Thank you to all of our Youth Entry Fee Fund Raiser donors!

Color me impressed that for the second year in a row, we have been blessed with donors who contributed to our youth (age 18 and under) here in Iowa so they could race their mountain bikes at our events without having to worry about entry fees.

When I began as director of the IMBCS, I remember well my struggle with the need to find a focus – or rather a cause to champion as director. An excellent idea was spawned at a race that was being held at Seven Oaks in the middle of a video taped television interview several years ago. As I visited with an old friend – Mr. Paul Varnum – who was standing nearby, he said “I think you just found your cause!” We were tossing out ideas, and the idea of making it easier for the future generation of mountain bikers here in Iowa to race sprang to the top of the list as a result of that interview.

I shopped that idea around to various potential sponsors only to be met with blank stares. I didn’t let that deter me, however. So I turned to crowd funding to test the waters last year. We were able to raise nearly enough money last year to cover all of our age 18 and under racers, and parents seemed to like the idea.

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Photo courtesy of Karl Bengston from the FORC Side Thrill Ride

Fast forward to the 2017 season where we tried crowd fund raising again thanks to our non-profit, charitable giving status set up through IBRA, the IRS, and GoFundMe/PayPal Charitable fund raising. I am happy to report we raised $2830 dollars thanks to the following generous donors:

 

Joe Schmidt

Tom Anderson

Rose Ayers

Rob Cook

Michael Colleran

Rob McKillip

Brady Bengston

Michael Frasier

Kyle Kuehl

Jason Scholbrock

Chris Rhodes

Harry & Raelene Fortney

Natalie & Dan Rekemeyer

Kaden Snoop

Iowa City Cycling Club

Adam Bumpus

Karmen Woelber

Jay Chesterman

Shawn Meaney

Carol Gronstal

Thomas Gronstal

Mike Forcier

Ben and Ingrid Anderson

Bruce Brown & Tara Starr

Please join me in thanking this list of generous donors who made racing for our age 18 and under racers possible during the 2017 season. Our youth represent the future of our sport, and I was tickled to have their entry fees covered. Also, special thanks goes to Mr. Larry Howe – treasurer of our parent organization IBRA (Iowa Bicycle Racing Association) – for the administration of writing the checks to our race directors, and getting it all set up properly with the IRS for charitable donations and the accounting aspect of our crowd funding.

For those of you who might be interested in donating in the future, keep in mind that a charitable contribution to this fund is a tax deductible contribution if you itemize your deductions. My wife and I have always been committed to giving away a minimum of 5% of our AGI to charity every year, so I know how important it is to choose where you make your contributions. I know that there are many organizations that you can direct your charitable contributions toward, so I humbly thank the donors for choosing to direct some of those funds toward the 2017 IMBCS Youth Entry Fee Campaign Fund.

As a community, it has been great to see everyone come together and contribute. The number of youth entry fees covered for 2017 rose to 134. I would love to see that number reach 150 during the 2018 season.

If you have any ideas or thoughts on sponsors for 2018 to join in on our campaign to make racing available for our state’s youth for mountain bike racing, please contact me. We would welcome corporate sponsorship, small business sponsorship, and of course continued crowd funding individual sponsorship to get our youth out on the trails racing their bikes.

A huge round of applause and thanks again to our donors for the 2017 season! You made ’em all smile…

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Photo courtesy of Karl Bengston from the George Wyth MTB Race

Time to train for 2017!!!

As we say good-bye to all of our great bike riding and racing in 2016, and as we ring in the New Year of 2017 with all of the possibilities for riding next year will provide – don’t forget our sponsors Zoom Performance and LW Coaching.

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Whether on a spin bike, exercise bike, trainer, Fat Bike, road bike, gravel bike, mountain bike, or your Winter commuter from now until March – Zoom Performance and LW Coaching can set you up with a training plan & coaching to take advantage of the time to train for the 2017 season (now is the time in case you were wondering).

Thank you Matt Zepeda, Julie Vardaman Kirkpatrick, Liz Martin Van Houweling, and Lynda Wallenfels for your support of the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series.

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IMBCS 2017 Race Schedule!!!

