Please take the IMBCS survey for our 2016 season…

At the end of the 2014 IMBCS season, we conducted a 10 question survey for participants which helped guide us in making decisions and changes for the 2015 season. That survey is here with the responses. I made a post about it and answered some of the questions raised here (State Championship, chip timing system costs, and a bit about the free entry costs).

Once again, we are conducting a 10 question survey as our new 2016 Advisory Board gets ready to meet for our annual meeting to discuss next season. We ask that all participants who attended an IMBCS event this year take the survey to give the Advisory Board some direction, ideas, and to listen to your concerns if you have any. We are happy to hear any positive or negative feedback. The survey is only 10 questions long due to a premium membership at Survey Monkey required to ask more than 10 questions. As you guessed, that’s money IMBCS does not have.

Take the time in question box number 10 to provide ideas, suggestions, concerns about IMBCS that are constructive and will help us plan for next year. We took it seriously last year and will do so this year.

Here’s the survey link.

Thank you in advance.

IMBCS HISTORY OF RACER PARTICIPATION NUMBERS 2003 – 2015…

The following chart and information depicts the 13 year history of IMBCS participation. The two numbers represented in the chart show how many total racer entries there were at IMBCS events for that season, and how many unique racers there were for each season (people that participated in at least one race). The early years did not track series points for Beginner/Novice racers (now known as CAT III). Because of this, the unique racer data numbers are inaccurate until the 2009 season when tracking series points for all categories began.

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The years that included joint IMBCS races with both the Nebraska Psycowpath Series and the Illinois State Championship Race Series contributed to larger overall participation numbers as well as higher unique racer numbers. Weather dictated how many events were successfully held each year which impacted racer turnout and total participation numbers.


2003 – 1st Season

345 Total Racer Entries

57 Unique Racers paid the annual fee to have their series points tracked

 

Sugar Bottom Race #1 – 34

Kendal Young Classic – 35

Seven Oaks MTB Race – 28

Loomis Park – 31

Lewis & Clark – 32

Ingawanis – 31

Sugar Bottom Scramble – 154


 

2004 – 2nd Season

393 Total Racer Entries

38 Unique Racers paid the annual fee to have their series points tracked

 

Ingawanis – 61

Seven Oaks MTB Race – 47

Loomis Park – 26

Seven Oaks #2 – 34

Sugar Bottom Scramble – 126

Kendal Young Classic – 29

Sycamore – 70


 

2005 – 3rd Season

523 Total Racer Entries

No Annual Fee to Have Series Points Tracked. Beginner points were not tracked.

167 Unique Racers (CAT I/CAT II/SS/Juniors – Does not include Beginners)

 

Seven Oaks – 42

Ingawanis – 75

Seven Oaks #2 – 56

Sockum Ridge – 41

Sugar Bottom – 105

Ingawanis #2 – 62

Sycamore – 54

Kendal Young – 31

Seven Oaks #2 – 57


 

2006 – 4th Season

649 Total Racer Entries

No Fee to Have Series Points Tracked. Beginner points were not tracked.

189 Unique Racers (CAT I/CAT II/SS/Juniors – Does not include Beginners.)

 

FORC Sylvan Island Stampede – 147 (joint IMBCS/Illinois I-74 Homegrown Series)

Seven Oaks MTB Race – 69

Ingawanis – 78

Kanesville Crusher at Lewis & Clark – 94 (joint IMBCS/Psycowpath)

Sockum Ridge – 51

Kendall Young Clasic – 58

Loomis Park – 33

Seven Oaks Stage Race – 19

Sycamore – 45

Iowa Games – 55


 

2007 – 5th Season

509 Total Racer Entries

183 Unique Racers (CAT I/CAT II/Juniors – Does not include Beginners.)

 

FORC Sylvan Island Stampede – 166

Ingawanis – 37

Sockum Ridge – 43

Kanesville Crusher Lewis & Clark – 91

Seven Oaks – 46

Sugar Bottom – 80

Squirrel’s Next Science Center TT – 46


 

2008 – 6th Season

612 Total Racer Entries

214 Unique Racers (CAT I/CAT II/SS/Juniors – Does not include Beginners.)

 

FORC Sylvan Island Stampede – 142 (joint race with Illinois)

Ingawanis – 63

Lake Manawa – 114

Summerset – Canceled

FORC Sunderbruch Park Side Thrill Ride – 60 (joint race with Illinois – no results for Beginners)

