Bust'n Out at the Buzzard Buster

Unlike the other events in WORS, the Buzzard Buster offered a unique, single lap, marathon style course, with the BelGioioso Elite, Clif Bar Comp, and Saris Sport classes all competing on the same 27 mile course. The USA Cycling Citizen class competed on a shorter 15 mile loop, and the Citizen Youth rode a truncated 7 mile version. To add to the uniqueness of the event, all classes were staged for a 10:00am mass start led by the Elites, with the other classes following in 5 minute intervals.

A light rain Saturday evening only helped improve course conditions. As a perfect escape from the drizzle, campers were treated to a large screen projection of ?School of Rock? inside the spacious registration building.

Proving the weathermen wrong?again?Sunday greeted the 650 participants beautiful weather for race day. As the clock struck 10, the BelGioioso Elite class started the day?s racing with 78 competitors launching through the start. In the end, it was Brian Shaning's (PCW Cycling) time of 1:51:15 that took top spot on the podium, followed closely by Robert McVean (Ski Hut) at 12 seconds back, and 16 year old Cole House (All-Aboard/Team 2/BelGioioso) at 41 back. Brian Eppen (Atlas Cycling) and Mike Bushey (Ski Hut) finished off the top five. On the women?s side, Sara Kylander-Johnson (Trek Midwest Regional Team) continued her series dominance with another first place finish at 2:15:28. Kim Eppen (unattached) recorded her best finish of the year at just 15 seconds away from first place. Anne Grabowski (Penn Cycle/Nature Valley) took number three, followed by Sara Stanford (D?Arcy Cycling Team) and Rebecca Cleveland (Bike Hub) for number four and five respectively.

The Clif Bar Comp class was the next wave out of the blocks. After the introduction of the age category series leaders, the Comp class chased after a lead out ATV across the Bruce Mound grounds and out onto Bruce Mound Avenue on their way to the Levis/Trow Mound trail system. Fast time was turned in by David Staab (GDVC/UW-Cycling) at just past two hours. The Clif Bar Leader?s Jersey will see a new owner, as Jan Rybar's (Apple Valley, MN) second place finish will bump him up to the top spot on the Comp Overall going into the Calumet Sun Run in two weeks. Nathan Guerra (Guerra Means War!) took third with a time of 2:01:56.

The Saris Sport class, the largest field of the day, got to experience not only the full Elite course, but the exact distance of the Elites and Comps with the Buzzard Buster?s unique format. Katie Ross (Platteville, WI) claimed first place for the women, followed by Hannah Guerra (Oconomowoc, WI) and Boglarka Gyorfi (Vernon Hills, IL). For the men, it was 17 year old Sean Beckman (Ironwood, MI) at 2:09:48 who captured the top spot, with Matt Zak (North Chicago, IL) in second, and Eric Norstrom (Chicago, IL) in third. Dan Van Dallwyk (Kaukauna, WI) returned the fast time for the Sport Clydesdales at 2:19:10, while the single speed category was claimed by Erich Gross (Milwaukee, WI) with a 2:22:24.
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