Posts from 200411

WORS Trail Run OpportunitiesThe new WORS Trail Running Team is looking for some motivated individuals who are interested in helping to take the WORS Trail Running Series and Special Events to the next level. We are currently outlining the TR Series for the 2005 season and are aggressively pursuing some exciting and high profile events to offer above and beyond the 05 TR Series events. The WORS-TR Team would welcome assistance in a wide variety of areas. Anything from event directorship, volunteer coordination, course layout, web design, marketing and event information distribution to just providing feedback on how to make the Series the best in the Midwest . There have been some significant steps already taken to ensure what we believe will be a dramatic step forward for the TR Series and we would like to encourage anyone who may be interested in joining the WORS-TR Series Team at any level that is comfortable for them, to contact either Don at don@wors.org or Cassie Gran at cassie_mtb@yahoo.com.

There is much to do and time is pressing. Come on board and buckle up for what promises to be a wild and crazy ?05? run!
WORS 2004 Awards BanquetGreat friends, great food, lots of winners, and a great time, sums up WORS annual Awards Banquet. Approximately 350 of the WORS faithful filled the Cliff House at Devil?s Head Resort on Saturday evening. The evening?s festivities began with a social hour allowing racers an opportunity to meet with friends and competitors to rehash their favorite experiences from the 2004 series and after partaking in a bountiful buffet of scrumptious delights, it was time to hand out the hardware. Following thank-yous to WORS sponsors, race directors, land owners, timing crew, webmaster, WORS posse, advertisers, and last but certainly not the least WORS racers, the 2004 WORS Heads (those racers who competed in all twelve WORS races in 2004) were announced. 88 racers were awarded the WORS Head designation and those in attendance were each presented with a commemorative knit hat. The award presentations began with WORS Trail Run Series awards. Then came the USA Cycling Citizen Series, WORS Team Competition, Saris Sport Series, NORBA State Champion, Clif Bar Comp, and finally the BelGioioso Elite Series awards as Brain Matter (PCW cycling) and Sara Kylander-Johnson (Trek Midwest/Ski Hut) were each presented with a Gary Fisher Sugar 293, a BelGioioso cheese box, a WORS All-In-One entry for 2005 and a personal framed photo collage from Extreme Photo while being named WORS Elite Overall Champions for 2004.

Congratulations to all WORS winners. If you were unable to attend the ceremony and have an award due you, please consult the ?Awards? section of the WORS Guidelines for instructions on how to claim your award.

The Evening?s excitement continued as WORS drew for the winners of its overall raffle. This raffle allows all WORS overall finishers a chance at winning many of the same great prizes from our sponsors that the Eite overall champs receive for their efforts. And the lucky WORS racers are:

WORS 2004 Overall Raffle Prize Winners

Grand Prize 
Gary Fisher Sugar 293 bike ($1980 value)
#2293 Luis Maldonado

2nd Prize
Cycle-Ops Power Tap SL unit ($1200 value)
#2192 David Bodmer

3rd Prize
Bontrager Race Lite Disc wheelset, Rudy Project Kerosene glasses, & Park Tool workstand,  tool kit, & floor pump ($880 value)
#9012 Al Brunner

4th Prize
Hayes HFX-9 Carbon disc brake set, Rudy Project Tayo glasses, Festina watch, WORS thermal jacket & beanie ($780 value)
#4097 Randy Borst

5th Prize
Rock Shox Pyslo Race suspension fork, SRAM 9.0 brakes, & Avid Speed Dial SL brake levers ($680 value)
#2042 Don Fisher

6th Prize
Hayes HFX-9 Carbon disc brake set, Rudy Project Tayo glasses & Park Tool Professional floor pump ($510 value)
#3041 Katja Maertens

7th Prize
Louis Garneau Oz-zy helmet, hat, arm warmers, knee warmers, Windtex gloves & shoe covers, and WORS jersey, shorts, & socks ($460 value)
#1057 Steve Scholzen

8th Prize
Park Tool workstand,  tool kit, & floor pump ($360 value)
#5011 Elizabeth Legaspis

9th Prize
CAT skis ($350 value)
#6025 Sam Jansen

10th Prize
Rudy Project Kerosene glasses & Park Tool workstand ($285 value)
#8022 Marty Weigel

WORS Announces 2004 WI NORBA State ChampionsWORS is designated by USA Cycling as the official State Championship Series of Wisconsin. With the culmination of WORS 2004 those participants in the series who are both Wisconsin residents and current NORBA annual members became eligible for NORBA State Champion designation dependent upon their placing in the series. Your 2004 Wisconsin NORBA State Champions are.

