2016 Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic

The Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series (IMBCS) is excited to be joining forces with Zoom Performance and Rasmussen Bike Shop to present the annual Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic! Join us for a fun afternoon learning the basic skills needed to confidently enjoy riding your bike off-road.

Led by local expert-level riders from Rasmussen Bike Shop and coaches from Zoom Performance, this clinic will feature separate groups for varying skill levels, from First-Time-On-A-Mountain-Bike to I-Think-I-Might-Try-Racing. Some of the skills to be covered include cornering, riding over obstacles, climbing and descending, and special avoidance skills (like avoiding running into trees!). It will also cover basic mountain bike maintenance skills. The clinic is beginner-focused, so no experience is necessary.

This clinic promises to be a lot of fun for riders of all abilities. There will be door prizes—and best of all, it’s free! All you need is a mountain bike (no hybrids or cross bikes, please), a helmet, and a willingness to learn something new!

Saturday, August 27, 2016
1:00–4:00 p.m.
Greenwood Park (behind the Des Moines Art Center)
300 45th St, Des Moines, Iowa 50312

Additional details and discussion can be found in the Women’s Mountain Bike Clinic Facebook event. Email Julie Kirkpatrick if you have any questions.

Update 8/26: There has been some rain falling today. Look for a “go/no-go” announcement here Saturday morning, shortly after 9:00 a.m. Or check the Facebook event, linked to above.

Update 8/27: Julie wrote: “We’ve been down to check out the trails, and we’re going have to postpone. We will release a make-up date soon.”


Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest: It Is On!

The Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest is today. Viva La Ingie!

Keep in mind that the schedule has been adjusted from what was originally advertised. Trail run will begin at 7:45 a.m. and Marathon at 9:00 a.m. as posted. All other races will be delayed two hours. All the details are on the The Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest race page.

Here is the official word from race director, Dave Roll:

Trails are tacky, let’s race

Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest: Some Rain Delays

Due to some recent rain, there are some changes to the schedule for the Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest. Trail run will begin at 7:45 a.m. and Marathon at 9:00 a.m. as posted. All other races will be delayed two hours.

Here is the official word from race director, Dave Roll:

At this time we have assessed the trails an we feel confident in 2hr delay for all racers except marathon and runners. Marathon an runners will go at their posted start times. Of 9am and 7:45am respectively.

Mid-Season Points Update

Half-way through the season, five races to go how are the points stacking up? Lets take a look and see where we stand.

Marathon: We have a tight race in the Men’s division, the top 4 places are separated by only 41 points. Current leader Jason Scholbrock is leading Mark Child by 27 points and TJ Fort is holding of Eric Roccasecca for 3rd by a single point! With only Ingawanis and The Mullet left who is going to come out on top? In the Women’s division we have a tight race for first, 34 points separating Joann Schmidt from Katherine Roccasecca (did I spell that right?), can Katherine take the win? Are the Roccaseccas in it for the long haul, can they tie the knot and put a ring on the first married series champions?

CAT1 Under 29 Women: Liz Van Houweling is going to be our CAT 1 29&Under Women’s champion as long as she races one more race, how soon until she wraps it up?

CAT1 30+ Women: It’s a bit closer with Emily Robnett holding off Karmen Woelber by a fair margin but with 5 races to go it’s still up in the air.

Continue reading Mid-Season Points Update

IMBCS #6: FORC Side Thrill Ride Race Recap!

A huge shout out and thanks to Race Director Mike Corbin and F.O.R.C. for hosting an excellent FORC Side Thrill Ride yesterday at Sunderbruch Park in Davenport.


We had over 120 racers toe the line for the big races (not to mention all of the kids who took part in the 12:30 p.m. Kids Race) on what started out as a beautiful, July summer morning. The trails were in perfect shape and super fun as usual on this wonderful Sunderbruch system. The wooden berms, party deck, and jump at the end of the lap had spectators cheering, taking pictures, and enjoying the racing. We even had fireworks at the top of the opening climb (my left ear is still ringing) as racers crested the climb. It was a fun day for sure.

Continue reading IMBCS #6: FORC Side Thrill Ride Race Recap!

FORC Side Thrill Ride Today: Perfect Conditions!!!

Title Sponsor – World of Wheels – has $500 cash up for winning today. Sponsor Oskar Blues Brewery has 6 cases of beer chilled and loaded to quench your post race thirst. Even Ma Nature is playing nice today. Race Director Mike Corbin and the entire FORC team have things locked and loaded for a great day of racing. It’s Sunday, July 10th – and the trails are dry, trimmed, and groomed.

It’s time to find your game face and head to the race!!!!

Details are HERE and HERE.


20…20…24… Hours to go-oh-oh…

As the Ramones said ‘Just get me to the airport, put me on a plane, Hurry hurry hurry, before I go insane’ It’s time to race!

We’re going to do the opposite of sedate you though this is going to be an action packed weekend with great trails, food and beverage. OBOval

For those of you watching the weather, Whiterock is just skimming the north edge of the rain. Our man on the ground Andre ‘The Giant’ Rethman let us know that open areas are just damp and anything under tree cover is dry. Remember, short of a tropical storm, we are racing rain or shine so don’t let this bother you 🙂 

For the most timely updates please watch the Whiterock Conservancy Liberty Bell Cup race page or the Liberty Bell Cup Facebook page.