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Changes for the 2019 Season!

I want to give a big shout out to Bruce Brown for the direction and stewardship of IMBCS these last several years.

Thank you Bruce!

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New for IMBCS 2019!

Season number seventeen (yes – 17!) for our mountain bike racing series here in Iowa is on deck for calendar year 2019!

As we remember the past 16 years under the helm of IMBCS former directors Thaddeus Neil, Cam Kirkpatrick, and Bruce Brown who have all volunteered their time to organize and keep mountain bike racing alive here in Iowa, 2019 brings a new director to lead the future of our series. I personally want to thank each and every race director, trail organization, volunteer, sponsor, advisory board member, donor, trail gnome, and racer that I have had the pleasure of working with during my turn at leading the series. Like Thad and Cam that came before me, life has a way of presenting some changes that meant it was time for me to pass the torch.

IMBCS is proud to announce that Rob Cook will be taking over as our new series director. Rob is a natural transition to becoming our next director as he has been instrumental the past few years in taking care of the points for the series, helped with decisions, was crucial in obtaining sponsorships, and also has served as an individual race director. Rob will bring new energy, ideas, and vision to IMBCS.

Please help me in welcoming Rob in his new role as our director for IMBCS!

 

Please keep an eye out for updates and information on the 2019 season.

— Rob Cook

Don’t Worry CVAST Has Got Your Back

George Wyth Mountain Bike Race 2018

The Cedar Valley Association for Soft Trails (CVAST) is proud to announce the Sixth Annual George Wyth Mountain Bike Race, taking place Saturday, August 11th .

The GWMTB Race is held in beautiful George Wyth state park, uniquely situated within the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metropolitan area. Families can enjoy all the experiences of camping and the great outdoors, but still be within arms reach of shopping, dining, and the city’s entertainment.

Helmet and bike required! The cost is only $35 –  register here. Remember there is a kids race at 9:30 am and it is FREE. Bring all the kidos, GW is a great place for them to get their tyres dirty. Our juniors (18 and under) also race for free thanks to the IMBCS Juniors Fund. If you’re able, please donate at our gofundme page.

Saturday, August 11th

• 9:30 am Kids Race
• 10:00 am CAT 3 Novice Men/Women
• 10:05 am Junior Boys/Girls
• 12:00 pm CAT 1 Men
• 12:05 pm COMP Men
• 12:10 pm CAT 1 Women
• 12:15 pm CAT 2 Sport Men/Women

Register for the event here!

To check out everything George Wyth State Park has to offer and to reserve a campsite visit.

The GWMTB Race features a wide array of classes for all age and ability levels. Open to all skill levels with the kid’s race starting out the day, and then moving to CAT 3/Novice/Junior, which is open to anyone with a helmet and bike. Want to try out mountain biking for the first time; this is the race for you.

The afternoon events start with the pros, CAT 1 and Comp will start taking off at 12:00pm. Then CAT 2 Sport classes will head out.

  • Cash prizes for CAT 1 male and female SWAG for the rest, courtesy of Europa Cycle and Ski, Bike Tech and The Runners Flat.
  • Food provided for the racers courtesy of Doughy Joey’s Peetza Joynt
  • Coffee provided for the racers courtesy of Sidecar Coffee Roasters
  • Beverage tasting provided by Single Speed Brewing
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Come one, come all

Iowa State Championship Liberty Bell Cup

All pre-registered riders will be in a special drawing – register here

Saturday, July 7, 2018

10:00 am & 12:00 pm start times

Come out Friday for the REI events! Race clinic at 6:30 pm. There will be free beer after all the demos and events. Come out and learn some outdoor skills presented by REI.

We will have gift certificates from Whiterock Conservancy to give away including free stay. (Up to $100 value), 2 hour gator ride, and free kayak or canoe trip for 2. All registered riders will be entered to win! Drawing will be held prior the noon race start times. Huge thanks to Whiterock Conservancy!

 

 

Thanks LAMBA!

Kudos to Noel Kehrt and Paul Vieira – and the whole LAMBA gang on the success of your inaugural Squaw Creek event! Your effort and hard work is to be commended for what you bring to the Iowa mountain biking community!

71 racers toed the line to race the excellent new trail system for 4 hours in beautiful spring temperatures, with perfect dirt conditions, flow, sunshine, post-race food and a very well run event. It was great to see new faces, familiar faces, and the return of some faces who haven’t raced in a year or two.

Pinch yourselves everyone, because mountain biking and racing is alive and well in our fair state of Iowa!

10 REASONS TO BUY A POWER METER

by: Karl Bengston

Sponsored by: Power Meter City

Power meters allow you to see and record exactly how much power you expend on the bike – and power is simply fundamental to cycling performance. The ability to see and record your power allows for unprecedented insight into your fitness. When used properly, power meters help you become faster and stronger in a number of different ways. They eliminate the guesswork in your training, can be used as a vital tool on race day, can serve as a motivational aid during hard training sessions and can help you know when it’s time to recover, just to name a few reasons to buy a power meter.

