Where Awesome Trails Come From

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Photo Credit: Joe Petersen. Work Credit: Cheryl Dralle, Andy Peterson, Tara Starr, Bruce Brown, et al. Location: Center Trails, Des Moines, Iowa.

No one to build and maintain trails would mean no trails. And no trails would mean nowhere to ride for fun and no races!

So let’s give a a big shoutout to all those who have done and will do the necessary work on our trails, both locally and across the state(s). Let’s also make a resolution to go to the next trail work day or even contribute to trimming and other maintenance on our own as our schedules allow.

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FORC Side Thrill Ride Rained Out

Official word from FORC Side Thrill Ride race director, Michael Vittetoe:

RACE CANCELLED: The trails at Sunderbruch are saturated and won’t have a chance to dry out in time for the race tomorrow so we are going to cancel. We are working on a rain date and will announce it when/if possible.

Watch the FORC Side Thrill Ride race page for updates regarding rescheduling!

IMBCS Racer Spotlight: Andre Rethman

This weekend brings up the FORC Side Thrill Ride at Sunderbruch Park in Davenport, Iowa! That means it’s time for a new racer Spotlight for all to read.

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!

IMBCS.org Spotlights will attempt to provide a nice representation of ages, categories, and locations to introduce you to people you may or may not know so you can read their thoughts about racing mountain bikes. Are you considering racing in an IMBCS event this year? You don’t have to be a member of a team. You don’t have to have an expensive bike. You don’t have to have matching socks. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, a seasoned veteran, male, female, young, old, tall, less tall – mountain biking in IMBCS events is open to everyone. We will show that in our Spotlight series and encourage you to sign up for a race and give IMBCS a try.

Today’s Spotlight features one of our CAT II racers, Andre Rethman. I’ve personally raced against Andre for the past few years both here in Iowa as well at races in Nebraska. We’ve battled each other wheel to wheel many times after he moved up from CAT III to CAT II racing, and shared many post race stories with each other. I recently had the pleasure of car pooling with him to a race in Nebraska earlier this season. Those new to the sport or racing might not know, but the bread and butter of US amateur mountain bike racing is made up of Category II racers. They represent the majority of entry fees at events in Iowa, our neighboring state series, as well as the entire nation. Let’s get to the interview so we can get Andre’s perspective.

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IMBCS Race Director Spotlight: Michael Vittetoe

We’ve got an exciting IMBCS scheduled race coming next weekend on Sunday, July 12th at Sunderbruch Park in Davenport!

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You want images of the park and trails? Check it out! You want images of the race from last year? Check it out! And here as well.

Three IMBCS events are already in the bag for the 2015 season, and next weekend promises to be a THRILLING weekend of racing!!! Check out footage of racing the FORC Side Thrill Ride at Sunderbruch Park from last year by our very own IMBCS Points Coordinator and Advisory Board Member Mr. Rob Cook…

Yes, it is time to load up the cars/SUVs/vans/18 wheelers and drive to Davenport in the Quad Cities to get your thrill on and feed your dirt fix. Sweet Iowa Singletrack! Wooden berms! Wooden Bridges! A Party Deck! Groomed and ready to race trails! Food Vendor! Unique Custom Award Medals! Cash Payouts for CAT I Men and Women! Series leader call ups at the starting line!

Who could resist?

Bring a friend. Bring a spouse. Bring a kid. Bring a colleague. Pre-Riding will be available on Saturday with the course being run in a counter-clockwise direction just like last year. Course maps for the Junior/CAT III and the CAT I/COMP/CAT II race courses are available here.

CAT III and Juniors launch at 9 am

CAT II Sport fires up at 10:45 am

CAT I and COMP blasts off at 1 pm

Pre-register here to save $5. This is one of our USA Cycling sanctioned events, so a license is required (day license or annual for everyone below CAT I Level – an annual is required for all CAT I’s).

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We continue with our feature series of Spotlights here at IMBCS.org highlighting some of our many IMBCS participants throughout the state of Iowa. You can get to know some of those 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.

IMBCS.org Spotlights continues to provide a nice representation of ages, categories, and locations to introduce you to people you may or may not already know so you can read their thoughts about racing mountain bikes. Are you considering racing in an IMBCS event this year? You don’t have to be a member of a team. You don’t have to have an expensive bike. You don’t have to have matching socks. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner, a seasoned veteran, male, female, young, old – mountain biking in IMBCS events is open to everyone. We will show that in our Spotlight series and encourage you to sign up for a race and give IMBCS a try.