WORS # Last Name First Name Age Group
PRO MEN
1st 2 Matter Brian Men 25 to 29
SEMI-PRO MEN
1st 37 Peariso Chris Men 30 to 34
2nd 10 Woodruff Travis Men 19 to 24
JUNIOR X
1st 42 House Cole Men 15 to 18
2nd 29 Anderson Michael Men 15 to 18
EXPERT MEN
1st 25 Ettmayer, Jr A J Men 19 to 24
2nd 87 Lenss Set Men 19 to 24
3rd 48 Ruhland Ryan Men 19 to 24
1st 3 Lalonde Jesse Men 25 to 29
2nd 68 Phillips Mike Men 25 to 29
3rd 98 Stawicki Ronald Men 25 to 29
1st 35 Barrett Josh Men 30 to 34
2nd 43 Manthe Craig Men 30 to 34
3rd 21 Pietz Douglas Men 30 to 34
1st 15 Melcher Jeff Men 35 to 39
2nd 77 Nielsen Jack Men 35 to 39
3rd 66 Welke Butch Men 35 to 39
1st 31 Cole Scott Men 40-44
2nd 62 Daanen Jerry Men 40-44
1st 64 Peterson Jim Men 45-49
2nd 59 Timm John Men 45-49
1st 54 Hayssen Bob Men 50 and over
2nd 22 Grant James Men 50 and over
PRO WOMEN
1st 502 Juedes Susan Women 30 to 39
2nd 504 Cleveland Rebecca Women 30 to 39
JUNIOR X
506 Liske Holly Women 15 to 18
EXPERT WOMEN
1st 508 Zielinski Karen Women 19 to 29
2nd 518 Whitedog Jennifer Women 19 to 29
1st 520 DianaHillWomen 30 to 34
1st 505 Sable Lori Women 35 to 39
2nd 515 Putzke Kerry Women 35 to 39
JUNIOR SPORT MEN
1st 1015 Kay Jonathan 18 and under
2nd 1012 Kay Josh Men 14 to 18
3rd 1126 Mantz Bobby Men 14 to 18
SPORT MEN
1st 1158 Guerra Nathan Men 19 to 24
2nd 1068 Wagner Tony Men 19 to 24
3rd 2222 Waite Matt Men 19 to 24
1st 1080 Ganju Sanjay Men 25 to 29
2nd 1011 Beyer Brad Men 25 to 29
3rd 2159 Swart Benjamin Men 25 to 29
1st 1016 Long Jerry Men 30 to 34
2nd 1073 Peterson Scott Men 30 to 34
3rd 1125 Plato Kevin Men 30 to 34
1st 1005 Nigh Bill Men 35 to 39
2nd 1070 Gonzalez Anthony Men 35 to 39
3rd 1110 Rudolph Richard Men 35 to 39
1st 1212 Lemke Ross Men 40 to 44
2nd 1019 Gantz Jeffrey Men 40 to 44
3rd 1043 Labecki Jay Men 40 to 44
1234 Delaney Bill Men 45 to 49
1st 1054 Larson Marc Men 50-54
2nd 1061 Pallex Randy Men 50-54
3rd 1010 Noffke Pete Men 50-54
1075 Derksen Jon Men 60 and over
JUNIOR SPORT WOMEN
1st 3031 Smith Kieyla Women 18 and under
SPORT WOMEN
1st 3050 Deprey Nikki Women 19 to 24
1st 3041 Maertens Katja Women 25 to 29
1st 3008 Nigh Brittany Women 35 to 39
1st 3042 Kralovec Rolleen Women 40 to 44
2nd 3001 Czarnecki Christine Women 40 to 44
1st 3037 Post Cheryl Women 45 to 49
JUNIOR BEGINNER MEN
1st 6012 Labecki Nathan Men 10 and under
2nd 6001 Beach Myles Men 10 and under
BEGINNER MEN
1st 4014 Bieberitz Aaron Men 25 to 29
1st 4096 Shaw Eric Men 30 to 34
1st 4100 Sniadajewski Wally Men 45 to 49
1st 4064 Manthe Steve Men 60 and over
OTHER
1st 8011 Cabaltera Len Sport Clydesdale
1st 9002 Schneider D J Singlespeed
WORS Annual Race Directors? & Riders? MeetingsWORS annual Race Directors? and Riders? Meetings were held preceding the WORS 2004 Awards Banquet on Saturday at Devil?s Head Resort. During the race directors? meeting the primary topics of discussion affecting WORS participants included:
1) Rain Dates/ 2005 schedule
2) Entry Fees/ Insurance/ Late Registration
3) Adding additional categories for racers.
4) Saturday events
5) Declining Citizen numbers
6) WORS Trail Run Series
7) Awards distribution
8) Timing and scoring
The short recap of the discussion on rain dates is the series wide use of rain dates would create a whole new set of problems with notifying races, sponsors, volunteers etc. and how and when to make the decision to postpone the event. In addition it would create an even greater financial risk for events and their local organizing committees, let alone racers. One option discussed to protect riders from loss of their entry fee, should they be unable to attend a postponed race, is event insurance. However, it was estimated that this insurance would increase entry fees one to two dollars per entrant for all events and this was determined unacceptable by the race directors. The history of WORS events held in the rain and their impact on the trail was examined. It was concluded that the impact on trails from past events has not been extreme or irreparable. Race directors did agree to include the planning of course alterations in case of rain. It is felt that this could alleviate situations similar to Hixton last year and Wisconsin Rapids this year. The one venue within the series where a rain date is absolutely mandatory is Crystal Ridge. A rain date of September 4 will be added to the WORS 2005 schedule for the Alterra Coffee Bean Classic. All other WORS races will run as scheduled with regard to rain.

