#8 | Hixon Forest Epic

August 6, 2017Epic_Logo

Hixon Forest Park — La Crosse, WI

From The Race Director . . .

Hixon Forest Epic organizers and the City of La Crosse are excited to host the 7th event in the 25th year of Wisconsin Off Road Series racing. Hixon Forest is over 800 acres of bluffland overlooking the Mississippi River Valley in the heart of the Driftless Region–La Crosse, Wisconsin. In the early 1900s, a group of citizens including members of the Hixon family raised funds to purchase area blufflands to save them from additional quarrying and logging. Soon after deeds were exchanged, the lands were donated to the City for preservation and recreation. In modern times, the City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department works with local organizations to build and maintain world class trails and facilities for hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and mountain biking.

The City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is to enrich our community through stewardship of the environment and through provision of quality recreation, facilities, and fun. Bringing the WORS races to La Crosse matches the mission and puts our city on the map as a mountain bike destination. Funds are aggressively reinvested into our trail network in an effort to always be improving on our excellent opportunities for riding.

Our organizers have put together an exciting course that builds on the challenges of last year and exemplifies the kind of riding that is synonymous with our region. Expect rocks, roots, berms, and grinding climbs with furious descents.

In addition, everyone is invited to live it up in La Crosse on Saturday for the pre-ride, then venture into our historic city and explore. There will be a chili feed hosted by Pearl Street Brewery (1401 Saint Andrews St) and a free pint for each registrant. Those choosing to make their bed upon the bluffs are invited to a summertime night ride on the trails.

The day of the event, excitement kicks off with the Hixon Forest Frolic 5K, hosted by Grand Bluff Running. The popular Kids Race means you better bring your children along for fun, and bring your appetite, because local food and craft beer vendors will be filling your plates and your pints!

It’s going to be a bigger and better year for our 2nd go ‘round and we can’t wait to see you!

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Course Description

An uphill rolling meadow start to heat up the legs and spread out the pack. Sport, Comp, and Elite riders will endure the spectator-favorite downhill section followed by a long, steady climb up the Vista Trail. Racers can relax for only a short section of road riding before diving into the technical single-track portions of the course. Citizen and Junior courses maintain the characteristic Hixon challenges with significantly less climbing. All riders can expect to find thrilling challenges through rock gardens, root tangles, and punchy climbs with fast descents.

USACycling_Mtn_hbStart Times, Distances, and *Entry Fees

*Include applicable Wisconsin Sales Taxes

Race Category Start Time Approximate Distance Number of Laps Entry Fee Late/Day of Registration
Junior (age class 7-14) 9:30 AM 5 miles 2 $20.44** $26**
First Timer 10:00 AM 5 miles 1 $20.44* $26*
Citizen (Cat 3) 10:00 AM 10 miles 2 $27.43* $34*
Sport (Cat 2) 11:30 AM 15 miles 3 $29.54* $36*
Comp (Cat 2) 1:30 PM 20 miles 4 $29.54* $36*
Elite (Pro & Cat 1) women 1:30 PM 20 miles 4 $34.81*** $41***
Elite (Pro & Cat 1) men 1:30 PM 25 miles 5 $34.81*** $41***
WORS Kids Race 1:00 PM Everybody is a Winner for 10 & under – $3
Distances approximate. Laps subject to change secondary to conditions!

* Race Registrants must either purchase a $10 one day license or present their USA Cycling annual license at race registration.

** Entry Fee applies for juniors (race age 18 & under) racing Citizen, those racing Sport  pay $22.15/$28, and  Cat 1 juniors  $28.49/$35.

*** There is no one day license option for Pro & Cat 1 entrants

Register: Online through August 1st or by mail. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by July 29th, 2016. > Make Checks Payable To: WORS > Mail To: WORS, 8675 Rolling Hills Road, Custer, WI 54423

Late Registration (On Site): Saturday 2-6 pm, Sunday 8:00 am until 1/2 hour before the start of your race

2016 USA Cycling/WORS Event Release Form AND One Day License Application

Juniors not accompanied at the race venue by a parent or legal guardian must present a signed form at registration.

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Details of event awards can be found on the guidelines page.

Amenities & Additional Information

  • Pre-Ride – Saturday 10-5 pm.
  • Learn to Race Clinic with Team WORS – Saturday 3:30-5 pm. Free to registered riders, the clinic includes instruction in off-road riding skills, race preparation and a ride-through of the Citizen race course.
  • Concessions – available for purchase onsite.

How to Get There

From Interstate 90, take Highway 16 W which becomes Losey Blvd for approx. 5 miles, take left on Main St and continue onto Bliss Road for 2 miles, take left on County Road FA, race site in 1 mile. From the South: Highway 35 North, take right on Losey Blvd/Highway 16N, in 2.5 miles take right on Main St and continue onto Bliss Road for 2 miles, take left on County Road FA, race site in 1 mile.

Where to Stay

Hotels: WORS Series Registrants receive discounted rate at Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown La Crosse, 511 3rd Street N., La Crosse, WI 54601 Phone #608-791-4004  www.hamptonlacrossedowntown.com

Camping: Goose Island Campground, http://bit.ly/1HU0MqN, 608-788-7018, Blue Bird Campground, www.bluebirdsprings.com, 608-781-2267, Pettibone Resort and Campground, www.pettiboneresort.com, 608-782-5858

Event Sponsors

  • La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Pearl Street Brewery
  • Hampton Inn and Suites – Downtown La Crosse
  • Local Bike Shops

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