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.