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Less Than 50 Tickets Left For Awards BanquetThe 2004 WORS Awards Banquet is scheduled for Saturday October 30th at Devil?s Head Resort, Merrimac, Wisconsin. Banquet tickets are on sale online for $19 each for Adults and $10 for children twelve and under, or you can buy them by mailing a check for $18 per adult and $9 for each child?s ticket to WORS Racing, 8675 Rolling Hills Rd, Custer, WI 54423. Please include a self addressed stamped envelope. Tickets will also be available at the WORS tent at both Iola and Sheboygan.

Purchase your tickets online now!
WORS has a block of rooms reserved at a special price. You can reserve yours by calling Devil?s Head at 1-800-472-6670 by Oct. 15, 2004 and telling them you are attending the WORS Awards Banquet. Get your tickets early to reserve your spot at the Banquet; attendance is limited to 400.

Below is the agenda for this year?s banquet. Please come and join the fun!
Awards Banquet Agenda

10:00 Open riding on the Devils Head trails
Bring your bike and join fellow WORS racers for a casual ride of the fun and challenging Devil?s Head mountain bike trail system.

11:00 Race directors meeting
Race directors meet to discuss 2004 and prepare for the 2005 season. This meeting is only for race directors and special quests of WORS until 3:00 when all in attendance will adjourn to the ?riders? meeting?.

3:00 Riders? meeting
Come early to give your input on issues and concerns regarding WORS. Don and most of the race directors will be available to address you questions and concerns.

4:00 Social Hour
Cash bar with lots of good conversation on WORS 2004 and anticipation of 2005.

6:00 Dinner
A scrumptious buffet featuring: chicken Marcella, vegetable lasagna, baked potato with sour cream, green beans almandine, fruit ambrosia, tossed lettuce salad, coleslaw, rolls, dessert and coffee, tea or milk.

7:00 Awards
Overall awards WORS 2004 sponsored by Subaru, Driven by What?s Inside, including: the USA Cycling Citizen, Saris Sport, Clif Bar Comp, and BelGioioso Elite series, Team Competition awards, drawing for Overall Raffle (for all WORS 2004 overall finishers, need not be present to win) and the infamous schwag laden WORS Banquet Raffle (only WORS 2004 overall finishers in attendance are eligible). Each raffle features a $2000 Gary Fisher bicycle, the official bike of WORS as well as merchandise from WORS product sponsors: Park Tool, Bontrager, Louis Garneau, Rudy Project, Hayes Disc Brakes, and Festina.

9:30 Closing
WORS 2004 Is In The Books!The Wisconsin Off Road Series wrapped up its thirteenth year of racing with its twelfth and final event of 2004, the Wigwam/Ultimax MTB Challenge, at Quarryview/Evergreen Park in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on Sunday. Although the Wigwam/Ultimax has had the prestige of being the WORS finale for several years, the race took on even more emphasis this year with being selected for the AMBC calendar and an Elite Men?s and Women?s first prize of $1500 and $500 respectively. Part of the prestige of being an AMBC (American Mountain Bike Challenge) event is that the top ten finishers in each of the respective NORBA categories and age classes qualified for the 2005 US National Championships*. As far as the over $5000 in prize money, it may have been responsible for the best of WORS past and present rolling up to the start line. In addition to the Elite prize money each wave of each race Citizen Youth through Elite had a ?holeshot? prime and all those that climbed the steep ridge near the end of each lap known as the ?Equalizer? without putting a foot down received a $5 bill to ride away with. Sorry IRS, no official tallies were kept of who went away with how much.

Racing in the Elite Class was fast and furious at the front with the closest men?s and women?s finishes of the year. WORS 2003 series champion, Doug Swanson (Trek/VW) won the ?holeshot? prime in what this year?s yet to be crowned series champ, Brain Matter (PCW Cycling) reported as the second fastest start in the history of WORS. Seven riders, Swanson, Matter, Jeff Hall (Salsa Cycles), WORS 2002 series champ Tristan Schouten (PCW Cycling), Junior rider Cole House (All Aboard/Team2/BelGioioso), John Devine (USA Cycling U-23 Team), and Brian Eppen (Atlas Cycling) were off the front for the first lap of the just over 5 mile course. Hall had a small gap at the beginning of lap 2 however Matter brought the group back together (with the exception of Eppen who flatted) and set the pace for the next couple of laps. Near the end of fourth lap Swanson and Devine got a small gap as they headed down to the ?Sheboygan Slickrock? along the quarry, but a lapse in concentration and the hard rock drops combined to take Devine down hard, ending his race.
Hall and Schouten pulled up into contention and the fevered pace continued into the last lap. House and Matter were losing significant time and it was down to a three man race. Several lead changes later, Swanson powered away on the ?Equalizer? and hung on to win by a three second margin over Hall with Schouten eighteen second down for third. The podium was completed as House came in about a minute and a half back. Cramping and trying to hold Cole?s wheel for fifth, Matter was satisfied in that he had finally made the top of the series standings.

