WORS Categories and Classes

Category Descriptions

Try-It-Out:(15 & older as of 12/31/16) A non-series category for individuals looking for a casual initial exposure to WORS. Race distance is approximately half that of the Citizen race.

Junior (age class): (Boys & Girls racing age 7-14) Racers in this category must be able to ride without direct parental supervision and should be able complete a five mile trail in less that 1 hour. Races for this category start at least 1/2 hour before the Citizen race and are 3-6 miles in length (1-2 laps of a modified Citizen course).

NICA/Wisconsin High School League Racers: If you race in the Freshman or Sophomore Division you should race WORS Citizen Category, if you race Junior Varsity you should race Sport and if you race Varsity you should race Cat 1 Junior.

Citizen (USA Cycling Category 3): (Men & Women) A Citizen competitor shall be a new or recreational racer with limited riding time. Racers with 2 or more years of racing experience and training more than 4 hours per week, should compete in the Sport category or above. Women with 3 top 5 and men with 3 top 10 overall finishes (not age class) in WORS Citizen category for the year must advance the following year. Winning time in this category will generally be approximately 40 minutes (course length of 8-12 miles dependent upon conditions).

Sport (USA Cycling Category 2*): (Men & Women) A Sport competitor is an experienced racer of average ability. Women with 3 top 5 and men with 3 top 10 overall finishes (not age class) in WORS Sport category for the year must advance the following year. USA Cycling Road category 4 & 5 racers may compete in this category, however men competing on the road at category 3 level or higher on the road with USA Cycling and/or any other road association must race WORS Comp or above. Winning time in this category will generally be approximately 65 minutes (course length of 12-18 miles dependent upon course & conditions).

Comp (USA Cycling Category 2 men): (Men only) A Comp competitor is a racer looking for top level Category 2 competition. *Male USA Cycling Mountain Category 2 competitors looking for State and Regional recognition should compete in this category. Competitors with 5 top 10 overall finishes (not age class) in WORS Comp category for the year must advance the following year or petition WORS in writing as to why they should be exempt from mandatory upgrading to Cat 1. In WORS races, Comp competitors will generally share the course with the WORS Elite competitors, but race a shorter distance. Winning time will generally be approximately 90 minutes (course length of 18-24 miles depending upon terrain & course conditions).

Masters & Open (open to Cat 1 & 2): Masters Men 55-59 will race with the Comps and race the Comp distance. Masters Men 60-64, 65-69, Masters Women 50-59, and Open Fat Bike will race with the Sports and do the Sport course and distance. Open Single Speed, Clydesdale, and Women’s classes will race with the Comps. The Open men (other than Fat Bike), will race with and do Comp distance and the women one lap less dependent upon coarse.

Pro, Cat 1 (WORS Elite): (Men & Women) WORS highest level of competition. Either an International Pro or USA Cycling Mountain Category 1 annual license is required to register and to compete in this category. Winning time in this category will generally be approximately 100 minutes (course length of 25-32 miles dependent upon terrain & course conditions). Pro & Category 1 women and Cat 1 Junior Boys will race the WORS Comp distance (approximately 80-90 minutes) and Cat 1 Junior Girls will race the Open Women’s distance (approximately 75-85 minutes).

Classes Within Each Category

A competitor’s racing age determines their age class.
(Racing age is a racer’s age as of December 31 of the current year.)

WORS events are scored in these classes:

Try-It-Out: Men & Women racing age 15 and over, non-series. Times (results) for this category will only be posted at the event, not online.

Junior (age class):
  • Girls: 7-8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14
  • Boys: 7-8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14
Citizen (USA Cycling Cat 3):
  • Junior (female): 11-14 and 15-18
  • Junior (male) 11-14, 15-16 and 17-18
  • Women: 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and Masters 60 & over.
  • Men: 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, Masters 70 & over, Clydesdale** 44 & under, Clydesdale** 45 & over and Fat Bike
Sport (USA Cycling Cat 2)
  • Junior (female): 15-18
  • Junior (male): 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18,
  • Women: 19-29, 30-39, 40-49 and Masters 50-59
  • Men: 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, Masters 60-64 (open to all categories), Masters 65-69 (open to all categories), Single Speed, Clydesdale** 44 & under and Clydesdale** 45 & over
Comp (USA Cycling Cat 2):
  • Men: 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, and Masters 55-59 (open to all categories).
Open (Cat 1 & 2 and advanced riders with a 1 day license):
  • Women: Open and Fat Bike
  • Men: Single Speed, Clydesdale**, and Fat Bike (min. 3.8” tire width and will race in Sport race)
Cat 1 (USAC Cat 1 license required)
  • Female: 15-18, 19-22, 23-29, 30-39, and 40-49
  • Male: 15-16, 17-18, 19-22, 23-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49 and 50-54
A competitor that registers for a category they are ineligible for will be Disqualified! (i.e. A more advanced rider entering a Citizen race.)

**Clydesdale class is for male racers weighing an absolute minimum of 200 pounds. All Clydesdale competitors must weigh in at race registration. Anyone weighing in at less than 210# must reweigh dressed in just bike shorts, socks and a t-shirt. Failure to weigh in or make weight will result in the racer being assigned to the appropriate age class with their category.