2 Hour Delay for Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy

All races delayed 2 hours tomorrow (5/1/2016) due to rain.

Official word from Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy race director, Noel Kehrt:

The trails got an inch of rain. They are wet on top but still hard as a rock. We’re planning on a 2 hour delay for all races at this point. I’ll be out here early tomorrow should we get more precipitation. If we’re going to cancel, you’ll know by 7am. But right now, things look good. Thankful for upland trails with sandy soil.

IMBCS #2: Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy!

Next up for the IMBCS is a return for the 2nd consecutive year to Cedar Rapids for the Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy this coming Sunday, May 1st. Race Director Noel Kehrt and LAMBA have whipped the trail system into Spring shape.

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This will be our second XC race of the 2016 season, but will also be our first 4 Hour Marathon Category race of the season, and our first Trail Run Race of the season. These options provide a little something for everyone to enjoy. Last year we had a total of 105 racers take on Beverly Park, and it would be great to bust through that number this year – especially as we show our support for LAMBA and the excellent trail work they do in and around the Cedar Rapids area.

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Season Opener: Illiniwek Abermination Race Recap

Friends of Off Road Cycling led by new Race Director Mike Corbin put together a wonderful opening weekend for mountain bike racers – not only for the 2016 IMBCS Series, but also for the Illinois State Championship Series at Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, Illinois.  And what a job FORC did for us to create a great racing event!

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Ma Nature played nice with us this year for the opening event by providing sunshine, temperatures that reached 81 degrees, and baked goodness dirt that was fast and smooth. 178 Cross Country Racers toed the line for the various categories, and 19 kids were in the 12 Noon Kids Race making for a day that saw 197 people racing a mountain bike.

A field of 28 CAT I Men lined up including WORS Elite star Nathan Guerra, IMBCS regulars Kevin McConnell, Nate Kullbom, Michael Maney, Ryan Van Houweling, as well as a few of our newly upgraded CAT I’s here in Iowa – Andy Peterson, Sean Alstott and Nickolas Eckermann. We had 7 CAT I women toe the line including Liz Van Houweling, Emily Robnett, Brittany McConnell, and a return of Karmen Woelber after a crash rendered her out for the season last year.

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New for 2016! World of Wheels Cash Payouts for Comp, Cat 2, Cat 3, and Marathon!

That’s right!

Thanks to IMBCS Advisory Board Members Andy Peterson and Cheryl Dralle for working with our title sponsor World of Wheels to come up with a solution and the formula to carry out the vision of Jeff Miles from World of Wheels who wanted to contribute money for cash payouts to all the other racers at our events.

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Who are all the other racers?

All the other racers that our sponsor wanted to support with his $500 per race sponsorhip are the Comp, Cat 2, Cat 3, and Marathon top three overall finishers for men and women in each of those categories. To note – COMP is a male only division, the rest will receive equal payouts for men and women. That means racers in each of those categories have the opportunity to receive the following if they finish in the top 3 overall in each of those categories…

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Illiniwek Abermination: Opening Weekend of Racing includes a MTB 101 clinic!!!

We are getting closer and closer to our opening weekend of Season 14 at the Illiniwek Forest Preserve on Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th.

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Are you new to racing? Do you need to sharpen up your mountain bike riding skills after the long Winter layoff?

Then we have good news for you!

One week from this Saturday, FORC will kickoff our 14th Season with a MTB 101 clinic from 11 am – 1 pm on Saturday, April 16th at the Illiniwek Forest Preserve. This event is FREE and will be taught by certified/trained mountain bike instructors. What a great way to kickoff the series and season this year. Make a weekend of it with the clinic, learn the trails we will be racing on the next day, and enjoy the beautiful Mississippi River scenery. Read about the clinic here and make plans to attend.

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