10 REASONS TO BUY A POWER METER

by: Karl Bengston

Sponsored by: Power Meter City

Power meters allow you to see and record exactly how much power you expend on the bike – and power is simply fundamental to cycling performance. The ability to see and record your power allows for unprecedented insight into your fitness. When used properly, power meters help you become faster and stronger in a number of different ways. They eliminate the guesswork in your training, can be used as a vital tool on race day, can serve as a motivational aid during hard training sessions and can help you know when it’s time to recover, just to name a few reasons to buy a power meter.

I emphasize cyclists of all levels. The notion that “only pros use power meters” is false. Sure, professionals definitely take advantage of the numerous benefits afforded by a power meter. However, power meters are useful for anyone who is looking to take their riding to the next level. Since a power meter enables you to precisely measure your effort through watts, it leads to better training sessions and improved fitness, regardless of who’s using it.

Ok, we promised you 10 reasons to buy a power meter – Click Here to Read Power Meter City’s 10 Reasons! 

Welcome A New 2018 Sponsor – Power Meter City!

Help us welcome Power Meter City as a 2018 IMBCS sponsor!

Power Meter City is a company that focuses on providing you with the knowledge and expertise to find yourself the best power meter to help you train and most importantly improve as an athlete. They have extended an offer to all our IMBCS riders a 20% discount on all products!! (except for Garmin… we know, but it’s ok.) Use IMBCS20@PMC at check out to receive your discount.

AND you can look forward to a few giveaways during our races this year!

Who you gonna call? Yep, Power Meter City!

Put These Dates on Your Calendar!

by: Team Kaos

2018 IMBCS Preliminary Race Dates

Sylvan Island – April 8
Squaw Creek – April 22
Illiniwek Abermination – May 6
Sugar Cubed Marathon – May 20
Summerset Shootout – June 23
Whiterock Conservancy – July 7
George Wyth MTB Race – August 11 or 12
Sugar Bottom Scramble – August 19

*schedule is subject to change*

New ’18 Race Locations

Sylvan Island is BACK! We are so stoked to announce that Noel Kehrt and LAMBA are getting this trail ready for us to ride as our season opener on April 8. SingleTracks gives this trail a 4 star rating. The MTB trails previously only accessible by boat, will finally have access in 2018.

Squaw Creek is also a LAMBA single track in Marion, just east of Cedar Rapids. SingleTracks also gave this rolling single track 4 stars.

Updates to come! Stay tuned.

Thank you to all of our Youth Entry Fee Fund Raiser donors!

Color me impressed that for the second year in a row, we have been blessed with donors who contributed to our youth (age 18 and under) here in Iowa so they could race their mountain bikes at our events without having to worry about entry fees.

When I began as director of the IMBCS, I remember well my struggle with the need to find a focus – or rather a cause to champion as director. An excellent idea was spawned at a race that was being held at Seven Oaks in the middle of a video taped television interview several years ago. As I visited with an old friend – Mr. Paul Varnum – who was standing nearby, he said “I think you just found your cause!” We were tossing out ideas, and the idea of making it easier for the future generation of mountain bikers here in Iowa to race sprang to the top of the list as a result of that interview.

I shopped that idea around to various potential sponsors only to be met with blank stares. I didn’t let that deter me, however. So I turned to crowd funding to test the waters last year. We were able to raise nearly enough money last year to cover all of our age 18 and under racers, and parents seemed to like the idea.

