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WORS Cup Volunteers Needed!

WORS_Cup_volunteerOnline volunteer sign up will close at 4:30 Thursday, July 10th, but we are still in need of volunteers! Please find Alexis or Kathy on-site at the volunteer tent if you would still like to help out.

WORS Cup Volunteers Needed! – Sign-Up Here

The WORS Cup is fast approaching and we are in need of many volunteers to help make this event a success. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of positions, many of which can be done in pairs.  You can volunteer for a full day, half day, or even just a couple of hours and still have plenty of time to cheer on your favorite racer, compete in one or more of the races, and enjoy the WORS Cup as a whole.

Be a part of bringing a premier mountain biking event to the Midwest, the WORS Cup, July 11-13 at Cascade Mountain, near Portage, WI.

Position Descriptions and Hours Needed –Sign up now!

  • Parking – Sat & Sun 7:00am -1:00pm. Direct cars to ensure efficient use of space
  • Short Track Officials – Fri 5:00pm – 10:00pm. Assist with timing and/or marshal the course and spectator crossings
  • Super D Course Marshals – Sat Noon – 6:00pm, Sun 9:00am – 3:30pm. Direct and assist riders and spectators, monitor crossings and report accidents
  • Cross-country Course Marshals – Sat: 7:45am-7:00pm, Sun: 8:15am-10:30am Direct and assist riders and spectators, monitor crossings and report accidents.
  • Finish Chute/Timing – Saturday & Sunday (see sign-up for hours). Slow riders down, keep them in line, pull back tags, call out or record numbers.
  • Awards –Friday 10pm, Saturday Noon, 3pm and 6pm, Sunday 11:30, 1:30, and 4pm. Make sure that medals and awards are prepared prior to each ceremony and hand them out.
  • Kids’ Race –  Saturday 12:30pm-2:00pm, Sunday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Assist with awards, crowd control and direction or be the rabbit for kids to follow on the course
  • Tear Down & Load Out – Sun. 3pm ‘till it’s all packed up (hopefully 7pm-ish)
Volunteers working 4 hours or more will receive a t-shirt and a light meal or snack. Positions are scheduled in shifts of approximately 2 hours as shown on the sign-up. Please feel free to sign-up for concurrent shifts within the same position. Effective volunteers will be assertive and proactive, but always courteous, patient, and helpful.

Thank you for supporting the WORS Cup!

