IMBCS Year End Awards to be presented this Sunday!

Thanks to our wonderful 2015 series sponsors – Scheels, LW Coaching, Bike Iowa, and Hammer Nutrition – we have awards and prizes with a value of $6600 to hand out on Sunday at the FORC Side Thrill Ride in Davenport.

The fun and all of the hard work to get to the finish line has been done.

Whether it was next to an Iowa cornfield…

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Or taking on “The Hill”…

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Or battling for the hole shot…

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Or receiving encouragement from family and friends as spectators…

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…it’s now time for our last race of the season and to reap the benefits of all the hard work and fun.

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Who is eligible for the awards and prizes?

A reminder from our 2015 Series Information states…

• Prior to 2015, only the overall winner in each age class received a year end series award. We are expanding our awards in 2015 to the top 3 finishers in each age class and division. In addition, everyone in attendance at the awards presentation ceremony on October 11th that raced in the minimum number of required events for their category will be eligible for swag prizes.

• In order for a racer to qualify for an IMBCS series award within a respective category, the participant must compete in a minimum of two IMBCS races for the Marathon Category, a minimum of four IMBCS races for the Junior and CAT III (Novice) categories, and a minimum of six IMBCS races for CAT II (Sport), COMP, and CAT I (Expert). If you participate in the minimum number of IMBCS events and you happen to DNF in one or more of them, you will still qualify to be considered for a series award at the end of the season.

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According to the spreadsheet that IMBCS Series Points Coordinator Rob Cook has set up and maintained, the following 42 racers qualify as eligible racers that have met the number of minimum races for awards and prizes going into Sunday’s race…

MARATHON: Kevin Betters, Dan Roberts, Jerome Rewerts, Steve Goetzelman; Katherine Roccasecca; Maria von Ruhtenberg

CAT I: Elizabeth Van Houweling; Michael Maney, Ryan Van Houweling; Nathan Kulbom; Steven Robinson

COMP: Scott Shelman; Sean Alstott, John Peters, Bruce Brown

CAT II: Sheri Robinson; Zach Bonzer; Nicholas Eckermann; David Roll; Jamie Parkin, Jeff Reimenscheider; Rob Cook; Derek Brewer; Andre Rethman

CAT III: Ethan Jedlicka; Stephen Gaston; Anas Eltuhami; Jason Scholbrock; Chris Schmitz; Todd Hughes; Jim Hiatt; Nathan Jondle; Tim Ferry

JUNIORS: Callah Robinson; Caden Jondle; Awelu Abdalla; Devon Skyles; Colton Jondle; Awalu Abdalla-Barkso; Ashed Hamad; Halem Adams; Marwan Adbulmaged

Is that the entire list of eligible racers to snag some of the $6600 in awards and prizes?

No, it isn’t.

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***The following 13 racers would also become eligible for awards and prizes if they race on Sunday…

CAT I: Katherine Roccasecca

COMP: Jordan Costello; Andy Peterson

CAT II: Lee Buell; Derek Timperly; Brett Beebe; Sterling Heise

CAT III: Karrie Gilson; Adam Bumpus; Matt Peterson; Roy Chambers

JUNIORS: Samuel Erthum; Osman Salama

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What kind of awards can I expect to receive?

Again, taking a look at the Series Information

SERIES AWARDS

All IMBCS series winners from 2014 will receive free entry into all of the 2015 races they attend as a carryover from past IMBCS rules and policy. The Advisory Board voted that the same offer will not apply for the 2015 series winners to apply towards the 2016 season, as winners will receive prizes, awards, cash based on our 2015 capital fund raising, and sponsor donations. The exact formula of what the year end awards will exactly be at this point in time is under development based on funds available. Building a business model to finance season series awards at the end of the year is a development that we are excited to move to in an effort to remove the “tax” that race directors have been sustained in past seasons due to the free entry.