I emphasize cyclists of all levels. The notion that “only pros use power meters” is false. Sure, professionals definitely take advantage of the numerous benefits afforded by a power meter. However, power meters are useful for anyone who is looking to take their riding to the next level. Since a power meter enables you to precisely measure your effort through watts, it leads to better training sessions and improved fitness, regardless of who’s using it.

Ok, we promised you 10 reasons to buy a power meter – Click Here to Read Power Meter City’s 10 Reasons! 

2017 Series Winners – CONGRATS!

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We have crowned our 2017 Kings/Queens!

On Saturday, August 26 at Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, IMBCS awarded series points winners and the remainder of our 2017 Iowa MTB Champions. You can view all Liberty Bell Cup info/photos on the race page. Below is our #1 qualifying rider from each category/age group. Each rider must complete five races and the best of six scores are taken. To view all racer points please see our 2017 points sheet.

Series winners by class/age:

Marathon Men – Michael Maney

Marathon Women – Jacqueline Maney

COMP 39 & under – Bryan Wenzel
COMP 40 + – Neal Groteluschen

CAT 1 Women 30+ – Carrie Topp

CAT 1 Men 30-39 – Nathan Kullbom
CAT 1 Men 40-49 – Michael Colleran

CAT 2 Men 19-29 – Tyler Duncan
CAT 2 Men 30-39 – Chris Schmitz
CAT 2 Men 40-49 – Derek Brewer

CAT 3 Women 29 & under – Elizabeth Kuehl
CAT 3 Women 30+ – Mary Avenanti

CAT 3 Men 19-29 – Colby Brommel
CAT 3 Men 30-39 – Jonathan Conley
CAT 3 Men 40-49 – Mick Meyers

Junior Men 11-14 – Walter Blackman
Junior Men 15-18 – Carson Bluver

Junior Women 15-18 – Madelyn Walters

*NOTE 8/31/2017 9:13 AM: corrections have been made to the above list of series winners.

Whiterock Rain Date & Series Awards Are Happening This Saturday!

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Liberty Bell Cup – Saturday, August 26 – Whiterock Conservancy

This is our final race of the season (rescheduled from the July 2nd rainout, you can see lots of muddy photos here by Karl). We have had a fantastic year and so great to see all the new faces/riders in 2017!

Post-race Festivities

The Liberty Bell Cup will feature our year end series awards, sponsor prizes & swag for those who qualify with the minimum number of races – please see the IMBCS points page for your standing as a racer. As always, you must be present to win our raffle and sponsor prizes!

Feel free to BYOB and snacks for some socializing while we compute all the 2017 numbers following the race.

UPDATED Race Details

Start/Finish is from Star Field campground area. Camping is available please contact Whiterock Conservancy for details.

August 26 Start times
  • 9:00 Marathon 4 hours
  • 11:00 Men Cat 1
  • 11:02 Comp
  • 11:04 Women Cat 1
  • 11:06 Men Cat 2
  • 11:08 Women Cat 2
  • 11:10 Open Race*

(*If you already raced in the CAT III/Junior races in July, and want to race again for fun, or if you just want to try racing out – this “open” race is for you. One Full Loop of The Big Dipper! Entry fee is only $10 for the Open to cover insurance and the Whiterock $5 fee.)

Register Here:

https://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-1744

Registration page shows who already pre-registered in July (those registrations carry over).

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photo by: Mary McInnis Meyer‎ – 2016 CAT1 Men Podium

Check out the updated race laps and fliers from ICORR!

Day of registration opens at 8:00 am on Sunday, August 20 and closes 30 minutes prior to each race start time. Juniors racers continue to have free registration (does not include race license/fee) thanks to our GoFundMe fundraiser! See more details here IBMCS Youth Entry Fee Help Fund.

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW RACE DETAILS

Here Comes George

Are you ready for the sixth Annual George Wyth Mountain Bike Race?

We hope so. Join us this Saturday in Waterloo, CVAST has another great race for us. They’ve set up a beautiful 4.5 mile loop that winds through trees, near the lake, and watch out for that sand pit. The FREE kids race begins at 9:30 AM and we will kick the day off at 10:00 AM with our CAT 3 (M/W) and Juniors. View all the race details here!

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 – 9 PM
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

To check out everything George Wyth State Park has to offer and to reserve a campsite visit:
http://www.iowadnr.gov/Destinations/StateParksRecAreas/IowasStateParks/ParkDetails.aspx?ParkID=610125

Click below to view
George Wyth Poster

Ewing Opens New Flow Trails

NEW Flow Trails

Eight different trails wind you around the Ewing Park on the south side of Des Moines. Ewing has had trails for years now to allow mountain bikers to get their dirt riding fill. But after years of fundraising, Central Iowa Trail Association announced that the new flow trials next to the BMX and soapbox track on the west side of the park have opened!

KCCI covered the story in June. The project was around $35,000 in total and was completed by a Colorado company – Single Track Trails. With only a minute to reach the bottom of the line you can explore the rest of the ~5 miles of dirt trails.

Ewing Park Kickback Classic

Register for the Kickback Classic on July 30th! This year we will be including a marathon category that will give riders a flowing good 4 hour ride. Juniors category racers (-18 years) are FREE thanks to our IMBCS Youth Fund – we have raised over $1,2500 this year thanks to our series director Bruce Brown.

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