Race Report: Alterra Coffee Bean Classic

The seventh race in the Subaru sponsored 2007 Wisconsin Off Road Series drew nearly 600 racers to Franklin, WI this weekend. In marked contrast to last year's Alterra Coffee Bean Classic, which was held under blazing skies in 100 degree heat, thundershowers Saturday night transformed the sometimes parched Crystal Ridge Ski Area into a showcase for plentiful mud of almost every possible consistency . The rain, however, did nothing to wash away the hills. Each lap offered ample vertical challenge with long, steep climbs - including one of the best lead out climbs in all of WORS.

The Citizen racers were the first to test the course. In the Hayes Disc Brakes Citizen Series, Youth racers, 11-year-old Alyson Davis of Genoa City WI and 12-year old Brett Poulton of Lake Forest IL, took top honors in their respective races. In the Citizen races, 16-year old Alyssa Borell of Ripon edged out Ann Holsen of Manitowoc to take top honors for the ladies, with a time of 58:17 for two laps. Matthew Amman of Milwaukee led the Citizen Men with a time of 41:50, followed by Nick Desrochers of Tigerton. By the time the Sport race began, many sections of the course were well-churned. Racers rode into puddles that were sometimes axle- or fork-deep and ran alongside or while carrying their bikes. A bit of swimming, as necessary, completed the impromptu triathalon. The women's CycleOps Sport race saw Team WORS on the podium with Claire Cannon (1:41:31) and Amelia Barber (1:45:51), taking the top spots in the three-lap race. Singlespeed racer Stuart Shelton of Hubertus WI led the Men's field in 1:20:49, ahead of teammate Joshua Rupnow of Cederburg.

By the time that Comp and Elite racers took to the track, the course had only just begun to solidify. Landon Lueck (Glyde Clothing/TREK) of Madison continued his winning-streak in the Cliff Bar Comp Series race with a time of 1:36:10 for 4 laps. The BelGioioso Elite Women's race saw Abigail Strigel (Polska/FDL Cyclery, 1:51:21) once again lead the field, ahead of second-place finisher Anne Grabowski (Nature Valley/PennCycle). And it was a Gary Fisher / BareKnuckleBrigade finish in the Elite Men's contest with singlespeed racers Jesse (1:49:28.6) and Marko Lalonde (1:51:21) taking first and second place, respectively.

In sum, a challenging race for all. More photos of the event can be found online. And, as always, be sure to check Extreme Photography.

See you in two weeks, on Saturday August 18 and Sunday August 19, in Mt Morris WI, for the Subaru Cup Stage Race / WORS Mega Event!

Article and photos by Claire Cannon.

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