Seven Oaks – 34

Lake Ahquabi Mob the Quab – 41

Science Center TT – 38

Sugar Bottom Scramble – 120


 

2009 – 7th Season

587 Total Racer Entries

368 Unique Racers (Points Tracked for All Categories)

 

FORC Sylvan Island Stampede – 141 (joint race with Illinois)

Ingawanis – 66

Summerset Shootout – 74

Ida Grove – 22

FORC Scott County Park – 155 (joint race with Illinois)

Lake Ahquabi State Park Mob the Quab – 61

Seven Oaks MTB Race – 68


 

2010 – 8th Season

965 Total Racer Entries

594 Unique Racers (Points Tracked for All Categories) – included racers from the Iowa, Illinois Series and the inclusion of the Decorah TT includes racers from Wisconsin.

 

FORC Sylvan Island Stampede – 264 (joint series race with Illinois)

Decorah TT – 91 (many out of state racers attended)

Ingawanis – 79

Summerset Shootout – 60

Ida Grove – 36

FORC Scott County Park – 128 (joint series race with Illinois)

Seven Oaks MTB Race – 42

Sugar Bottom Scramble – 132

The Mullet Fall Classic – 133


 

2011 – 9th Season

988 Total Racer Entries

573 Unique Racers – this year included racers from the Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska Psycowpath Series as well as the inclusion of the Decorah TT includes racers from Wisconsin.

 

FORC Sylvan Island Stampede – 274 (joint series race with Illinois)

Decorah TT – 74 (many out of state racers attended)

Ingawanis North – 52

Ingawanis South – 51

Ida Grove – 46

Seven Oaks MTB Race – 37

Swanson Park – 118 (joint series race with Psycowpath)

Sugar Bottom Scramble – 181

The Mullet Fall Classic – 155


 

2012 – 10th Season

971 Total Racer Entries

466 Unique Racers – this year included racers from the Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska Psycowpath Series.

 

FORC Sylvan Island – 198 (joint series race with Illinois)

Ingawanis – 54

Ida Grove – 59

Summerset Shootout – 70

Beverly Park Fat Tire Frenzy – 91

Seven Oaks MTB Race – 64

Swanson Park – 147 (joint series race with Psycowpath)

Ingawanis South – 49

Sugar Bottom Scramble – 67

The Mullet Fall Classic – 172


 

2013 – 11th Season

1259 Total Racer Entries

693 Unique Racers – this year included racers from the Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska Psycowpath Series.

 

FORC Sylvan Island Stampede – 235 (joint series race with Illinois)

Ingawanis – 58

Seven Oaks – 75

FORC Sunderbruch Park Side Thrill Ride – 136 (joint series race with Illinois)

Ida Grove – 107 (joint series race with Psycowpath – includes marathon)

George Wyth MTB Race – 68

Sugar Bottom Scramble – 200 (includes kids & college race)

Sycamore – 104

Summerset – 108

The Mullet Fall Classic – 168 (includes marathon, & kids)


 

2014 – 12th Season

802 Total Racer Entries

413 Unique Racers – this year included racers from the Iowa and Illinois Series.

 

Seven Oaks – 71

FORC Illiniwek Abermination – 151 (joint race with Illinois)

FORC Sunderbruch Park Side Thrill Ride – 128 (joint race with Illinois)

George Wyth MTB Race – 101

Sugar Bottom Scramble – 119

Summerset Shootout – 72

The Mullet Fall Classic – 160


 

2015 – 13th Season

1108 Total Racer Entries

545 Unique Racers – this year included racers from the Iowa and Illinois Series.

 

FORC Illiniwek Abermination – 188 (joint race with the Illinois Series)

Beverly Park Fat Tire Frenzy – 124

Iowa Games Peterson Pits – 55

Hin und Zurzück TT at Center Trails – 66

George Wyth MTB Race – 88

Sugar Bottom Scramble – 179

Seven Oaks MTB Race – 31

Summerset Shootout – 84

Ewing Park Solstice Slam – 75

The Mullet Fall Classic – 140

FORC Sunderburch Park Side Thrill Ride – 74

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does IMBCS Pay Dirt?

IMBCS Prior History has included years that used a bonus point system for doing volunteer trail work (Pay Dirt is a common term used in MTB series that provide this and is a system that began in the 90’s borrowed from motorcycle enduro racing). There are pros and cons of such a system. There is and can be initial resistance to such a system. Some racers refuse to participate because of it. Some racers embrace it.

