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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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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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 Race Director Spotlight: Bruce Brown

If you missed any of the previous Spotlights here at IMBCS.org, it was a feature series highlighting some of the many IMBCS participants throughout the state of Iowa. One was able to get to know some of the folks involved in racing and see how they do it, why they do it, what got them started, and read some of their thoughts. The Spotlight feature series ran throughout the season and is wrapping up with the end of our 2015 season.

Today’s Spotlight promises to be a rather odd one considering I will be interviewing myself. Strange, I know. However, in case some people out there do not know who I am combined with requests by fellow IMBCS Race Directors who said they would agree to be interviewed earlier in the season by me if I would succumb to the same standard myself – here it is.

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IMBCS Racer Spotlight: David Roll

We continue with our feature series of Spotlights here at IMBCS.org highlighting some of our many IMBCS participants throughout the state of Iowa. You can get to know some of those involved in racing and see how they do it, why they do it, what got them started, and read some of their thoughts. We will continue this feature throughout the season.

IMBCS.org Spotlights continues to provide a nice representation of ages, categories, and locations to introduce you to people you may or may not already know so you can read their thoughts about racing mountain bikes. Are you considering racing in an IMBCS event this year? You don’t have to be a member of a team. You don’t have to have an expensive bike. You don’t have to have matching socks. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner, a seasoned veteran, male, female, young, old – mountain biking in IMBCS events is open to everyone. We will show that in our Spotlight series and encourage you to sign up for a race and give IMBCS a try.

Today’s Spotlight features one of our CAT II racers, David Roll. He is in his second year of racing in the CAT II Sport Division after his initial season in CAT III back in 2013. Many of us are members of his Facebook ‘Mid West Velo Swap’ Group as we buy and sell new and used bikes and bike parts. Truth be told, my wife would love to have me post up about 1/2 of our garage on David’s Facebook Group in hopes of having more room to park her car. David’s interview is timely to be posted today as he, like many that have been interviewed before him, loves the Sugar Bottom race that we will all get to experience tomorrow. I enjoyed my pre-ride lap at the George Wyth MTB Race last weekend as David rode behind me and gave me tips on some of the sections of what to watch out for and how to handle the course in his opinion. Cracking a beer after the George Wyth MTB Race and chatting with this gregarious guy after the race was a nice time.

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IMBCS Racer Spotlight: Liz Van Houweling

This weekend brings us IMBCS #9 Sugar Bottom Scramble at the Sugar Bottom Recreation Area located between North Liberty and Solon, Iowa! In our 13 year history of IMBCS, one venue stands out as having been included on the schedule every single season for each of those 13 years. Sugar Bottom!

Let’s hope that Ma Nature continues with her nice music for our August Quartet this weekend, as both the Hin und Zurück TT and the George Wyth MTB Race were able to play out as planned on their scheduled days. The George Wyth MTB Race had 86 racers toe the line. That turnout included our highest percentage of Women racers this season (22.5%) including a field of 10 Women in the CAT III race alone! Racers who attended were treated to excellent weather, very fast racing, perfectly groomed trails, wonderful spicy pasta, bagels, coffee, beer, fruit, prizes, and a great job by Race Director Lee Geisinger and his entire CVAST crew.

This past weekend’s turnout puts our total number of racer entries at 515 racers at this point in the season as we try and climb our way to the 1000 – 1100+ mark for total entries by the end of the 2015 season. We have a lot of new faces showing up at our races this year which is great for our growth and really exciting to see. I urge everyone to continue to consider coming out to one of our events whether you are chasing series points this year or not. Bring a friend. Bring a colleague. Bring a partner/spouse. Bring a teenager. Bring a kid. Bring a neighbor. Bring a Presidential Candidate! There is plenty of fun left to enjoy as we head into our next 6 events. We have age classes and categories for everyone and for all abilities to give mountain bike racing a try here in Iowa.

Numbers to date…

IMBCS #1 – Illiniwek Abermination had 188 racers

IMBCS #2 – Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy had 117 racers

IMBCS #5 – Iowa Games had 59 racers

IMBCS #7 – Hin und Zurück TT had 65 racers

IMBCS #8 – George Wyth MTB Race had 86 racers

Let’s see if we can get a good attendance number to support Race Director Mike Frasier and the ICORR crew for their Sugar Bottom Scramble. I know they have been working diligently in preparation for Sunday and have the trails in good shape.

Racing this coming weekend means that it’s time for a new racer Spotlight for all to read.

In case you’ve missed any of our previous racer Spotlights here at IMBCS.org, we continue with our feature series of highlighting some of the many IMBCS participants throughout the state of Iowa. You can get to know some of the folks involved in racing and see how they do it, why they do it, what got them started, and read some of their thoughts. We will continue this feature throughout the season.

