As WORS enters its twelfth year, I am extremely excited about the lineup of racing opportunities we have put together for the mountain bikers of Wisconsin and the surrounding states. WORS will be holding its first ever mega-event in early June with the introduction of the WORS Cup Stage Race at Devil's Head Resort near Merrimac. Planned activities include, mountain bike stage race (time trial, short track, & cross-country races), trail run, bike swap, metric century road ride, downhill, dual slalom, trials competition, consumer expo, and a musical entertainment. WORS will also team up with the Midwest Mountain Bike Festival ( formerly Pedro's Fest) to bring WORS racer a single lap marathon race on the great trails of the Levis Mound area near Hatfield . We are very glad to welcome back ten of our eleven venues from 2002.
2003 will also see the introduction of a six race WORS Short Track Series and a six race WORS Trail Run Series. These events will be held on Saturdays at select venue throughout our twelve race cross-country series.
The WORS Racing website will continue to provide a message board (for rider input), WORS news updates, on-line registration for both the series and individual events, race results, etc. An exciting new registration option available online is the All-In-One Registration, which will register a competitor for the series an all twelve events with one easy form. WORS will bring back its on-line store with expanded offerings of WORS wear. The store should be in place by the end of February. WORS has again partnered with Midwest Photos for photo coverage of events including website gallery postings and the opportunity for racers to purchase race photos.
WORS has done some reorganization for 2003 with standardized age categories between all classes and the introduction of the Citizen Youth Class as a subclass of Citizen to encourage a greater number of younger rider to make the transition from our Kids Races to regular WORS competition. We continue to encourage racers to experience the challenges putting on a WORS event. WORS racers volunteering to work an event receive "volunteer points". Please contact the local race director of an event for which you can volunteer as soon as possible. All participants will benefit from reading and familiarizing themselves with all the guidelines and rules which govern WORS in the Guidelines pages of this handbook.
WORS continues to exist through the hard work of its individual event directors, their staff and volunteers, the tremendous support of our participants and generous support of our sponsors. We are very excited to welcome Subaru as our major sponsor. I strongly encourage all of you to support those companies who have recognized the value in what we do and assist us in bringing WORS racing to you. Please remember to give back to our great sport whenever possible.
See you on the start line,