Trail Etiquette by Liz Von Houweling

Liz Von Houweling has written an article for all of us Just in time to capture the month of August and our final trio of IMBCS races, plus the Women’s MTB Clinic sponsored by Zoom Performance and Rasmussen Bike Shop on August 27th. Many of us will be able to enjoy the excellent fall weather conditions for some casual mountain bike rides here in Iowa. Liz has some thoughts on the unwritten rules of mountain biking that are well worth reading and adhering to while you are out on the trails…

Mountain Bike Trail Etiquette

Mountain bikers are a pretty easy going bunch, but there are many unwritten “rules” to follow while out on the trail. Even if you develop an incredible amount of skill and fitness, the surest way to lose respect from your fellow riders is to not adhere to proper etiquette.

Respect trail closures. When a trail is “closed,” that means that you should NOT ride it! Riding on soft and muddy trails can leaves ruts and destroy the trail. Stay on the existing singletrack even if it means going THROUGH the mud. Leave no trace—if you’re leaving tire tracks behind you, the trail is not ready to be ridden.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Race Director Spotlight: Dave Roll

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Name: Dave Roll

Current Home:  Waterloo, IA

Age: 37

Employer: John Deere & Company

Racing Category for 2016: Cat 2

Race Bike(s): Salsa Spearfish RS-1

Bike Team: Rasmussen Bike Shop

Trail Organization Associated with Race: Currently being structured


 

BB: When is your upcoming race, Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest?

Dave: Saturday, June 11th


 

BB: What can we expect for the type of trail features a racer will encounter on the race course?

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Heads Up Heat Advisory: Start Time Changes for Saturday!!!

Heads Up Heat Advisory: IMBCS is concerned about the heat index on Saturday for the Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest and the reality that none of us are acclimated to August like heat as of yet. We will be acclimated to it by August, of course, but with only one day to adjust to the heat and high humidity we won’t be ready on Saturday. Hence, the start time adjustment to keep it safe for everyone.

Updated start times will be utilized as we try and make sure we don’t have racers out on course between 1–3 pm. We will adjust the Cat 2 (move them up to 9:08 am with Cat 3 right after them at 9:15 am), Comp (move them up to 11:05 am), and Cat 1 (move them up to 11:00 am) start times. Trail Run and Marathon remain the same as advertised.

This still keeps our staggered starts, but will result in all the racing being done before the temperatures rise up into the 90s. We wanted people to start thinking about it ASAP for travel plans.

IMBCS #4 Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest is on for this Saturday!

Wow, what a successful weekend we had this past weekend at the Summerset Shootout hosted by Race Director Jason Dal and the Rasmussen Bike Team! Great job to all of the Rasmussen crew, and volunteers. Rasmussen donated $120 ($15 per age 18 and under racer) for our 2016 IMBCS Youth Entry Fee Help Fund. That meant I only had to write a check for $40 from the fund instead of $160 as we had 8 youth racers in attendance. Thank you Rasmussen Bike Team and Shop for that donation!!!!

Due to 5/8th’s of an inch of rain on Friday night, the event had to utilize the rain date on June 5th where we were met with perfect racing conditions. Some that could not make it on Saturday were able to make it on Sunday, however we lost a few racers who were unable to attend on Sunday with the date change. All in all, we had 79 racers toe the line at Summerset State Park. Highlights were a well fought battle between Neal Groteluschen and Rick Blackford in the 2 lap Fat Bike Race, as well as the racing for the top three spots in Cat 1 women where Liz Van Houweling, Psycowpath Series Operations & Treasurer Roxy Feagan, and Karmen Woelber took home the cash. Wrapping up the highlights has to include the top racing between pro racer Brad Auen from Council Bluffs who duked it out with Michael Maney and Ryan Van Houweling for the top three podium spots in Cat 1 men. I think I am safe to say that those three qualified as the tallest podium for Cat 1 in our 14-year history with everyone in the 6’3″–6’6″ range.

It has been really exciting to see the level of competition in Cat 1 this year in just our first two XC races (Illiniwek and Summerset) as well as the Sugar Cubed Marathon as we drew some top racers from Iowa and neighboring states. I realize the racing schedule starts to get crowded between all of the state series in our region going forward, but take note that we have some excellent fields showing up. Our highest cash purse to date will be this weekend at the June 11th race with $1500 in cash to hand out from our sponsors. Come and get it!

Speaking of our next race…

Next up for the IMBCS is the Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest at the Bremer County Ingawanis Woodland just outside of Waverly, Iowa this Saturday, June 11th. It’s part of a trio of races we are having in June with Summerset Shootout this past weekend, Ingawanis this weekend, and the rescheduled Beverly Park Fat Tire Frenzy on June 19th. It’s our race hard, and recover harder three week stretch.

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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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Name: Jason Dal

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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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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.

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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