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.

Race Director Kyle Sedore’s smile says it all about getting this event off the ground and in the books…


IMBCS and all participants would like to thank Kyle and his entire crew that helped put on our first ever very successful joint Iowa Games/IMBCS race. I apologize for not getting an interview with Kyle completed for our website featuring the 2015 Race Directors. I was gone for nearly a month and somehow missed getting that task accomplished. In spite of that, Kyle has a rich history of directing races for IMBCS and as Commissioner for the Iowa Games race. We thank him for his continued support of the sport and taking on the role of directing one of our events. It is the work and enthusiasm for cycling from folks like Kyle that make this series tick. Thanks Kyle!

We would also like to thank our partnership with Iowa Games and the Iowa Sports Foundation for joining with us this year and providing our online registration system for races. In particular, Kim Abels and Zack Elsbecker deserve a huge shout out from all of us for their efforts and contributions to making IMBCS better this year.

Racers faced sections of dry trail, sections of tacky trail, sections of greasy trail, sections of sand, and several mud bogs (playing in mud puddles is really a helluva lot of FUN), beautiful sunshine and ideal racing temperatures that all led to nothing but lots of post race smiles, and vibrant post race stories.

IMBCS Photographer and Website Developer Eric Roccasecca captured an excellent Iowa photograph on the day that speaks volumes to capturing a taste of our state…


A total of 54 racers toed the line at Peterson Pits on Sunday including a group of 16 CAT III (Beginner) Racers. The CAT III Racers took off at 9 am for their 4 laps…

CAT III Start Iowa Games

Places were changed back and forth as everyone focused and gave it their all…

IowaGamesCAT III Racer

One section of the trail became muddy enough that a decision was made to cut that section out of the course for the latter races at 11 am. Most of the CAT III Racers completed their 4 laps, but everyone was smiling and filled with stories to tell at the end. Many took advantage of the lake to wash the mud off of their bikes and legs from the day’s race.

CAT III Post Race

There were several new racers to IMBCS and to mountain biking who gave it a try and enjoyed themselves. I urge everyone to keep up the effort to bring a new racer to an event so they can give racing a try. This new first time racer had so much fun, she is already asking about the next one…


Racing continued at 11 am with the start of the CAT I, COMP, and CAT II races. CAT I Men saw a wire to wire duel unfold between Michael Maney and Nathan Kullbom that came down to just a few bike lengths between the two of them crossing the line with Nathan edging out Michael after battling back and forth for 5 laps…

CAT I Men's Duel Wire to Wire

We had another brand new racer choose at the registration table to give the CAT I Women category a go. In her first ever mountain bike race, Jamie Johnson walked away with the overall top cash prize for CAT I Women and the rest of the cash podium found Katherine Roccasecca and newcomer Becca Vanderglas (from Colorado who was passing through on vacation)…

CAT I Women Podium Iowa Games

Most faced post race bike and kit washing due to playing in all of the fun mud puddles.


Striving for variety this year in the IMBCS – Peterson Pits provided that variety in spades this year not only due to it’s non-climbing pedal to the metal all the time type of terrain, but also due to the variety of soil conditions we got to race on which made it a lot more technical and fun than had it been dry. There was nary a moment you were allowed to lose focus on this course today.


We had some well deserved podiums from veteran racers such as Joe Short, Sterling Heise, Rob Cook, Andre Rethman, Sean Alstott, John Peters, and many others as well from some brand new racers to IMBCS. Full race results and points can be found here.  


FUN was had by all. Thanks Kyle and crew for supplying exactly what IMBCS is all about.

Our next race is on Sunday, July 12th at Sunderbruch Park in Davenport entitled the FORC Side Thrill Ride.


Photographs are courtesy of Eric Roccasecca and Bruce Brown

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

Game Face Everyone – the race for Sunday is ON!
by Eric Roccasecca

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…


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!


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!!

New CAT I Gender Equal Payment Schedule kicks in for IMBCS #3 this Sunday at Seven Oaks…

A huge thank you to IMBCS racers, the IMBCS Advisory Board, and the 2015 IMBCS Race Directors for engaging in a healthy discussion regarding a new rule change to the IMBCS Rules/Guidelines with regard to gender equal cash payouts for the top spots in the CAT I Overall Men and Women races.

Equal Pay

This is a big step forward for IMBCS and something we can all champion.

Racing fires up in earnest with the next 3 consecutive weekends of IMBCS events: Seven Oaks, Ewing Park, and Peterson Pits.

So ladies and gentlemen – get on those bikes and come out to our races to compete!!! Encourage others. Bring a friend. Join the fun!!

IMBCS #3 Rescheduled for June 14th at Seven Oaks!

The soup is just too thick to hold a viable race this Sunday at Seven Oaks…


There were two factors being fought to get this one together. One, some trail damage from a prior event had left trouble spots that just could not be addressed in time for this Sunday. Two, the amount of rain in the past week has left things simply too soggy to be able to dry out in time even for a shortened upper loop course to be considered. There have been more bouts of heavy rain falling today at Boone which has pushed everything over the edge.

The landowner at Seven Oaks as well as trail steward Adam Brooks, and race director Derek Brewer have decided to cancel Sunday’s event and rescheduled the race for Sunday, June 14th. Online Registration will now be extended for 2 weeks to allow for that date change. The electronic race timing company has confirmed they are available to be at the race on June 14th. So in the course of this morning with phone calls, site visits, new rain, and obvious concerns – all of the pieces are now in place so the trail can be ready for the event to take place on June 14th.

We apologize for those who had plans to camp and attend the race this weekend, but we do hope that everyone adjusts their schedules and can now attend on Sunday, June 14th.

Look for an announcement to help with trail work at Seven Oaks on Facebook. Adam and Derek will organize that and it would be greatly appreciated if you have the time, tools, and ability to pitch in and help them get the beloved Seven Oaks trails back into shape.

Seven Oaks Race Postponed to June 14

Official word from Seven Oaks race director, Derek Brewer:

Sorry all to have to postpone. The trail coordinator for Seven Oaks has closed the trails due to all the rain we have received.


We will plan to use the June 14 date, same start times. We will get the registration system opened up again so you will have about two more weeks to pre-register! Thanks for your understanding. We want to have a better course and conditions in two weeks.


Keep checking the IMBCS website for additional information on the race.


Check the Seven Oaks MTB Facebook group for updates on the trails and how you can help out. The trails may be opened possibly next week. While some areas may be closed, when it is good to ride, tires on it will help.

IMBCS Race Director Spotlight: Derek Brewer

We’ve got am exciting IMBCS scheduled race for this weekend!

Free Saturday Night Camping at Seven Oaks. Thrills. Hills. Spills. New Berms. Electronic Chip Timing.  Food Truck. Local Sponsors. Sunny. 70 degrees forecast for race day. Hammer Nutrition Sponsored Marathon Race Category. Prizes. Equal Cash Payouts for top overall spots in CAT I Men and Women. New Race Director who has been working super hard since last Fall to get this event ready.

Talk about a recipe for a perfect weekend of racing!!!

Load up the cars/SUVs/vans/18 wheelers and drive the 49 miles from downtown Des Moines, 118 miles from downtown Cedar Rapids, 141 miles from Iowa City, 160 miles from Omaha, 200 miles from Quad Cities, 133 miles from Gravity, Iowa or wherever it is you park your mountain bike overnight!!! Boone is about as central in Iowa as it gets (30 miles to the west from the geographical center point of Iowa). Seven Oaks Recreation is one of Iowa’s ski areas, so there are indeed hills. Yes, tell all your relatives and friends that live in other states that we do actually have skiing and mountain biking in Iowa!

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