IMBCS.org Spotlights will attempt to provide a nice representation of ages, categories, and locations to introduce you to people you may or may not know so you can read their thoughts about racing mountain bikes. Are you considering racing in an IMBCS event this year? You don’t have to be a member of a team. You don’t have to have an expensive bike. You don’t have to have matching socks. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, a seasoned veteran, male, female, young, old, tall, less tall – mountain biking in IMBCS events is open to everyone. We will show that in our Spotlight series and encourage you to sign up for a race and give IMBCS a try.

Today’s Spotlight features one of our CAT I racers, Liz Van Houweling. I first met Liz last year in March standing around post-race at an event as we all waited for the awards ceremony. She was standing with Ryan Van Houweling and Ryan introduced me to her. Liz and Ryan were married this June – which I guess explains why they are always standing around together. Liz gave me an easy tip at the George Wyth MTB Race on how to pronounce her new last name correctly. Even though it looks daunting to pronounce, it’s just like saying the English word “howling” as in “the wind is howling outside”. Well, if you have been to any of the IMBCS or Psycowpath races, you feel the wind howl as Liz races by. She is fast. Her riding has been impressive enough to land her on the podium many times this year and last.

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IMBCS Race Director Spotlight: Lee Geisinger

This coming weekend features our second August Quartet race in Waterloo, Iowa – IMBCS #8 George Wyth MTB Race. The weather forecast looks like Ma Nature is going to be kind to us with sunshine all week leading up to the event, and temperature in the 80’s at race time. In addition, the forecast says we will all be home, showered and relaxing before chances of storms move in. PERRRRRRRRFECT!

George Wyth State Park is a very scenic park with trails full of wooded eye candy.

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4 IMBCS events have now taken place, and participation numbers (entry fees as well as the kids races) look like this so far…

IMBCS #1 – Illiniwek Abermination had 188 racers

IMBCS #2 – Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy had 117 racers

IMBCS #5 – Iowa Games had 59 racers

IMBCS #7 – Hin und Zurück TT had 65 racers

There is no doubt that Ma Nature has tempered our IMBCS racing season to date, and in some cases contributed to participation numbers being down. Believe me, as the current IMBCS Director, I would love to see our participation numbers burst out to the upside as we march ahead with our remaining 7 races.

The good news is that we have a lot of new racers this year showing up at the events which is good for our growth as new faces enter the sport. Vacations, conflicts with other cycling events, work schedules, and family time all contribute to participation numbers fluctuating. However, if you do have an open date on one of our race weekends – please consider coming out to one of our events. You do not have to be chasing series points in your age class and category to come out and race. We welcome new, young, old, first timer, old timer, occasional, curious and those who want to give mountain bike racing a try at any level. It’s a great social event to race, and then hang out chatting it up with others post race.

This Sunday features a race course very conducive to those who want to give singletrack racing a try, but fear the big hills. George Wyth has no hills to worry about. Just fun singletrack that is perfect for everyone. Great for beginners – and also great for advanced riders who will see some very high average heart rates as you will be on the gas stomping your pedals the entire time.

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Post race will feature some excellent pasta and brew to recharge your carb loads as you visit with others.

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Rasmussen Bike Shop Team posing for a group photo at last year’s George Wyth MTB Race.

In case you’ve missed any of our previous racer Spotlights here at IMBCS.org, we continue with our feature series of highlighting some of the many IMBCS participants throughout the state of Iowa. You can get to know some of the folks involved in racing and see how they do it, why they do it, what got them started, and read some of their thoughts. We will continue this feature throughout the season. You might be next, so check your email box for a Spotlight interview!

Today’s Spotlight features one of our returning race directors, Lee Geisinger. I raced in the George Wyth MTB Race last year and totally enjoyed the event, the post race atmosphere, and can attest first hand to how well Lee and CVAST host this race. This will be the 4th consecutive year of the race. Participation numbers have grown each and every year as word of mouth has spread the news of how fun it is. Last year saw just over 100 racers at the George Wyth MTB Race and here is what I wrote about it after the race…

Yesterday was the 4th race in the 7 race series for the IMBCS 2014 Season. This event was a return visit from last year to the very scenic George Wyth State Park on the Cedar River in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area. Race host Lee Geisinger and his CVAST crew promised to deliver. And let me tell you – they did!  Great trail. Great sponsors. Great food. Great chip timing.

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IMBCS Racer Spotlight: Andre Rethman

This weekend brings up the FORC Side Thrill Ride at Sunderbruch Park in Davenport, Iowa! That means it’s time for a new racer Spotlight for all to read.

In case you’ve missed any of our previous racer Spotlights here at IMBCS.org, we continue with our feature series of highlighting some of the many IMBCS participants throughout the state of Iowa. You can get to know some of the folks involved in racing and see how they do it, why they do it, what got them started, and read some of their thoughts. We will continue this feature throughout the season. You might be next, so check your email box for a Spotlight interview!

IMBCS.org Spotlights will attempt to provide a nice representation of ages, categories, and locations to introduce you to people you may or may not know so you can read their thoughts about racing mountain bikes. Are you considering racing in an IMBCS event this year? You don’t have to be a member of a team. You don’t have to have an expensive bike. You don’t have to have matching socks. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, a seasoned veteran, male, female, young, old, tall, less tall – mountain biking in IMBCS events is open to everyone. We will show that in our Spotlight series and encourage you to sign up for a race and give IMBCS a try.

