Season 14: 2016 Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series Dates

IMBCS #1 – FORC Illiniwek Abermination – April 17

Illiniwek Forest Preserve
Hampton, Illinois
Sunday, April 17, 2016

IMBCS Special Endurance Event – Sugar Bottom Marathon* – May 22

Sugar Bottom Recreational Area, Coralville Lake
Solon, Iowa
Sunday, May 22, 2016

IMBCS #3 – Summerset Shootout – June 4

Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park
Carlisle, Iowa
Saturday, June 4, 2016

IMBCS #4 –The Ingawanis Woodland Shreddfest* – June 11

Bremer County Ingawanis Woodland
Waverly, Iowa
Saturday, June 11, 2016

IMBCS #2 – Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy* – June 19 (Rescheduled Date from May 1)

Beverly Park
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sunday, May 1, 2016

IMBCS #5 – Whiterock Conservancy Liberty Bell Cup*– July 3

White Rock Conservancy
Coon Rapids, Iowa
Saturday & Sunday, July 2-3, 2016

IMBCS #6 – FORC Side Thrill Ride – July 10

Sunderbruch Park
Davenport, Iowa
Sunday, July 10, 2016

IMBCS #7 – Ewing Park Slam – July 17

Ewing Park
Des Moines, Iowa
Sunday, July 17, 2016

IMBCS #8 – George Wyth MTB Race – August 14

George Wyth State Park
Waterloo, Iowa
Sunday, August 14, 2016

IMBCS #9 – Sugar Bottom Scramble – August 21

Sugar Bottom Recreational Area, Coralville Lake
Solon, Iowa
Sunday, August 23, 2016

IMBCS #10 – The Mullet Fall Classic* – August 28

Lake Ahquabi State Park
Indianola, Iowa
Sunday, August 28, 2016

*Denotes a Marathon Race Category Included

Link to Map of Events

IMBCS Survey Results and 2016 IMBCS Advisory Board Members Announcement…

I asked everyone near the end of October interested to participate in a ten question survey to respond to a variety of ideas discussed and introduced to me throughout the year. The IMBCS Advisory Board once again is preparing to discuss various topics moving forward with the 2016 season and beyond. I would like to emphasize the word beyond. Change and improvement require incremental steps, time, funding, and patience. Like last year, many of the questions asked in this year’s survey were with the beyond in mind.

That being said, thanks to one and all who took the time to participate in the survey and provide comments. There have been 56 responses recorded to date. Each member of the Advisory Board will now have the chance to see the results, and we will be meeting before the end of the year to put our creative heads together as we discuss and consider steps for next season and beyond.

Continue reading IMBCS Survey Results and 2016 IMBCS Advisory Board Members Announcement…

IMBCS statistics from our internet and social media groups…

2015 was a year that continued use of multiple sources to get the word out to potential participants about IMBCS and our individual events.

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Photo from George Wyth MTB Race Courtesy of Eric Roccasecca

In addition to our new IMBCS website, we used Yahoo Groups, Facebook, BikeIowa.com, and MTBReview.com.

583 Yahoo IMBCS Group Members

685 Facebook IMBCS Page Members

1,060 Views at our IMBCS BikeIowa.com Portal (where each individual race received between 1,000 – 11,000 views)

2,137 Views on MTBReview.com IMBCS Thread

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Photograph of the Sugar Bottom Scramble courtesy of Broken Photography

The multi-pronged approach certainly does help to get the word out to many interested in mountain bike racing. However, at several of our race events this year, people would stop by and ask what was going on and asked how they could find out about mountain bike racing in Iowa.

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I guess that means in our state of Iowa with a population of 3.1 Million, we still have work to do using various forms of media to reach deeper into the potential Iowa base of mountain bikers! Look for some focused, additional new media efforts in 2016.

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Photograph of the Hin und Zurück TT courtesy of Eric Roccasecca