What to expect at your First Mountain Bike Race – by Liz Van Houweling

IMBCS racing begins in 3 weeks!

This is our first article from Zoom Performance Level 1 Coach Liz Van Houweling. Zoom Performance has partnered with IMBCS for 2016 by becoming one of our sponsors for the series.


What to Expect at Your First Mountain Bike Race

Toeing the start line for your first mountain bike race can be rather intimidating! I came from racing criteriums for 5 years and was still fearful about the idea of RACING mountain bikes. To outsiders, the thought of going as fast as you can while weaving in and out of trees, bombing down bumpy descents, and maneuvering around other riders can be frightening. I promise that it is not really as scary as it sounds!

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Welcome to one of our new 2016 Sponsors: Zoom Performance!

IMBCS is proud to announce one of our new Sponsors for the 2016 season – Zoom Performance!


A big thanks to Matthew Zepeda, Julie Kirkpatrick, and Liz Van Houweling who have teamed up with IMBCS for our 2016 Season with some exciting things to offer racers here in Iowa. You can read the Zoom Performance announcement HERE. Look for our first article on this website from Liz Martin in the coming days.

Please join me in welcoming this dynamic company based here in Iowa to IMBCS. Please take the time to read the history of Zoom Performance and their coaching.

Help fund our youth (under age 18) entry fees for the 2016 season!!!

Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series had a total of 111 Youth Entry Fees during the 2015 season (JUNIORS). Many of those young racers come from homes where the expense of paying a mountain bike race entry fee is simply not affordable. We are asking for donations this year to help cover the costs of the entry fees for our under age 18 racers in Iowa. We ask that those of you who have the financial means to make a donation to help cover the cost of our up and coming youth here in Iowa to race their mountain bikes at one of our IMBCS events to donate what you feel is appropriate.


Each JUNIOR entry fee averages $20 per race, so if you want to sponsor one entry fee, two entry fees, 5 entry fees, or even more – it would help insure that our next generation of mountain bike racers here in Iowa have a chance to race their mountain bikes in our great state.


We have set a goal of raising $2500 based on the number of racers we had in the under age 18 categories during the 2015 season. The donated money will be used soley to cover youth entry fees for the JUNIORS and in the case of those who need it, a one day USA Cycling License. IMBCS is now under the 501 (c) (3) status, so your donation will be tax deductible.

The IMBCS Advisory Board, the parents of youth racers, and the individual host race organizations will be very thankful for your generous contribution – especially if it means seeing the determined faces of Iowa’s youth out on our mountain bike trails during 2016 racing their bikes.

Here is the direct link to our IMBCS GoFundMe Youth Entry Fee to make your donation:


USA Cycling Mountain Bike Championships for 2016…

IMBCS racers will have the chance to compete at three levels of USA Cycling Mountain Bike Championships this year – State, Midwest Regional, and Nationals.


The USA Cycling State Championship here in Iowa will be the first chance for this level of competition and is one of our scheduled races for the season at Whiterock Conservancy. The cost and travel time factor for those who qualify to go to the Nationals may not allow many to do that this year. However, much closer to home provides those who are willing to travel to our neighboring state of Wisconsin the opportunity to take part in the inaugural USA Cycling Midwest Regional Mountain Bike Championship in Wisconsin. You can toe the line against riders from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin at that event.

Here are the three opportunities for IMBCS racers to participate in USA Cycling Mountain Bike Championships this year:

July 2-3 USA Cycling Iowa Mountain Bike Championship at Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa.

July 12-17 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championship at Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, California.

July 22-24 USA Cycling Midwest Regional Mountain Bike Championship at Cascade Mountain in Portage, Wisconsin.

Our regular IMBCS 2016 schedule is located HERE.

Welcome to one of our new Title Sponsors: World of Wheels!

IMBCS is proud to announce one of our new Title Sponsors for the 2016 season – World of Wheels!

World of Wheels is located at 5330 NE 14th Street in Des Moines, just a 1/2 mile north of I-80. General Manager Jeff Miles is providing sponsorship in the form of $500 at each and every one of our events to go towards prizes for all categories!!! Jeff wanted to make sure that not only the CAT I podium spots received their due, but also the COMP, CAT II, CAT III, and JUNIOR categories as well.

We thank Jeff and Andy Peterson – Service Manager at World of Wheels and on the IMBCS Advisory Board for 2016 for this generous sponsorship at the Title Sponsorship level.


We have been serving the Des Moines Area for over 25 years.  Our #1 priority is helping you find the vehicle of your choice.  At our location you will see one of the nicest showrooms in town, as well as a friendly staff and excellent service.  We look forward to meeting your everyday needs whether it be for a Car, Truck, SUV or Van, we are here to help serve you.  Please come visit us for your next vehicle purchase or let us help you with your automotive service and maintenance needs.

If you need service or maintenance on your car – please consider visiting our sponsor World of Wheels. If you are looking for a car to purchase – be it SUV, truck, van, or car – please consider visiting our sponsor World of Wheels. They have gone the extra mile for our IMBCS racers, so we can certainly go the extra mile for them to support that sponsorship.

Please join me in welcoming World of Wheels as one of our Title Sponsors for the 2016 IMBCS Season!!!