The number of trail work days and level of participation data would be interesting to hear from CITA, LAMBA, CVAST, ICORR, FORC for the years when a “Pay Dirt” program was in place compared to years when it was not in place for IMBCS. Based on the Trail Gnome nominations, and my own experience doing trail work here in Central Iowa – I do know that a lot of the same people are doing the lion’s share of the trail work and are getting exhausted.

I also know that quality work done with the land owner/manager’s approval can build excellent relationships which leads to races being able to be held at those venues. Membership drives for our trail organizations are underway and before the IBMCS Advisory Board assembles and meets to discuss 2016 – I ask that racers become educated about it and launch into a discussion right here.

I will offer up a few links for your reading.

Thank you IMBCS Advisory Board…!

Can you all tell that I am trying to wrap up the 2015 season with my posts?

I wanted to thank the following collective group of people who provided their community service as Advisory Board Members for the 2015 IMBCS Season:

Board Members

Advisory Board: Tom Anderson, Kevin Betters, Rick Blackford, Rob Cook, Cheryl Dralle, TJ Fort, Katherine Roccasecca, Kyle Sedore
Series Points Coordinator: Rob Cook
Website Coordinators: Katherine Roccasecca & Eric Roccasecca

Please join me me in thanking them all for their hard work. We dealt with the much needed gender equity cash payout change, some age class changes for women, COMP & JUNIOR categories, expanded the series to be more inclusive for all Iowans, hosted a race at Center Trails on August 8th, had many email discussions/conversations and combined our collective thoughts to make decisions as we moved from the 2014 season into the 2015 season. Everyone contributed, advised, and provided me with good support that served this past year. I thank them all and hope you join me in thanking them for their service.

I would personally like to thank Rob Cook, Katherine Roccasecca, and Eric Roccasecca for their excellent contributions that went beyond the Advisory Board duties. IMBCS has now moved beyond the point where one volunteer person can do it all. It now takes a collective team – and they were my “team” for 2015. Ask any of them, and they will all confirm that when I want something done – I usually don’t mean today or tomorrow – I mean “yesterday”. And of course, we all have jobs and lives outside of biking, so I owe them my gratitude for taking on duties that added to all IMBCS participants’ experience.

Katherine

Katherine on “the hill” at The Mullet Fall Classic courtesy of Eric Roccaseca

Katherine and Eric volunteered to develop a website for IMBCS at last year’s Mullet Fall Classic. Eric dove head first into Word Press, Katherine attempted to teach me a few things about the website, updated news and content and I cannot thank both of them enough for providing the web presence that IMBCS has now become. Eric’s work as our official IMBCS photographer led to thousands of wonderful shots that he does on a volunteer basis and it is so great to see and enjoy his wonderful work. Katherine linked photo albums from other photographers and provided links to results and registration for each individual event. Thank you both for who you are and what you do!

Eric

Eric “the baconator” fueling up

Rob missed several of his old movie nights out with his wife at the Fleur thanks to my demands. He volunteered to take on the points coordination again this season, filled in for me as I was working and living in Germany the first half of this year and went with me to meet some of our partners/sponsors for the 2015 season. He picked up and hand delivered our printed schedules, arranged for our web hosting, helped me with the IMBCS banners at events, and was always there when I had an idea to bounce off of him. Rob established IMBCS as an official registered LLC in Iowa with a bank account to get us off the ground and running for our 13th season. Thank you Rob for all of your hard work and always responding to my messages. I owe you a few buckets of popcorn and some movie time.

Rob

Rob is still smiling…

Our 2016 Team will soon be announced and moving forward for our 14th season. In the meantime, please join me in thanking the 2015 Team/Advisory Board.

IMBCS Racer Participation Numbers for 2015…

Going into the 2015 season, my personal goal as Director for the 11 race series was to hit 1000 – 1100 entries. Based on studying the past numbers, I felt it was a realistic goal for IMBCS and our state’s population. The particular goal was chosen as it would show growth from the numbers seen last year.

We ended up meeting that goal with 1108 total for the 2015 season!

Not only that, but in the end, all 11 of our events took place thanks to three reschedules and the use of several rain delays. Ma Nature is tough during any year here in Iowa with so much clay soil – and this year was no different. However, we managed around it and racers were treated to excellent courses and conditions as a result.