I know that racers in Iowa have been anxious to know what the 2017 season beholds for IMBCS in terms of race dates, and race venues. We have developed a very exciting season with some nice variation in venues that cover our fine state of Iowa from the Mississippi River to the Missouri River!

Back is one of our favorite venues at Moorehead Park in Ida Grove, Iowa. The downhill chute that crosses the paved bike path before coming into the start/finish area remains one of Iowa’s favorite downhill sections. It’s been many years since we have raced at Lewis & Clark in Council Bluffs. We are excited to have that venue back in our schedule as it is great singletrack with challenging climbs, twist and turns all built on historic grounds.

Here are half of our 2017 race directors (evidently beards are required)….


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I want to thank all of our race directors for working with me to get the dates ironed out for our 15th IMBCS Season. As you can imagine, organizing it with the landowners, respective trail organizations, and avoiding as many conflicts as possible on the IBRA schedule is always a challenge. This year took a bit more time than our previous two seasons to get it all together, but it was for good reason. We have a mixture of Saturday and Sunday race days to allow as many people as possible to enjoy some of our IMBCS events. Please join me in thanking all of our race directors (some old, some new) as without them, we would not have an IMBCS season 15.


Planning your season visually with a map…
IMBCS Map 2017

IMBCS 2017 Race Schedule Dates


IMBCS: April 23 FORC Illiniwek Abermination
IMBCS: May 13 Sugar Cubed Special Endurance Event*
IMBCS: May 20 Ewing Park Slam
IMBCS: June 3 Beverly Park Fat Tire Frenzy*
IMBCS: June 10 Summerset Shootout*
IMBCS: June 17 Moorehead Mayhem*
IMBCS: June 25 FORC Sunderbruch Side Thrill Ride
IMBCS: July 2 Whiterock Conservancy Liberty Bell Cup*
IMBCS: July 8 Lewis & Clark Crusher*
IMBCS: August 12 George Wyth MTB Race
IMBCS: August 20 Sugar Bottom Scramble
IMBCS: August 26-27 Make Up Date(s) for any Cancellation(s) due to weather

*Denotes Venues that include a Marathon Category

2016 Title Sponsor: World of Wheels Thank You!!!!

As our year comes to a close and we reflect on what we experienced in the IMBCS 2017 season, let’s be thankful for our generous sponsors that helped make it happen.

Please join me in extending our thanks to the 2016 Title Sponsor World of Wheels. General Manager, Jeff Miles, and Service Department Manager Andy Peterson made our 2016 Extra Special with their generous Title Sponsorship of providing $500 in cash payouts at each of our races. We thank them for their support. If your current vehicle needs service, contact Andy at World of Wheels in Des Moines. He’ll take care of you. If you are looking for a special used car or truck – World of Wheels is the place to go.

Thank you Jeff and Andy!

A few samples of racers who enjoyed the cash payouts at our races this year…

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IMBCS Season 2016 by the Numbers…

2016 was another very successful IMBCS mountain bike racing season. Our 14th season to be exact. Once you see our participation numbers below, you can take a look and see how they compare to our prior 13 seasons right HERE.

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Congratulations to each and every racer who tossed their leg over a mountain bike to give Iowa’s dirt a chance with your competitive spirit and effort!!

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This season, we saw a few changes for IMBCS when compared to prior years. The main change this year was having all events sanctioned under USA Cycling for the first time in our 14 season history which we announced HERE. We had USA Cycling Officials at each and every event this year, and some rules were enforced that are designed to increase safety and enable fairness to our competitive sport. Thank you to USA Cycling and all of the officials that officiated our events. Jeff Mertz was instrumental in meeting with me and discussing all things related to USA Cycling for our series. Our regional representative, Larry Martin, was very helpful in guiding me, and all of our race directors as we migrated to the USA Cycling format, online registration, one day licenses, and the post event race reporting process. We also had a USA Cycling State Championship at the Whiterock Conservancy Liberty Bell Cup.