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Photo courtesy of Karl Bengston from the FORC Side Thrill Ride

Fast forward to the 2017 season where we tried crowd fund raising again thanks to our non-profit, charitable giving status set up through IBRA, the IRS, and GoFundMe/PayPal Charitable fund raising. I am happy to report we raised $2830 dollars thanks to the following generous donors:

 

Joe Schmidt

Tom Anderson

Rose Ayers

Rob Cook

Michael Colleran

Rob McKillip

Brady Bengston

Michael Frasier

Kyle Kuehl

Jason Scholbrock

Chris Rhodes

Harry & Raelene Fortney

Natalie & Dan Rekemeyer

Kaden Snoop

Iowa City Cycling Club

Adam Bumpus

Karmen Woelber

Jay Chesterman

Shawn Meaney

Carol Gronstal

Thomas Gronstal

Mike Forcier

Ben and Ingrid Anderson

Bruce Brown & Tara Starr

Please join me in thanking this list of generous donors who made racing for our age 18 and under racers possible during the 2017 season. Our youth represent the future of our sport, and I was tickled to have their entry fees covered. Also, special thanks goes to Mr. Larry Howe – treasurer of our parent organization IBRA (Iowa Bicycle Racing Association) – for the administration of writing the checks to our race directors, and getting it all set up properly with the IRS for charitable donations and the accounting aspect of our crowd funding.

For those of you who might be interested in donating in the future, keep in mind that a charitable contribution to this fund is a tax deductible contribution if you itemize your deductions. My wife and I have always been committed to giving away a minimum of 5% of our AGI to charity every year, so I know how important it is to choose where you make your contributions. I know that there are many organizations that you can direct your charitable contributions toward, so I humbly thank the donors for choosing to direct some of those funds toward the 2017 IMBCS Youth Entry Fee Campaign Fund.

As a community, it has been great to see everyone come together and contribute. The number of youth entry fees covered for 2017 rose to 134. I would love to see that number reach 150 during the 2018 season.

If you have any ideas or thoughts on sponsors for 2018 to join in on our campaign to make racing available for our state’s youth for mountain bike racing, please contact me. We would welcome corporate sponsorship, small business sponsorship, and of course continued crowd funding individual sponsorship to get our youth out on the trails racing their bikes.

A huge round of applause and thanks again to our donors for the 2017 season! You made ’em all smile…

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Photo courtesy of Karl Bengston from the George Wyth MTB Race

2017 Series Winners – CONGRATS!

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We have crowned our 2017 Kings/Queens!

On Saturday, August 26 at Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, IMBCS awarded series points winners and the remainder of our 2017 Iowa MTB Champions. You can view all Liberty Bell Cup info/photos on the race page. Below is our #1 qualifying rider from each category/age group. Each rider must complete five races and the best of six scores are taken. To view all racer points please see our 2017 points sheet.

Series winners by class/age:

Marathon Men – Michael Maney

Marathon Women – Jacqueline Maney

COMP 39 & under – Bryan Wenzel
COMP 40 + – Neal Groteluschen

CAT 1 Women 30+ – Carrie Topp

CAT 1 Men 30-39 – Nathan Kullbom
CAT 1 Men 40-49 – Michael Colleran

CAT 2 Men 19-29 – Tyler Duncan
CAT 2 Men 30-39 – Chris Schmitz
CAT 2 Men 40-49 – Derek Brewer

CAT 3 Women 29 & under – Elizabeth Kuehl
CAT 3 Women 30+ – Mary Avenanti

CAT 3 Men 19-29 – Colby Brommel
CAT 3 Men 30-39 – Jonathan Conley
CAT 3 Men 40-49 – Mick Meyers

Junior Men 11-14 – Walter Blackman
Junior Men 15-18 – Carson Bluver

Junior Women 15-18 – Madelyn Walters

*NOTE 8/31/2017 9:13 AM: corrections have been made to the above list of series winners.

Whiterock Rain Date & Series Awards Are Happening This Saturday!

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Liberty Bell Cup – Saturday, August 26 – Whiterock Conservancy

This is our final race of the season (rescheduled from the July 2nd rainout, you can see lots of muddy photos here by Karl). We have had a fantastic year and so great to see all the new faces/riders in 2017!

Post-race Festivities

The Liberty Bell Cup will feature our year end series awards, sponsor prizes & swag for those who qualify with the minimum number of races – please see the IMBCS points page for your standing as a racer. As always, you must be present to win our raffle and sponsor prizes!

Feel free to BYOB and snacks for some socializing while we compute all the 2017 numbers following the race.

