HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2019 Race Dates Announcement

In 2018, the IMBCS advisory board could not have been happier with the participation rate at each race. We added Sylvan Island by FORC, Squaw Creek by LAMBA to the calendar. These two marathon races were definitely highlights of the series. If you missed our 2018 winners, you can find them on the IMBCS Facebook Page.

2019 Race Dates

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  • IMBCS #1 – Sylvan Island Stampede – April 7
  • IMBCS #2 – Squaw Creek – April 28*
  • IMBCS #3 – FORC Illiniwek Abermination – May 5
  • IMBCS #4 – Sugar Cubed Marathon – May 19 (Marathon Only)
  • IMBCS #5 – Beverly Boondoggle – June 9*
  • IMBCS #6 – Banner Pits XC Race – July 13*
  • IMBCS #7 – George Wyth MTB Race – August 10
  • IMBCS #8 – Sugar Bottom Scramble – August 18
  • IMBCS #9 – Whiterock Cup Iowa State MTB Championships – August 24*

2019 Series Reminders

USA Cycling Licenses: The Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series (under Iowa Bicycle Racing Association) is an USA Cycling club, and to participate in the IMBCS races you need to have a USA Cycling race license. An annual license is recommended and is required to race CAT 1. A one-day license is available to purchase at registration at each race. Juniors need a parent/guardian to sign the release form. To qualify for the Iowa State Championship awards, each racer needs to have an annual license. View USAC site for more details.

Weather & Rain Dates: Each race director and/or the USAC Chief Referee has the ability to cancel or postpone a race due to weather or unsafe conditions. The series does post day of updates on the Facebook page – please check for rain and weather updates on the IMBCS Facebook page. If the race is cancelled – the race director has the option to reschedule under a new USAC permit #. If they decide to not rescheduled and IF it qualifies under the USAC refund policy, pre-registered racers will be notified.

Podiums & Photos: Race directors generally do podium pictures directly after each race. Please stick around for your race’s awards and podium photos! All race category prizes or monetary awards are posted on the race flyer on USAC registration page and distributed accordingly. We do publish as many photos of each race that are shared with IMBCS on the Facebook page. The series does not have an official photographer – if you take photos and want to share, please tag your images with #IMBCS2019 or post to our group and we will add to the race page!

2019 Race Directors: It is a lot of hard work to put on a race. We’d like to thank FORC, ICORR, LAMBA, Rassy’s, Phoenix Syndicate, and CVAST clubs for holding the 2019 season. When attending any races, make sure to take care of our tracks (use the “pack-in, pack-out” philosophy, do not ride on mud, no skidding, and don’t destroy the surrounding nature), and the willing cities/state parks that host our races will very much appreciate it. And most importantly, let us come back next year.