By Paul Warloski
MILWAUKEE—Heidi Beck (Twin Six- Milwaukee Bicycle Company) doubled up her wins at the Halloween Cross SuperCup, riding away from the fields in the both the Women’s Masters and then the Women’s Elite races.
Rain fell on Washington Park all day, making the course slick and muddy, getting worse throughout the day.
Beck won the Women’s Masters race in the morning, and then kept warm in her car until the start of the Elite race. By then the course was in much worse condition, making Beck and the other women run many of the sections Beck had ridden earlier. Abby Krawczyk of St. Paul and Nicki Lock (Belgianwerx) hung on for second and third.
Beck now has an insurmountable lead in the Masters Women SuperCup series, while Lock has moved into the Elite Women’s lead. Only 11 points separate first through fifth in the women’s series.
Brian Matter (KS Energy-MOSH) wasted little time at the Halloween Cross SuperCup, riding away from the field in the first lap and going on to win the Men’s Elite event. Matter, fresh off a racing trip to Belgium where he finished 26th in the Superprestige Zonhoven, powered up the short, slippery climbs and around the rooty, off-camber corners to the win.
Alex Martin (Revolution Cycles) hung just behind Matter for most of the race, until a broken derailleur ended his event with a lap and a half to go. Dan Teaters (Wheel and Sprocket) and David Blodgett (Great Dane Velo Club) rounded out the podium.
Al Krueger (KS Energy-MOSH) won the 35-plus Men’s Elite Masters race, Jeff Abitz (Diablo Cycling) the 45-plus and Robert Downs the 55-plus race.
Travis Braun (Revolution Cycles) leads the Men’s Elite SuperCup series, Michael Garber (Hampshire Cycles) the 55 plus, Jeff Melcher (Team Pedal Moraine) the 45-plus, and Carlos Casali (Intelligentsia Coffee) the 35-plus Elite Masters.
The final SuperCup race is Nov. 21 at the Battle of Waterloo for the Wisconsin State Championships.