In the Elite women?s race, Anne Grabowski (Nature Valley/Penn Cycle) went to an early lead with 2003 series champ, Sara Kylander-Johnson (Trek Midwest/Ski Hut) and Kim Eppen (unattached) leading the chase. Eppen continued her late season charge as motored past a fading Grabowski and cramping Kylander-Johnson while holding off a late charge from Jenna Zander ( to record her fifth consecutive WORS win. Zander closed to within 30 seconds of Eppen for second while Kylander-Johnson was another twenty seconds back for third. Grabowski slipped to forth as she finished two minutes down with Rebecca Cleveland (The Bike Hub) crossing the finish line in fifth.

With a huge crowd of spectators on hand and great weather and course conditions, the racing throughout the day in all classes and age categories was incredible, as over near 800 mountain bike enthusiast competed in the event hosted by the Fat Kats. Complete results for all of the WORS classes and age categories can be found on the results page of this website. Race director Dan Dittrich and his staff are to be congratulated on an outstanding event. A special thanks to Mudcat Grant for his performance of our National Anthem.

Thanks to all who participated, worked and volunteered to make WORS 2004 a success. WORS 2004 sponsored by Subaru, ?Driven By What?s Inside? has but one major matter of business, the Awards Banquet, October 30, 2004 at Devil?s Head Resort. Hope to see you all there for a day of fun and celebration!

* Qualification is regardless of NORBA membership. However, qualifiers are required to have a NORBA annual license to compete at Nationals.
Cyclops Trainers from Saris Warm-Up Tent on Sale!Saris, the sponsor of WORS Sport Class, continues to support WORS and WORS riders with a special offering of the fourteen Cycleops special edition Fluid2 trainers from the Saris warm-up tent. The trainers will go up for sale on a first come first serve basis Sunday morning at the Wigwam/Ultimax MTB Challenge in Sheboygan. Sales start at 8:00 a.m. at the WORS tent. Purchased trainers will be tagged and available for pick up after the start of the Elite race at 1:30 p.m. These trainers normally carry a retail price of over $300 and will be on sale for $169 plus tax.
WORS Announces Its 2005 ScheduleAfter a month and a half of deliberation with venues, race directors and local organizing committees and examining/waiting for the release of dates for other major events, WORS is very pleased to release its 2005 schedule.

WORS 2005 twelve race series is scheduled to kick off on May 15, 2005 at the Iola Winter Sports Area in Iola, Wisconsin with the Iola Bump & Jump and end October 9th in Sheboygan with The Wigwam/Ultimax MTB Challenge. Of the twelve races in the 2005 schedule eleven will be returning from 2004 with the edition of an exciting new event in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the Chippewa Valley Firecracker on July 3rd. WORS is very excited about the support for this event from local bike shops, recreational departments, and convention and visitors bureaus.


WORS premier event, the WORS Cup Stage Race, will again go regional as an AMBC event and is looking at several exciting format changes with Citizen, Sport, and Comp riders competing in an omnium of modified Super D* and Cross-Country. The Super D will be run on Saturday morning and utilize Devil?s Heads ?00? lift to transport racers to the start approximately 300 vertical feet above the finish line. Pro, Semi-Pro, and Expert competitors will compete in a stage race that will include a Saturday afternoon short track in addition to the Super D and cross-country. For the first time, WORS will have a separate prize list for each of the NORBA categories that make up WORS normal Elite Class. Other exciting details on WORS 2005 and its individual events will be posted as they become available.

In 2004, WORS ran three events without the partnership of a local organizing committee. This required Don to rely heavily on family and friends and friends of friends to make these events happen, often straining these relationships. So, WORS has found it necessary to drop one of the three events. We regret to announce there will be no Buzzard Buster in WORS 2005. We are, however, exploring ways of incorporating marathon events as peripherals to our schedule.

*Super D: An Event that is a hybrid of cross-country and downhill. Starts may individual or Le Mans mass start. The course should be 12-20 minutes in length, have significantly more descending than climbing, be devoid of jumps, and not extremely technical. (Reprinted from the 2004 NORBA Rulebook.)
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