We’re baaaaaaaaack!

Sorry for the delays but we’re back and ready to ride into 2017!

First things first, a BIG thank you to Tyler Price for coming to the rescue and getting the site back up and working. If you need web design & hosting please consider Tyler, he is super easy to work with and very helpful. Thank you again Tyler!

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The site needs to be updated but we’ll be taking care of that shortly. Until we can get the schedules updated here is the list of races for the 2017 season:

2017 IMBCS Race Dates

  • IMBCS #1 – FORC Illiniwek Abermination – April 23
  • IMBCS Special Endurance Event – Sugar Bottom Marathon – May 13*
  • IMBCS #2 – Ewing Park – May 20 IMBCS #3 – Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy – June 3*
  • IMBCS #4 – Summerset Shootout – June 10*
  • IMBCS #5 – Moorehead Park – June 17*
  • IMBCS #6 – Sunderbruch Park – June 25
  • IMBCS #7 – Whiterock Conservancy – July 2*
  • IMBCS “8 – Lewis & Clark – July 8*
  • IMBCS #9 – George Wyth MTB Race – August 12
  • IMBCS #10 – Sugar Bottom Scramble – August 20 IMBCS TBA – Make Up Dates – August 26/27

Site Maintenance

The IMBCS.org website will be down over the next few days for some behind the scenes maintenance. For the nerdier of you out there we’re moving to a new VM host. We’ll be back soon, any ETA’s or complications will be posted to the Facebook page.

Can’t wait to get back on the dirt!

Rob Cook

Time to train for 2017!!!

As we say good-bye to all of our great bike riding and racing in 2016, and as we ring in the New Year of 2017 with all of the possibilities for riding next year will provide – don’t forget our sponsors Zoom Performance and LW Coaching.

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Whether on a spin bike, exercise bike, trainer, Fat Bike, road bike, gravel bike, mountain bike, or your Winter commuter from now until March – Zoom Performance and LW Coaching can set you up with a training plan & coaching to take advantage of the time to train for the 2017 season (now is the time in case you were wondering).

Thank you Matt Zepeda, Julie Vardaman Kirkpatrick, Liz Martin Van Houweling, and Lynda Wallenfels for your support of the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series.

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IMBCS 2017 Race Schedule!!!

I know that racers in Iowa have been anxious to know what the 2017 season beholds for IMBCS in terms of race dates, and race venues. We have developed a very exciting season with some nice variation in venues that cover our fine state of Iowa from the Mississippi River to the Missouri River!

Back is one of our favorite venues at Moorehead Park in Ida Grove, Iowa. The downhill chute that crosses the paved bike path before coming into the start/finish area remains one of Iowa’s favorite downhill sections. It’s been many years since we have raced at Lewis & Clark in Council Bluffs. We are excited to have that venue back in our schedule as it is great singletrack with challenging climbs, twist and turns all built on historic grounds.

Here are half of our 2017 race directors (evidently beards are required)….


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I want to thank all of our race directors for working with me to get the dates ironed out for our 15th IMBCS Season. As you can imagine, organizing it with the landowners, respective trail organizations, and avoiding as many conflicts as possible on the IBRA schedule is always a challenge. This year took a bit more time than our previous two seasons to get it all together, but it was for good reason. We have a mixture of Saturday and Sunday race days to allow as many people as possible to enjoy some of our IMBCS events. Please join me in thanking all of our race directors (some old, some new) as without them, we would not have an IMBCS season 15.


