Wow, what a successful weekend we had this past weekend at the Summerset Shootout hosted by Race Director Jason Dal and the Rasmussen Bike Team! Great job to all of the Rasmussen crew, and volunteers. Rasmussen donated $120 ($15 per age 18 and under racer) for our 2016 IMBCS Youth Entry Fee Help Fund. That meant I only had to write a check for $40 from the fund instead of $160 as we had 8 youth racers in attendance. Thank you Rasmussen Bike Team and Shop for that donation!!!!
Due to 5/8th’s of an inch of rain on Friday night, the event had to utilize the rain date on June 5th where we were met with perfect racing conditions. Some that could not make it on Saturday were able to make it on Sunday, however we lost a few racers who were unable to attend on Sunday with the date change. All in all, we had 79 racers toe the line at Summerset State Park. Highlights were a well fought battle between Neal Groteluschen and Rick Blackford in the 2 lap Fat Bike Race, as well as the racing for the top three spots in Cat 1 women where Liz Van Houweling, Psycowpath Series Operations & Treasurer Roxy Feagan, and Karmen Woelber took home the cash. Wrapping up the highlights has to include the top racing between pro racer Brad Auen from Council Bluffs who duked it out with Michael Maney and Ryan Van Houweling for the top three podium spots in Cat 1 men. I think I am safe to say that those three qualified as the tallest podium for Cat 1 in our 14-year history with everyone in the 6’3″–6’6″ range.
It has been really exciting to see the level of competition in Cat 1 this year in just our first two XC races (Illiniwek and Summerset) as well as the Sugar Cubed Marathon as we drew some top racers from Iowa and neighboring states. I realize the racing schedule starts to get crowded between all of the state series in our region going forward, but take note that we have some excellent fields showing up. Our highest cash purse to date will be this weekend at the June 11th race with $1500 in cash to hand out from our sponsors. Come and get it!
Speaking of our next race…
Next up for the IMBCS is the Ingawanis Woodland Shredfest at the Bremer County Ingawanis Woodland just outside of Waverly, Iowa this Saturday, June 11th. It’s part of a trio of races we are having in June with Summerset Shootout this past weekend, Ingawanis this weekend, and the rescheduled Beverly Park Fat Tire Frenzy on June 19th. It’s our race hard, and recover harder three week stretch.
The race on Saturday will be used as a fundraiser for Bremer County Conservation to help close the purchase on the land where we will be racing. A good cause indeed considering the history of IMBCS racing at Ingawanis. IMBCS raced there every single season in our history from 2003–2013. The land changed ownership which meant we were not able to race there in the 2014–2015 seasons. Thanks to the work of Race Director Dave Roll, he was able to establish relations with Bremer County to get this race back on our schedule for the 2016 season. Thank you Dave!
Dave has been throwing his heart and soul at this race lining up sponsors and has some special treats arranged for us on Saturday. A larger than normal cash prize purse of $1500 funded by our Title Sponsor World of Wheels ($500), Europa Cycle ($500), and Bike Tech ($500). Water Bottles for the first 60 online registrations courtesy of sponsor State Farm. Fresh java from Side Car Coffee. Fresh brewed Pale Ale from Duluth Dave! Fruit and pasta from Doughey Joeys Peetza Joynt (their pasta is always a huge hit at the George Wyth MTB Race), so I know it is going to be tasty! And there will be some Rasmussen Bike Shop swag as well. Something for everyone and well worth the trip to race, eat, and party in the woods!
Online registration is available HERE and closes Thursday night. Day of race registration will also be available on site for those that don’t want to take advantage of the discount and free water bottle.
It will be our warmest weather for a race so far this year, but Ingawanis is in the shade, so race temperatures will be more friendly – and most races will be finished by 1 pm before it gets too hot.
In spite of that, here are some tips on racing in warmer weather that apply to cycling as well. Luckily, the Trail Run, the Marathon, Juniors, Cat 3, and Cat 2 races will all be completed before we reach the afternoon highs on Saturday. It will only be the Cat1 and Comp racers out in the heat. What’s up with that schedule Dave Roll!!!? 😉
Look for an upcoming Race Director Interview with Dave later in the week to hear all about how he stepped up to make this historic return to one of the IMBCS favorite perennial venues.
If you have been unable to race yet this year, now’s the time to jump in no matter what level of racing you wish to participate. We have races for all ages, and all abilities. Come on out and give one of our IMBCS races a try!