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High Temperatures and High Excitement at the Rome AroundStruck by a meteorological rarity, Race Number Nine of WORS 2003 sponsored by Subaru, the Rome Around, was held on the hottest day of the summer. Temperatures soared into the mid and upper nineties. Due to the lack of any significant rain for over two weeks, the very fast singletrack and mountain bike trails bordering Alexander Field in Wisconsin Rapids became a dust bowl for many. WORS riders continue to experience a wide range of course design and riding conditions adding to the uniqueness of each event.

Rome Around racing began with a record field of forty-seven eight to twelve year olds competing in the Citizen Youth Race. The 9:30 a.m. start had the youngsters beating the heat of the day. Citizen Youth fast times came from 11 year old Calley Nelson and 11 year old William Griesbach for the 11 to 12 year olds, and 10 year old John Brunner and Brittany Palmer for the 8 to 10 year olds. The WORS Citizen Series race went off at 10 a.m. The citizens raced two laps of a 4.9 mile course with Cassie Zwart of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin turned in a 43:59 and Josh Kay out of Shell Lake, Wisconsin a 39:14 to set fast times for the women and men respectively. Citizen Clydesdales were led by David Zwart of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin with a time of 43:29. The days racing continued with a Novice race at 10:45. These first time racers, equipped with lessons learned from a "learn to race" clinic held Saturday afternoon, did a great job! Race Number Nine of WORS 2003 sponsored by Subaru moved into the heat of the day with the Saris Sport Series race starting at 11:30. With the addition of two sections of singletrack the Sport course stretched out to 5.1 miles and competitors were required to complete 3 laps to receive a time and placing. When the dust settled and the times were posted, Iowa City, Iowa
Novice Class for First Time and Beginner RacersNever raced before or don't think you're ready for a WORS race, but interested in giving it a try? WORS will debut a new Novice class at the Rome Around in Wisconsin Rapids on August 24th. The Novice class is designed for those (13 and older) who are looking for a taste of mountain bike racing and have not raced before. No license or membership required! The approximately five mile, entry level course provides all the fun of racing with a low degree of difficulty that boys, girls, men, and women of all ages will be sure to enjoy. A free Learn To Race Clinic will also be provided on Saturday, August 23rd to all registered Novice, Citizen Youth, and Citizen riders with a tour of the race course at 2:00pm.

This sounds great, what do I need to do?
1. Register!
2. Make sure you have the essentials: A functional bike (kickstands and reflectors must be removed, working brakes, nothing hazardous attached to it, etc), proper attire (no shirt, no shoes, no riding!), helmet (of course),water (always a good idea), and yourself.
3. Be familiar with the rules. NO listening to a CD player, walkman, etc; NO littering on the course; NO profane language; NO cheating. Be sure to read the General Rules and Competitor Code for all the details.
4. Come to the Rome Around and be prepared for an awesome time!

For more information about this exciting event (including registration information, map, directions, lodging information, and more) , visit the Rome Around events page.
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