Hixon Forest Epic organizers and the City of La Crosse are excited to host the 8th event in the 26th year of Wisconsin Off Road Series racing. Hixon Forest is over 800 acres of bluffland overlooking the Mississippi River Valley in the heart of the Driftless Region–La Crosse, Wisconsin. In the early 1900s, a group of citizens including members of the Hixon family raised funds to purchase area blufflands to save them from additional quarrying and logging. Soon after deeds were exchanged, the lands were donated to the City for preservation and recreation. In modern times, the City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department works with local organizations to build and maintain world class trails and facilities for hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and mountain biking.
The City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department’s mission is to enrich our community through stewardship of the environment and through provision of quality recreation, facilities, and fun. Bringing the WORS races to La Crosse matches the mission and puts our city on the map as a mountain bike destination. Funds are aggressively reinvested into our trail network in an effort to always be improving on our excellent opportunities for riding.
Everyone is invited to live it up in La Crosse on Saturday for the pre-ride, then venture into our historic city and explore. Those choosing to make their bed upon the bluffs are invited to a summertime night ride on the trails and a late night pump track jam session.
The day of the event, excitement kicks off with the Hixon Forest Frolic 5K trail run, hosted by Grand Bluff Running. The popular Kids Race means you better bring your children along for fun, and bring your appetite because local food and craft beer vendors will be filling your plates and your pints!
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An uphill rolling meadow start to heat up the legs and spread out the pack. Sport, Comp, and Elite riders will endure the spectator-favorite downhill section followed by a long, steady climb up the Vista Trail. Racers can relax for only a short section of road riding before diving into the technical single-track portions of the course. Citizen and Junior courses maintain the characteristic Hixon challenges with significantly less climbing. All riders can expect to find thrilling challenges through rock gardens, root tangles, and punchy climbs with fast descents.
The Reforestation ramble will use a shorter more intense loop and is on the normal WORS race day time schedule as the feedback last year was super positive after the change. We are working on some new amenities. The kids course will be in a new kids bike playground. The course will again be majority single track but with enough 2 track to allow moves. With the shorter lap we will be using the South East Kingdom, Twister and Divas Ridge single track. Divas ridge should have a rock a rock garden and bypass by race day. The Reforestation camp is fast draining for the most part so hope for a little rain to tack up the track. The late August date serves as a nice peaking session for the Chequamegon 40, which takes place just a few weeks after the Ramble.
Although Sunday is race day, be sure to stop out Saturday for pre-riding, the Vendor/Exhibitor Zone with Pete’s Garage, and Learn to Race clinics. Pre-riding will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. DO NOT ride the race course till the pre ride, the direction is opposite from normal in places so be safe.
Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (ANST) is proud to host this event again. We are planning on a party and feed on Saturday night as well with live music. Also, the trail run races are back on the race loop to start the day for the runner in the family.
It is a fund raiser for us but also is held for NE Wisconsin mountain bike community. ANST strives to make Nordic skiing affordable at the regional and national level and is the home of the Wisconsin girls champion and the second place boys and girls team in 2017. Thank our volunteers and find our donation can. Look for our great fall Bike race as well. The Stump Farm Trail Races are fifteen mile and 30 mile in late October and feature leaf free fall riding to extend your season and get you off the cross bike for a weekend.
Brown County looks for trail fees from all riders. The fee is not included in you race entry. The annual pass is really inexpensive and is the way to go and feeds the development of these trails. Show us a trail pass and get a free coffee or a beer!
Rough camping will be offered again. Look for the pay box and “park compact-see the map!” It cost money to host you like this, so make it easy for us please.
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At WORS book printing time the enhancement to this event are still in the works. Check and like the Facebook event page for updates and additional events and promotions..
PLEASE REMEMBER!Pets are not allowed at the Park due to the NEW Zoo being next door to the Reforestation Camp.
Riding at the Camp is fast and exhilarating, so come ready to have fun. Expect to ride on hard dirt, rocks, roots, pine needles, sand, and bog spots. A great mix of singletrack and cross-country ski trails.
The TREADHEAD’S are very excited to have TREADFEST as the “Grand” Finale of WORS 2017! The TREADHEAD’S have worked tirelessly to add features to the course and events to make TREADFEST even better. Last year’s addition of the Butchback Climb was a great new feature for riders and spectators alike. So what’s new at TREADFEST for 2017? Say it with me…THE KMC KING OF THE MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE! The KMC King Challenge will take place on Saturday and features a lung busting climb up and to the top of Top Notch Mountain. Are you and your legs ready?
TREADFEST offers one of the “toughest” and fun courses on the WORS circuit and features the crowd pleasing Rock Garden, the infamous Colorado Heartbreaker, the serenity of the Pines, the excitement of Butch’s Playground and the fluid fast lines of The Big “O”. TREADFEST has activities for riders and families including: a consumer expo, WORS Learn to Race Clinic, TREADFEST Kids Race, slacklines, tasty food and drink on site, TREADFEST T-shirts, the Next Door Pub Saturday night pasta feed, and all the weekend fun in beautiful Lake Geneva! The Mountain Top at The Grand Geneva Resort is now open all season for mountain bike riding and disc golf. Check out their website for more information.
In addition to TREADFEST, TREADHEAD Cycling (THC) strives to give riders an exciting environment to explore the joys of riding a bike. THC aims to give the TREADHEAD spirit back to the roads and trails through avid bicycle advocacy involvement. The TREADHEAD’s are excited to partner with My Team Triumph and helped to create a chapter in Lake Geneva! (http://myteamtriumph-wi.org/) We welcome all riders to join TREADHEAD Cycling for our mountain and road rides as well as many other TREADHEAD events throughout the year. Please check www.treadheadcycling.com for details, our list of sponsors and our ride calendar. All are welcome!
It’s simple. The TREADFEST course was built by racers for racers. The course brings out the best of the Mountain Top topography as it shifts from tight, technical single track to wide open big ring double-track. The thigh burning climbs are rewarded with fast and fun descents. Hear the roar of the crowd as you finish in front of the spectator friendly Mountain Top Lodge. Enjoy!