Crystal Ridge is now the Rock Sports Complex.
The Alterra Coffee Mountain Bike Team is now Colectivo.
The names have changed and the course has improved but racers in the Wisconsin Off Road Series will find the leg-busting climb up the ski hill as challenging as ever. The long-running Alterra (oops) Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic returns on Sunday, with the juniors taking the start line at 9:30 a.m. in the eighth race of the 12-race WORS season.
For those who prefer their exercise on foot, the 10K trail run starts at 8:30.
This will be the WORS debut at the Rock, the dramatically changed former Crystal Ridge in Franklin. Race promoters have laid out a six-mile lap that snakes up and down the ski hill, and includes a series of switchbacks and extensive single-track.
Check out this video for a look at the new layout on The Rock.
Entering the race on Sunday, Darrin Braun, of Waukesha, holds a narrow lead over Nathan Guerra and Corey Stelljes, of Madison, in the Belgioioso Elite overall standings. Andrea Matter leads in the women’s pro overall, with Jeanne Hornak and Lisa Krayer, holding down the second and third spots.
Abigail Strigel, the Trek rider from Madison, has won all five races she entered, and should be in position to repeat as the overall champion at the series conclusion in October.
Tristan Schouten, from Plymouth and the Rolf Prima Wheels team, also has five wins in the series, including a victory in the Sunburst Showdown in Kewaskum on Aug. 4.