For the first time in nearly a decade, the Midwest will host a Pro Cross-Country Tour mountain bike race this summer.
The Subaru Cup, presented by Trek, will host USA Cycling’s Pro XCT at Nordic Mountain, outside Wautoma, Wisconsin, on June 26-27. The Subaru Cup is the annual event of the Wisconsin Off Road Series, and is one of five Pro XCT events in America during the 2010 racing season.
North America’s top cross-country pros will compete at the Subaru Cup to qualify for the 2010 National Championships and 2012 Olympics. Other stops in the Pro XCT series include the Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California and the Mellow Johnny’s Classic on Lance Armstrong’s ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas.
The race at Nordic Mountain will offer a taste of Midwest mountain biking, with wooded singletrack, fast descents and short, steep climbs, said Series Director Don Edberg. The four-mile course is situated over an area of 60 acres, where it winds in on itself several times to provide spectators convenient access and numerous viewing opportunities, he said.
WORS will offer a large prize list at the Subaru Cup, with an increased size and depth of awards totaling nearly $7,000 for top finishers in the Pro XCT. Cash prizes will be awarded over 30 places in the Pro men’s field and over 20 places for the Pro women, according to Edberg.
The Subaru Cup will also serve as the first USA Cycling Midwest Regional Championships, which will crown champions in all age categories and ability levels.
A Pro short-track, presented by Wheaties Fuel, will also offer racers the chance to compete for cash payouts. In total, nearly $10,000 in cash prizes will be distributed.
Edberg said WORS is able to substantially increase the size and depth of the prize field above the requirements of the International Cycling Union through the support of sponsors, including title sponsor, Subaru; Subaru Cup presenting sponsor, Trek Bicycle Corporation; and Impreza Pro Short-Track presenting sponsor, Wheaties Fuel.
Now in its 19th season, WORS is America’s largest state mountain bike racing series. The series has an average attendance of over 650 racers for each of the 12 WORS races held throughout Wisconsin.