IMBCS Racer Participation Numbers for 2015…

Going into the 2015 season, my personal goal as Director for the 11 race series was to hit 1000 – 1100 entries. Based on studying the past numbers, I felt it was a realistic goal for IMBCS and our state’s population. The particular goal was chosen as it would show growth from the numbers seen last year.

We ended up meeting that goal with 1108 total for the 2015 season!

Not only that, but in the end, all 11 of our events took place thanks to three reschedules and the use of several rain delays. Ma Nature is tough during any year here in Iowa with so much clay soil – and this year was no different. However, we managed around it and racers were treated to excellent courses and conditions as a result.

1108!

Do we have room for growth here in Iowa when it comes to mountain bike racing?

Yes. Absolutely! Our peak year to date was in 2013 when we had over 1200 racers in a 10 race season – thanks in part to three joint series events (one with Psycowpath in Nebraska, and two with the Illinois State Championship Race Series). I think we have potential here in Iowa to hit and surpass the peak year numbers of 2013.

Another great number to see is that we had 545 unique racers (racers who raced at least one race in the series). That unique number does not include the kids racers. We could achieve growth if more of those unique racers would come back and race several events in our series. I would like to see more of the unique racers come back and race at least 4 – 6 of our races. Why? Depending on one’s category, to participate in the points awards for the series, there were a minimum number of races one had to attend to qualify for a series award and the year end swag from our sponsors. We only had about 10% of the unique 545 racers race enough races to qualify for a series award at the end of the year. We actually had quite a few that were short just a race or two of qualifying. Those that qualified were rewarded with prizes totaling $6600 in value from our wonderful 2015 sponsors/partners – Scheels, Hammer Nutrition, LW CoachingBike Iowa.com, and IMBCS itself.

I would like to see the percentage of 10% that qualified to be eligible for awards and swag grow year over year. This will be a new goal of mine going forward for next season as any state series is designed to encourage participation and reward racers for their participation. I am being careful not to pick a certain number at this time, but just think if we had something in the vicinity of 15 – 20%, or even 25% of the unique racer number qualify next year?

I, along with many others, had hoped for growth in the number of women participants. Every effort was made to include a variety of venues so racers and potential racers had plenty of choice. IMBCS kicked into gear to offer gender equity cash payouts in CAT I. An additional age class was added this season for women. At least for 2015, we remained within our most recent historic norm of 11-15% by ending the season with 13% of the 1108 number being women. I will move that goal forward into 2016 not willing to relinquish yet as I know we have more potential here in Iowa to grow our participant base in both genders. One year is not a trend, so I remain optimistic.

Enough of the growth talk!

This year was about encouraging folks in Iowa to just get out and at least try a race at one of our events. And you did. Some of you brought a friend, a colleague, a spouse/partner, or a kid just as we asked. I congratulate each and every one of you who took the time to try out one or more of our events during 2015. IMBCS hopes you liked it and will consider coming back for more in 2016. Plans are already well underway to bring you some great races and venues for 2016 as we build on our success from this year.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy the opportunities we did get to experience in 2015 and thank all of the hard working race directors/promoters, trail organizations, volunteers, and sponsors for providing such wonderful events for all of us. Never forget we have some great mountain biking and race venues right here in our own state of Iowa!

A little more detailed look at some of the individual data points and race by race numbers…

 

Number of IMBCS Mountain Bike Races in 2015: 11

Total Participant Entry Fees: 1108

Total Unique MTB Participants: 545

Total Unique Trail Run Participants: 20 (Summerset Shootout & The Mullet Fall Classic only)

(Not all DNF’s were included due to how individual race results were reported)

Total Women Participants for all events = 13%

 

IMBCS #1 – Illiniwek Abermination had 188 racers

KIDS:

JUNIOR: 20

CAT III: 55

CAT II SPORT: 63

CAT II COMP: 18

CAT I EXPERT: 32

(TOTAL WOMEN: 25 or 13%)

 

IMBCS #2 – Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy had 124 racers

KIDS: 14

JUNIOR: 16

CAT III: 19

CAT II SPORT: 25

CAT II COMP: 12

CAT I EXPERT: 17

MARATHON: 21

(TOTAL WOMEN: 18 or 15%)

 

IMBCS#3 – Seven Oaks MTB Race had 31 racers

KIDS:

JUNIOR: 1

CAT III: 5

CAT II SPORT: 7

CAT II COMP: 8

CAT I EXPERT: 7

MARATHON: 3

(TOTAL WOMEN: 4 or 13%)

 

IMBCS #4 – Solstice Slam had 75 racers

KIDS: 5

JUNIOR: 12

CAT III: 20

CAT II SPORT: 21

CAT II COMP: 13

CAT I EXPERT: 7

(TOTAL WOMEN: 10 or 13%)

 

IMBCS #5 – Iowa Games had 59 racers

KIDS:

JUNIOR: 3

CAT III: 13

CAT II SPORT: 21

CAT II COMP: 13

CAT I EXPERT: 9

(TOTAL WOMEN: 6 or 10%)

 

IMBCS #6 – FORC Side Thrill Ride had 74 racers

KIDS: 9

JUNIOR: 7

CAT III: 20

CAT II SPORT: 14

CAT II COMP: 12

CAT I EXPERT: 12

(TOTAL WOMEN: 4 or 5%)

 

IMBCS #7 – Hin und Zurück TT had 66 racers

KIDS: 5

JUNIOR: 2

CAT III: 14

CAT II SPORT: 30

CAT II COMP: 9

CAT I EXPERT: 6

(TOTAL WOMEN: 4 or 6%)

 

IMBCS #8 – George Wyth MTB Race had 88 racers

KIDS: 5

JUNIOR: 14

CAT III: 29

CAT II SPORT: 25

CAT II COMP: 9

CAT I EXPERT: 6

(TOTAL WOMEN: 18 or 20%)

 

IMBCS#9 – Sugar Bottom Scramble had 179 racers

KIDS: 27

JUNIOR: 30

CAT III: 31

CAT II SPORT: 41

CAT II COMP: 29

CAT I EXPERT: 21

(TOTAL WOMEN: 21 or 12%)

 

IMBCS #10 – Summerset Shootout had 84 racers

KIDS: 8

FAT BIKE TT: 6

TRAIL RUN: 3

JUNIOR: 2

CAT III: 17

CAT II SPORT: 23

CAT II COMP: 16

CAT I EXPERT: 9

(TOTAL WOMEN: 8 or 10%)

 

IMBCS #11 – The Mullet Fall Classic had 140 racers

KIDS: 7

FAT BIKE: 10

TRAIL RUN: 19

JUNIOR: 4

CAT III: 15

CAT II SPORT: 29

CAT II COMP: 19

CAT I EXPERT: 11

MARATHON: 26

(TOTAL WOMEN: 31 or 22%)