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2009 Midwest Regional Championship at IcemanTime for WORS to Once Again Defend Our Title!

Going into its forth year, the Midwest Regional Championship will once again be held conjunction with the Iceman, in Traverse City, Michigan on Saturday November 7.

This competition offers many of those placing at the top of their class in WORS an opportunity to compete in the largest single day (and sold out) MTB event in North America and is certainly a great way to cap off the season while showcasing the talent of WORS racers.

The fee to participate in this great event will again be a mere $10 administrative fee to cover the cost of the number plate, processing of the entry, insurance, etc.. We are extremely grateful to the ?Iceman?, Steve Brown for making this possible!

In determining qualifiers for this event, WORS racers are slotted into the Iceman divisions (a possible 46 are applicable) with the race entry first offered to the highest placing qualifier in the combined division. If that qualifier is unable to attend or declines participation in the MRC, the entry will pass to the next highest qualifier. Slush cup and Sno Cone races at the Iceman do not qualify. Because WORS has many more classes than the 46 applicable Iceman divisions, we must combine many of our classes and use overall placement within a category to determine qualifiers. It may take until after Sheboygan to determine qualifiers in some classes. Please remember WORS Comp and Sport will be combined for Iceman Sport divisions, just as there are for reporting results to USA Cycling. The Iceman has expanded Sport divisions, notably Sport Men with 40-43, 44-46, and 47-49 requiring a reverse scenario from the one explained above. In determining the MRC standings after the race, only one racer will represent each series in any single Iceman division.

The Midwest Regional Championships (MRC) is a "lowest-points wins" competition between mountain bike race series in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia that pits division winners from each state series in a head to head competition. 1st place equals 1 point, 2nd place 2 points and so on. DNF?s are not scored. A minimum of 10 racers used in this lowest-points formula. For state series sending less than 10 representatives, a penalty of 20 points will be issued for each spot that is not filled.

VERY IMPORTANT: ALL registration forms for qualifying WORS racers must be sent directly to WORS and WORS will forward entries to the Iceman in ONE package. You must either mail your form to WORS or drop it off at the WORS tent at one of the last two races along with the $10 administrative fee for the Iceman. Entry forms will be available at the WORS tent or here.

All registration forms for WORS racers who think they may qualify must be received (not postmarked) no later than October 15.

Thanks to Ryan O?Dell, series director of the Ohio Mountain Bike Championships for coordinating this competition.

