Washington County Trail Sharks kickoff 2019 season | By Julie L. Willmas

September 10, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – The Washington County Trail Sharks Mountain Bike Team is in full swing, led by head coach Rob WIllmas and assistant coaches Gary Durian, and Darrell Strickland.

We have been practicing since July and are now moving into our competing season. The team is the largest we have had since the Wisconsin Series started seven years ago.

Washington County Trail Sharks

The team consists of 40 athletes from West Bend, Hartford, Kewaskum, Slinger, and Kiel. Even though we have lost key athletes Hunter Schmitt, Nick Niemi, and Sam Carlson due to graduation, we are working hard to shape our younger athletes.

This year our numbers were up so we have now formed a West Bend East and West Bend West team along with the Washington County Composite team.

This weekend we raced up in Eau Claire; the furthest the team travels to race.  The weather was perfect for all riders, no sun and misty.

We came home with three medals, which was Anja Lanser (1st) in her one-lap race, Kendra Schmitt (2nd) in her two-lap race, and Mike Spangenberg (4th) in his two-lap race.

Anja Lanser

First-place finish for Anja Lanser

Each lap is about 6 miles and the races average about 45-110 athletes. This was a great course for the new riders and we had eight of our racers doing their first NICA race. We look forward to a great season.

Medalists for their race….

Anja Lanser (West Bend) 1st

Kendra Schmitt (Kewaskum) 2nd

Mike Spangenberg (West Bend) 4th


Top 10 in their age group…

RJ Goldberg (Hartford) 8th


Other team athletes…

(1 lap)-

Kira Zechlin (West Bend) 13th

Madelyn Willmas (West Bend) 23rd

Ayla Abraham (West Bend) 30th

Shiri Zechlin (West Bend) 38th

Gabe Rogaczewski (Slinger) 12th

Brandon Paulson (Slinger) 53rd

(2 laps)-

Fiona Shaw (West Bend) 12th

Quentin WIllmas (West Bend) 18th

Christian Spaeth (West Bend) 14th

Will Mauney (West Bend) 17th

Carson Phillips (Slinger) 29th

Gabe Kebbekus (Slinger) 45th

Cameron Murray (West Bend) 55th

(3 laps)-

Skyler Schmitt (Kewaskum) 18th

Nick Skaalen (Hartford) 30th

The Trail Sharks next race is this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 14 at Nine Mile in Wausau.  Click HERE for more information.

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