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Update: Alterra Coffee Bean ClassicIt has been a long time coming, but our rescheduled date is fast approaching for the third Alterra Coffee Bean Classic to be held at Crystal Ridge Ski Area in Franklin, WI on August 29, 2004. We once again thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding in dealing with the weather situation that we all faced. With the new date we had to overcome certain scheduling conflicts. Even though we have been able to get over most of the hurdles we still have a few more that we know of that we have deal with. In order for us to clear some of these hurdles we will need help from you, the racer. Since we are running a race back to back with a WEMS race on Saturday it?s imperative that we get cooperation once again from the racers. For those of you who don?t know what a WEMS race is, it?s a 12-Hour race. We want the Pre-ride on Saturday to go smoothly and without incident. Since a race will be in progress we are asking that everyone that comes to pre-ride check in at the Pre-Ride table and sign a waiver and pick-up a Pre-Ride number. There is no additional cost to you nor are we asking that you register for the race in order to pre-ride. However, if you have registered or have a permanent WORS number, we will require you to have it on your bike. The waiver is being used to show responsibility and accountability that WORS racers will in fact acknowledge that a race is in progress and right of way needs to be given at all costs. All we are asking is that you sign the waiver agreeing that you will heed the right of way to racers that are racing on Saturday. We thank the WEMS Race Promoter, Race Director and all of the WEMS racers for working with us to get our race effectively off the ground.

Adjusted time for the Pre-ride will be Noon ? 6pm Saturday.

Thank you,

Anthony Gonzalez
Race Director
Alterra Coffee Bean Classic
Bust'n Out at the Buzzard BusterUnlike 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.
WORS Photo Contest AnnouncedIf you own a camera, then you are set to participate in the 2004 WORS Photo Contest. Open to competitor and spectator alike, this year's winning photographs will find themselves in the 2005 WORS Racer Handbook and the 2005 WORS Website. The top three will also score some great prizes. Any photograph taken at a 2004 WORS event can be entered, including those taken at the beginning of the season. The contest ends October 15th, so get those photos in!

For all the details, including rules, prizes, and how to enter, visit the photo contest page.

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