Iowa Games Race Report

This past Sunday, June 28th, we finally saw mountain bike racing happen again here in Iowa after a long stretch had passed since our last event on May 3rd. Contrary to the pun, that was an eight week drought of withdrawal for many racers due to Ma Nature!

Ma Nature did not disappoint this time around either as we had a morning shower before the race. However, not enough rain fell at Peterson Pits to derail plans for the event to take place. Part of this has to do with the particular trail system at Peterson Pits being a multi-use trail and the type of soil being able to withstand a lot of abuse. Our riding on it actually rode it into shape compared to many of the normal horse hoof prints that were there before the trail was marked.

Race Director Kyle Sedore’s smile says it all about getting this event off the ground and in the books…

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IMBCS and all participants would like to thank Kyle and his entire crew that helped put on our first ever very successful joint Iowa Games/IMBCS race. I apologize for not getting an interview with Kyle completed for our IMBCS.org website featuring the 2015 Race Directors. I was gone for nearly a month and somehow missed getting that task accomplished. In spite of that, Kyle has a rich history of directing races for IMBCS and as Commissioner for the Iowa Games race. We thank him for his continued support of the sport and taking on the role of directing one of our events. It is the work and enthusiasm for cycling from folks like Kyle that make this series tick. Thanks Kyle!

We would also like to thank our partnership with Iowa Games and the Iowa Sports Foundation for joining with us this year and providing our online registration system for races. In particular, Kim Abels and Zack Elsbecker deserve a huge shout out from all of us for their efforts and contributions to making IMBCS better this year.

Racers faced sections of dry trail, sections of tacky trail, sections of greasy trail, sections of sand, and several mud bogs (playing in mud puddles is really a helluva lot of FUN), beautiful sunshine and ideal racing temperatures that all led to nothing but lots of post race smiles, and vibrant post race stories.

IMBCS Photographer and Website Developer Eric Roccasecca captured an excellent Iowa photograph on the day that speaks volumes to capturing a taste of our state…

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A total of 54 racers toed the line at Peterson Pits on Sunday including a group of 16 CAT III (Beginner) Racers. The CAT III Racers took off at 9 am for their 4 laps…

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Places were changed back and forth as everyone focused and gave it their all…

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One section of the trail became muddy enough that a decision was made to cut that section out of the course for the latter races at 11 am. Most of the CAT III Racers completed their 4 laps, but everyone was smiling and filled with stories to tell at the end. Many took advantage of the lake to wash the mud off of their bikes and legs from the day’s race.

CAT III Post Race

There were several new racers to IMBCS and to mountain biking who gave it a try and enjoyed themselves. I urge everyone to keep up the effort to bring a new racer to an event so they can give racing a try. This new first time racer had so much fun, she is already asking about the next one…

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Racing continued at 11 am with the start of the CAT I, COMP, and CAT II races. CAT I Men saw a wire to wire duel unfold between Michael Maney and Nathan Kullbom that came down to just a few bike lengths between the two of them crossing the line with Nathan edging out Michael after battling back and forth for 5 laps…

CAT I Men's Duel Wire to Wire

We had another brand new racer choose at the registration table to give the CAT I Women category a go. In her first ever mountain bike race, Jamie Johnson walked away with the overall top cash prize for CAT I Women and the rest of the cash podium found Katherine Roccasecca and newcomer Becca Vanderglas (from Colorado who was passing through on vacation)…

CAT I Women Podium Iowa Games

Most faced post race bike and kit washing due to playing in all of the fun mud puddles.

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Striving for variety this year in the IMBCS – Peterson Pits provided that variety in spades this year not only due to it’s non-climbing pedal to the metal all the time type of terrain, but also due to the variety of soil conditions we got to race on which made it a lot more technical and fun than had it been dry. There was nary a moment you were allowed to lose focus on this course today.

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We had some well deserved podiums from veteran racers such as Joe Short, Sterling Heise, Rob Cook, Andre Rethman, Sean Alstott, John Peters, and many others as well from some brand new racers to IMBCS. Full race results and points can be found here.  

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FUN was had by all. Thanks Kyle and crew for supplying exactly what IMBCS is all about.

Our next race is on Sunday, July 12th at Sunderbruch Park in Davenport entitled the FORC Side Thrill Ride.

 

Photographs are courtesy of Eric Roccasecca and Bruce Brown

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