Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy Postponed

Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy is postponed due to weather.

From Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy race director, Noel Kehrt: “Overnight precipitation and cool temps have left trail conditions in poor conditions. I’m not comfortable at this point with starting this race based on possible trail damage and rider safety. We will be pulling the plug on today and will begin discussing rain dates early this week. Sorry to drag everyone along on this.”

2 Hour Delay for Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy

All races delayed 2 hours tomorrow (5/1/2016) due to rain.

From Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy race director, Noel Kehrt: “The trails got an inch of rain. They are wet on top but still hard as a rock. We’re planning on a 2 hour delay for all races at this point. I’ll be out here early tomorrow should we get more precipitation. If we’re going to cancel, you’ll know by 7am. But right now, things look good. Thankful for upland trails with sandy soil.”

IMBCS #2: Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy!

Next up for the IMBCS is a return for the 2nd consecutive year to Cedar Rapids for the Beverly Fat Tire Frenzy this coming Sunday, May 1st. Race Director Noel Kehrt and LAMBA have whipped the trail system into Spring shape.

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This will be our second XC race of the 2016 season, but will also be our first 4 Hour Marathon Category race of the season, and our first Trail Run Race of the season. These options provide a little something for everyone to enjoy. Last year we had a total of 105 racers take on Beverly Park, and it would be great to bust through that number this year – especially as we show our support for LAMBA and the excellent trail work they do in and around the Cedar Rapids area.

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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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New for 2016! World of Wheels Cash Payouts for COMP, CAT II, CAT III, and Marathon!

That’s right!

Thanks to IMBCS Advisory Board Members Andy Peterson, and Cheryl Dralle for working with our Title Sponsor World of Wheels to come up with a solution and the formula to carry out the vision of Jeff Miles from World of Wheels who wanted to contribute money for cash payouts to all the other racers at our events.

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Who are all the other racers?

All the other racers that our sponsor wanted to support with his $500 per race sponsorhip are the COMP, CAT II, CAT III, and Marathon top three overall finishers for men and women in each of those categories. To note – COMP is a male only division, the rest will receive equal payouts for men and women. That means racers in each of those categories have the opportunity to receive the following if they finish in the top 3 overall in each of those categories…

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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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What to expect at your First Mountain Bike Race – by Liz Van Houweling

IMBCS racing begins in 3 weeks!

This is our first article from Zoom Performance Level 1 Coach Liz Van Houweling. Zoom Performance has partnered with IMBCS for 2016 by becoming one of our sponsors for the series.

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What to Expect at Your First Mountain Bike Race

Toeing the start line for your first mountain bike race can be rather intimidating! I came from racing criteriums for 5 years and was still fearful about the idea of RACING mountain bikes. To outsiders, the thought of going as fast as you can while weaving in and out of trees, bombing down bumpy descents, and maneuvering around other riders can be frightening. I promise that it is not really as scary as it sounds!

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Welcome to one of our new 2016 Sponsors: Zoom Performance!

IMBCS is proud to announce one of our new Sponsors for the 2016 season – Zoom Performance!

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A big thanks to Matthew Zepeda, Julie Kirkpatrick, and Liz Van Houweling who have teamed up with IMBCS for our 2016 Season with some exciting things to offer racers here in Iowa. You can read the Zoom Performance announcement HERE. Look for our first article on this website from Liz Martin in the coming days.

Please join me in welcoming this dynamic company based here in Iowa to IMBCS. Please take the time to read the history of Zoom Performance and their coaching.

Help fund our youth (under age 18) entry fees for the 2016 season!!!

Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series had a total of 111 Youth Entry Fees during the 2015 season (JUNIORS). Many of those young racers come from homes where the expense of paying a mountain bike race entry fee is simply not affordable. We are asking for donations this year to help cover the costs of the entry fees for our under age 18 racers in Iowa. We ask that those of you who have the financial means to make a donation to help cover the cost of our up and coming youth here in Iowa to race their mountain bikes at one of our IMBCS events to donate what you feel is appropriate.

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Each JUNIOR entry fee averages $20 per race, so if you want to sponsor one entry fee, two entry fees, 5 entry fees, or even more – it would help insure that our next generation of mountain bike racers here in Iowa have a chance to race their mountain bikes in our great state.

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We have set a goal of raising $2500 based on the number of racers we had in the under age 18 categories during the 2015 season. The donated money will be used soley to cover youth entry fees for the JUNIORS and in the case of those who need it, a one day USA Cycling License. IMBCS is now under the 501 (c) (3) status, so your donation will be tax deductible.

The IMBCS Advisory Board, the parents of youth racers, and the individual host race organizations will be very thankful for your generous contribution – especially if it means seeing the determined faces of Iowa’s youth out on our mountain bike trails during 2016 racing their bikes.

Here is the direct link to our IMBCS GoFundMe Youth Entry Fee to make your donation:

https://www.gofundme.com/uzva8s5w

USA Cycling Mountain Bike Championships for 2016…

IMBCS racers will have the chance to compete at three levels of USA Cycling Mountain Bike Championships this year – State, Midwest Regional, and Nationals.

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The USA Cycling State Championship here in Iowa will be the first chance for this level of competition and is one of our scheduled races for the season at Whiterock Conservancy. The cost and travel time factor for those who qualify to go to the Nationals may not allow many to do that this year. However, much closer to home provides those who are willing to travel to our neighboring state of Wisconsin the opportunity to take part in the inaugural USA Cycling Midwest Regional Mountain Bike Championship in Wisconsin. You can toe the line against riders from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin at that event.

Here are the three opportunities for IMBCS racers to participate in USA Cycling Mountain Bike Championships this year:

July 2-3 USA Cycling Iowa Mountain Bike Championship at Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa.

July 12-17 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championship at Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes, California.

July 22-24 USA Cycling Midwest Regional Mountain Bike Championship at Cascade Mountain in Portage, Wisconsin.

Our regular IMBCS 2016 schedule is located HERE.