Illiniwek Abermination kicks off Season 13 of IMBCS!

Just two weekends away until the kickoff of our 13th Annual Season!!

Who is getting excited to race on dirt?

First up on the race schedule for Sunday, April 19th, 2015 is what one must call an excellent venue. IMBCS #1 – Illiniwek Abermination. This event was new to the IMBCS last season and is located just across the Mississippi River in Hampton, IL. This is a beautiful trail system with excellent flow built into the Mississippi River Bluffs on the Illiniwek Forest Preserve. Many who raced there last year came away with a nice “Wow!” factor and smiles on their faces since most had never had the chance to ride on those trails before. Berms, switchbacks, twists and turns, and did I mention incredible flow? I was giddy, and begged Michael to be a part of the series again this year.

Beautiful smiles photographed courtesy of Eric Roccasecca…

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Race Director Michael Vittetoe is once again at the helm of this FORC supported event. The race is a dual state series race that counts both for the IMBCS here in Iowa as well as the Illinois Homegrown Race Series in Illinois.

Starting line crowd photo courtesy of Eric Roccasecca…

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The race is a USA Cycling Sanctioned event, so Iowa racers will need an annual license for CAT I, and a daily (or annual) for the other CATs. I wanted to post up today to give folks a chance to take care of that via registration for the event here. Pre-registering saves you $5 compared to registering on the day of the race. Pre-registration will close Friday afternoon, April 17th at 4 pm.

All additional information about the race, starting times, directions, maps, camping, etc…can be found directly here. The start/finish line area has a wonderful festival atmosphere with beautiful views of the Mighty Mississippi, the River Bluffs, and a great view of Iowa on the other side of the river. Tents will be set up, food vendors, and a nice party atmosphere will ensue. Camping is available just across the road (as is parking). Make it a family event. Car pool with another racer or two. Bring a friend to race. Dust off those Winter blues and enjoy the Spring. It’s time to race!

CAT I’s duking it out photo courtesy of Eric Roccasecca…

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It’s a great way to start our 13th Annual IMBCS Season!

All photographs courtesy of Eric Roccasecca…

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