Katherine’s Banner One Bite at a Time Plan

Does Banner have an undeserved bad reputation? I think it does. I believe these trails are just misunderstood.

I have said for years that “the trails at Banner may be the most fun and most feared trails in central Iowa.” But I think it’s time for us all to forget that fear and enjoy the fun. I’m tired of hearing that Banner is only for experienced riders.

Banner has some advanced trails, but that’s only some of the trails. And once you get a feel for Banner’s character by riding the beginner and intermediate trails first, the advanced trails become much more manageable.

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Sugar Bottom Scramble: Two Hour Rain Delay

The Sugar Bottom Scramble is delayed two hours due to the recent rain. All races will start two hours after the previously scheduled times. This will give the trails time to dry and be ready for all of us to race on Sunday!

Here is the official word from the race director, Mike Frasier:

Half inch of rain [Friday] night has left a few greasy spots in the trails. A couple more hours of drying time will help dial them in more, so we’ve decided to delay the Scramble two hours. Looks to be a beautiful day on the trails, hope to see you there!

Schedule and course maps are on the Sugar Bottom Scramble race page.

George Wyth MTB Race Is on Schedule!

We all get nervous when it rains, but don’t worry, George Wyth is on for tomorrow, Sunday, August 14, 2016!

Official word from one of the race organizers, ‎Chad Reisinger:

To answer you questions, yes the GWMTB race for 2016 is on as scheduled. Yes we have had a lot of moisture the last few days and it has made some wet spots. I have ridden the trail twice today and I got to say it is a very fun course this year. We even had a great trail ride today on the race course. Yes you will have some mud. But it is fun mud. It was drying up fast this morning, and most of the standing water should be gone. We do have one reroute we had make, as Alice Wyth Lake level is just way too high. But even the reroute is fun and fast. Registration should be available by 8am at the race.

Should be an awesome race tomorrow, see you all in the morning.

All details are on the George Wyth MTB Race race page.

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.

Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest: Rain Delay

The Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest has been postponed until tomorrow, Sunday, June 12. Check back for “go/no go” status and any changes to start times around noon today.

Here is the official word from race director, Dave Roll, 5:45 a.m. Saturday:

The race is postponed hopefully till tomorrow. 2.9 inches of rain fell. We will have to re-route today and open up another section we had not groomed yet.i will post again about 12 with an update if we are a go for tomorrow.

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