From The Race Director . . .
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.