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Buzzard Buster Calls For VolunteersThe Buzzard Buster is approaching quickly and is still in need of a few volunteers to help with course marshalling, parking, and timing. If you were not planning on racing, this is a great opportunity to pick up VP points. All volunteers will score a free tshirt, free food, and the experience from the other side of a major event. And you don't need to be a WORS competitor to volunteer, we invite anyone interested to contact as soon as possible.
Important Information For Upcoming EventsThe Buzzard Buster on August 8th is a unique event in the series. Unlike the other events which run laps on a smaller course, the Buzzard Buster is a marathon style event which is a single loop approximately 25-30 miles in length. Citizen competitors will have a shorter 15 mile loop and Citizen Youth will use a 5 mile loop. The other unique feature of this event is the start time. ALL CLASSES WILL STAGE AT 10:00 AM! This mass start will go by class, starting with the Elites with the other classes following in five minute intervals. Please remind your friends, your teammates, your enemies?everyone, about this 10:00am start time.

The Alterra Coffee Bean Classic, originally scheduled for June 13th (and postponed due to the flooding experienced in southern Wisconsin) is officially set for August 29th. If you preregistered for this event in June, you will still be registered for the new date. If you are unsure, you may confirm an online registration by contacting, or a mail in entry by contacting Please share this information with others who may not have access to the WORS website.
Mountain Bike Racing Doesn?t Get Much BetterThis weekend marked the northern-most journey of WORS 2004 with the running of race #7, the Marshfield Clinic Sports Medicine Phillips Dirtfighter Classic in Phillips, WI. Nestled in beautiful Price County and staged at the Price County Fairgrounds, the Dirtfighter is renown for tremendous community support, ample free camping (many sites along the water), and a great post race meal catered by the Phillips Caf?. Add to all of that the best weather of the summer and a fast, fun, and beautifully laid out course and all we can say to those unable or unwilling to make the drive to this event is ?you really missed it!?

The WORS Citizen Youth race started off the day?s events with 27 excited, young competitors, ranging in age from 8 to 12 years old. The fastest times on the 5 mile course for the 8-10 year olds went to Jessica House (Oneida, WI) for the girls, and Nathan Labecki (Milwaukee, WI) for the boys. In the older age group, it was Arin Lemke (Cedarburg, WI) who led the girls while Zeb Rybar (Apple Valley, MN) won for the boys.

The USA Cycling Citizen Series race started at 10 a.m. with competitors racing two laps of the Dirtfighter course, excluding a loop of technical singletrack reserved for Sport and above. The approximate mileage for the Citizen race was 11.5 miles, including the lead out and return to the fairgrounds. It was Christine Korbein (Baraboo, WI) who led the Citizen women, with a time of 52:59. Matthew Lanser (Green Bay, WI) recorded a 47:11 as fast time for the men, while Brian Smith (Janesville, WI) finished with the lead for the Clydesdales at 56:40.

An 11:30 start to the Saris Sport Series race put racers to the test with approximately 15.5 miles of racing including three laps of all the Dirtfighter course had to offer. The fast course gave the Singlespeed category competitors a little more of a disadvantage when compared to the rest of the field, with the fast time coming in at 1:20:04, posted by Craig Marotz (Larsen, WI), with the top five singlespeeders all finishing within three minutes of each other. The Sport men?s fastest time went to Hans Hare (Eagle River, WI) with 1:06:30, while Lori Violetta (Marquette, MI) took first overall for the women with 1:26:40. For the Sport Clydesdales, it was Scott Sumner?s (Sheboygan, WI) time of 1:22:32 that took the top spot.

In the Clif Bar Comp Series race, Jan Rybar?s (Apple Valley, MN) first place finish, with a time of 1:28:50 brought him one place shy of the Clif Bar Comp Leader?s Jersey. The absence of the current jersey holder, Josh Kay, allowed Chris Solan (Gurnee, IL) to claim the jersey going into the next event. Teammates Andy Peters and Ryan Krayer, both riding for Moosejaw Brewery & Pizza, took second and third at 1:52 and 2:33 back, respectively.

The Bel Gioioso Elite Series saw another amazing performance by Doug Swanson (Trek/VW) who captured the top spot on the podium with his time of 1:33:16 for five laps. Swanson?s speed allowed only two comp competitors to make it to the finish line ahead of him. Only 52 down on Swanson was his chief Midwest rival, Jeff Hall (Salsa Cycles), who was followed by Sheboygan teammates Tristan Schouten (PCW Cycling) at 2:34 back and Brian Matter (PCW Cycling) at 6:54 back. Brian Narrum (Trek) picked up the five spot with a time of 1:40:42.

On the women?s side, in her first time to the top of the WORS podium for this year, Ann Grabowski (Penn Cycle/Nature Valley) edged out current series leader Sara Kylander-Johnson (Trek Midwest Regional Team) for the win by a little over a minute with a time of 1:36:03. The final three spots on the podium went to Jenna Zander (, Susan Juedes (Bike Hub), and Kim Eppen (unattached), all finishing within a minute of each other.

The Marshfield Clinic Sports Medicine Phillips Dirtfighter Classic also marked the half way point in WORS 2004. The competition for both individual and team titles is really starting to heat up. Points will be at a premium as all work to establish their placing and get on the podium at the October 30th WORS 2004 Awards Banquet at Devil?s Head Resort.

