Posts from 200905

Crystal Lake Classic Photo Contest CategoriesCategories ($10 WORS Bucks for Best Photo in each category)
  1. Best Venue Photo. For tips on this category, see this page. A particular challenge of the Rhinelander venue is the long, narrow start area and the pines that separate it from the awards podium.
  2. Best Photo of Racer(s) and Sponsor Banners. For tips on this category, see the Team WORS website.? Team WORS plans to install banners within walking distance of the start. Directions to these banners will be available at the Registration Tent after 4:00 on Saturday.
  3. Best Candid Moment. This could be a photograph of a racer, from the kids race, the podium, or spectators.
  4. Best Photo of a Citizen Racer on the course. The Hayes Citizen Series racers start early and have often been too quick for many photographers to catch on this course.? Snap a picture of a Citizen racer in singletrack for the win!
  5. Best Photo of racers along the lake. The shores of Crystal Lake make the lead out at Rhinelander a classic.? For bonus points, shoot the charging start waves from the lake itself in a rental canoe?
$25 WORS Bucks for the Overall Best Photo. This can be an image submitted to any of the Categories below, or may not apply to any of the specific categories for this race ? just a great image!
    Race Report: Iola Bump & Jump 2009
    Iola Bump and Jump Photo ContestThe Iola Bump & Jump will be held Sunday May 17, 2009. With sunny skies forecast, the opportunities for good photos will be excellent. The Best Overall Photo (from any category, or from none of the specific categories) will earn $25 WORS Bucks.? The best photo in each of the categories below will win $10 WORS Bucks.
    1. Best Venue Photo. For tips on this category, see this page.
    2. Best Photo of Racer(s) and Sponsor Banners. For tips on this category, see this page. Directions to banners will be available at the Registration Tent after 4:00 on Saturday.
    3. Best Candid Moment. This could be a photograph of a racer, from the kids race, the podium, or spectators.
    4. Best Photo of the Spectator Area. Iola has a great spectator area, with racers coming through, picnic tables, family-friendly areas and, of course, sponsor banners. How to capture all of these elements in a single photo is the challenge.
    5. Best Photo from the Start Climb. The long, gravel climb to the top of the ski hill is one of the stand-out features of the course at Iola.
    More details about the Photo Contest categories, and examples, can be found at the Team WORS website, here.
    IOLA Photo Contest CategoriesThe Iola Bump & Jump will be held Sunday May 17, 2009. With sunny skies forecast, the opportunities for good photos will be excellent. The photo contest Categories for this race are as follows: 1. Best Venue Photo. For tips on this category, see this page. A particular challenge of the Iola venue is the distributed start and spectator areas - one of the things that makes Iola great for spectating! Another challenge is how to capture the crowd at the start without including the line of portable toilets. Photographers, do your best! 2. Best Photo of Racer(s) and Sponsor Banners. For tips on this category, see this page. Team WORS plans to install banners on some of the climbs near the spectator areas, including the long climb after the first trip into the bowl, and the steep power climb after the second trip through the bowl, along the back side. Directions to these banners will be available at the Registration Tent after 4:00 on Saturday. 3. Best Candid Moment. This could be a photograph of a racer, from the kids race, the podium, or spectators. 4. Best Photo of the Spectator Area. Iola has a great spectator area, with racers coming through, picnic tables, family-friendly areas and, of course, sponsor banners. How to capture all of these elements in a single photo is the challenge. 5. Best Photo from the Start Climb. The long, gravel climb to the top of the ski hill is one of the stand-out features of the course at Iola.
    WORS Photo ContestWORS will be starting a Photo Contest for the 2009 Racing Season. The WORS photo contest seeks to reward WORS spectators and participants who capture the WORS experience with high quality photos. For each race, we will award prizes for the Best Photo in five (5) separate categories and an Overall Best Photo. The photo categories will change for each venue, and will be announced at WORS.org and on the Team WORS website, as well as the WORS registration tent on site. Above all, we hope that the photo contest will increase the participation and enjoyment of our many talented WORS photographers.

      Subaru Cup 2008.  Photo by Keith Wolf

      Subaru Cup 2008.? Photo by Keith Wolf aka Bubba

      Prizes:

