Season Opener: Illiniwek Abermination Race Recap

Friends of Off Road Cycling led by new Race Director Mike Corbin put together a wonderful opening weekend for mountain bike racers Рnot 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!

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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.

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Illiniwek Abermination: Opening Weekend of Racing includes a MTB 101 clinic!!!

We are getting closer and closer to our opening weekend of Season 14 at the Illiniwek Forest Preserve on Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th.

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Are you new to racing? Do you need to sharpen up your mountain bike riding skills after the long Winter layoff?

Then we have good news for you!

One week from this Saturday, FORC will kickoff our 14th Season with a MTB 101 clinic from 11 am – 1 pm on Saturday, April 16th at the Illiniwek Forest Preserve. This event is FREE and will be taught by certified/trained mountain bike instructors. What a great way to kickoff the series and season this year. Make a weekend of it with the clinic, learn the trails we will be racing on the next day, and enjoy the beautiful Mississippi River scenery. Read about the clinic here and make plans to attend.

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