Now that the heat exhaustion has worn off, it’s time to recap the Trek CX Cup. This wasn’t the first quality cyclocross race that Trek has put together, but they truly upped their game for their first World Cup event. The course had a great mix of fast and technical sections, all of which combined to make a challenging race. With the temps reaching into the mid 90’s, it was an accomplishment just to finish. The race organizers at Trek did a great job however, keeping things tolerable with water misters on the course and ice-cold towels waiting post-race.
Team Wisconsin presented by KS Energies Services had a strong presence racing across many categories. In the Elite 1/2 fields, Matt Riley and Jamie Ertl raced both days. Ben Stengel doubled up both days, racing in Cat 4/5 and in Singlespeed 4/5. Timm Jacobson hit the course in both Master’s 55+ races, and Branden Downs competed in both Cat 3 races. Parker McColl joined for the Legend’s race with Jens Voigt, and Frederick Derocher competed in Sunday’s Cat 3 race. Many more teammates came to cheer on the racers, enjoy the atmosphere, and watch the world’s best in the World Cup.
All of us had a great experience riding a course built for highest level of cyclocross racing. It was a unique opportunity to mix it up with the legends of the sport both past and present on or off the course.
A big thank you to team sponsor Trek Bicycles for putting on a world class event in our backyard, and thanks also to KS Energy Services, Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, Emerys, Country Financial, and Clifbar, for the exceptional support.