Direct any questions to Don at

2009 Midwest Regional Championships
Probable WORS Qualifiers
1 Pro/Expert Women 19-34 Abbigail Strigel
Holly Liske
Lisa Krayer
2 MYC Scholarship Women 12-18 MurphyKate Montee
Liz Shull
Moriah Griesbach
3 Expert Women 35-44 Lori Sable
April Dombrowski
Brenda Zimmermann-Thorpe
4 Sport Women 19-34 Ashley Weichmann
Kate Heil
Sara Birdsall
5 Sport Women 35-44 Brittany Nigh
Ann Holsen
Molly Wolf
6 Sport/Exp Women 45-54 Christine Czarnecki
Christine Griesbach
Colleen Westphal
7 Beginner Women 19-34 Niki Frazier
Margaret Matuszak
Chelsea Zello
8 Beginner Women 35-44 Andrea Lyman
Chasity Gabrielson
Jodi Rummelhart
9 Beginner Women 45-54 Rolleen Kralovec
Susan Borchardt
Diana Klapperich
10 All Women 55-64 Jenni Borell
Rose Lenss
Sue Blankenheim
11 All Women 65 +
13 Women Singlespeeds Susie McGinnity
14 Pro Men Brian Matter
Mark Lalonde
Nathan Guerra
15 MYC Scholarship Men 12-18 Caleb Lenss
Myles Beach
Kyle Warras
16 Expert Men 19-24 Darrin Braun
Ben Koenig
Matt Gehling
17 Expert Men 25-29 Ted Hanes
Seth Lenss
Christian Brekke
18 Expert Men 30-34 Maciej Nowak
Landon Lueck
Neil Swanson
19 Expert Men 35-39 Ray Nelson
Joe Curtes
Ryan Krayer
20 Expert Men 40-44 Jeff Melcher
John Lirette
J. W. Miller
21 Expert Men 45-49 John Shull
Jan Rybar
Dennis Schuelr
22 Expert Men 50-54 Greg Bower
John Timm
Mike Wanek
23 Sport Men 19-24 Brian Braun
Matt Muraski
Nick Sabel
24 Sport Men 25-29 Jesse Shoemaker
Spencer Strigel
Corey Stelljes
Ben Neubauer
25 Sport Men 30-33 Anthony Dipiazza
Wally Kunstman
Anthony Ferrara
26 Sport Men 34-36 Rick Walls
Karl Tillman
Scott Hietpas
27 Sport Men 37-39 Chris Gabrielson
Dan Tavela
Ric Damm
28 Sport Men 40-43 Jeff Askland
Brian Hess
Steve Pribek
29 Sport Men 44-46 Glen Stroik
Ross Lemke
Sean Shields
30 Sport Men 47-49 Jeff Seifert
Jeff Sympson
Nick Christofalos
31 Sport Men 50-54 Mike Wanek
Marcum Martz
Brad Tennis
32 Beginner Men 15-18 Tony Kaatz
David Flaten
Jordan Loeck
33 Beginner Men 19-24 Nick Krcma
Travis Shirpke
Jared Brodjeski
34 Beginner Men 25-29 Eli Lipp
Brian Paterson
Ryan Usiak
35 Beginner Men 30-34 Dan Wierzba
Jason Gibson
Derek Sommerfeld
36 Beginner Men 35-39 Christopher Schmidt
Peter Fetters
Scott Yurjevich
37 Beginner Men 40-44 Brian Visintin
Pete Thielen
Mike Gorka
38 Beginner Men 45-54 Larry Hipps
Scott Foate
Michael Miller
39 All Men 55-59 Don Edberg
Keith Kaufman
Warren Fowler
40 All Men 60-64 Wayne Fish
Mark Muraski
Dale Lenss
41 All Men 65+ Jon Derksen
Mike Sherman
Steve Manthe
44 Sport/Expert Clydesdales a Cat 1 rider over 200# ?
a Comp rider over 200# ?
Tyler Welnak
Jeff Steckbaurer
Chris Fellows
45 Beginner Clydesdales Mark Clinton
Christopher Voss
Henry Kosarzycki
46 Men Singlespeeds 39 & Under Ron Stawicki
Greg Jones
David Thomas
47 Men Singlespeeds 40+ Mike Curtes
Mark Burkholz
Jerry Daanen
WORS Director reelected to NORBA Board of TrusteesDon Edberg was announced the top vote getter in the recent NORBA Board of Trustees elections. Although we now refer to the mountain bike segment of USA Cycling as USA Cycling Mountain, for legal and legislative reasons its directing board continues to be the NORBA Board of Trustees. This board is responsible for shaping and directing the vision of the sport and deals with rules. ?My main focus for this three year term is to work on Results and Rankings reform.? ?I will push for a system that will factor in the racers competing in an event and not just the predetermined status of an event by its placement on a National Calendar or as an AMBC event, etc..? Edberg stated.

This summer?s NORBA Board of Trustees election also saw an incumbent who was on the USA Cycling Board of Directors defeated opening up his seat on the USAC BOD. Don was nominated for this position by the president of the NORBA Board of Trustees and elected to the post by a vote amongst the trustees. The USAC BOD deals with the financial aspects of USA Cycling among other all encompassing duties, meeting twice annually to conduct business. ?I am very excited about the new position and hope to quickly learn as much as I can so as to make the best of this opportunity.?

Input from members regarding USA Cycling can be directed to Don at

Wolf River Rendezvous UpdateMost of you are aware by now of the change in venue and date for the Wolf River Rendezvous, but here it is once again. The race has moved to Bear Paw Outdoors about 3 miles south of Langlade (30 miles north of Shawano) on Hwy 55. The race will take place on October 4, 2009.

I was out with chief of course, Brian Heikennen and area director, Scott Berry this week as we worked on finalizing the course. Here is the low down, the course will start with a significant rough logging road climb follow by an additional mile and half of rolling two track. From here a short section of single track (yet to be constructed) will take Sport and above to a technical switch back descent while Citizen will continue on a fast two track descent. The course comeback together and the remainder of the course switches back and forth between pretty much equal amounts of single track and two track all of it being rolling and rough, but with a very good flow. The lap should be approximately fiv and three quarters miles.

The WORS website events page for the Wolf River Rendezvous has been updated. Hope to see all of you at this event on October 4.

New WORS GoPro HERO Cam Movie: Mark Lalonde at Treadfest

Camera maker GoPro has gifted Team WORS two of their GoPro HERO Wide-angle lens cameras. Footage from the cameras is online at the Team WORS vimeo.

Mark Lalonde, racing for Planet Bike, GT and Twin Six, is in contention for the Pro / Cat 1 Belgioioso Series Overall in the 2009 Wisconsin Off Road Series.