A big thank you goes out to event director John Hendricks, his great volunteer staff, and the entire community of Phillips, WI for the wonderful welcoming atmosphere characteristic of this race. Next up is WORS #8, the Buzzard Buster in Hatfield, Wisconsin. This unique marathon-style event is a one loop race with some of the best singletrack in the Midwest. This event also features a mass start with the Elite class racers leading off at 10:00 am. Other classes start at 5 minute intervals behind the Elites, so remind all your friends about the 10:00 am start. See you in two weeks!
Fast, Dry, and Fun in KewaskumSunburst Ski Area (Kewaskum, Wisconsin) hosted WORS #6, the Sunburst Showdown over the weekend. This popular southern Wisconsin ski hill has developed a mountain bike trail which although not very great in length or overall vertical, challenges riders with numerous power climbs, short sections of tight rocky singletrack, and frequent momentum robbing off-camber switchbacks.

The warm Sunday morning met 41 competitors for the WORS Trail Run Series trail running race. While starting on the mountain bike course, the Sunburst trail run course varies from our other trail run races in that it is run mostly on loop of Wisconsin?s Ice Age Trail from which bikes are restricted. Fastest times for the long course (approximately 4 miles) went to Kerry Sweet of Mundelein, IL, with a time of 33:19, and Scott Lachance from Green Bay, WI, with a time of 23:04. Short course competitors Antonia Leal and Nathan Sweet held the fast times of 17:25 and 14:21 respectively.

The WORS Citizen Youth mountain bike race followed the trail run at 9:30 with 37 competitors aged 8-12 years old competing for two laps on a modified, less climbing intensive course. 9 year old Jessica House (Oneida, WI) and 12 year old Arin Lemke (Cedarburg, WI) finished with the fastest times for the girls in their respective 8-10 and 11-12 age groups. For the boys, fast times went to Myles Beach (Larsen, WI) for the 8-10 year olds, and Zeb Rybar (Apple Valley, MN) for the 11-12 year olds.

The USA Cycling Citizen Series race saw 197 participants from as far away as Japan. The 10:00 start allowed these competitors to escape the peak of the day?s heat and humidity which still had a significant effect on times. Following our cool wet Spring, few competitors have acclimated to the heat and combined with the frequent climbs of the Sunburst course, times for the less than ten mile race were relatively slow. Having warmed up with a victory in the women?s short course trail run earlier in the morning, Antonia Leal (Greendale, WI) came across at 53:22 for the women?s fastest time. Roland Rieflin (Oconto Falls, WI) set the mark for Citizen men with a time of 48:19 while Jeffrey Milligan (Chicago, IL) led the big men of Citizen Clydesdales recording a time of 56:40.

The 11:30 start of the Saris Sport Series came with increasing temperatures and the addition of one more circuit around the Sunburst course. Lisa Krayer?s (North Freedom, WI) time of 1:20:50 and David Bottum?s (East Troy, WI) 1:06:30 emerged as the fastest Sport times of the day for the women and men respectively. Bill Schneider (Green Bay, WI) set the pace for the Singlespeed category with his time of 1:11:01 while Tim Smith (Plainfield, IL) turned in fast time for Sport Clydesdales with a time of 1:17:50.

In the Bel Gioioso Elite Series race, with an early break it was Doug Swanson (Trek/VW) holding off Tristan Schouten (PCW Cycling) going into lap two of five. Schouten closed on Swanson in lap two and the two rode together until midway through the last lap when Schouten had the misfortune to catch a stick in his drivetrain. It was reported that Swanson leaned against a tree and waited, but Tristan was unable to resume the previous pace secondary to damage to his bike. Swanson cruised onto victory with Schouten limping in behind him. When the times were posted, it was Doug Swanson taking top honors at 1:32:56, followed by Tristan Schouten. The battle for third and fourth was a full race affair with AJ Ettmayer Jr (Team Pedal Moraine) victorious in a finishline sprint over Brian Shaning (PCW Cycling). Jesse Lalonde (Kenwood/Gunnar) riding a singlespeed had closed on Ettmayer and Shanning several times only to drop his chain and being forced to settle for fifth. For the women, it was Sara Kylander-Johnson (Trek Midwest Regional Team) finishing on a flat with a time of 1:29:24 to take top spot on the podium. Jenna Zander ( finished with a WORS career high second place at just over a minute back. Teammates Rebecca Cleveland (Bike Hub) and Susan Juedes (Bike Hub) took the three and four spots, with Sara Stanford (D?Arcy Cycling Team) completing the top five. The Clif Bar Comp Series race showed 16 year old Josh Kay (Hayes Ontrack Race Team) will keep his Clif Bar Comp overall leader?s jersey with a fourth place overall finish. Twin brother Jonathan Kay (Hayes Ontrack Race Team) posted the fast time of the day with Jan Rybar (unattached) and Nathan Guerra (Guerra Means War) in second and third.

Thanks to Dave Hasse and his crew (and mother nature) for another fun and enjoyable event. Next stop, the Phillips Dirtfighter Classic. We?re heading north for event number 6 in WORS 2004 sponsored by Subaru, an event characterized by a welcoming town, a fun course, free camping, and the best racer meal (unofficially declared in online voting). See you in two weeks!
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