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2019 IMBCS Season Starts Sunday!

See you Sunday 4/7 for the Sylvan Island Stampede 🍻!

Sylvan Island Stampede

To answer the question everyone is asking…YES! Sylvan is experiencing some flooding and YES! we still have enough trail for the race! Just another reason to tackle the adventure of racing at Sylvan Island!!!

Race will follow last years course with some re-routes on the south end of the island. Due to water still rising we won’t have that marked until later this week. Don’t let that stop you from practicing trails are in excellent condition just hit everything you can. Race course is at the link below.
http://www.qcforc.org/content.php?131-Sylvan-Island-Stampede

Pre-Reg closes this Thursday at 10pm.
1st 80 adult reg get the coveted SIS beanie!

Get pre-registered at USAC
https://legacy.usacycling.org/register/2019-1232

Get more info at QCFORC.ORG
Or
https://www.facebook.com/events/2250892598516501/?ti=icl

HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2019 Race Dates Announcement

In 2018, the IMBCS advisory board could not have been happier with the participation rate at each race. We added Sylvan Island by FORC, Squaw Creek by LAMBA to the calendar. These two marathon races were definitely highlights of the series. If you missed our 2018 winners, you can find them on the IMBCS Facebook Page.

2019 Race Dates

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  • IMBCS #1 – Sylvan Island Stampede – April 7
  • IMBCS #2 – Squaw Creek – April 28*
  • IMBCS #3 – FORC Illiniwek Abermination – May 5
  • IMBCS #4 – Sugar Cubed Marathon – May 19 (Marathon Only)
  • IMBCS #5 – Beverly Boondoggle – June 9*
  • IMBCS #6 – Banner Pits XC Race – July 13*
  • IMBCS #7 – George Wyth MTB Race – August 10
  • IMBCS #8 – Sugar Bottom Scramble – August 18
  • IMBCS #9 – Whiterock Cup Iowa State MTB Championships – August 24*

2019 Series Reminders

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Changes for the 2019 Season!

I want to give a big shout out to Bruce Brown for the direction and stewardship of IMBCS these last several years.

Thank you Bruce!

From Facebook:

New for IMBCS 2019!

Season number seventeen (yes – 17!) for our mountain bike racing series here in Iowa is on deck for calendar year 2019!

As we remember the past 16 years under the helm of IMBCS former directors Thaddeus Neil, Cam Kirkpatrick, and Bruce Brown who have all volunteered their time to organize and keep mountain bike racing alive here in Iowa, 2019 brings a new director to lead the future of our series. I personally want to thank each and every race director, trail organization, volunteer, sponsor, advisory board member, donor, trail gnome, and racer that I have had the pleasure of working with during my turn at leading the series. Like Thad and Cam that came before me, life has a way of presenting some changes that meant it was time for me to pass the torch.

IMBCS is proud to announce that Rob Cook will be taking over as our new series director. Rob is a natural transition to becoming our next director as he has been instrumental the past few years in taking care of the points for the series, helped with decisions, was crucial in obtaining sponsorships, and also has served as an individual race director. Rob will bring new energy, ideas, and vision to IMBCS.

Please help me in welcoming Rob in his new role as our director for IMBCS!

 

Please keep an eye out for updates and information on the 2019 season.

— Rob Cook

Don’t Worry CVAST Has Got Your Back

George Wyth Mountain Bike Race 2018

The Cedar Valley Association for Soft Trails (CVAST) is proud to announce the Sixth Annual George Wyth Mountain Bike Race, taking place Saturday, August 11th .

The GWMTB Race is held in beautiful George Wyth state park, uniquely situated within the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metropolitan area. Families can enjoy all the experiences of camping and the great outdoors, but still be within arms reach of shopping, dining, and the city’s entertainment.

Helmet and bike required! The cost is only $35 –  register here. Remember there is a kids race at 9:30 am and it is FREE. Bring all the kidos, GW is a great place for them to get their tyres dirty. Our juniors (18 and under) also race for free thanks to the IMBCS Juniors Fund. If you’re able, please donate at our gofundme page.

Saturday, August 11th

• 9:30 am Kids Race
• 10:00 am CAT 3 Novice Men/Women
• 10:05 am Junior Boys/Girls
• 12:00 pm CAT 1 Men
• 12:05 pm COMP Men
• 12:10 pm CAT 1 Women
• 12:15 pm CAT 2 Sport Men/Women

Register for the event here!

