The Des Moines Metro has been getting rain all week and our infamous track at Summerset Park is just squeaking by with only a few showers here and there. It is advised to not ride the trails Friday night. Please view trail conditions on the Banner Trails Facebook Group page.
$5 On-Site Reg Fee Waived
Our race director Jason Dal said in a Facebook post “We know that some of you didn’t preregister due to the potential of a weather cancellation, therefore, we are waiving the $5 race day up charge! Come join the Rasmussen Bike Shop team for a beautiful day, cold brews, and hopefully near perfect trail conditions!”
Get ready for another great LAMBA race at Beverly Park, the Beverly Boondoggle on June 3rd. USAC registration is open, details are in the flyer.
Please be aware that this is a schedule update. This race is now a marathon only race. Which means all the more fun! 3 hours of fantastic trails and you’ll get to enjoy the flow that much more. We encourage everyone that loves to race Beverly in a cross country category to come try out the Boondoggle!
As we move into warmer weather and our 2nd marathon race of the year, remember to check out the full schedule of events HERE! We have a full summer of great trails and awesome rides. Do not miss our mid-year celebration at the Liberty Bell Cup on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Whiterock Conservancy which is also our Iowa State Mountain Bike Championships!
Join FORC for this thrilling race! In its 5th year, the Illiniwek Abermination is an exciting 5 mile loop of wooded singletrack on the Mississippi River bluffs at Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, IL.
These trails are jam packed with flowing corners, large berms, and ripping descents that are sure to please riders of all skill levels! There are also multiple sections of doubletrack per lap to make passing easier. The race course will be marked and available for pre-riding Saturday afternoon before the event.
Registration is still open! Save $10 on the entry fee until Thursday 5/3.
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!
Bringing back the Sylvan Island Stampede to the IMBCS roster was a fantastic way to kick off the 2018 season! We had a little bit of leftovers from winter with an overnight freeze and chilly temps, but the riders came out in force. IMBCS would like to thank all the members of FORC for getting this track ready for our season opener and all the trail gnomes who helped. It was a great day!
“The Stampede course was riding really good today! Still some soft/greasy spots, especially in the morning, from the overnight freeze but trails were firming up by early afternoon.” said FORC in a facebook post.
Race is Rain or shine since the island dries quickly. The course will consist of a 4 mile loop of closely spaced, tight, and twisty island singletrack. Rocks, roots, concrete rubble, bricks, old building foundations, and slag debris will be the norm for most trails on the island. There isn’t much elevation change but lots of tight corners mean short punchy efforts. Do your interval training! Preriding the course is recommended to get familiar with passing areas (there aren’t many).
Online registration is NOW OPEN! Register now at USA Cycling – Click Here
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AND you can look forward to a few giveaways during our races this year!
(literally, put them on your calendar – click here to download dates to your calendar)
Sylvan Island – April 8
Squaw Creek – April 22
Illiniwek Abermination – May 6
Sugar Cubed Marathon – May 20
Summerset Shootout – June 23
Whiterock Conservancy – July 7
George Wyth MTB Race – August 11 or 12
Sugar Bottom Scramble – August 19
*schedule is subject to change*
New ’18 Race Locations
Sylvan Island is BACK! We are so stoked to announce that Noel Kehrt and LAMBA are getting this trail ready for us to ride as our season opener on April 8. SingleTracks gives this trail a 4 star rating. The MTB trails previously only accessible by boat, will finally have access in 2018.
Squaw Creek is also a LAMBA single track in Marion, just east of Cedar Rapids. SingleTracks also gave this rolling single track 4 stars.