Wisconsin Off-Road Series on board with NORBA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (October 27, 2003)—USA Cycling announced today the sanctioning of the Wisconsin Off Road Series (WORS) by NORBA. The 12-event series is the largest off-road state championship series in the country, boasting an average ridership of 800 competitors per event.

WORS will also host two events that are part of the 2004 American Mountain Bike Challenge Series (AMBC). The first will be the WORS Cup Stage Race in Merrimac, Wisc. June 25-27 and the other will be the Wigwam/Ultimax MTB Challenge in Sheboygan, Wisc. October 10.

“WORS recognizes the efforts of USA Cycling and NORBA to return to a membership based organization and feels the NORBA program changes made for 2004 are an excellent start,” says Don Edberg, Founder and Organizer of the Wisconsin Off Road Series. “By joining with NORBA, it is WORS’ hope that we can somehow help to expand the popularity of recreational mountain bike racing in Wisconsin to rest of the United States. WORS also hopes that this will be a long lasting, mutually beneficial relationship with greater national recognition of WORS and its riders as America's Largest State Mountain Bike Racing Series. We are very excited about hosting two AMBC races for 2004 and invite all to come an experience a WORS event.

“We are very excited to have the WORS on board for next year,” commented USA Cycling CEO, Gerard Bisceglia. “As one of the premier mountain bike series in the country, the WORS series sets the standard for state championships around the country. Their professional and highly organized management team, along with their informative communication structure and complete merchandising program provides the mountain bike community with a top-notch operation.”

The 2004 Wisconsin Off Road Series kicks off on May 2, 2004 with the Alpine Valley Open in East Troy, Wisc. And runs through the fall when it concludes with the Wigmam/Ultimax MTB Challenge on October 10. Founded in 1992, the Wisconsin Off Road Series is the premier off-road racing series in Wisconsin. While more information can be found at: www.wors.org, the complete 2004 WORS schedule is as follows:

WORS 2004 Schedule

May 2 - Alpine Valley Open (Alpine Valley Resort, East Troy, Wisconsin)
May 16 - Rome Around (Alexander Field, Wis. Rapids, Wisconsin)
May 30 - Kewaunee XC Adventure (Bruemmer Park, Kewaunee, Wisconsin)
June 13 - Alterra Coffee Bean Classic (Crystal Ridge, Franklin, Wisconsin)
June 25-27 - WORS Cup Stage Race (Devil’s Head Resort, Merrimac, Wisconsin)
July 11 - Sunburst Showdown (Sunburst Ski Area, Kewaskum, Wisconsin)
July 25 - Phillips Dirtfighter Classic (Price County Fairgrounds, Phillips, Wisconsin)
August 8 - Buzzard Buster (Bruce Recreation Area, Hatfield, Wisconsin)
August 22 - Calumet Sun Run (Calumet County Park, Hilbert, Wisconsin)
Sept. 5 - Big Ring Classic (Nine Mile Forest, Wausau, Wisconsin)
Sept. 26 - Iola Bump & Jump (Iola Winter Sports Club, Iola, Wisconsin)
October 10 - Wigwam/Ultimax MTB Challenge (Quarryview Park, Sheboygan, Wisconsin)

NORBA is the mountain bike member association of USA Cycling. Recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling promotes American cycling through its 80,000 members and 2,000 annual events. For more information, visit www.usacycling.org, or contact Communications Manager Andy Lee at 719 866 4867.

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