This coming weekend features our second August Quartet race in Waterloo, Iowa – IMBCS #8 George Wyth MTB Race. The weather forecast looks like Ma Nature is going to be kind to us with sunshine all week leading up to the event, and temperature in the 80’s at race time. In addition, the forecast says we will all be home, showered and relaxing before chances of storms move in. PERRRRRRRRFECT!
George Wyth State Park is a very scenic park with trails full of wooded eye candy.
4 IMBCS events have now taken place, and participation numbers (entry fees as well as the kids races) look like this so far…
IMBCS #1 – Illiniwek Abermination had 188 racers
IMBCS #2 – Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy had 117 racers
IMBCS #5 – Iowa Games had 59 racers
IMBCS #7 – Hin und Zurück TT had 65 racers
There is no doubt that Ma Nature has tempered our IMBCS racing season to date, and in some cases contributed to participation numbers being down. Believe me, as the current IMBCS Director, I would love to see our participation numbers burst out to the upside as we march ahead with our remaining 7 races.
The good news is that we have a lot of new racers this year showing up at the events which is good for our growth as new faces enter the sport. Vacations, conflicts with other cycling events, work schedules, and family time all contribute to participation numbers fluctuating. However, if you do have an open date on one of our race weekends – please consider coming out to one of our events. You do not have to be chasing series points in your age class and category to come out and race. We welcome new, young, old, first timer, old timer, occasional, curious and those who want to give mountain bike racing a try at any level. It’s a great social event to race, and then hang out chatting it up with others post race.
This Sunday features a race course very conducive to those who want to give singletrack racing a try, but fear the big hills. George Wyth has no hills to worry about. Just fun singletrack that is perfect for everyone. Great for beginners – and also great for advanced riders who will see some very high average heart rates as you will be on the gas stomping your pedals the entire time.
Post race will feature some excellent pasta and brew to recharge your carb loads as you visit with others.
Rasmussen Bike Shop Team posing for a group photo at last year’s George Wyth MTB Race.
In case you’ve missed any of our previous racer Spotlights here at IMBCS.org, we continue with our feature series of highlighting some of the many IMBCS participants throughout the state of Iowa. You can get to know some of the folks involved in racing and see how they do it, why they do it, what got them started, and read some of their thoughts. We will continue this feature throughout the season. You might be next, so check your email box for a Spotlight interview!
Today’s Spotlight features one of our returning race directors, Lee Geisinger. I raced in the George Wyth MTB Race last year and totally enjoyed the event, the post race atmosphere, and can attest first hand to how well Lee and CVAST host this race. This will be the 4th consecutive year of the race. Participation numbers have grown each and every year as word of mouth has spread the news of how fun it is. Last year saw just over 100 racers at the George Wyth MTB Race and here is what I wrote about it after the race…
Yesterday was the 4th race in the 7 race series for the IMBCS 2014 Season. This event was a return visit from last year to the very scenic George Wyth State Park on the Cedar River in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area. Race host Lee Geisinger and his CVAST crew promised to deliver. And let me tell you – they did! Great trail. Great sponsors. Great food. Great chip timing.