    • Best in Category - $10 WORS bucks.
    • Best Overall - $25 WORS bucks.
    • We also aim to have end-of-year participation and excellence prizes. These remain to be determined.
    How to enter:
    • As soon as you can after the race, email or post your photos online. To be sure your photos will be judged, submit or post them online by 9:00 PM the Monday after each event.
    • Submit full-size, print-quality (600+ dpi resolution) digital photos or short (~60 second) digital video clips to Team WORS at teamwors at gmail dot com.
    • You may submit multiple photos, and we may consider each photo in multiple categories (no need to submit any photo more than once).
    • If you regularly post photos online, and want these included in the judging - send an email to TeamWORS or friend us on Flickr - and we will review them after each race. Because of the large number of photos posted online, if you have a photo you would especially like included please send it to us directly.? Video clips must be sent directly to teamwors at gmail dot com.
    • Full quality images: TeamWORS cannot include images posted in any online gallery (SmugMug, etc) that does not allow download of a full-quality image.? If your Flickr is not set up for download, you can either change your settings or send pictures to us directly via email.
    • No watermarks: TeamWORS cannot include images that have been watermarked.
    • No damaged number plates: TeamWORS cannot include images that include racers who have modified or damaged their WORS race number plate.
    • Treat each other kind! Never interfere with riders: : TeamWORS cannot include images that have been taken from on the course, or that were taken in such a way that the photographer may have interfered with racers.
    Learn more about the Categories. To give greater breadth of coverage for WORS events, some of the photo contest award categories will change throughout the season. For example, "Best Photo from the Kid's Race" may be a category at one event, and "Best Photo of a Racer in the 50+ age group" at another. Whenever a category is announced, suggestions and recommendations for photographers, and examples will be provided at the Team WORS website. Two Categories that are likely to be included at every race are "Best Photo of the Venue" and "Best Photo of racer(s) and Sponsor Banners".? You can also check the photo contest tips on our Flickr account, which will be updated throughout the season.

    Subaru Cup 2008.  Photo by Edge Photo

    Subaru Cup 2008. Photo by Edge Photo aka Dave and Caren Reich

    WORS will use the photos: By submitting your photo to the photo contest, you grant WORS permission to use the photo in marketing and promotion. This includes, but is not limited to, posting the photo online at WORS.org, the Flickr account for Team WORS, and any secondary site that may promote WORS via news reports or other media attention. We may also use the photo in print media, our handbook, in displays and in other ways to promote WORS. Photos entered in the photo contest should not be watermarked. Photo contest entries posted on Team WORS Flickr will include photographer attribution.
    Learn to Race ClinicThe first learn to race clinic of the season will be held this Saturday, May 16th at 3:00 pm at the Iola Bump and Jump.? The clinic will meet at the start/finish line and will be led by Team WORS member Matt Gehling.? Matt will cover how to properly prepare for your first race, how to get ready on the day of the big event, what to expect while you're racing and any other points of interest that are brought up during discussion.? He will also go over general mountain bike skills like cornering, climbing, braking, descending and a variety of other topics that you'll need out on the trail.? After a brief discussion, you'll hit the course together and preride a lap, occasionally stopping to discuss features on the course.? Questions are encouraged and welcomed so we hope to see you there!
    Best Venue PhotoAn important goal of the photo contest is to capture a panoramic view of WORS venues. Some venues lend themselves especially well to this. An ideal venue photo includes the following elements:
    • A view of the WORS Start and exhibition area that is as complete as possible (Start, Saris tent, Park Tool tent, exhibitors, sponsor banners, the WORS trailer, etc.)
    • The large crowd presence around a significant group of racers leaving the start. Tip: At many races, the best time to capture this is when the first few waves of Sport Men begin. At midday, the spectator presence is always large, and the Sport Men have large starting waves. The Elite race at the Subaru Cup (left) is another crowd favorite.
    • Any additional facilities. For example, the lodge at Treadfest.
    • If you are fortunate, good weather.
    Best Sponsor Banner PhotosBest Photo of racer(s) and Sponsor Banners: WORS Heads already know that WORS Sponsors are a significant presence at WORS events. Team WORS makes sure that banners are present throughout the venue, including at favorite spectator areas along the course. One goal of this Category will be to document WORS Sponsor presence with great shots of our racers. To facilitate this, Team WORS will be installing sponsor banners at designated areas on each courser. Directions to banners in popular spectator areas will be available at the registration tent. Even if you are not planning on taking photographs, you may want to check out these spectator areas!
    Photo Contest CategoriesTo give greater breadth of coverage for WORS events, some of the photo contest award categories will change throughout the season. For example, "Best Photo from the Kid's Race" may be a category at one event, and "Best Photo of a Racer in the 50+ age group" at another. Whenever a category is announced, suggestions and recommendations for photographers, and examples will be provided at the Team WORS website. Two Categories that are likely to be included at every race are "Best Photo of the Venue" and "Best Photo of racer(s) and Sponsor Banners".
    Iola Updates and Reminders

    The Iola Bump & Jump is coming up this weekend and things are looking good for a great start to WORS 2009.  The course is in great shape and the long range forecast is for great racing weather.

     

    Today is the last day to pre-register online for the event.  The registration system will stop offering the Iola race as a registration option as of midnight Monday, May 11.