To check out everything George Wyth State Park has to offer and to reserve a campsite visit.

The GWMTB Race features a wide array of classes for all age and ability levels. Open to all skill levels with the kid’s race starting out the day, and then moving to CAT 3/Novice/Junior, which is open to anyone with a helmet and bike. Want to try out mountain biking for the first time; this is the race for you.

The afternoon events start with the pros, CAT 1 and Comp will start taking off at 12:00pm. Then CAT 2 Sport classes will head out.

  • Cash prizes for CAT 1 male and female SWAG for the rest, courtesy of Europa Cycle and Ski, Bike Tech and The Runners Flat.
  • Food provided for the racers courtesy of Doughy Joey’s Peetza Joynt
  • Coffee provided for the racers courtesy of Sidecar Coffee Roasters
  • Beverage tasting provided by Single Speed Brewing
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Come one, come all

Iowa State Championship Liberty Bell Cup

All pre-registered riders will be in a special drawing – register here

Saturday, July 7, 2018

10:00 am & 12:00 pm start times

Come out Friday for the REI events! Race clinic at 6:30 pm. There will be free beer after all the demos and events. Come out and learn some outdoor skills presented by REI.

We will have gift certificates from Whiterock Conservancy to give away including free stay. (Up to $100 value), 2 hour gator ride, and free kayak or canoe trip for 2. All registered riders will be entered to win! Drawing will be held prior the noon race start times. Huge thanks to Whiterock Conservancy!

 

 

Hero Dirt A-Hoy!

Rain, rain go away

The Des Moines Metro has been getting rain all week and our infamous track at Summerset Park is just squeaking by with only a few showers here and there. It is advised to not ride the trails Friday night. Please view trail conditions on the Banner Trails Facebook Group page.

$5 On-Site Reg Fee Waived

Our race director Jason Dal said in a Facebook post “We know that some of you didn’t preregister due to the potential of a weather cancellation, therefore, we are waiving the $5 race day up charge! Come join the Rasmussen Bike Shop team for a beautiful day, cold brews, and hopefully near perfect trail conditions!”

Come out and join us for an Iowa summer day!

Update: June 3 Race is Marathon MTB Only

Get ready for another great LAMBA race at Beverly Park, the Beverly Boondoggle on June 3rd. USAC registration is open, details are in the flyer.

Please be aware that this is a schedule update. This race is now a marathon only race. Which means all the more fun! 3 hours of fantastic trails and you’ll get to enjoy the flow that much more. We encourage everyone that loves to race Beverly in a cross country category to come try out the Boondoggle!

http://goldfinchcyclery.com/boondoggle/

Who’s Ready For 4 hrs of Iowa Singletrack?

We’re Ready!

As we move into warmer weather and our 2nd marathon race of the year, remember to check out the full schedule of events HERE! We have a full summer of great trails and awesome rides. Do not miss our mid-year celebration at the Liberty Bell Cup on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Whiterock Conservancy which is also our Iowa State Mountain Bike Championships!

See updates from the ICORR group below. Remember – online registration ends Friday, May 18.

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Grab your lid and hit the berms

Join FORC for this thrilling race! In its 5th year, the Illiniwek Abermination is an exciting 5 mile loop of wooded singletrack on the Mississippi River bluffs at Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, IL.

These trails are jam packed with flowing corners, large berms, and ripping descents that are sure to please riders of all skill levels! There are also multiple sections of doubletrack per lap to make passing easier. The race course will be marked and available for pre-riding Saturday afternoon before the event.

USAC Registration

Registration is still open! Save $10 on the entry fee until Thursday 5/3.

https://legacy.usacycling.org/register/2018-1460

Organizers Page

Check out FORC’s event at http://www.qcforc.org/content.php?187-Illiniwek-Abermination

 

Thanks LAMBA!

Kudos to Noel Kehrt and Paul Vieira – and the whole LAMBA gang on the success of your inaugural Squaw Creek event! Your effort and hard work is to be commended for what you bring to the Iowa mountain biking community!

71 racers toed the line to race the excellent new trail system for 4 hours in beautiful spring temperatures, with perfect dirt conditions, flow, sunshine, post-race food and a very well run event. It was great to see new faces, familiar faces, and the return of some faces who haven’t raced in a year or two.

Pinch yourselves everyone, because mountain biking and racing is alive and well in our fair state of Iowa!