Mark rode with the WORS GoPro HERO Cam mounted to the stem of the GT "freak bike" 69er at Treadfest, tenth race in the series. The Treadfest course has been described as the most technical on the WORS circuit, and the conditions on September 13 were dry and dusty in the singletrack. This video shows Mark's entire first lap in a five-lap race. Mark went on to win at Treadfest, his third trip to the top of the Belgioioso Series podium this year.

WORS GoPro HERO Cam: Mark Lalonde Elite Treadfest - 1st lap (LOW Res version) from Team WORS on Vimeo.

A higher resolution video, divided into two sections, is here:

WORS GoPro HERO Cam: Mark Lalonde Elite Treadfest - 1st lap (HIGH Res version PART 1) from Team WORS on Vimeo.

The second half of the HI RES version will be posted here, once it is online.

Race Report: Treadfest 2009Page_1
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  • Treadfest Photo Contest Categories

    Please review the recently updated WORS Photo Contest rules, and submit photos to TeamWORS at gmail dot com.

    NEW: TeamWORS is now accepting short (< 60 seconds) digital video clips as well as photos. The raw file (.mov, .avi, .mpg, etc) must be submitted directly via email.

    Categories ($10 WORS Bucks for Best Photo in each category)
    1. Best Venue Photo. For tips on this category, see this page.
    2. Best Photo of Racer(s) and a Sponsor Banner. 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 or short video of a racer, from the kids race, the podium, or spectators.
    4. Best Photo or Video of the start climb.
    5. Best Video of Racers in the Rock Garden. A spectator favorite, the rock garden is sure to attract photographers as well. Switch over to video mode, create a short video clip (< 60 seconds) and submit to TeamWORS AT gmail DOT com.
    $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!
    New WORS GoPro HERO Cam Movie: Emily at Reforestation Ramble

    Camera maker GoPro has gifted Team WORS two of their GoPro HERO Wide-angle lens cameras. Footage from the cameras is online at the Team WORS vimeo.

    Emily Shull, racing for CLIF Bar, is riding this year near the top of the women's Cat 3 Hayes Citizen Series. Emily's race at WORS #9, the Ramble, was no different. Emily (13) finished second out of 48 women, ranging in age from 12 to 55.

    WORS GoPro HERO Cam: Emily S Cit REFORESTATION RAMBLE - 1st lap (short version) from Team WORS on Vimeo.

    Because WORS is America's Largest Mountain Bike Race Series, the men in almost every field (except for the Pro / Cat 1 Belgioioso Elite Series) begin in age-group specific waves, staggered a few minutes apart. The smaller women's field then take to the course as a single group. Thus, the women have an outright race, competing against the entire field rather than only those within their age group.

    At the top of every women's field, racers must learn to pass slower male riders who started in waves ahead of them. If this race had been a time trial, the winner of Emily's race would have finished around 40th out of 140 Cat 3 men on the course. This means that, during the course of her race, she probably passed around 40-60 riders from various start waves.

    The amount of passing is great practice, and makes the women's race a technical and tactical challenge. The video shows 13-year old Emily and 14-year old Rachael (who won the Ramble) demonstrating excellent passing technique. Almost all of the men, too, show excellent skills and etiquette while being passed - especially those riders who were able to accommodate two passing riders at a time! You'll also see how quickly gaps close between the women in the front as they catch slower riders without the opportunity to pass, and how hard they sprint in open passing sections. That's great racing!

    Thanks to Emily for riding with the camera mounted to her bike!

    WORS 2009 Movie preview


    After a good reception for the 2008 WORS movie, TeamWORS will again create a video for the 2009 season. The movie will include still photos and short video clips captured by WORS spectators and racers during the 2009 season, along with footage from the GoPro HERO Cams.

    As before, we?re asking you to help us by contributing your photos and videos. All photos are appreciated, and we?re especially interested in multiple photos that capture a similar frame in a sequence (a preview of the 2008 movie will help to explain this request).

    Video footage has been especially hard to find. If you have short movies taken with a video camera or hand-held camera at WORS events, we?d be delighted to have it. And, of course, if you ride with a helmet cam - let us know!

    To contribute photos or video, burn them onto a disc and drop them off at the WORS registration tent at any event. Please remember to label the disc with your name and a contact info (phone or email), in case of questions. If you have a very larger number of ?les, email us at teamWORS at gmail dot com, and we may be able to arrange transfer using an external USB drive.

    New this year, we?d really like to thank all photo and video contributors in the credits with a photo alongside their name. We?ll be asking photographers to submit a photo - preferably one taken at a WORS event. And, of course, contributors will receive a free copy of the ?nished WORS 2009 DVD. Thanks!!

    Here's a preview of IOLA segment from the WORS 2009 movie in progress - it's still rough around the edges!

    Iola preview from Team WORS on Vimeo.

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