Sugar Cubed Marathon this Saturday!

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Race Director Mike Frasier has things all in shape and ready for Saturday. Including the weather! Sunshine and temperatures rising to the mid 70’s. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Online Registration is available until Thursday at 2 pm right HERE. Why not sign up online and avoid the crushing race-day registration lines!?

FAQ:
1. Yes, we are riding all of the trails at Sugar. Yes, all of them. Thrice.
2. Yes, you can complete just one lap, or two, or three, and be scored. Ride and Smile.
3. Yes, we are riding in the *normal* direction this year.
4. Yes, we will again have fresh grilled burgers, brats, and all around good eats thanks to our pals from Geoff’s Bike and Ski.
5. Yes, the weather looks like it’s going to be perfect for an awesome day on the trails.

Racing begins at 11 am on Saturday. Those that normally race our shorter XC races – Sugar Cubed is a great chance to ride all of Sugar Bottom’s trails, and check out what a marathon race is all about within the IMBCS season!

See you Saturday. Register HERE.

 

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!!!!

Rules Update for the Number of Races Counted in Points for the Series

  • A participant’s four best scores will count towards their series overall score in the Marathon Category.
  • A participant’s six best scores will count towards their series overall score for Junior and Cat 3 (Novice).
  • A participant’s seven best scores will count towards their series overall score for Cat 2 (Sport), Comp, and Cat 1 (Expert).

If you choose to do more IMBCS XC races than the numbers used for best scores, you will receive ten additional points for each race beyond that as bonus points. Bonus points for the Marathon Category will be a one time bonus of 25 points for racing the 5th race. Theoretically, if a racer so chooses, one could compete in both the Marathon Series and the XC series with the required minimum numbers needed to qualify for the series yearend awards.

The above reflects the change due to the scratch of the Ewing Park race. Nothing changes for Marathon, Cat 3, or Juniors. The change comes to Cat 2 Sport, Comp, and Cat 1 by changing the number of best scores counted from eight best scores to seven best scores.

Correction: The minimum number of races to be considered for year end series awards for Cat 2 Sport, Comp, and Cat 1 now also drops to five from the original six. The minimum number of races to be considered for year end series awards remains the same for Marathon (three), Cat 3 (four), and Juniors (four).

Note: Complete rules and points totals are available on the 2016 Series Information page.