Most state series charge an annual fee to have your points tracked and to help finance the end of the year season series awards. In addition – many state series charge a $1 to $2 per racer charge at each individual race event that goes towards the financing of season awards. IMBCS does not have either in place for the 2015 season as we hope to finance our needs without doing that for 2015.

Our target goal and hope – based on fund raising and working with our 2015 sponsors – is that First Place Series Winners will receive a top award with the 2nd and 3rd Place riders receiving lesser awards. Please have patience with us during this year of transition to a sustainable business model.

IMBCS past history has included times where there was an annual fee that was charged to have your series points tracked, and times when a $2 charge per racer was levied on each race director that went to the IMBCS Coffer to be used for series awards at the end of the season. Those gave way to a much easier to maintain business model of giving free entry to all events the following season for each of the winners in their respective age class. The free entry method more or less works out to the equivalent of a $2 or more charge per racer that had previously been levied on each race director, but eliminated the need for IMBCS to become a bill collector to receive that check from each race director. That covers the methods that have been used during the history of IMBCS for the previous 12 years of existence.

This year, the Advisory Board voted to not give free entry to all of the events in 2016 for each winner. Instead, winners will receive a punch card with a set number of free entries to races in 2016 with values ranging from $65 to $192 depending on the category. This is being done in an attempt to still reward the racers, yet also lessen some of the tax burden levied on the race directors as our age classes and categories have expanded over the years. In addition, the top 3 points winners in each age class and category will receive custom designed clothing that notes their accomplishment. All other prizes will be randomly awarded via drawing of names to all eligible racers in attendance and include products from our sponsors, coaching plans, free entry punch cards, and swag. Total value of $6600!!!

Now that hard work and fun of racing is starting to sound like it was all worth it!

IMBCS – like all of our neighboring state series – has always encouraged participation in our series by providing awards at the end of the year for those that meet the minimum requirements of participation in IMBCS events.

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Our current business model includes the stipulation for tax purposes that we end the year with an account balance of $0. We began the year with a donation of $120.57 raised last year at The Mullet Fall Classic to be used for establishing our IMBCS website and to help cover the cost of our domain name fees. Sponsors and donors added to that – especially our title sponsor Scheels. We are using our sponsorship and donor money to pay for the series awards, printing costs we incurred for our banners and schedules, a gift to trail organizations in Iowa (look for that upcoming announcement), and the Unsung Hero Trail Gnome awards (those will be announced at a later date) to return our balance to $0. We have had a very limited budget to work with getting things off the ground this year, and none of the 2015 Board Members listed below have received any compensation – nor have any of us had any personal expenses covered. Our work has all strictly been done on a volunteer basis.

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That being said, I really hope everyone has a chance to come out and enjoy our finale this weekend at Sunderbruch Park in Davenport. FORC and race director Michael Vittetoe has been working hard at getting this rescheduled event ready for you to enjoy. Sunny and 70 on Saturday for the Time Trial, Bike Polo, Night Ride and camping. Sunny and 81 on Sunday for the Side Thrill Ride XC race as well as the IMBCS Awards.

Here is the schedule of when we will present the IMBCS Awards. Note that we will present the Swag Drawings for the eligible racers (potentially 53 racers could be on this list) at 12:15 which is between the end of the CAT II race, and before the CAT I/COMP race. So plan your warm up accordingly, and make sure your travel plans allow for you to get there early enough if you are in CAT I/COMP, and that you stay long enough if you are in JUNIOR/CAT III.

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See you this weekend!

Your 2015 Board Members

Director: Bruce Brown
Advisory Board: Tom Anderson, Kevin Betters, Rick Blackford, Rob Cook, Cheryl Dralle, TJ Fort, Katherine Roccasecca, Kyle Sedore
Series Points Coordinator: Rob Cook
Website Coordinators: Katherine Roccasecca & Eric Roccasecca

Photographs in this post are by Eric Roccasecca and Broken Photography