Friends of Off Road Cycling led by new Race Director Mike Corbin put together a wonderful opening weekend for mountain bike racers – not only for the 2016 IMBCS Series, but also for the Illinois State Championship Series at Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, Illinois. And what a job FORC did for us to create a great racing event!
Ma Nature played nice with us this year for the opening event by providing sunshine, temperatures that reached 81 degrees, and baked goodness dirt that was fast and smooth. 178 Cross Country Racers toed the line for the various categories, and 19 kids were in the 12 Noon Kids Race making for a day that saw 197 people racing a mountain bike.
A field of 28 CAT I Men lined up including WORS Elite star Nathan Guerra, IMBCS regulars Kevin McConnell, Nate Kullbom, Michael Maney, Ryan Van Houweling, as well as a few of our newly upgraded CAT I’s here in Iowa – Andy Peterson, Sean Alstott and Nickolas Eckermann. We had 7 CAT I women toe the line including Liz Van Houweling, Emily Robnett, Brittany McConnell, and a return of Karmen Woelber after a crash rendered her out for the season last year.