Category: Board Meetings

IMBCS joins IBRA

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Great News for all of Iowa Bike Racing! The Iowa Bicycle Racing Association (IBRA) and the Iowa Mountain Biking Championship Series (IMBCS) have joined ranks. IBRA is a 501c3 non-profit organization who’s mission is to grow competitive cycling in Iowa and assist our athletes in achieving sustained success in national cycling competition. Starting immediately, Bruce Brown, President of the IMBCS Board, will now serve as an IBRA Board Member. This position will serve as the Mountain Bike Community representative to the IBRA Board.

You can learn more about the IMBCS here: http://imbcs.org/

This move was created to help unify all of the major bicycle racing disciplines here in Iowa – Fondos, gravel racing, road, mountain bike, and cyclocross. There are synergies that will benefit all event directors by managing and maintaining a common calendar, working to reduce the days where multiple discipline events might occur, support juniors and women’s specific racing programs across all disciplines, create a stronger officials corp to assist all events with better results management, combine resources to maximize the efficiency, and open up new opportunities for those who are interested in helping lead the efforts of bike racing in Iowa.

This coming Saturday will be the first joint effort with a USA Cycling Officials Clinic, this will train 6 new USA Cycling MTB Officials and 3 new USAC road Officials. The true benefit is that these officials can work all events and refine the skills needed to support all forms of racing. The IBRA Officials program pays for licenses, pays for apprentice programs, assists is upgrading officials, and mentoring. The 17 current USA Cycling officials in Iowa along with officials in Nebraska and Illinois will work together to support the events and the new members.

Items to consider when signing up for a race:

  • One USA Cycling license covers road, mtb, and cyclocross. If you have not tried the other disciplines, give it a shot, there are people at every event that will help you learn the ropes.
  • One Day license prices have dropped in price. For road they are $10, for MTB, they can be as low as $5.
  • For road/Cyclocross, Category 5 for men and Category 4 for women are where you can race without a USA Cycling Annual License.
  • For MTB, Category 3 and Category 3 are where you can race without a USA Cycling Annual License.
  • If you have previously held an existing USA Cycling license and want to come back to the sport, a one-day license can be purchased online.
  • If you purchase a One-Day license, you can send your copy of the receipt in to offset the cost of an annual license.

A part of your annual license and a part of your race entry fee supports:

  • Creating a National Championship event program.
  • Supports the Team USA Cycling Efforts for the Olympics.
  • Comes back to Iowa to help local events, officials, and racers.
  • Contributes to the Junior program that rewards Iowa racers who do 10 races per year with a $100 bike shop gift certificate.
  • Contributes to a Women’s Program, new events are being planned now, want to help?
  • Helps us manage a State Championship program for all disciplines.
  • Creates a unified ranking system.
  • Provides the best participant, race director, officials, and volunteer insurance protection program in the industry.

The combines leadership of the IMBCS and IBRA are excited about 2016 and beyond as we work together for all bike racers in Iowa.

New Officials Clinic April 9th

IBRA Officials

Are you a fan of bike racing, are you a race director who wants to learn more, are you a bike racer who wants a better understanding of the rule? The Iowa Bicycle Racing Association needs you. We are hosting a New Official’s Clinic on April 9th. Please contact Jeff Mertz, the officials coordinator if you are interested in learning and giving back to the sport you love, he will give you all the details! To contact any member of the Board, clck on the link: http://www.iowabicycleracing.org/board-of-directors/ Register for the clinic here: https://www.usacycling.org/register/2016-1184 What does it take to be an official? It is easy to get started. The IBRA will provide a clinic wherever there are at least three interested candidates. The introductory clinic takes about six hours, culminating with an open-book test.  Who can be an official? Anyone can be an official. Those who are not yet eighteen years of age are restricted to assistant judge/scorer/timer positions. Prior experience in bicycle racing is helpful, but not required. You should be willing to spend long days in the hot sun or cold rain. Why should my club have officials? Knowledge of the rules among racers is relatively low. Having an official in the club should help your riders avoid penalties and help your club put on better races. It can reduce the club’s cost for organizing a race if club officials volunteer their services. How many races must I work? You are not required to work at all! You should work at least three races per year to maintain your category. What do I get out of all this? Officials are paid based on the prize list of the race, ranging from $50 for a race with no prize list, to $100 for a full-day category A race. Chief referees and chief judges receive slightly more. All officials receive $.46 per mile for travel to and from the race. Besides all that, you get a warm feeling in your heart knowing that you helped to provide a safe and fair competition for the racers.

IBRA Elections Moved to February

The IBRA Board is revamping some of its by-laws and policies to allow more flexibility in the election process. We are also working on job descriptions and balancing the work load so more people can get involved without over stressing their commitment level. As a part of this, nominations will be accepted around February 1st with the hope of wrapping up the election by the end of February. Responsibilities: – Assist other board members in supporting, promoting, and growing bicycle racing in Iowa. – Participate in monthly board conference call/meetings. – Physically attend board meetings (typically in January) – Take over a selection of small jobs: Calendar, website, social media, scheduling, Officials coordination, and many others. If you, or a club member you know, is interested in running for the IBRA board, please contact Jeff Mertz off-list.

IBRA Annual Meeting 1/24/2015 Iowa Events Center Des Moines

The Iowa Bicycle Racing Association (IBRA) will be holding it’s annual winter board meeting on Saturday, January 24th. Anyone and everyone interested in helping promote and grow the sport of competitive bicycle racing in Iowa is invited to join. IBRA Board Meeting Saturday, January 24th 10:30 am – 11:30 pm Iowa Events Center – Room 302 233 Center Street Des Moines (part of Iowa Bicycle Coalition’s Iowa Bicycle Expo) This meeting will focus on the election of IBRA board members, and reviewing/approving the 2015 IBRA budget. Other topics will be discussed as well. See you there!