Guerra Takes the Win While Dendel Remains UndefeatedGuerra Takes First Win for 2014 WORS Season   Report by Todd Nutter The Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS), sponsored by Trek Bicycles, has maintained its popularity in the cross country mountain biking scene for over two decades. One of the credits to its longevity is its ability to stay fresh by changing courses from year to year, adding more variety for racers. The “Red Eye Rendezvous” in Wausau, WI. exemplified this concept once again this year by offering new and different changes to the race to keep riders on their toes. A popular race for cross country racers as well as the occasional roadie, the “Red Eye Rendezvous” offers miles of super fast, hard packed crushed red granite mixed in with tight single track laced with roots and sharp rocks. It can be a speed freak’s dream or a tire’s worst nightmare. The Belgioioso Pro/Elite Women’s field has been dominated by Cooper Dendel (Quick Stop Bike Shop) all season. The Marquette, MI young pro has won all four of the WORS events so far this year. Dendel uses her skills and lack of caution to fly through single track with seemingly impossible speed. But Cooper isn’t the only fast lady in the midwest. April Morgan (Foundry Cycles) took advantage of the fast double track lead out to grab the hole shot into the woods. She was quickly passed by a determined Cooper Dendel, but was able to maintain her position over Anna Ganju (Colectivo Cofffee). Ganju just made a return to the WORS series after taking a year off in 2013. Her third place finish took her into the podium step that had been held by Corrie Osborne (Team Extreme) all season. Osborne had to end her race early due to a mechanical issue. Lisa Krayer (Adventure 212/ Specialized) held onto the fourth place spot while Sarah Agena (Hidden Bay/ Ciderboys) took fifth.   In the Belgioioso Pro/Elite Men’s race, Nathan Guerra (Vision Cycling/Attitude Sports) took his first win of the season. Guerra has shown his determination in many WORS events and was able to grab his first victory in 2014. A powerful racer with skills in technical climbing is what it takes to win in Wausau and Guerra had those qualities on Sunday. One section of the course called the “Ho Chi Minh Trail” is a great divider for race contenders, offering a lengthy uphill battle against jagged rocks and slick roots. Guerra was able to put his full suspension bike to the test and gap the rest of the crowd. Hoping Tristan Schouten (Rolf Prima/Attitude Sports) was on his wheel, Guerra broke free of the pack. Schouten, however, dropped back into the rest of the pack and let Guerra go. Realizing he was working alone, Guerra decided to go time trial style in the last one and a half laps of the race. During the final lap of the hot race, the skies turned black and opened up to a mini monsoon. Challenging racers with mud and wet grit, the Wausau course turned ugly. Many of the riders in the lead pack had to deal with crashes and dangerous course conditions. Joseph Maloney (KS Energy Service/ Team Wisconsin) was able to move up to the number two spot, putting Schouten into third for the finish. Schouten was followed by Eric Thompson (Mt Borah Epic Team) who finished fourth overall. Finally Corey Stelljes (5 Nines/ Motorless Motion) grabbed the number five position. 1 2 3 4 5 6.1 7 8 9.1 10    
Please Share You Opinion of the 2014 Red Eye RendezvousThank you for helping us to make WORS events even better. This survey will probably take around 5 minutes of your time. Every WORS event is run in partnership with a local organizer. The purpose of this survey is to make sure we are providing our participants with the best possible event we can. Thank you for your support! We hope that you had an outstanding experience at this WORS race venue. At the end of this survey, we have included a place to share comments for those who volunteered, and organizers who helped to make the event possible. Thank you! Take the survey10426822_748320125209075_4294711989679180233_n Photo: Kari Lewis Scheppman
Matter Doubles Down with Second Consecutive WORS Win While Dendel remains undefeated.6_Fotor_CollageSummer is starting to heat up in the Midwest as the Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) presented by Trek continues with its third event of the season. This past weekend in the small town of Rockdale, WI, just outside of Madison, hosted The Battle of Camrock. One of the youngest events on the WORS calendar, The Battle of Camrock always draws a big crowd. Partly due to its proximity to Madison, Milwaukee and the great Chicago area, this event is favored by many. But aside from just being convenient, this course offers world class trails built passionately by the Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP), which was Wisconsin’s first official chapter of IMBA. The day started very hot and sunny. But, then, in a matter of a few minutes a brief lightening storm rolled through, even striking a nearby tree while everyone took cover. The quick rain combined with high heat turned the day into the familiar muggy, humid conditions that so many Wisconsinites loath every summer. The positive effects, on the other hand, turned the somewhat dusty race course into a fast and tacky roller coaster of single track. The Belgioioso Elite Men’s race came through first with Joseph Maloney(KS Energy Service/Team Wisconsin) and Nathan Guerra(Vision Cycling/Attitude Sports) leading through the first lap. Sitting in during the first lap was Brian Matter(Momentum Endurance). Since he was not able to preride the course, Matter watched the wheels ahead of him to learn the course during the first lap. He said there was a “lull” in the pace during the second lap where he began to make his move to the front. With the high percentage of single track built into this race, it was a challenge to make it to the front. But by the third lap, Matter was leading and opening up a gap on Corey Stelljes and Isaac Neff(both teammates with 5 Nines/Motorless Motion). The lead group of about 7 men in the first lap turned into every man for himself by the end. Single track seemed to spread the group thin. Stelljes and Neff, who have both received coaching from Matter himself, did all they could to try to get one of the teammates on the top step of the podium. Stelljes even quoted that Brian Matter is the only man in Wisconsin that he has not beat in a race yet. Matter’s smart riding got him the win for a second consecutive race while Stelljes’ 2nd and Neff’s 3rd place finishes were their best finishes season to date. Following the top three was Joseph Maloney who had dropped back a few spots from the first lap. Justin Piontek(Adventure 212/Specialized) also took his first top 5 spot of the year with his 5th place finish. In the Belgioioso Women’s race, there was little question that Cooper Dendel(Quick Stop Bike Shop) would take the win. Dendel blew past her opponents with a huge gap right away in the first lap. As a self proclaimed lover of technical single track, this course seemed to be made for her. With the switchback climbs and rolling luge-style descents, Dendel was in her element. Knowing that Cooper likely could not be caught, Lisa Krayer(Adventure 212/Specialized) and Corrie Osborne(Team Extreme) worked together to make up some ground. Osborne was new to the course and decided to follow Krayer’s lines to get a feel for the layout. Krayer, in her first appearance with WORS this season, couldn’t pass up a chance to race the Camrock dirt. Krayer finished 2nd to Dendel who is currently undefeated for the season. Osborne has stayed consistant by getting 3rd place in every WORS race so far this year. Following the top three were Sarah Agena(Hidden Bay/Cider Boys) in 4th and Heather Stelljes(Vanderkitten) with 5th.  
Please Share Your Opinion of the 2014 Battle of CamrockThank you for helping us to make WORS events even better. This survey will probably take around 5 minutes of your time. Every WORS event is run in partnership with a local organizer. The Battle of Camrock is hosted by volunteers from the Capitol Off Road Pathfinders (CORP). Thank you for your support! We hope that you had an outstanding experience at this WORS race venue. At the end of this survey, we have included a place to share comments for those who volunteered, and organizers who helped to make the event possible. Thank you! Take the survey here.camrock

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