Planning your season visually with a map…
IMBCS Map 2017

IMBCS 2017 Race Schedule Dates


IMBCS: April 23 FORC Illiniwek Abermination
IMBCS: May 13 Sugar Cubed Special Endurance Event*
IMBCS: May 20 Ewing Park Slam
IMBCS: June 3 Beverly Park Fat Tire Frenzy*
IMBCS: June 10 Summerset Shootout*
IMBCS: June 17 Moorehead Mayhem*
IMBCS: June 25 FORC Sunderbruch Side Thrill Ride
IMBCS: July 2 Whiterock Conservancy Liberty Bell Cup*
IMBCS: July 8 Lewis & Clark Crusher*
IMBCS: August 12 George Wyth MTB Race
IMBCS: August 20 Sugar Bottom Scramble
IMBCS: August 26-27 Make Up Date(s) for any Cancellation(s) due to weather

*Denotes Venues that include a Marathon Category

2016 Title Sponsor: World of Wheels Thank You!!!!

As our year comes to a close and we reflect on what we experienced in the IMBCS 2017 season, let’s be thankful for our generous sponsors that helped make it happen.

Please join me in extending our thanks to the 2016 Title Sponsor World of Wheels. General Manager, Jeff Miles, and Service Department Manager Andy Peterson made our 2016 Extra Special with their generous Title Sponsorship of providing $500 in cash payouts at each of our races. We thank them for their support. If your current vehicle needs service, contact Andy at World of Wheels in Des Moines. He’ll take care of you. If you are looking for a special used car or truck – World of Wheels is the place to go.

Thank you Jeff and Andy!

A few samples of racers who enjoyed the cash payouts at our races this year…

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Katherine’s Banner One Bite at a Time Plan

Does Banner have an undeserved bad reputation? I think it does. I believe these trails are just misunderstood.

I have said for years that “the trails at Banner may be the most fun and most feared trails in central Iowa.” But I think it’s time for us all to forget that fear and enjoy the fun. I’m tired of hearing that Banner is only for experienced riders.

Banner has some advanced trails, but that’s only some of the trails. And once you get a feel for Banner’s character by riding the beginner and intermediate trails first, the advanced trails become much more manageable.

Continue reading Katherine’s Banner One Bite at a Time Plan

IMBCS Season 2016 by the Numbers…

2016 was another very successful IMBCS mountain bike racing season. Our 14th season to be exact. Once you see our participation numbers below, you can take a look and see how they compare to our prior 13 seasons right HERE.

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Congratulations to each and every racer who tossed their leg over a mountain bike to give Iowa’s dirt a chance with your competitive spirit and effort!!

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This season, we saw a few changes for IMBCS when compared to prior years. The main change this year was having all events sanctioned under USA Cycling for the first time in our 14 season history which we announced HERE. We had USA Cycling Officials at each and every event this year, and some rules were enforced that are designed to increase safety and enable fairness to our competitive sport. Thank you to USA Cycling and all of the officials that officiated our events. Jeff Mertz was instrumental in meeting with me and discussing all things related to USA Cycling for our series. Our regional representative, Larry Martin, was very helpful in guiding me, and all of our race directors as we migrated to the USA Cycling format, online registration, one day licenses, and the post event race reporting process. We also had a USA Cycling State Championship at the Whiterock Conservancy Liberty Bell Cup.

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Continue reading IMBCS Season 2016 by the Numbers…

Sugar Bottom Scramble Race Recap…

Yesterday was the annual running of the Sugar Bottom Scramble at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area hosted by ICORR, and Goosetown Racing. Race Director Mike Frasier made the call on Saturday to delay the start of all races by 2 hours to allow for recent rains to soak in and the course to dry out.

Good call Mike! We were all treated to hero dirt, and delicious Sugar Bottom singletrack because of it…

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Gorgeous blue skies, and temperatures around 70 degrees made for some of the best racing conditions IMBCS has had all season.

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Continue reading Sugar Bottom Scramble Race Recap…

Sugar Bottom Scramble: Two Hour Rain Delay

The Sugar Bottom Scramble is delayed two hours due to the recent rain. All races will start two hours after the previously scheduled times. This will give the trails time to dry and be ready for all of us to race on Sunday!

Here is the official word from the race director, Mike Frasier:

Half inch of rain [Friday] night has left a few greasy spots in the trails. A couple more hours of drying time will help dial them in more, so we’ve decided to delay the Scramble two hours. Looks to be a beautiful day on the trails, hope to see you there!

Schedule and course maps are on the Sugar Bottom Scramble race page.