1108!

Do we have room for growth here in Iowa when it comes to mountain bike racing?

Yes. Absolutely! Our peak year to date was in 2013 when we had over 1200 racers in a 10 race season – thanks in part to three joint series events (one with Psycowpath in Nebraska, and two with the Illinois State Championship Race Series). I think we have potential here in Iowa to hit and surpass the peak year numbers of 2013.

Another great number to see is that we had 545 unique racers (racers who raced at least one race in the series). That unique number does not include the kids racers. We could achieve growth if more of those unique racers would come back and race several events in our series. I would like to see more of the unique racers come back and race at least 4 – 6 of our races. Why? Depending on one’s category, to participate in the points awards for the series, there were a minimum number of races one had to attend to qualify for a series award and the year end swag from our sponsors. We only had about 10% of the unique 545 racers race enough races to qualify for a series award at the end of the year. We actually had quite a few that were short just a race or two of qualifying. Those that qualified were rewarded with prizes totaling $6600 in value from our wonderful 2015 sponsors/partners – Scheels, Hammer Nutrition, LW CoachingBike Iowa.com, and IMBCS itself.

I would like to see the percentage of 10% that qualified to be eligible for awards and swag grow year over year. This will be a new goal of mine going forward for next season as any state series is designed to encourage participation and reward racers for their participation. I am being careful not to pick a certain number at this time, but just think if we had something in the vicinity of 15 – 20%, or even 25% of the unique racer number qualify next year?

I, along with many others, had hoped for growth in the number of women participants. Every effort was made to include a variety of venues so racers and potential racers had plenty of choice. IMBCS kicked into gear to offer gender equity cash payouts in CAT I. An additional age class was added this season for women. At least for 2015, we remained within our most recent historic norm of 11-15% by ending the season with 13% of the 1108 number being women. I will move that goal forward into 2016 not willing to relinquish yet as I know we have more potential here in Iowa to grow our participant base in both genders. One year is not a trend, so I remain optimistic.

Enough of the growth talk!

This year was about encouraging folks in Iowa to just get out and at least try a race at one of our events. And you did. Some of you brought a friend, a colleague, a spouse/partner, or a kid just as we asked. I congratulate each and every one of you who took the time to try out one or more of our events during 2015. IMBCS hopes you liked it and will consider coming back for more in 2016. Plans are already well underway to bring you some great races and venues for 2016 as we build on our success from this year.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the opportunities we did get to experience in 2015 and thank all of the hard working race directors/promoters, trail organizations, volunteers, and sponsors for providing such wonderful events for all of us. Never forget we have some great mountain biking and race venues right here in our own state of Iowa!

A little more detailed look at some of the individual data points and race by race numbers…

 

Number of IMBCS Mountain Bike Races in 2015: 11

Total Participant Entry Fees: 1108

Total Unique MTB Participants: 545

Total Unique Trail Run Participants: 20 (Summerset Shootout & The Mullet Fall Classic only)

(Not all DNF’s were included due to how individual race results were reported)

Total Women Participants for all events = 13%

 

IMBCS #1 – Illiniwek Abermination had 188 racers

KIDS:

JUNIOR: 20

CAT III: 55

CAT II SPORT: 63

CAT II COMP: 18

CAT I EXPERT: 32

(TOTAL WOMEN: 25 or 13%)

 

IMBCS #2 – Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy had 124 racers

KIDS: 14

JUNIOR: 16

CAT III: 19

CAT II SPORT: 25

CAT II COMP: 12

CAT I EXPERT: 17

MARATHON: 21

(TOTAL WOMEN: 18 or 15%)

 

IMBCS#3 – Seven Oaks MTB Race had 31 racers

KIDS:

JUNIOR: 1

CAT III: 5

CAT II SPORT: 7

CAT II COMP: 8

CAT I EXPERT: 7

MARATHON: 3

(TOTAL WOMEN: 4 or 13%)

 

IMBCS #4 – Solstice Slam had 75 racers

KIDS: 5

JUNIOR: 12

CAT III: 20

CAT II SPORT: 21

CAT II COMP: 13

CAT I EXPERT: 7

(TOTAL WOMEN: 10 or 13%)

 

IMBCS #5 – Iowa Games had 59 racers

KIDS:

JUNIOR: 3

CAT III: 13

CAT II SPORT: 21

CAT II COMP: 13

CAT I EXPERT: 9

(TOTAL WOMEN: 6 or 10%)

 

IMBCS #6 – FORC Side Thrill Ride had 74 racers

KIDS: 9

JUNIOR: 7

CAT III: 20

CAT II SPORT: 14

CAT II COMP: 12

CAT I EXPERT: 12

(TOTAL WOMEN: 4 or 5%)

 

IMBCS #7 – Hin und Zurück TT had 66 racers

KIDS: 5

JUNIOR: 2

CAT III: 14

CAT II SPORT: 30

CAT II COMP: 9

CAT I EXPERT: 6

(TOTAL WOMEN: 4 or 6%)

 

IMBCS #8 – George Wyth MTB Race had 88 racers

KIDS: 5

JUNIOR: 14

CAT III: 29

CAT II SPORT: 25

CAT II COMP: 9

CAT I EXPERT: 6

(TOTAL WOMEN: 18 or 20%)

 

IMBCS#9 – Sugar Bottom Scramble had 179 racers

KIDS: 27

JUNIOR: 30

CAT III: 31

CAT II SPORT: 41

CAT II COMP: 29

CAT I EXPERT: 21

(TOTAL WOMEN: 21 or 12%)

 

IMBCS #10 – Summerset Shootout had 84 racers

KIDS: 8

FAT BIKE TT: 6

TRAIL RUN: 3

JUNIOR: 2

CAT III: 17

CAT II SPORT: 23

CAT II COMP: 16

CAT I EXPERT: 9

(TOTAL WOMEN: 8 or 10%)

 

IMBCS #11 – The Mullet Fall Classic had 140 racers

KIDS: 7

FAT BIKE: 10

TRAIL RUN: 19

JUNIOR: 4

CAT III: 15

CAT II SPORT: 29

CAT II COMP: 19

CAT I EXPERT: 11

MARATHON: 26

(TOTAL WOMEN: 31 or 22%)

 

 

 

IMBCS Year End Awards to be presented this Sunday!

Thanks to our wonderful 2015 series sponsors – Scheels, LW Coaching, Bike Iowa, and Hammer Nutrition – we have awards and prizes with a value of $6600 to hand out on Sunday at the FORC Side Thrill Ride in Davenport.

The fun and all of the hard work to get to the finish line has been done.

Whether it was next to an Iowa cornfield…

CornIowaGames

Or taking on “The Hill”…

The Hill

Or battling for the hole shot…

SugarStart

Or receiving encouragement from family and friends as spectators…

WythFive

…it’s now time for our last race of the season and to reap the benefits of all the hard work and fun.

MulletTop3

Who is eligible for the awards and prizes?

Continue reading IMBCS Year End Awards to be presented this Sunday!

Final Race this weekend!!!

Final Race this weekend!!!

IMBCS set a goal going into the season of reaching 1100 participant/entries for our 11 events in 2015. I thought that was a reasonable goal based on our historic numbers for previous seasons that had 10-11 events, but would also show some growth for our series. With our rescheduled upcoming event at Sunderbruch – which will complete our entire 2015 11 race series in spite of Ma Nature forcing us to get creative for many of our events – our numbers currently stand at 1028 through 10 events.

Michael Vittetoe and FORC have cooked up a great finale for our season this coming weekend in Davenport for the FORC Side Thrill Ride. If you have never ridden your mountain bike at Sunderbruch Park – this is one of Iowa’s best. A not to miss race course that many rank as their favorite in Iowa. People drive from out of state to ride this one it is so much fun. Super fun wooden berms, a wooden party deck, bridges, obstacles, climbs, descents – this course has it all and is an absolute blast to ride.

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IMBCS Race Director Spotlight: Bruce Brown

If you missed any of the previous Spotlights here at IMBCS.org, it was a feature series highlighting some of the many IMBCS participants throughout the state of Iowa. One was able to get to know some of the folks involved in racing and see how they do it, why they do it, what got them started, and read some of their thoughts. The Spotlight feature series ran throughout the season and is wrapping up with the end of our 2015 season.

Today’s Spotlight promises to be a rather odd one considering I will be interviewing myself. Strange, I know. However, in case some people out there do not know who I am combined with requests by fellow IMBCS Race Directors who said they would agree to be interviewed earlier in the season by me if I would succumb to the same standard myself – here it is.

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