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WORS Discontinues Short Track SeriesWORS regrets to inform its participants that due to time demands on an already overworked staff, as well as budget constraints, we have been forced to cancel the WORS Short Track Series and its remaining events.

This decision has been in the works since the start of the 2004 season and was not a direct result of problems encountered with the running of the new format at the WORS Cup. The timing of WORS' decision on this matter is primarily related to the added stress of running such events that has been put upon WORS Staff and its volunteers.

Those who registered for the Short Track Series will be refunded their series registration fee. These refunds will not be mailed but can be picked up from the WORS tent at any WORS event. WORS will be informing all race directors of this decision. If you have preregistered for a short track race at any of the upcoming events, your registration fee will be held, and will then be refunded and will not be processed.

Once again, we are very sorry about any inconvenience this has brought to any of our ridership.
WORS Cup Online RegistrationOnline registration for the WORS Cup Stage Race has been extented through today due to downtime experienced last night (caused by a web hosting error). We apologize for any the inconvience this problem has caused. Should you have any questions, please contact webmaster@wors.org.
WORS Cup Stage Race - Mountain Biking DestinationCuster, WI ?- The Wisconsin Off Road Series, sponsored by Subaru, is set to kick off this year?s premier mountain bike racing event, the WORS Cup Stage Race, presented by Williamson Bicycle Works, at Devil?s Head Resort in Merrimac, WI. This three day celebration of biking will take place June 25 though June 27 with an expected draw of over 2000 racers and spectators from across the Midwest again this year!

It all kicks off on Friday, June 25th, with the Chainsmokers Time Trial, the first stage of the Stage Race. Competitors will also have their first opportunity to preride all of the courses both before and after the Time Trial event.

The fun continues on Saturday, June 26th, with more events and activities: a bike swap, the consumer expo with representatives from across the bike world who will be on hand to answer questions and show off the latest and greatest technologies, Devil?s Dare Metric Century Road Ride, Grandma Karen?s Kids Race, Mad FORCs Women Learn To Race Clinic, Devil?s Drop Downhill race, and the Willy Bikes Short Track race (the second stage of the Stage Race).

The weekend-long event will conclude on Sunday, June 27th, packed with events and activities with the continuation of the consumer expo, WORS Cup Trail Running race, Willy Bikes Mountain Bike Cross Country race (the third and final stage of the Stage Race), Hayes Disc Brake Youth Race, and the Devil?s Duel Dual Slalom.

Racers, riders, and runners of all ages and abilities will be in attendance again this year, including many emerging national and top regional athletes who will compete for the Stage Race?s Elite class payout and national ranking.

Devil?s Head Resort is a short drive north of Madison, WI, located just 10 miles south of the I-90/94 I-39 interchange at Portage. Accommodations are available at the resort with numerous other hotels and campgrounds within minutes of the resort.

For additional information on the events (for both competitor and spectator alike), driving directions, registration, and more, visit http://stagerace.wors.org, or call (715) 592-5095.
Alterra Coffee Bean Classic POSTPONEDThe massive amounts of rain that have fallen in Southeastern Wisconsin have pushed the normally fast and dry Alterra Coffee Bean Classic course in Franklin, WI well past it?s saturation point. Due to the unridable conditions of the clay-based soil, as well as the damage the trails would sustain, the Alterra Coffee Bean Classic, scheduled for this weekend, June 13, 2004, has been postponed. The tentative makeup date is currently set for August 29, 2004.

WORS and the Alterra MTB team sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and financial loss this may cause any of you. However, we are in the same boat with insurance, portapotties, land access fees, advertising, etc, amounting to thousands of dollars that will be lost.

Because of these commitments, we are unable to refund any preregistration (the money is spent). The only option we can offer is to give free entries for the makeup date to those who have preregistered for this event.

The team competition deadline, originally June 13, 2004, has been extended to June 27, 2004. This means teams have through the WORS Cup Stage Race to register.

Please help spread this information to those who may not frequent the website.
WORS Cup Stage Race Seeks VolunteersThe WORS Cup Stage Race is looking for volunteers for this year?s premier event. This is your opportunity to experience a mountain bike race from a different perspective, and to give back to this great sport. Held on June 25-27 at Devil?s Head Resort in Merrimac, WI, this mega-event promises to be a fun-packed weekend. Weekend events include Time Trial, Bike Swap, Consumer Expo, Trial Running race, Century Road Ride, Downhill, Dual Slalom, Cross Country race, and more! For full details on the event, visit stagerace.wors.org.

If you are interested in helping out, or have any questions, please contact alexis@wors.org.
WORS Store Officially LaunchedNow you have access to WORS Wear and accessories every day of the year! Jerseys, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, and everything in between is now available for purchase online at < store.wors.org, or by clicking the store link on the navigational menu to your left. For your convenience, a ?pick up at event? shipping option was added to allow you to pick up your order at the next WORS event. WORS Wear makes a great gift too! Be sure to check back as we add more items, sales, and discount coupons!
Rome Around, the Rain and the PainMother Nature continues to test the fortitude of WORS racers as well above average rainfall eventually took its toll on one of the most water absorbent courses in all of WORS. The Rome Around course, usually noted as favoring the agile and speedy, turned into a test of strength and endurance as the 1/2? of rain that fell during the USA Cycling Citizen?s Series portion of the race took the trail past its saturation point and soon had the majority of the trail covered with 3? of brown slime.

