WORS Guide and WORS logo

(revised 3/06/2020)

Category Descriptions

Try-It-Out:(15 & older as of 12/31/20) 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, 70 and over, Masters Women 50-59, 60 and over, Women’s Open and Open Fat Bike will race with the Sports and do the Sport course and distance. Open Women becomes a class within Sport.  Open Single Speed will race the Elite/Comp course and do Comp distance.

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 one lap less (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:


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, and 13-14
  • Boys: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, and 13-14
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 60 & over.
  • Men: 19-29, 30-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 & over, and Clydesdale**
Sport (USA Cycling Cat 2)
  • Junior (female): 13-14 and 15-18
  • Junior (male): 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18,
  • Women: Open, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49 and Masters 50-59 and Masters 60 & over
  • 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), Masters 70 & over (open to all categories), and Clydesdale**
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):
  • Men: Single Speed (will race in Comp race) and Fat Bike (min. 3.8” tire width and will race in Sport race)
Cat 1 (USAC Cat 1 annual license required)
  • Female: 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, and 40-49
  • Male: 15-16, 17-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50 & over

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.

In Season WORS Registration

In Season – WORS (Series) Registration is available at each WORS race at the WORS Tent!

Series Registration is independent of Race Registration.  The fee for WORS Series Registration is $15 ($20 for those wishing to request a specific number from the number range for the Category for which they are signing up to race in).  Racers wishing to receive an overall in WORS or participate in WORS team competition must register with WORS.  Series registration may be completed online at by April 15, 2020.  This deadline is to allow for number assignment and notification in time for racers to register for the first WORS event of the year using their series number.  Series registrations after April 15th should take place at the WORS tent on site at a WORS event.  A racer must have a series number for a result to count toward a series overall, WORS team competition, or to pre-register for all but the first race they wish to have counted in their series overall score.

Points for series overalls will be figured retroactively for up to two races for Junior and Citizen registrants, but only one race for all others! (To receive retroactive credit a competitor must write that they are requesting retroactive credit along with their number from the race(s) for which they are requesting retroactive credit on their series registration form).

WORS will inform those registering by April 15th of their series number by e-mail and will begin assigning numbers on April 1st (specific number requests will not be given priority after March 31st).  Those registering after April 15th will receive their number assignment at the WORS tent at their first event.

Series registrants are issued a plastic number plate to use throughout the current year of the series and pick-up their number plate at the WORS tent at their first WORS race of the year.

A racer may not compete in Sport with a Citizen number and vice versa! WORS timing system will not accept an incorrect number and your data will fail to appear on the results.

Replacement numbers are available at the WORS tent at a cost of $12. Back number replacements are $1 each.

Changing Categories (All category changes are handled at the WORS Tent at an event.)

UPGRADING: Racers upgrading during the series will pay a $10 administrative fee and have two options: 1) A racer may turn in their series number plate at the WORS tent to have a percentage of their accumulated points transferred to the new category (70% for a one category upgrade, 50% for a two category change) and be issued a new series number or 2) Keep their original category points intact and start with zero in the new category. In either case all results applicable to the team competition will register. Comps moving to Expert using option 1 transfer 60% of their points from the Comp overall (not age class) to Elite; option 2 is unchanged.

DOWNGRADING: Those who feel circumstances warrant their moving down in category must petition WORS in writing with the reason for the downgrade. They will have to reregister with WORS, pay a $10 administrative fee, and will be given full credit for points from original category results.

CHANGE WITHIN CATEGORY: Those making a change between age class, Clydesdale or Singlespeed within the same category will pay a $10 administrative fee, turn in their series number plate and have 75% of their previously earned series points transferred.

Entry Fees (including Sales Tax)

Pre-Registration Online*:

Elite (Pro/Cat 1) – $38.51, Cat 1 Juniors (racing age 15-18) – $32.18 (UCI International or USA Cycling Cat 1 license required)No One Day license option.

Comp, Open, & Sport 19 & over – $33.23 with USA Cycling Annual License, $43.23 with One Day License

Sport 18 & under – $25.85 with USA Cycling Annual License, $35.85 with One Day License

Citizen 19 & over – $31.12 with USA Cycling Annual License, $41.12 with One Day License.

Citizen & Junior 18 & under – $24.27  with USA Cycling Annual License, $34.27 with One Day License

Try-It-Out – $34.27 One Day USA Cycling License included.

*Online Race Registration for each event closes at midnight on the Monday just before the race.

Late/Day of Entry Fees:

Elite (Pro/Cat 1) – $45*, Cat 1 Juniors (racing age 15-18) – $38 (UCI International or USA Cycling Cat 1 license required)No One Day license option.

Comp, Open, & Sport 19 & over – $39 with USA Cycling Annual License, $49 with One Day License

Sport 18 & under – $32 with USA Cycling Annual License, $42 with One Day License

Citizen 19 & over – $37 with USA Cycling Annual License, $47 with One Day License.

Citizen & Junior 18 & under – $30  with USA Cycling Annual License, $40 with One Day License

Try-It-Out – $40 One Day USA Cycling License included.

There are No Refunds or Transfers of Race Entry Fees!


Individual Event Awards:

Try-It-Out: All finishers receive an achievement medal. Participants must be present at the awards ceremony to receive their award.

