First of all, kudos are deserved by CVAST, Race Director Lee Geisinger, and all of his volunteers for pulling off the 4th Annual George Wyth MTB Race!
Well done to all!
Lee has done an excellent job as race director over the years. This year it included working full time, going to school full time to work on his PhD, and of course family. Lee, you’re the man!!! Today was Lee’s last hoorah (for now) as race director for the George Wyth MTB Race as he has his dissertation to attend to this coming year. So Lee will be passing the race director reins on for another to take the helm next year. We’re all behind you, Lee, as you get that PhD finished, and we thank you so much for all you have done for the George Wyth MTB Race and IMBCS! We do appreciate it.
Two inches of rain fell on Thursday evening and Friday morning in the Waterloo area, so the flat course at George Wyth was bound to retain a bit of that rain water. In spite of that, the CVAST trail crew led by Chad Reisinger had the dirt whipped into excellent racing conditions for all of us. We only had three mud bogs that we had to race through today, and yours truly jackknifed like an 18 wheeler on ice on one of them which led to a nice soft landing in very warm and deep mud. As I lay prostrate on the ground thoroughly stuck in the mud, Dave Roll bunny hopped over me and announced he was coming through. Thanks Dave! 😉
One hundred twenty-six racers toed the line at George Wyth today with 11 Juniors, 48 Cat 3s, and 25 Kids. The rest of the field was made up of Cat 2, Comp, and Cat 1 racers. Weather was very sunny and pleasant, as was the trail. It’s fun to slip and splash through mud, so the three mud bogs we had added a nice smile to everyone’s face.
Cat 1 Men’s Podium Overall went to Nate Kullbom, Michael Maney, and Aaron Robnett.
Cat 1 Women’s Podium Overfall went to Emily Robnett and Karmen Woelber.
Comp Overall Podium went to Neal Groteluschen, Michael Vittetoe, and Jordan Costello.
Oskar Blues Brewery beer was enjoyed by all as was the pasta from Doughy Joey’s. The Kids Race had all participants receiving custom wooden trophies, and a generous patron brought sunglasses for all of the kids. Way cool!
The 18-and-under racers had all of their entry fees covered by our IMBCS Youth Entry Fee Fund.
Next up for IMBCS are our two final races of the 2016 season. Sugar Bottom is next weekend, and the season ending finale and buffet whole hog banquet is in two weeks at The Mullet Fall Classic where year end prizes and awards will be given away.
More details about our final two races…
Sunday, August 21 — Sugar Bottom Scramble at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area in Solon. This race is our classic Iowa favorite that usually draws the largest number of racers in Iowa. It is voted Iowa’s most favorite singletrack by many, year in and year out.
Sunday, August 28 — The Mullet Fall Classic at Lake Ahquabi State park south of Indianola. Elected as the readers’ choice top mountain bike race by Iowa Momentum Magazine for four years running, this year promises to be even better. The venue is also an excellent beginner course, though it has plenty of climbing to challenge everyone. This year it will be the season ending finale returning to a race route used several years ago (including a clockwise direction). Chip timing and a GotPiggy.com Hog Roast (which will feature a whole hog and all the trimmings including corn bread, slaw, and baked beans to take care of your post-race appetite) are included in your entry fee. Our final party is sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery and Red Bull, and will feature series year end awards, music, and fun for all.
Come out and enjoy our season ending of races. Pick one. Pick two. Pick BOTH!!!