Race Director Spotlight: Jason Dal

Our first Race Director Spotlight Interview for 2016 is with Mr. Jason Dal. Jason is our Race Director for Saturday’s Summerset Shootout at Summerset State Park between Indianola and Des Moines. He took over the reigns of this event and has been working hard lining up sponsors, and getting the event planned. As part of that process, he attended the Race Director’s Summit held by IBRA at the Iowa Bike Expo in January, and attended the USA Cycling Official’s Training in April.

It is interesting to note that two racers interviewed in our Spotlight Series last season and this season indicated Summerset Trails are their favorite race course. Many of us that live in Central Iowa have great respect for these trails, so the race this weekend is a perfect opportunity for those not from Central Iowa to drive on over and see what it is everyone likes about these trails. The Cat 3 course will not face all of the more challenging portions of the course, but everyone else will. Not to worry, there will be plenty for every category to enjoy on this very unique trail system. The course is groomed and ready. The DNR trimmed the park today so everything is picnic, race, and punch ready…!

Jason organized a final trail grooming day on Thursday, June 2nd to whip the course into race shape for Saturday. While in the process of loading up one of the mowers in the CITA trailer, he unfortunately “took one for the team” when he accidentally touched part of the hot engine while strapping the mower down to the floor of the trailer. If you see him on Saturday, he’ll be the one with the bandages on his fingers.

Let’s meet Jason and hear what he has to say about getting this race ready for IMBCS and Iowa racers…

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IMBCS Racer Spotlight: Ethan Jedlicka – The “Real Deal”!

Our first spotlight for the 2016 Season is one we can all take pride in with an up and coming young Iowan talent: Ethan Jedlicka.

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It is appropriate to spotlight Ethan not only for his talent on the bike, but also as one of our youth rider initiatives this year for IMBCS. IMBCS is providing free entry to all racers age 18 and under in the 2016 season. It is important for our sport that we all encourage our youth to participate in cycling here in Iowa. Ethan is one of our shining examples of encouragement that IMBCS, IBRA, and USA Cycling are championing. If you have not yet contributed to our IMBCS Youth Entry Fee Help Fund to help finance this season’s youth entry fees, please do so. We have not yet reached our goal, but with everyone’s individual support—no matter how large or small the donation—we hope to hit our target.

Many have seen Ethan out on the trail at our races during the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons. He’s fast! At age 15, Ethan took 7th Place two weeks ago on May 22nd at the Sugar Cubed Marathon out of a field of 74.

“How fast is he” when he gets out of Iowa?

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