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Continue reading IMBCS Season 2016 by the Numbers…

Sugar Bottom Scramble Race Recap…

Yesterday was the annual running of the Sugar Bottom Scramble at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area hosted by ICORR, and Goosetown Racing. Race Director Mike Frasier made the call on Saturday to delay the start of all races by 2 hours to allow for recent rains to soak in and the course to dry out.

Good call Mike! We were all treated to hero dirt, and delicious Sugar Bottom singletrack because of it…

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Gorgeous blue skies, and temperatures around 70 degrees made for some of the best racing conditions IMBCS has had all season.

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Continue reading Sugar Bottom Scramble Race Recap…

George Wyth MTB Race Recap

First of all, kudos are deserved by CVAST, Race Director Lee Geisinger, and all of his volunteers for pulling off the 4th Annual George Wyth MTB Race!

Well done to all!

Lee has done an excellent job as race director over the years. This year it included working full time, going to school full time to work on his PhD, and of course family. Lee, you’re the man!!! Today was Lee’s last hoorah (for now) as race director for the George Wyth MTB Race as he has his dissertation to attend to this coming year. So Lee will be passing the race director reins on for another to take the helm next year. We’re all behind you, Lee, as you get that PhD finished, and we thank you so much for all you have done for the George Wyth MTB Race and IMBCS! We do appreciate it.

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Two inches of rain fell on Thursday evening and Friday morning in the Waterloo area, so the flat course at George Wyth was bound to retain a bit of that rain water. In spite of that, the CVAST trail crew led by Chad Reisinger had the dirt whipped into excellent racing conditions for all of us. We only had three mud bogs that we had to race through today, and yours truly jackknifed like an 18 wheeler on ice on one of them which led to a nice soft landing in very warm and deep mud. As I lay prostrate on the ground thoroughly stuck in the mud, Dave Roll bunny hopped over me and announced he was coming through. Thanks Dave! 😉

Continue reading George Wyth MTB Race Recap

Season Ending Trilogy of Races

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2016 has been a banner year of venues for IMBCS with the best variety we have ever offered Iowa mountain bikers, and the racing options for IMBCS racers to choose between marathon, or XC categories. Ma Nature has forced us to only have to scratch one race (Ewing Park). This means that CAT III and Juniors only need 4 races minimum to qualify for year end awards, Marathon racers only need 3 races minimum, and CAT II/COMP/CAT I only need 5 races minimum to qualify for year end awards – not to mention the all too fun name draw for sponsor prizes. Racers who qualify, must be present at the Mullet Fall Classic race to reap the rewards of the drawings (Hammer Nutrition kits, LW Coaching Training Plans, Zoom Performance Goodies, Bodywork Solutions Hour Long Body Massages, and more).  Many have a race or two or three to qualify for these awards and drawings, but August brings a trilogy of chances to catch back up if you’ve missed out on some racing earlier in the season.

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Remember, all age 18 and under racers race for free!!!!

Here are your remaining three options to round out our excellent 2016 season:

Sunday, August 14George Wyth MTB Race at George Wyth State Park in Waterloo. This is a flat course and is our perfect entry level venue for racers this year.  Oskar Blues Brewery beer for all those who are legal, pasta from Doughy Joey’s, and fun for all.

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Sunday, August 21Sugar Bottom Scramble at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area in Solon. This race is our classic Iowa favorite that usually draws the largest number of racers in Iowa. Voted Iowa’s most favorite singletrack by many year in and year out.

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Sunday, August 28The Mullet Fall Classic at Lake Ahquabi State park south of Indianola. Elected as the readers’ choice top mountain bike race by Iowa Momentum Magazine for 4 years running, this year promises to be even better. The venue is also an excellent beginner course, though it has plenty of climbing to challenge everyone. This year it will be the season ending finale returning to a race route used several years ago (including a clockwise direction), chip timing, and a GotPiggy.com Hog Roast that is included in your entry fee which will feature a whole hog and all the trimmings including corn bread, slaw, and baked beans to take care of your post-race appetite. Our final party is sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery and Red Bull, and will feature Series Year End Awards, Music, and fun for all.

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We would love to see as many of you as possible come out and enjoy our season ending trilogy of races. Pick one. Pick two. Pick all THREE!!!!