Juniors, Citizen, Sport, & Comp: the top finishers in each age and sex class, at each event, will receive custom WORS medals. The number of places awarded is based on the average number of racers in each class the previous year. See the Medal Distribution Chart.

Pros (UCI international license) and Cat 1 overall: compete for a cash prize list per the chart on the next page. The total prize list and depth of awards, is determined by the combined number of Pro and Cat 1 competitors in the race with the total number of male Pro and Cat 1 competitors determining the Men’s prize list and the total number of female Pro and Cat 1 competitors determining the Women’s prize list. There are no age classes and Cat 1 racers are eligible dependent upon their overall placement in the Pro/Cat 1 race.

Overall Series Awards (Requires WORS Series Registration)

Junior, Citizen, Sport, and Comp: The top 3 (4 in classes with more than 12 racers receiving an overall score, 5 in classes with more than 20 overall scores, and 6 in classes with more than 30 overall scores) in each age and sex class will receive an award in recognition of their overall achievement.

Comp and Pro/Category 1: Overall: The top 5 overall Elite men and top 5 women will receive overall recognition. The top five overall Comp riders will receive overall recognition to of their accomplishment. Those receiving an overall award will be excluded from receiving an age class award. Classes: The top 3-5 in each Comp and Cat 1 age class will receive overall series awards (plaques), depending upon the number of overall finishers within the class (per the same criteria as Citizen & Sport).

USA Cycling State Championship Awards:

WORS has been sanctioned as the USA Cycling (the national governing body of cycling in the United States) State Championship Series for Wisconsin meaning that State will be determined in USA  Cycling classes from eligible WORS Series registrants based upon their overall finish within the series.   To be eligible for a Wisconsin State Championship award, 1) a racer must be a WORS Series Registrant, 2) A racer must have current USA Cycling annual license and be in good standing, and 3) be a resident of Wisconsin as verified by their USA Cycling license.
USA Cycling State Championship medals for Wisconsin are awarded in USA Cycling categories and classes as follows:

  • Pro: Men & Women
  • Cat 1 Men: 15-16, 17-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 & over
  • Cat 1 Women: 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40 & over
  • Master Men: 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & over
  • Master Women: 50-59, 60 & over
  • Junior Boys & Girls: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13- 14
  • Cat 2 Men: 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, Clydesdale*
  • Cat 2 Women: 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49
  • Single Speed: Men
  • Fat Bike: Men
  • Cat 3 Men: 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54
  • Cat 3 Women: 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 & over   *Not a USA Cycling category or class

Please note that although WORS Guidelines may not require Cat 2 and 3 Champions to upgrade, they may be excluded from repeating as Champions

Awards Presentation

WORS award winners wishing to claim their award are strongly encouraged to participate in the official awards ceremony for that race. Racers unable to attend the awards ceremony are responsible for making arrangements to receive their award. WORS will have available, at the WORS tent, unclaimed awards from the previous three events ONLY! Unclaimed awards may be requested by mail by sending a $5 check for each medal or a $10 check for each plaque (to cover postage and handling) made out to WORS, with your name, address, phone number, name of race, category and age class, and place of finish to: WORS, 8675 Rolling Hills Road, Custer, WI 54423. Mailing requests must include all of the above information and be made within four weeks of an awards ceremony.

WORS Series Scoring

To be scored in WORS overalls, a competitor must have a series number and compete in a minimum of 4 series events during 2020.
For Citizen and Sport a competitor’s best 6 results will be used for tabulation of their final overall points. A competitor who competes in more than 6 events will be awarded 5 bonus points per additional event completed (maximum of 10 points). DNF’s will remain 1 point. In case of a tie, head-to-head results will be used to determine placing (first wins and then points if tie remains). If a tie still remains, a tie will be declared and both racers will receive equal awards, with the next place being dropped.

VOLUNTEER POINTS: Series competitors who forfeit participation in a race to help run the event may qualify for volunteer points. To receive these points, a point total equal to a racers lowest scoring race excluding DNF’s, a racer must: 1) contact the race director at least 8 days in advance of the race to apply for acceptance to the race staff, 2) work a minimum of 5 hours on race day, and 3) pick up a VP (volunteer points) form from the WORS tent, fill it out, have their Race Director sign it and turn it in to WORS Timing & Scoring. A series competitor may include only one VP in their overall results. The VP will either replace a competitors lowest scoring event with a point value equal to the second lowest score or one equal to their lowest score depending upon the number of scoring events they have in their overall score.  Should a racer elect to volunteer more than once in the same year, they will receive 5 bonus points only for each of the additional events for which they volunteer.

POINTS: Points awarded at each individual WORS race toward series overall scores for Comp, Cat 1, and Pro overalls, as well as places within each age class for all categories, are listed in the WORS Series (Overall) Point Scale table below. Points awarded for Cat 1 age classes are awarded by combining overall finish points with age class finish points.


Awards & Points Tables

Awards table for Medal Distribution


WORS Races are sanctioned by USA Cycling and we race under USA Cycling’s rules. The USA Cycling Rule Book is available online.It is each racer’s responsibility to know and abide by the rules. Ignorance is never an acceptable defense!
The one exception to USA Cycling Rules for WORS races is that WORS has no designated Feed Zone. Racer are allowed to take a feed anywhere on the course as long as the following 3 criteria are met. 1) The individual providing the feed must be on the right hand side of the course, 2) the feeder must remain stationary, and 3) the feeder may not interfere with any other racer.

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