IMBCS #3 Summerset Shootout is on for this Saturday!!!

Next up for IMBCS is the IMBCS #3 Summerset Shootout, and the much beloved Summerset State Park (formally known as Banner Pits). The trail is trimmed, groomed, and ready for our first Central Iowa race in the 2016 IMBCS!!!

Race Director Jason Dal and the Rasmussen Bike Shop team have built this event over the past seasons into something that must not be missed. A great and challenging trail for all levels of riders, a Trail Run for runners to start the day off on Saturday morning at 9 am, a Free Entry Kids Race for those 10 and under at 10 am, a Fat Bike race at 10:30 am, and then begins our usual Cat 3, Cat 2, COMP, and Cat 1 XC racing categories. Full schedule for Saturday is HERE.  Not to worry yourself about post-race frivolity as a social post-race party in the parking lot next to Extra Credit will take place. This year promises to deliver a nice June race with sunshine and 80 degrees on race day for all to enjoy.


This year includes a new route at the end of Coal Miner’s Daughter and plenty of challenge for all with the sequence of short power climbs on what one would think is a flat course. Not to worry, you will have the foot on the gas on the short power climbs throughout Coal Miner’s Daughter, New Ed Beach, Corner Pocket, and Extra Credit as well as be screaming fast through Riverside, Missing Link, and the connector sections.

Online registration for the event is right HERE.

Come and get some Banner Pits this Saturday, June 4. Ma Nature looks to be playing nice again with Iowans…

Summerset Course Map

Season Marathon Opener: Sugar Cubed Race Recap

ICORR and Goosetown Racing, led by Race Director Mike Frasier, put together a wonderful opening marathon for mountain bike racers here in Iowa as part of the 2016 IMBCS Series at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area between North Liberty and Solon, Iowa.

What a great job they did for us to create a fantastic racing event! All of our thanks go to Mike, the volunteers, the sponsors, ICORR, and Goosetown for giving us Sugar Cubed!


This event had been in the planning for several years, with me badgering Mike to add the marathon as a category option and include it on the same day and at the same time as the well known Sugar Bottom Scramble. However, Mike kept saying that it would be difficult to come up with a workable solution on the same day or weekend. The format of using the entire trail system at Sugar Bottom, and holding the marathon event as a separate race earlier in the year before it became too hot was the final decision. This also provided the opportunity for IMBCS regulars who usually race in the shorter distance XC events a chance to try out a marathon.

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IMBCS Youth Fund Promotional Video…

We are a community of passionate people.

We are more than just a race.

We are a journey.

We are a community.

We are IMBCS.

Help others make it to the starting line. Please consider a contribution to our IMBCS Youth Entry Fee Help Fund found here so that we can meet our goal of helping Iowa’s youth make it to the starting line. We have raised $1960 to date on our way to a goal of funding Iowa’s 18 and under mountain bike racers in the 2016 IMBCS.

Thank you to Paul Whalen from the Simpson College Video Editing May Term Class under the instruction of Dr. Dave Camwell for making this inspirational video.

Please give.

IMBCS Special Endurance Event: Sugar Cubed Marathon

Next up for IMBCS is coming next weekend on Sunday, May 22nd! It’s our special separate endurance marathon race at Sugar Bottom entitled Sugar Cubed. The race is also a part of our 2016 Five Race Marathon Series. Due to the reschedule of Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy to June 19th, Sugar Cubed will serve as our Marathon season opener.

Sugar Cubed provides an opportunity for everyone to give the marathon format a try as the regular XC races at Sugar Bottom will be a separate event in August. This allows everyone to give both a try! On top of that, you will pretty much get to see the entire Sugar Bottom Trail System during Sugar Cubed and ride it in the reverse direction of what is considered normal. Hey, that means you get to ride down Cyclocross Hill!!!! A full lap will measure 12 miles, so make sure to read the race nutrition article from our sponsor Zoom Performance written by one of Zoom’s coaches, Liz Van Houweling.

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Race Nutrition

Race Nutrition – article by Liz Van Houweling

Mountain bike races can vary greatly in length depending on the category and type. Marathon races typically last 3-5 hours while cross country races are only 1-2 hours. No matter the duration, proper fueling is key for meeting race demands.

For all race distances, a good meal that is a mix of carbohydrates and protein with a little bit of fat about 3 hours prior to the start is usually sufficient. Another 100-300 calorie snack about an hour before the race could also be necessary. Entering races hydrated is also important and this process should be started the night prior to the race.

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Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy Postponed

Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy is postponed due to weather.

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

Overnight precipitation and cool temps have left trail conditions in poor conditions. I’m not comfortable at this point with starting this race based on possible trail damage and rider safety. We will be pulling the plug on today and will begin discussing rain dates early this week. Sorry to drag everyone along on this.