Today’s Spotlight feature is the third Spotlight featuring one of our race directors for the 2015 IMBCS season, Michael Vittetoe. I know you will find it interesting to hear from the perspectives of what makes IMBCS happen – our Race Directors – in these series of interviews. The job of being a race director is not an easy task. It deserves plenty of kudos, thanks, and respect for those who go out of their way to provide us with a venue, an event, and an IMBCS race. It’s mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing to add directing a race to one’s normal routine of family, friends, work, sleep, recreation, and riding bikes. If you want to know who the race director is when you arrive at one of our events, just look for the person with heavy bags under their eyes on race day. That will be the race director.

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Iowa Games Race Report

This past Sunday, June 28th, we finally saw mountain bike racing happen again here in Iowa after a long stretch had passed since our last event on May 3rd. Contrary to the pun, that was an eight week drought of withdrawal for many racers due to Ma Nature!

Ma Nature did not disappoint this time around either as we had a morning shower before the race. However, not enough rain fell at Peterson Pits to derail plans for the event to take place. Part of this has to do with the particular trail system at Peterson Pits being a multi-use trail and the type of soil being able to withstand a lot of abuse. Our riding on it actually rode it into shape compared to many of the normal horse hoof prints that were there before the trail was marked.

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Race is on for IMBCS #5 Iowa Games!!!

Game Face Everyone – the race for Sunday is ON!

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IMBCS #5 – Iowa Games race at Peterson Pits. If you missed the early online registration dates, or were afraid of the weather so you didn’t register – not to worry. A reminder to all that onsite registration is available on Sunday for the IMBCS #5 race at Peterson Pits starting at 8 AM June 28th.

Peterson Pits is an ideal race course for all types of riders. It is a beginning racer friendly track (separate course for Beginners that the rest of the field), as well as leg burning full out racing for our experienced riders. Bring a friend. Bring a colleague. Bring a kid. Bring a spouse. Bring a date. Racing and fun for all on a course that everyone can ride without fear. Mud? No worries say our race director Kyle Sedore and his lovely assistant, Paul Varnum. 

Don’t believe me? Just ask Kyle…

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Photo Courtesy of Janan Felts

A little mud can be fun. After all, this is mountain biking.

This is our first partnership event with Iowa Games (our online registration sponsor/provider). Come out and support Iowa Games, earn some IMBCS points, and get your game out on some dirt. Details can be found here for start times, categories, etc…

  • $35 on-site registration.
  • Directions: Proceed west off I-35, exit 113; north on Dayton Road; left on East Riverside Rd; right on Grand Ave. US Hwy 69; then east on 180th St. to Peterson Park.

Race Director Kyle Sedore wants YOU!

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IMBCS # 4 Solistice Slam at Ewing Park Reschedule Announcement..

Ma Nature is dumping pails of rain on us this year (yes, it is one of those years). As we experienced with Seven Oaks, this is causing the usual havoc for most of our dirt venues leading to courses not being ready to ride come race day.

I just got off the phone with our Race Director – Nathan Cline – for the Summer Solstice that was scheduled for this coming Sunday, June 21st. Due to the amount of rain the Des Moines area has received, we are making the call today to cancel this Sunday’s race and reschedule to to a weekend in September. The TBA weekend for the reschedule is September 19-20 (yes, we are aware of the destination event known as Chequamegon takes place on that weekend and many Iowa racers may be in Wisconsin that weekend). However, choosing a date that was available for Nathan, Team Sakari and one that allows enough time to get the trails ready to ride at the Ewing Park system is what led to this initial TBA September 19/20 reschedule.

In any event, no racing this Sunday at Ewing Park for the Solstice Slam. Sorry about that, but some years Ma Nature dictates to us when and where we can race – no matter how well we have planned things in advance.

Seven Oaks Race Postponed Again

Official word from Seven Oaks race director, Derek Brewer:

Due to the rain last night, we are sad to say we will have to postpone the race for tomorrow at Seven Oaks. I am very disappointed after seeing how good it looked yesterday, but it just doesn’t appear that it will be able to dry much today. At my house, 15 miles from Seven Oaks, we only had about 2/10″, but there was considerably more here. Thanks to all that have been following the updates and making plans.

Information about a new date will be posted on Facebook and the IMBCS website soon

Seven Oaks Trail Looks Good

Official word from Seven Oaks race director, Derek Brewer:

Just got back from the trails…weed wacked and hiked 1–1.5 miles and I was happy with what I saw. Trails are overall FIRM and TACKY. Like Adam said, very few puddles and greasy spots. I had no problem hiking in my smooth boots.

 

Saturday evening’s rain is forecasted to stay south, and Sunday is supposed to stay dry until later. SO, don’t make other plans just yet, get your gear packed, buy some bug spray, and COME RACE with us on SUNDAY!!! Keep checking back here for any updates. THANKS!!