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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!

First Race of the Year Under Our Belt

Bringing back the Sylvan Island Stampede to the IMBCS roster was a fantastic way to kick off the 2018 season! We had a little bit of leftovers from winter with an overnight freeze and chilly temps, but the riders came out in force. IMBCS would like to thank all the members of FORC for getting this track ready for our season opener and all the trail gnomes who helped. It was a great day!

“The Stampede course was riding really good today! Still some soft/greasy spots, especially in the morning, from the overnight freeze but trails were firming up by early afternoon.” said FORC in a facebook post.

You can view results here – ALL RESULTS

And photos by Hanson Photo here – PHOTO GALLERY

          

When is our next race?

Glad you asked: visit our 2018 race page and get all the details you need on each race and registration links. 

Sylvan Island Stampede X – 2018 IMBCS Season Opener

It’s BACK!! – Sylvan Island Stampede X

The 10th running of the Sylvan Island Stampede will be opening both the 2018 IMBCS and the Illinois State Championship Race Series.

Course Information

Race is Rain or shine since the island dries quickly. The course will consist of a 4 mile loop of closely spaced, tight, and twisty island singletrack. Rocks, roots, concrete rubble, bricks, old building foundations, and slag debris will be the norm for most trails on the island. There isn’t much elevation change but lots of tight corners mean short punchy efforts. Do your interval training! Preriding the course is recommended to get familiar with passing areas (there aren’t many).

Online Registration

Online registration is NOW OPEN! Register now at USA Cycling – Click Here

Race Website – http://www.qcforc.org/content.php?131

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!