Discussion on race entry fees for 2005 centered around the need to increase pre-registration. WORS stated that very high day-of registration numbers affect the speed of results secondary to increased data entry demands on the day of the race. Race directors expressed concern over being able to cover up-front costs related to their events because of delayed income from the decrease in pre-registration. Another major factor related to entry fees is the increase in insurance premiums for 2005. The explanation from USA Cycling?s insurance carrier: premiums need to be increased to offset the cost of increased claims on a whole nationally, related to an increase in the number of racers not carrying their own health insurance. The race directors were particularly concerned with the impact of higher entry fees on series riders. The end result: registration (formerly pre-registration completed at least seven days before the event) for WORS 2005 events for series riders will remain at $26 for Elite, $24 for Comp, Sport, & Citizen, and $15 for Citizen Youth with a NORBA membership refund at race registration for Comp, Sport, Citizen, and Citizen Youth of $2. Non-series entrants will pay $1 more. Late registration (formerly day-of registration) fees will be $32 for Elite, $30 for Comp, Sport, & Citizen, and $21 for Citizen Youth. Series riders will also be able to receive a $2 refund at race registration for each entry from a new WORS racer (defined as not currently in WORS data base) that is connected with their registration (not available for late registration). The convenience charge for online entry will remain at $1. All mail-in registrations for 2005 will be sent to WORS rather than the individual event.

WORS has received requests for the addition of women?s Singlespeed, Comp Singlespeed, and Comp Clydesdale categories. The race directors approved both singlespeed categories, however discussion on adding a Comp Clydesdale category was inconclusive at both the race directors and riders? meetings. WORS is looking for more input. It was also suggested and is under consideration that the defining weight for Clydesdale be raised to 225 pounds.

Discussion on running some WORS races on Saturdays concluded with the consensus of the race directors being that Saturday was needed to prep for the Sunday event. Also, holding an event on Saturday was not an option because the volunteers and race directors would need to take additional time from their real jobs to prepare for these events.

Regarding the declining number of Citizen racers in WORS, it is felt that there is a need for events to increase local promotion along with finding ways to introduce new racers to WORS. Events are being encouraged to work with their local shops and teams to develop learn to race programs that could be offered to area YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers-Big Sisters and the like as well as the general public and bike shop clientele.

WORS has posted asking for someone to take over the direction of the trail run series. As a result of their response to our post, Cassie Gran and Peter Stinski, will be heading a team of volunteers to organize and promote WORS trail run series. If you are interested in being a part of the team, please contact Cassie at either: cassie_mtb@yahoo.com or cassandra.gran@tdstelecom.com.

Awards distribution with regard to the possibility of adopting a must attend the awards ceremony to receive your award policy was discussed. It was decided that WORS current policy will continue as stated in the current WORS Guidelines.

A representative from a timing company using a chip system made a presentation to the race directors last year. After the presentation, race directors concluded that the $2 increase in entry fees needed to cover the cost of using the system was not warranted. The individual who made that presentation did the timing for the Minnesota series this past year. He started timing the series using the chips, however discontinued their use, secondary to the amount of prep time needed for events like ours, where the greater percentage of entrants register on the day of the event. Conclusion: with the number of racers in WORS events, the use of chip timing would significantly limit allowing entrants to register the day of the event, late fee or not.

After the conclusion of the race directors? meeting, those race directors able to stay and WORS director, Don Edberg, met with a group of approximately 50 series participants in the riders? meeting. The topics from the race directors? meeting were recapped and discussion followed. A new topic came up regarding the back numbers used in WORS races. It was decided that it would be adequate to issue each series registrant two back number (WORS has been issuing four) and that WORS would be responsible to make sure each back number issued in 2005 had the age category written on it in large readable print. A mandatory move up policy was also outlined. For 2005, racers finishing in the top three of categories with ten or more finishers will be required to move up. Racers may petition WORS in writing if they feel they have a legitimate reason to remain in their current class.

WORS appreciates the input from all involved. WORS intends to post the 2005 Guidelines by the first of the year. This will allow approximately one month for modification should additional input from the racers deem it necessary.

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