January Board Meeting Minutes

The Board of Directors of the Iowa Bicycle Racing Association met Jan. 25 to elect officers, establish a budget and conduct general business.
  • Meeting held in conjunction with Iowa Bike Expo at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in room 302.
  • While waiting for the meeting to begin.  Randy Catron reminded those in attendance that through IBRA there is a $100.00 grant available for each licensed Iowa Developmental racer that completes in 10 races.  Each U-23 racer will receive a $100.00 gift certificate to their favorite bike shop. In addition to IBRA funds, the Iowa Junior Development Foundation has money available for junior development programs and race reimbursement assistance, such as a trip to Nationals.
  • Board members present, Jeff Mertz, Larry Howe, Paul Jensen, Greg Harper, and Dan Rekemeyer. Mark Guthart listened in on the proceedings via telephone until the election of officers. Landon Beachy was absent.
  • In Mark Guthart’s absence, Larry Howe called the meeting to order at approximately 10:35am. Larry presented the Treasure’s Report. While in 2013 there were 3 less races than 2012 the overall number of racer participants had increased. Bicycle Racing appears to be healthy and growing in Iowa. At this point the IBRA 2013 balance sheet and income /expense numbers were discussed. The Iowa City Cycling Club put on the most races and had the highest attendance in 2013 and was declared the Club of the Year. There was no discussion of the report.  A vote was taken to accept the Treasurer’s Report and it passed unanimously.
  • Election of Officers. There was a brief explanation of the absence of Mark Guthart on the slate of candidates. Mark may be moving and will not be able to continue on the IBRA Board. The Slate of Candidates was presented; Landon Beachy, Jacob Oyen, Rick Hopson, Greg Harper, Paul Jensen, Larry Howe, Jeff Mertz, and Dan Rekemeyer.
  • Election results. The members selected for the IBRA Board are Landon Beachy, Rick Hopson, Greg Harper, Paul Jensen, Larry Howe, Jeff Mertz, and Dan Rekemeyer. Once the Members of the board were established, voting and confirming of the officers took place.
    • Jeff Mertz, President.
    • Larry Howe, Treasurer.
    • Dan Rekemeyer, Secretary.
  • Creation of Ad Hoc IBRA Website IT Coordinator position. There was discussion of IBRA website and its need of constant updating. Jacob Oyen was nominated and confirmed to the new position of Ad Hoc Web Site IT Coordinator. Website updates were suggested. Race results need to be coordinated through the IBRA website to the USA Cycling website to increase website traffic. Announce $100.00 IBRA junior development grant on the website with qualification instructions and contact information. Revival of the IBRA Hall of Fame.
  • Randy Catron asked, “Why the IBRA did not sign on to the Race Clean Program?” Discussion followed. Paul Jensen summed up the IBRA Board’s position.  “We support clean drug free racing in Iowa. However, the Cost of the program was too high for our small local association.”  Jeff Mertz followed up with reading the changes to the 2014 Race Clean program. (Due to the vast amount of discussion I was not able to keep up with my note taking. – Dan.) Randy recommended that we add the Race Clean Statement to the IBRA website. Discussion then switched to USADA testing fees and the financial impact that it would have on the race promoters. Jeff Mertz reiterated that “if random testing does happen in Iowa that the IBRA would step up and help with the associated costs.”
  • Randy Catron said that, “I understand that the IBRA focuses mainly on road racing, I would like to see more Mountain Bike Racing inclusion.” Paul Jensen explained that, “We are already taking steps toward this. During our race scheduling meeting we tried to minimize or eliminate road / cross and MTB race conflicts.”
  • Jeff Mertz suggested that we create Race Schedule Coordinator position to take the burden off the president. This position would work with race promoters and the Race Permit Coordinator, Randy Catron, to help get the races on the calendar for the upcoming race season. Paul Jensen volunteered to expand his Cyclocross Race Coordinator position to Race Schedule Coordinator.
  • Jeff Mertz volunteered to remain the Officials Coordinator.
  • This is the current list of Coordinators.
    • Officials Coordinator, Jeff Mertz.
    • Race Schedule Coordinator, Paul Jensen.
    • License Upgrade Coordinator, Landon Beachy.
    • Race Permit Coordinator, Randy Catron.
    • IBRA Website IT Coordinator, Jacob Oyen.
    • MTB Race Permit Coordinator, Larry Martin.
  • Jeff Mertz and Brett Griggs were recognized for their outstanding service and advancement within the ranks of USA Cycling officials. Jeff Mertz praised the service of Deisha Reynolds as a new USA Cycling Official. (Thank you to all the officials for your service and support of Cycling!)
  • 2014 Budget Discussion. First Aid kits need to get purchased so that each Official can have one at a race. Jeff Mertz explained Officials’ reimbursement policy changes. The Safe Sport program requires officials to pass back round checks.  Go ahead and pay for multiple year web hosting services to take advantage of discounting. Club of the Year budget reduced to zero, cost so small it can be Misc expense. Continue Stste Championship Jerseys for 2014. Jeff Mertz recommended Changes to the Officials’ budget lines for 2014. Motion to accept Budget changes for 2014. 2014 Budget passed unanimously.
  • Further discussion of Safe Sport Program.  Two LA Board members must pass back round checks. Since Jeff Mertz and Larry Howe are Officials and are already subject to the checks, we are covered.
  • Meeting adjourned at approximately 12:15p.