     

    Please remember that all racers need to either bring their USA Cycling Mtb license or $5 for a one day license with them to each and every WORS event this year.  USA Cycling annual licenses will be on sale at the WORS tent, but please purchase your license online at www.usacycling.org  in advance if you are able.

     

    See you on the start line!

    Team: ScottScott Hietpas says he's excited to be a new member of the WORS team in 2009 and looks forward to helping with setup and takedown for the events. Scott started racing in WORS two years ago at the Citizen level, where he finished 2nd overall. Last year Scott raced Sport and finished 5th overall. He plans to race Comp once he attains that ever elusive 1st place medal and also hopes to try racing single-speed for the first time.
    Team: BrianBrian Hess started with WORS in 2007 as a citizen racer and took 1st overall in his age bracket. After a slow start in the 2008 Sport class, he took 2nd overall in his bracket with three consecutive top ten overall finishes before his frame broke on the pre-ride for Sheboygan. 2009 marks Brian?s first year with the WORS team and he looks forward to meeting and working with other biking/XC racing enthusiasts. He?s also looking forward to racing comp for WORS with a new Salsa bike. Brian hopes not to eat too much dust as his doctor has told him he already has a high blood/dust count, but that could just be his age. :)
    Team: JasonJason Gosse raced Comp in 2008, finishing 2nd in his age group (Men 25-29) and 18th overall. Jason has worked tirelessly with Team WORS since 2007, and often brings his puppy to camp with him during race weekends.
    Team: MattAfter some early success in Comp, Matt Gehling (#74, left) moved to Expert in 2008. The 2009 season will be Matt's first year racing with Team WORS. Matt's duties for Team WORS will include running the Learn to Race clinics on the Saturday before race events, and coordinating spectator areas and sponsor banners on the course.
    Team: KennyIn 2008, Kenneth Ramm raced Sport, finishing 4th in his age group (Men 45-49). He also became the head honcho for the WORS Posse. Together, the WORS Posse handles set-up and take-down of all essential elements at WORS events, including the start, podium, results kiosks, registration tent and more. Kenny, a farrier by trade, also lends his precision maneuvering of the WORS trailer as needed. Kenny and the team get the job done in every kind of weather.
    WORS WomenWORS Women are a group of women who enjoy the sport of mountain biking in the upper midwest. Our goal is to encourage more women to share our sport. Visit us for information on group rides, race reports, trail conditions and more.
    Photo ContestThe WORS photo contest seeks to reward WORS spectators and participants who capture the WORS experience with high quality photos.? For each race, we will award prizes for the Best Photo in five (5) separate Categories and an Overall Best Photo.? The photo categories will change for each venue, and will be announced at WORS.org and on the Team WORS website, as well as the WORS registration tent on site.? Above all, we hope that the photo contest will increase the participation and enjoyment of our many talented WORS photographers. Prizes:
    • Best in Category - $10 WORS bucks.
    • Best Overall - $25 WORS bucks.
    • We also aim to have end-of-year participation and excellence prizes. These remain to be determined.
    Learn more about the Categories. How to enter:
    • As soon as you can after the race, email or post your photos online.? To be sure your photos will be judged, submit or post them online by 9:00 PM the Monday after each event.
    • Submit full-size, print-quality (600+ dpi resolution) digital photos to Team WORS at teamwors at gmail dot com.
    • You may submit multiple photos, or submit the same photo in multiple categories.
    • If you regularly post photos online, and want these included in the judging - send an email to TeamWORS and we will review them after each race. Because of the large number of photos posted online, if you have a photo you would especially like included please send it to us directly.
    Check the photo contest tips on our Flickr account. WORS will use the photos: By submitting your photo to the photo contest, you grant WORS permission to use the photo in marketing and promotion. This includes, but is not limited to, posting the photo online at WORS.org, the Flickr account for Team WORS, and any secondary site that may promote WORS via news reports or other media attention. We may also use the photo in print media, our handbook, in displays and in other ways to promote WORS. Photos entered in the photo contest should not be watermarked. Photo contest entries posted on Team WORS Flickr will include photographer attribution.
    Team: ClaireClaire joined Team WORS in 2007, the year she first tried riding a mountain bike. She started to race at WORS as a beginning mountain biker to learn more about mountain biking, make friends, and to ride trails throughout Wisconsin. She finished first overall for the Sport women that season, and moved to Expert in 2008. Claire is now the Media and Marketing Coordinator for WORS. She writes and edits race reports, posts at WORS Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, Issuu and other sites, administers the WORS photo contest, and helps organize the Subaru Cup Pro XCT. She help to administer this website, subarucup.com, and worswomen.org. Claire is the founding member of WORS Women. At each WORS event, Claire and her teammates from the Trek Stores of Madison lead the WORS Learn to Race Clinic. She rides a Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SSL and her favorite WORS course is the one that she's never had a great race at - the Subaru Cup. WORS Chippewa Valley Firecracker 2010

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