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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Whiterock prepares for Mountain Bike Championship series

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photos by: Rob Cook

by: Coon Rapids Enterprise – Thursday, June 29, 2017

Coon Rapids, IA – For the second consecutive year, Whiterock Conservancy will play host to this Sunday’s Liberty Bell Cup, part of the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series. “Last year we were right around 100 bikers. We’re expecting at least that many or more. Registrations are open until the races begin so we won’t know for sure until then,” said Christopher Van Roekel, trails  coordinator for Whiterock Conservancy. “We are really excited to be hosting this event again and very anxious to see if the numbers increase. We’d love to see this event hosted here every year,” Van Roekel added.

Rob Cook of Des Moines, who is organizing the event, is equally excited to see the event expand in participation. “I’m hoping to have as many as last year, when we actually drew riders from four states. In my dreams we double that number this year,” Cook exclaimed. Cook said Sunday’s event here is considered the state Cross Country Mountain Biking (MTB) championship, which means that winners are considered the state champions for 2017. “The races are held under the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series (IMBCS) banner and run to United States Cycling standards. If you are the state champion, you qualify to go on to the national championships,” Cook explained.

There are 10 events during the day-long competition for men, women and juniors, fat bike, four-hour marathon and more. The
races will be routed over some of Iowa’s finest mountain bike trails. Some of the shorter races will be held on the Big Dipper and Little Dipper trails; both trails are located near Whiterock’s Star Field. Longer races will be routed over the Shooting Star, Riverside, 805 Spur double track, and Long Creek trails. Every race will start and finish at the Star Field, so that would be one area where spectators could expect to see lots of action, said Van Rockel.

“MTB races, unfortunately, are not the most spectator-friendly events, given that we race over miles of trails usually through
woods and hills,” explained Cook. “To provide better viewing this year for local spectators, we have centralized the start and finish to take place at the Star Field campground where one can watch the races head off and finish. Whiterock does have some other great spots to watch from if you are willing to hike a little to get there. Creek crossings are always a fun place as well as the intersection of Long Creek and Riverside trails where many of the riders will be turning laps,” Cook said.

Whiterock prepares for Mountain Bike Championship series “What we don’t want spectators to do is park and watch along
Fig Avenue,” Van Rockel added. Van Rockel said Whiterock Conservancy is rolling out the red carpet for the bikers by inviting them to come here earlier in the week to camp, kayak and explore the outdoors. Whiterock is hosting a BBQ on Saturday night.
Cook said the races start at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, and he encourages local biking enthusiasts to give it a try.

“Even if you’ve never raced before, come give it a try. We have a beginning-friendly course so all you need is a helmet and bike,”
Cook said. Five dollars of every rider’s entry fee is given back to Whiterock to maintain and build trails. “Whiterock’s trails, in my opinion, are some of the best in the state,” Cook added. “Certainly they have as much or more in terms of miles of trail as any trail system in Iowa. One of the advantages Whiterock has over the other trails is the dedicated staff available to maintain, clean and build new trail. Whiterock is a bit secluded but the onsite amenities, showers, camping to name a few, make it worth the ride. Whiterock also has more varied terrain than other systems, and we manage to have several creek crossings that are unique to these trails. You really get the feeling that you’re going somewhere when you ride here.”

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Get Ready for the Liberty Bell Cup!

Liberty Bell Cup – July 2, 2017

Iowa State XC Championship

This will be the Iowa State XC Championship race! Our race director Rob Cook and with the help of Americorps (and some very awesome volunteers) have made some great trail improvements and the trails are in excellent condition! Saturday, July 1 the trail will be prepped for race day on Sunday. Everyone is invited to come pre-ride the trails and join the BYOB/Meat gathering!

Continue reading Get Ready for the Liberty Bell Cup!

2017 IMBCS Race Dates

IMBCS #1 – FORC Illiniwek Abermination – April 23
IMBCS Special Endurance Event – Sugar Bottom Marathon – May 13*
IMBCS #3 – Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy – June 3*
IMBCS #4 – Summerset Shootout – June 10*
IMBCS #5 – Sunderbruch Park – June 25
IMBCS #6 – Whiterock Conservancy – July 2*
IMBCS #7 – Lewis & Clark Crusher Border Battle – July 8*
IMBCS #2 – Ewing Park Kickback Classic – July 30*
IMBCS #8 – George Wyth MTB Race – August 12
IMBCS #9 – Sugar Bottom Scramble – August 20

IMBCS TBA – Make Up Dates – August 26/27

*Denotes a Marathon Race Category Included