnected crank. Lytle has seen years of long course races and knows how to take care of him self until time expires. Gipril literally collapsed on the grass after 17 laps and was still on his back as Lytle rode by on his way to a 20-lap win. Single-speed series leader Jostein Alvestad opened the race on the mountain bike before riding most of his 15 laps for grins on a beefed-up cross bike.

The 5-hour race saw Wausau24 champ Ron Stawicki ride off the front with a sub-23 opening lap while Wausau 12-hour champ Paul Wagner fought his way through traffic to within reach of Stawicki after three laps. Stawicki gradually opened his lead as Wagner fought off a deep team from Ripon College who had invaded the mid-course race. Wagner extended his series lead over Greg Jones who moved up to second with two races remaining. WEMS racers will meet again at the brand new Kewaunee Buckthorn Buster on September 28th before wrapping up a long season at the series championship at the Thunderdown October 12th.


Words: Chris Schotz

Mongolia Bike Challenge: Stage 7

The 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea concluded with Stage Seven today. The route was 86 kilometres with 1400 metres of climbing and brought the athletes to the 13th Century National Park Historical Ger Camp.


In the Men’s Elite Category, Pau Zamora (Buff-Niner) attacked on the first GPM and brought Wallace (Kona), Ortiz (Selle SMP) and Sager (Jamis) with him. The four GC leaders battled it out for the rest of the stage with Wallace riding away from the group to take the final stage by 50 seconds over Sager. The Final GC standings remained unchanged with Wallace retaining the Pink Jersey for the second straight year. Ortiz finishes second overall followed by Pau Zamora in third.

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Mongolia Bike Challenge: Stage 6

September 6, 2013 (Mongolia) – Stage Six of the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea is the longest stage of this edition at 170 kilometres. Mike Blewitt (Subaru-MarathonMTB.com) and Maral-erdene Batmunkh (Genco Tour Team) jumped ahead of a large peloton of 30 riders (including the top 5 women in the GC Category) early in the race and were able to build their lead to thirteen minutes. At 120 kilometres in, Marcel Zamora (Buff-Niner), who lead a break from the main peloton, was able to overtake them and hold his lead to the finish-line. Wallace (Kona) and Sager (Jamis) lead a surge from the main peloton to gather up the rest of the riders and finish second and third on the day.

EPP-090613-MBC-949In the Women’s category, Catherine Williamson (Bizhub-Energas) came in a strong first followed by Sonya Looney (Topeak-Ergon) while Erin Wallace was able to fight off an early charge from Douglas, Schulz and Thompson to secure third place on the day. Continue Reading →

Mongolia Bike Challenge: Stage 4


September 4, 2013 (Mongolia) – Stage Four of the GENCO Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea began from the camp at 2000 meters in the Khan Khentii Mountains and ended in the Berkh Mountain along the Kherlen River. The track conditions were dry and fast and a tail wind followed the racers most of the day. Welcome conditions from the wet, muddy condition of the Stage 3. The race organizers choose to abbreviate the stage from the original 175 kilometres to 95 kilometres due to the logistical challenges the athletes were required to endure during the transfer in the afternoon of Stage Three which was cancelled after the 40 kilometre mark due to high river levels. Continue Reading →

Mongolia Bike Challenge: Stage 3

Heavy Overnight Rains Cause Havoc In Mongolia!


September 3, 2013 (Mongolia) – Stage Three of the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea was suspended at the 40 kilometre mark due to heavy overnight rains which made one of the larger rivers impassable. Athletes were transferred to the Stage Three camp after spending some time visiting local nomad families. Results will be updated as soon as possible and Stage Four is planned to proceed tomorrow. It’s always an adventure in Mongolia!!

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Photos by Erik Peterson and Christen Dybenko.