The 2009 Subaru-sponsored Wisconsin Off Road Series was celebrated on Saturday October 17 as WORS racers, friends and family gathered for the Annual Awards Banquet at Sentry World Sports Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Approximately 350 WORS faithful were in attendance to commemorate the conclusion of another great year of racing fun. The banquet began with racer meetings and a social hour. During the coffee and desserts, the 2009 WORS Movie was shown on a projector screen fashioned from the WORS podium. After dinner, the awards ceremony began. WORS sponsors, race directors, land owners, timing crew, webmaster, WORS posse, advertisers, and last, but certainly not the least, WORS racers were acknowledged and thanked. Those racers who competed in all twelve WORS races during the 2009 season were acknowledged as this year?s ?WORS Heads? and received a gift package including a special WORS decal, Squirt Lube and a Planet Bike blinky light.
Awards were given for the Overall WORS Series and the Wisconsin State Championship. Hayes Disc Brake Citizen Series racers were the first to receive their overall plaques and recognition for their efforts. Awards continued with winners in the CycleOps Sport Series, Clif Bar Comp, and the BelGioioso Elite Series taking to the podium. Brian Matter (Gear Grinder) and Abigail Strigel (Mafia Racing / Pabst / Felt) were each presented with a Salsa Mamasita 29er Mountain bike (a $3,400 value), an All-In-One WORS gift certificate for 2010 and a personal framed photo collage from Extreme Photo while being named WORS Elite Overall Champions for 2009. A detailed listing of the Elite prize packages is given below.
The awards ceremony concluded with the presentation of the Jon Gantz Memorial Team Competition trophies to the top teams in each of the five divisions for both points and participation. The listing of Team Awards can be found in the Results section of the WORS website. Congratulations to all WORS winners. If you were unable to attend the ceremony and have an award due to you, please consult the ?Awards? section of the WORS Guidelines for instructions on how to claim your award.
The Luck of the Draw
The excitement continued as winners for the series overall raffle were drawn. All 2009 WORS overall finishers in attendance at the banquet were included in this drawing and each had a chance at winning many of the same great prizes from our sponsors that the Elite overall champs receive for their efforts. The lucky winners are listed below. The overall drawing was followed by a general raffle. In all, prizes awarded during the Annual Awards Banquet to WORS Elite finishers and lucky raffle winners totaled over $35,000.00!
1st Place: Salsa Mamasita 29er & WORS All-In-One gift certificate & Extreme Photography Unlimited poster-photo collage ($3814 value) - Won by Brian Matter, WORS # 10 and Abigail Strigel, WORS #501 Raffle winner Greg Bower, WORS Open 50+ # 805
2rd Place: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR Disc Wheel Set & Bontrager Dry X tubeless tires & Hayes Stroker Gram Brake Set & Crank Brothers Eggbeater SL pedals & Extreme Photography Unlimited poster-photo collage & Squirt Dry Lube and Sweat Sucker ($1608 value) ? Won by Mark Lalonde, WORS #6 and Lori Sable, WORS #516 Raffle winner Larry Hipps, WORS Cat 3 Citizen Series #4042
3rd Place: Bontrager Race X Lite TLR Disc Wheelset & Bontrager Bontrager 29-3 Expert tires & Extreme Photography Unlimited poster-photo collage ($1090 value) Won by Mike Phillips, WORS # 54, and Holly Liske, WORS # 502 Raffle winner Brett Poulton, WORS Cat 2 Sport Series #2148
4th Place: CycleOps PRO series Trainer & Park Work Stand, Tool Kit, Cap and Repair Manual & Extreme Photography poster-photo collage & Squirt Dry Lube and Sweat Sucker ($815 value) ? Won by Darrin Braun, WORS # 25, Lisa Krayer, WORS # 503 Raffle winner Bryan Paterson, WORS Cat 3 Citizen Series #4060
5th Place: Crank Brothers Eggbeater SL pedals & Jett Jersey & Ergon Backpack and Grips & Hayes Stroker Ryde Disc Brakeset & Extreme Photography Unlimited poster-photo collage ($640 value) - Won by Nathan Guerra, WORS # 5, and Andrea Matter and Meghan Korol, WORS # 515 and 519, respectively Raffle winner Dan Schuster, WORS Cat 2 Sport Series #2010
2009 WORS Awards Banquet Overall Raffle Prize Winners 6-10:6th Prize: Manitou R Seven Absolute + Fork & Extreme Photography Unlimited Collage coupon ($580 value) - Won by Brittany Nigh, WORS # 3009, Cat 2 Sport Women
7th Prize: Park Torque Wrench Set & Ergon Backpack & Jett Jersey & Extreme Photography Unlimited Collage coupon ($480 value) ? Won by Mark Clinton, WORS # 4809, Cat 3 Citizen Men
8th Prize: Crank Brothers Candy SL Pedals & Bontrager 29-3 Expert Tires & Ergon Backpack & Grips & Extreme Photography Unlimited Collage coupon ($430 value) ? Won by Casey Hildebrandt, WORS # 709, Junior X Men
9th Prize: Hayes Stroker Ryde Disc Brake set &Bontrager XDX TLR 26X2.1 Tires & Extreme Photography Unlimited Collage coupon ($370 value) ? Won by Andrew Senderhulf, WORS # 2027, Cat 2 Sport Men
10th Prize: Ergon Backpack and Grips & Crankbrothers Candy C Pedals & Hayes T-shirt & Squirt Dry Lube & Extreme Photography Unlimited Collage coupon ($340 value) ? Won by Warren Fowler, WORS # 2013, Cat 2 Sport Men
Congratulations winners! If you were not at the Banquet we are mailing prizes out to you or in the case of larger ones they will come UPS in the near future.
Thanks to all that made the Awards Banquet a great ending to a great year of WORS. Preparations are in full swing to make the 2010 edition of WORS even more fun and exciting, if that is possible. Please keep checking this website for updates and use the message board or email us (email@example.com) with any input you may have regarding the series. The 2010 WORS Racer Handbook is schedule for mailing on March 1, 2007. We wish you a great off-season and hope to see all you back next May.
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