UPDATED Race Details

Start/Finish is from Star Field campground area. Camping is available please contact Whiterock Conservancy for details.

August 26 Start times
  • 9:00 Marathon 4 hours
  • 11:00 Men Cat 1
  • 11:02 Comp
  • 11:04 Women Cat 1
  • 11:06 Men Cat 2
  • 11:08 Women Cat 2
  • 11:10 Open Race*

(*If you already raced in the CAT III/Junior races in July, and want to race again for fun, or if you just want to try racing out – this “open” race is for you. One Full Loop of The Big Dipper! Entry fee is only $10 for the Open to cover insurance and the Whiterock $5 fee.)

Register Here:

https://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-1744

Registration page shows who already pre-registered in July (those registrations carry over).

Give Me Some Sugar! Next Race Aug. 20

photo by: Mary McInnis Meyer‎
photo by: Mary McInnis Meyer‎ – 2016 CAT1 Men Podium

Check out the updated race laps and fliers from ICORR!

Day of registration opens at 8:00 am on Sunday, August 20 and closes 30 minutes prior to each race start time. Juniors racers continue to have free registration (does not include race license/fee) thanks to our GoFundMe fundraiser! See more details here IBMCS Youth Entry Fee Help Fund.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW RACE DETAILS

Here Comes George

Are you ready for the sixth Annual George Wyth Mountain Bike Race?

We hope so. Join us this Saturday in Waterloo, CVAST has another great race for us. They’ve set up a beautiful 4.5 mile loop that winds through trees, near the lake, and watch out for that sand pit. The FREE kids race begins at 9:30 AM and we will kick the day off at 10:00 AM with our CAT 3 (M/W) and Juniors. View all the race details here!

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 – 9 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

To check out everything George Wyth State Park has to offer and to reserve a campsite visit:
http://www.iowadnr.gov/Destinations/StateParksRecAreas/IowasStateParks/ParkDetails.aspx?ParkID=610125

Click below to view
George Wyth Poster

Ewing Opens New Flow Trails

NEW Flow Trails

Eight different trails wind you around the Ewing Park on the south side of Des Moines. Ewing has had trails for years now to allow mountain bikers to get their dirt riding fill. But after years of fundraising, Central Iowa Trail Association announced that the new flow trials next to the BMX and soapbox track on the west side of the park have opened!

KCCI covered the story in June. The project was around $35,000 in total and was completed by a Colorado company – Single Track Trails. With only a minute to reach the bottom of the line you can explore the rest of the ~5 miles of dirt trails.

Ewing Park Kickback Classic

Register for the Kickback Classic on July 30th! This year we will be including a marathon category that will give riders a flowing good 4 hour ride. Juniors category racers (-18 years) are FREE thanks to our IMBCS Youth Fund – we have raised over $1,2500 this year thanks to our series director Bruce Brown.

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The Border Battle is About to Begin

The Nebraska Lottery Psycowpath Series and the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series are engaging in some friendly competition to claim the title of Border Battle Champion. This border battle will take place at the challenging Lewis & Clark Monument trails, in the lush Loess Hills on the Iowa side of the Missouri River.

A few things that new comers to this race should know:

Parking
Because this is a public attraction, parking at the monument is prohibited except for race organizers. Racers can park on the road on the north side of the main entrance. Please do not park in any of the private driveways. Thank you for helping us and understanding.

Ride with in your abilities 
With -26% descents and 30% climbs at times – new comers and all CAT 3 riders are encouraged to pre-ride the trails, always remember to ride with in your abilities and stay SAFE!

Bathrooms
Kybos are available on-site, no running water

Hiking and Trail Run
The L&C will have a train run that starts at 8 AM! There are hiking trails that intersect the mountain bike race course. Please try not to hike on the course to take photos, etc. during the race.

Registrations includes:

  • 800+ feet of climbing in five miles
  • One bomber descent
  • Free BBQ
  • Free t-shirt

Same day registration closes 30 minutes prior to your event start time. See more info about the L&C race here>>

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