Today’s Spotlight features one of our CAT II racers, Andre Rethman. I’ve personally raced against Andre for the past few years both here in Iowa as well at races in Nebraska. We’ve battled each other wheel to wheel many times after he moved up from CAT III to CAT II racing, and shared many post race stories with each other. I recently had the pleasure of car pooling with him to a race in Nebraska earlier this season. Those new to the sport or racing might not know, but the bread and butter of US amateur mountain bike racing is made up of Category II racers. They represent the majority of entry fees at events in Iowa, our neighboring state series, as well as the entire nation. Let’s get to the interview so we can get Andre’s perspective.

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IMBCS Race Director Spotlight: Michael Vittetoe

We’ve got an exciting IMBCS scheduled race coming next weekend on Sunday, July 12th at Sunderbruch Park in Davenport!

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You want images of the park and trails? Check it out! You want images of the race from last year? Check it out! And here as well.

Three IMBCS events are already in the bag for the 2015 season, and next weekend promises to be a THRILLING weekend of racing!!! Check out footage of racing the FORC Side Thrill Ride at Sunderbruch Park from last year by our very own IMBCS Points Coordinator and Advisory Board Member Mr. Rob Cook…

Yes, it is time to load up the cars/SUVs/vans/18 wheelers and drive to Davenport in the Quad Cities to get your thrill on and feed your dirt fix. Sweet Iowa Singletrack! Wooden berms! Wooden Bridges! A Party Deck! Groomed and ready to race trails! Food Vendor! Unique Custom Award Medals! Cash Payouts for CAT I Men and Women! Series leader call ups at the starting line!

Who could resist?

Bring a friend. Bring a spouse. Bring a kid. Bring a colleague. Pre-Riding will be available on Saturday with the course being run in a counter-clockwise direction just like last year. Course maps for the Junior/CAT III and the CAT I/COMP/CAT II race courses are available here.

CAT III and Juniors launch at 9 am

CAT II Sport fires up at 10:45 am

CAT I and COMP blasts off at 1 pm

Pre-register here to save $5. This is one of our USA Cycling sanctioned events, so a license is required (day license or annual for everyone below CAT I Level – an annual is required for all CAT I’s).

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We continue with our feature series of Spotlights here at IMBCS.org highlighting some of our many IMBCS participants throughout the state of Iowa. You can get to know some of those involved in racing and see how they do it, why they do it, what got them started, and read some of their thoughts. We will continue this feature throughout the season.

IMBCS.org Spotlights continues to provide a nice representation of ages, categories, and locations to introduce you to people you may or may not already know so you can read their thoughts about racing mountain bikes. Are you considering racing in an IMBCS event this year? You don’t have to be a member of a team. You don’t have to have an expensive bike. You don’t have to have matching socks. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner, a seasoned veteran, male, female, young, old – mountain biking in IMBCS events is open to everyone. We will show that in our Spotlight series and encourage you to sign up for a race and give IMBCS a try.

Today’s Spotlight feature is the third Spotlight featuring one of our race directors for the 2015 IMBCS season, Michael Vittetoe. I know you will find it interesting to hear from the perspectives of what makes IMBCS happen – our Race Directors – in these series of interviews. The job of being a race director is not an easy task. It deserves plenty of kudos, thanks, and respect for those who go out of their way to provide us with a venue, an event, and an IMBCS race. It’s mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing to add directing a race to one’s normal routine of family, friends, work, sleep, recreation, and riding bikes. If you want to know who the race director is when you arrive at one of our events, just look for the person with heavy bags under their eyes on race day. That will be the race director.

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IMBCS Race Director Spotlight: Derek Brewer

We’ve got am exciting IMBCS scheduled race for this weekend!

Free Saturday Night Camping at Seven Oaks. Thrills. Hills. Spills. New Berms. Electronic Chip Timing.  Food Truck. Local Sponsors. Sunny. 70 degrees forecast for race day. Hammer Nutrition Sponsored Marathon Race Category. Prizes. Equal Cash Payouts for top overall spots in CAT I Men and Women. New Race Director who has been working super hard since last Fall to get this event ready.

Talk about a recipe for a perfect weekend of racing!!!

Load up the cars/SUVs/vans/18 wheelers and drive the 49 miles from downtown Des Moines, 118 miles from downtown Cedar Rapids, 141 miles from Iowa City, 160 miles from Omaha, 200 miles from Quad Cities, 133 miles from Gravity, Iowa or wherever it is you park your mountain bike overnight!!! Boone is about as central in Iowa as it gets (30 miles to the west from the geographical center point of Iowa). Seven Oaks Recreation is one of Iowa’s ski areas, so there are indeed hills. Yes, tell all your relatives and friends that live in other states that we do actually have skiing and mountain biking in Iowa!

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