IMBCS is proud to announce the 2015 IMBCS Trail Gnome Awards!
Thanks to all who emailed, messaged, or contacted me with their particular choice to receive one of our trail gnome awards and a written explanation why they should receive it. There are many who are deserving of this award year in and year out throughout our state. This is the first year that IMBCS is recognizing a select group of gnomes. We raise a toast to everyone who dedicated some of their volunteer hours and time to work on our trails in Iowa – award winner or not. None of us would be able to ride our bikes on singletrack without the work everyone puts in to build and maintain our dirt. If you are not a member of your local trail organization, please consider joining, donating money, volunteering to help, and being a part of the other side of the mountain biking experience.
Central Iowa Gnomes hard at work at Summerset State Park
We all know that Snow White had 7 Dwarfs. IMBCS was fortunate to have more Gnomes than Snow White had Dwarfs, but we did manage to narrow down the list and focus in on the Lucky Seven Gnomes that helped make it happen for 2015. When I put out the call for nominations earlier this year, the following seven were all nominated by Race Directors and Trail Organizations for their work that was recognized as going above and beyond during 2015 to help make our Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series race courses ready for action on race day.
Each Gnome will be receiving a special gift from IBMCS, and each Trail Organization that they are associated with will be receiving a $50 financial gift per winner from IMBCS on behalf of their respective Lucky Seven Gnome Award Winner. Please join me in thanking the following recipients. Raise a toast to them for the work they did on our trails during 2015.
2015 IMBCS Trail Gnome Awards
Drew Hansen: Trail Steward for Illiniwek Park, website manager, graphic designer, and trail building guru. Not many trail work days go down without Drew being there either leading it or volunteering. Drew has an excellent eye for flow and is largely responsible for the flow levels at Illiniwek. He also spent countless hours designing and constructing the new wood berms at Illiniwek this spring. – FORC
Aaron Mielke: Trail Steward for Sunderbruch Park. Aaron has done an excellent job of managing the trails at SBP during his stint as steward. He, and the rest of the SBP Trail Care Crew, spent many hours building and maintaining trail at the park in order to make the trails more sustainable and fun for users. The newest project at the park is a freeride/jump line, which is coming along nicely. – FORC
Chad Reisinger: CVAST would like to nominate Chad. Chad relentlessly works on and off the trails. He is vital in the upkeep, Wednesday night singletrack rides, and assists with the CVAST website. Chad easily comprises three members in one with volunteer hours. Every group should be as fortunate as CVAST is to have a member like Chad. – CVAST
Ken Barker: He is the main reason Beverly Park was prepped and ready for the race. He hands down commits the most time of anyone I know to trail maintenance and development in Iowa. He has spent time as a volunteer at Whiterock, Sugar Bottom, and other places across the state. Additionally, he doesn’t get stuck in the traditional build what I want to ride, but rather continues to hone his skill set as trail building changes. – LAMBA
Randy Aldridge: CITA Member for his tireless work this year at Banner Pits dealing with erosion issues caused by heavy rains, tireless hours of trail maintenance, and being an unsung here getting the trails ready for not only the Summerset Shootout, but for all trail users to enjoy throughout the year. – CITA
Brian Sheesley: CITA Member for his dedication, oversight, professional Gnoming abilities, and all matters dirt at the new Ewing Park Trail System in Des Moines. If Brian was not at work bringing home the bacon, he was at Ewing getting this system up and going. We salute his endless posts of the current trail conditions for all to see, his building and maintenance of the trails, and unending enthusiasm for the volunteer work that he does at Ewing Park. – CITA
Kevin Seydel: Kevin has been a main stay of the Sugar Bottom trail maintenance efforts for many years, and continues to put in more hours than any other volunteer. He has also been instrumental on the development of the Clear Creek Singletrack in Coralville, the first approved mountain bike trails in the IC/CV city limits. Though spending so much time on trail development limits the training Kevin can get compared with others, he can still be found in the sharp end of the Comp Class in IMBCS and WORS races. Kevin has been the glue that holds the Sugar Bottom trails together for years, a true Trail Gnome. – ICORR
Congratulations Gentlemen! We thank you for your work.