Prior to the rain, the second of this year?s WORS Trail Run Series events put 49 runners out on the course. The Rome Around Long Course competitors ran the Citizen mountain bike course of approximately 5.2 miles with the Short Course cutoff yielding a course length of just over 3 miles. Runners returned relatively clean keeping up the optimism for the mountain bike race to follow. Fast times for the Long Course were turned in by John Brandt (Waukesha, WI) and Rosy Walsh (Rhinelander, WI) with times of 34:43 and 40:01 respectively. Short course competitors were lead by Caleb Sandvold?s (Oconomowoc, WI) 23:38 and Antonia Leal?s (Greendale, WI) 27:14.

WORS Citizen Youth mountain bike race followed the trail run with 8-12 year old competitors hitting the trails for a one lap competition. A field of 31 competitors got on the course at 9:30 just as the morning rain began. For the girls Jessica House (Oneida, WI) and Arin Lemke (Cedarburg, WI) turned in the best times for the 8-10 and 11-12 year olds. On the boys side, 10 year old Nathan Labecki (Milwaukee, WI) and 12 year old Theodore Peters (Hartford, WI) were fastest in their age categories. The USA Cycling Citizen?s Series race began at 10 with the rain well under way. As course conditions steadily eroded the course, the median time for competitors completing their two laps was one hour and thirty-five minutes, almost twice that of 2003. Antonia Leal (Greendale, WI) turned in a 1:25:50 and Mathew Lanser (Green Bay, WI) a time of 1:07:00 to set fast times for the women and men respectively. Citizen Clydesdales were led by Brian J. Smith?s (Janesville, WI) time of 1:27:18. Race officials were forced to delay the start of the Saris Sports Series race by ten minutes to allow the course to clear of Citizen traffic and made the decision to shorten the rest of the days races by one lap to compensate for the speed robbing course conditions. Although the rain subsiding at some point during the Sport race very little drying occurred and Sport times showed only a two minute improvement on average over those of the Citizens. When the mud stopped churning and the times were posted, Lori Violetta?s (Marquette, MI) time of 1:28:17 and Brian Knutson?s (Plainfield, IL) 1:12:01 emerged as the fastest Sport times of the day for the women and men respectively. Lucas Daniels (Ironwood, MI) set the pace for the Singlespeed category with his time of 1:11:44 while Dan Van Dallwyk (Kaukauna, WI) turned in fast time for Sport Clydesdales with a time of 1:23:54. The only competitors of the day to escape the mud were those entered in the Hayes Disc Brake Youth Race for kids twelve and under as it was held on a mowed path in the staging area that remained relatively dry.

The Clif Bar Comp and Bel Gioioso Elite races of WORS #3 went off on time at 1:30. The Elite men?s field of seventy-three blasted off the start line giving the impression that the speed was back but as the leaders, Jeff Hall (Salsa Cycles) and Tristan Schouten (PCW Cycling), started out on their second of four laps in just under 30 minutes with a two minute lead on the field it was evident that even the best of WORS racers would have to put out a maximum effort to complete their race in under two hours. Schouten hung on, however, he was unable to close the gap as Hall won by just over a minute. The two did increase their time up on the rest of the field by over six minutes as teammates Robert McVean (Ski Hut) and Mike Bushey (Ski Hut) came across six seconds apart for third and fourth. Brain Eppen (Atlas Cycling) finished fifth well ahead of a chase group of six riders. Last year?s women?s overall champion, Sara Kylander-Johnson (Trek Midwest Regional Team) continued her dominance of this year?s series as she remained undefeated, although Susan Juedes (Bike Hub) challenged her at several points throughout the race as the two pulled away from the rest of the field of twenty. Anne Grabowski (Penn Cycle/Nature Valley), neo-elite Kim Eppen (unattached) and Rebecca Cleveland (Bike Hub) completed the top five. In the Comp race 16 year old Jonathan Kay (Hayes Ontrack Race Team) continued to defend his Clif Bar Comp overall leader?s jersey with a fourth place overall finish. Carlos Hackel (unattached) turned in fast time of the day with Bill Nigh (Team Pedal Moraine) and Nathan Moenck (UWSP) in second and third.

Thanks to all who came out and persevered the conditions. Sue and Tim Tenpas, along with a great group of volunteers, continue to drive the quality of this event and deserve a huge thank you from WORS and its riders. Let?s all hope for dryer weather as we head into Race #4 of WORS 2004 sponsored by Subaru, Driven by What?s Inside. See you at the Alterra Coffee Bean Classic in Franklin, WI on June 13th.

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