#8 | Hixon Forest Epic
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 8th event in the 26th 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.
Everyone is invited to live it up in La Crosse on Saturday for the pre-ride, then venture into our historic city and explore. Those choosing to make their bed upon the bluffs are invited to a summertime night ride on the trails and a late night pump track jam session.
The day of the event, excitement kicks off with the Hixon Forest Frolic 5K trail run, 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!
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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.
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|Race Category||Start Time||Approximate race Duration||Number of Laps||Entry Fee||Late/Day of Registration|
|Junior (age class 7-14)||9:30 AM||28 min*||1a||$22.16**||$28**|
|Try-It-Out||10:00 AM||28 min*||1a||$22.16*||$28*|
|Citizen (Cat 3)||10:00 AM||48 min*||2a||$29.54*||$36*|
|Sport (Cat 2) & Open Fat Bike||11:30 AM||80 min*||1b & 1a||$31.65*||$38*|
|Comp (Cat 2) & Open SS, Open Clyde, Open Women||1:30 PM||95 min*||2b||$31.65*||$38*|
|Elite (Pro & Cat 1) women & Cat 1 Junior Women||1:30 PM||98 min*||2b||$36.93***||$43***|
|Elite (Pro & Cat 1) men & Cat 1 Junior Men||1:30 PM||130 min*||3b||$36.93***||$43***|
|WORS Kids Race 1:00 PM Everybody is a Winner for 10 & under – $3|
|*Race Duration based on median time for the Category. Laps subject to change secondary to conditions! a=short lap (no Vista Climb) b=long lap with Vista Climb|
* 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 $24.27/$30, and Cat 1 juniors $30.60/$37
*** There is no one day license option for Pro & Cat 1 entrants
Register: Online beginning April 1 through July 31st or by mail before July 28th.
> Make Checks Payable To: WORS
> Mail To: WORS, 8675 Rolling Hills Road, Custer, WI 54423
Late Registration (On Site): Friday 3-6 pm and Saturday 8 am until 1/2 hour before the start of your race.
2017 USA Cycling/WORS Event Release Form AND One Day License Application
Juniors (Racer under the age of eighteen as of the day of their registration) 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 12-7 pm. Anyone pre-riding the course does so entirely at their own risk.
- 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.
- Hixon Forest Frolic 5K * Trail Run, Sunday 8:30 am start. http://wors.org/wiscotrailruns/
- Pump Track: free access to onsite pump track entire weekend
- Concessions – available for purchase onsite
- Racer Lounge: free post-race snack
How to Get There
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: On-site camping will be available but will be limited. Reserve your space early! Please call the La Crosse Parks, Recreation & Forestry department to reserve. 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
- La Crosse County Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Pearl Street Brewery
- Hampton Inn and Suites – Downtown La Crosse
- Local Bike Shops