Bicycle racing in the United States has not provided opportunities for the average citizen to participate and therefore compete. Unlike running and cross country skiing, which have many opportunities for all age groups and levels of ability bicycle racing opportunities were not available. This situation changed in 1988 when Jim Menzel of Stevens Point, WI founded WiSport, a citizen bicycle racing organization that fosters participation for gender and age groups. The premise of WiSport is to support and promote locally sponsored bicycle races and provide a scoring system based on your age and gender, so that each individual is racing against persons in their age group and gender. Scoring during the racing season is based on participation, the more events you race the higher your score regardless of your place at any specific event. WiSport gives individuals who started bicycle racing later in life a chance to participate against others in their age group and experience the camaraderie that bicycling brings to ones life.
WiSport does not sponsor races but rather supports local community events put on by chamber of commerce, Lions clubs, volunteer fire departments and the like. In this way WiSport not only provides the citizen racer opportunity to participate in bicycle racing but also to participate in local community events. For $35 per year, you can combine support for local community organizations and have the chance to win and compete in series mainly geared toward age and participation.
WiSport began with age groups in 5 year increments beginning with 14-19. At its inception, in 1988, the age groups for men ended with age 45 + and for women 40 +. Today the age groups continue at 5 year increments; however, today the age groups begin with 13 and under and end at 80 + for both women and men. This is a testament of the desire to participate and compete in the life long sport of bicycle racing. WiSport’s age group scoring by participation makes the first 10 riders as important as the last 10 in all racing events which emphasize reward of the effort and not the result.
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WiSport is and always has been a volunteer run organization. No one gets paid. We do this out of our love of racing and this wonderful community of racer and friends. With sponsorship at a premium, every dollar counts. Every dollar that comes in goes into our to our prize fund and the year end banquet. All donations are accepted. If you wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please email us at WiSport@WiSportCycling.org.