Summerset Shootout: Let’s Race

Here is the official word from race director, Jason Dal, Sunday morning:

I’m pretty sure a couple of my friends conjured up Friday night’s little thunderstorm so they could race today [Sunday]… well, it’s on! Primo conditions! Get here!

All races will run at their previously scheduled times, as listed on the Summerset Shootout race page and on USA Cycling.


Summerset Shootout: Postponed One Day

The Summerset Shootout is being moved from Saturday (today) to Sunday (tomorrow) due to rain received overnight. All races will run at their previously scheduled times.

Here is the official word from race director, Jason Dal, Saturday morning:

Sorry folks, we got 5/8″ of rain at Banner last night. We checked the course and it is best to move the race until tomorrow, Sunday, June 5th. Same start times. Weather forecast will dry it out nicely, expect hero dirt and be ready to shred!!



Race Director Spotlight: Jason Dal

Our first Race Director Spotlight Interview for 2016 is with Mr. Jason Dal. Jason is our Race Director for Saturday’s Summerset Shootout at Summerset State Park between Indianola and Des Moines. He took over the reigns of this event and has been working hard lining up sponsors, and getting the event planned. As part of that process, he attended the Race Director’s Summit held by IBRA at the Iowa Bike Expo in January, and attended the USA Cycling Official’s Training in April.

It is interesting to note that two racers interviewed in our Spotlight Series last season and this season indicated Summerset Trails are their favorite race course. Many of us that live in Central Iowa have great respect for these trails, so the race this weekend is a perfect opportunity for those not from Central Iowa to drive on over and see what it is everyone likes about these trails. The Cat 3 course will not face all of the more challenging portions of the course, but everyone else will. Not to worry, there will be plenty for every category to enjoy on this very unique trail system. The course is groomed and ready. The DNR trimmed the park today so everything is picnic, race, and punch ready…!

Jason organized a final trail grooming day on Thursday, June 2nd to whip the course into race shape for Saturday. While in the process of loading up one of the mowers in the CITA trailer, he unfortunately “took one for the team” when he accidentally touched part of the hot engine while strapping the mower down to the floor of the trailer. If you see him on Saturday, he’ll be the one with the bandages on his fingers.

Let’s meet Jason and hear what he has to say about getting this race ready for IMBCS and Iowa racers…

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IMBCS #3 Summerset Shootout is on for this Saturday!!!

Next up for IMBCS is the IMBCS #3 Summerset Shootout, and the much beloved Summerset State Park (formally known as Banner Pits). The trail is trimmed, groomed, and ready for our first Central Iowa race in the 2016 IMBCS!!!

Race Director Jason Dal and the Rasmussen Bike Shop team have built this event over the past seasons into something that must not be missed. A great and challenging trail for all levels of riders, a Trail Run for runners to start the day off on Saturday morning at 9 am, a Free Entry Kids Race for those 10 and under at 10 am, a Fat Bike race at 10:30 am, and then begins our usual Cat 3, Cat 2, COMP, and Cat 1 XC racing categories. Full schedule for Saturday is HERE.  Not to worry yourself about post-race frivolity as a social post-race party in the parking lot next to Extra Credit will take place. This year promises to deliver a nice June race with sunshine and 80 degrees on race day for all to enjoy.


This year includes a new route at the end of Coal Miner’s Daughter and plenty of challenge for all with the sequence of short power climbs on what one would think is a flat course. Not to worry, you will have the foot on the gas on the short power climbs throughout Coal Miner’s Daughter, New Ed Beach, Corner Pocket, and Extra Credit as well as be screaming fast through Riverside, Missing Link, and the connector sections.

Online registration for the event is right HERE.

Come and get some Banner Pits this Saturday, June 4. Ma Nature looks to be playing nice again with Iowans…

Summerset Course Map