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 – not only for the 2017 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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IMBCS Season 2016 by the Numbers…

2016 was another very successful IMBCS mountain bike racing season. Our 14th season to be exact. Once you see our participation numbers below, you can take a look and see how they compare to our prior 13 seasons right HERE.

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Congratulations to each and every racer who tossed their leg over a mountain bike to give Iowa’s dirt a chance with your competitive spirit and effort!!

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This season, we saw a few changes for IMBCS when compared to prior years. The main change this year was having all events sanctioned under USA Cycling for the first time in our 14 season history which we announced HERE. We had USA Cycling Officials at each and every event this year, and some rules were enforced that are designed to increase safety and enable fairness to our competitive sport. Thank you to USA Cycling and all of the officials that officiated our events. Jeff Mertz was instrumental in meeting with me and discussing all things related to USA Cycling for our series. Our regional representative, Larry Martin, was very helpful in guiding me, and all of our race directors as we migrated to the USA Cycling format, online registration, one day licenses, and the post event race reporting process. We also had a USA Cycling State Championship at the Whiterock Conservancy Liberty Bell Cup.

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Sugar Bottom Scramble Race Recap…

Yesterday was the annual running of the Sugar Bottom Scramble at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area hosted by ICORR, and Goosetown Racing. Race Director Mike Frasier made the call on Saturday to delay the start of all races by 2 hours to allow for recent rains to soak in and the course to dry out.

Good call Mike! We were all treated to hero dirt, and delicious Sugar Bottom singletrack because of it…

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Gorgeous blue skies, and temperatures around 70 degrees made for some of the best racing conditions IMBCS has had all season.

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George Wyth MTB Race Recap

First of all, kudos are deserved by CVAST, Race Director Lee Geisinger, and all of his volunteers for pulling off the 4th Annual George Wyth MTB Race!

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Lee has done an excellent job as race director over the years. This year it included working full time, going to school full time to work on his PhD, and of course family. Lee, you’re the man!!! Today was Lee’s last hoorah (for now) as race director for the George Wyth MTB Race as he has his dissertation to attend to this coming year. So Lee will be passing the race director reins on for another to take the helm next year. We’re all behind you, Lee, as you get that PhD finished, and we thank you so much for all you have done for the George Wyth MTB Race and IMBCS! We do appreciate it.

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Two inches of rain fell on Thursday evening and Friday morning in the Waterloo area, so the flat course at George Wyth was bound to retain a bit of that rain water. In spite of that, the CVAST trail crew led by Chad Reisinger had the dirt whipped into excellent racing conditions for all of us. We only had three mud bogs that we had to race through today, and yours truly jackknifed like an 18 wheeler on ice on one of them which led to a nice soft landing in very warm and deep mud. As I lay prostrate on the ground thoroughly stuck in the mud, Dave Roll bunny hopped over me and announced he was coming through. Thanks Dave! 😉

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IMBCS #6: FORC Side Thrill Ride Race Recap!

A huge shout out and thanks to Race Director Mike Corbin and F.O.R.C. for hosting an excellent FORC Side Thrill Ride yesterday at Sunderbruch Park in Davenport.

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We had over 120 racers toe the line for the big races (not to mention all of the kids who took part in the 12:30 p.m. Kids Race) on what started out as a beautiful, July summer morning. The trails were in perfect shape and super fun as usual on this wonderful Sunderbruch system. The wooden berms, party deck, and jump at the end of the lap had spectators cheering, taking pictures, and enjoying the racing. We even had fireworks at the top of the opening climb (my left ear is still ringing) as racers crested the climb. It was a fun day for sure.

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Season Marathon Opener: Sugar Cubed Race Recap

ICORR and Goosetown Racing, led by Race Director Mike Frasier, put together a wonderful opening marathon for mountain bike racers here in Iowa as part of the 2016 IMBCS Series at Sugar Bottom Recreation Area between North Liberty and Solon, Iowa.

What a great job they did for us to create a fantastic racing event! All of our thanks go to Mike, the volunteers, the sponsors, ICORR, and Goosetown for giving us Sugar Cubed!

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This event had been in the planning for several years, with me badgering Mike to add the marathon as a category option and include it on the same day and at the same time as the well known Sugar Bottom Scramble. However, Mike kept saying that it would be difficult to come up with a workable solution on the same day or weekend. The format of using the entire trail system at Sugar Bottom, and holding the marathon event as a separate race earlier in the year before it became too hot was the final decision. This also provided the opportunity for IMBCS regulars who usually race in the shorter distance XC events a chance to try out a marathon.

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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 – 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!

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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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