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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:

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: Register for the clinic here: 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.

Iowa Racers Make an Impact, CXNats 2015

Iowa US Cyclocross Nationals wrapped up today in Austin, TX, congratulations to those who traveled to Austin, I am sure it was a great week. Below are the results as we know them, if there are others, please let us know. The big highlight from todays racing action would be Alijah Beatty taking 3rd in the 15-16 year old women’s race! Congratulations Alijah, and to each and everyone of you who represented Iowa at #CXNats in some very tough racing conditions! Wednesday 1/7/14 (non-championship day):
  • Tyler Reynolds: 10-29 non-championship event 24th Place
  • James Cochran: 45+ non-championship event 1st Place
  • Harry Fortney: 45+ non-championship event 123rd Place
  • Steve Reynolds: 45+ non-championship event 66th Place
  • John Stonebarger: 45+ non-championship event 23rd Place
  • Alijah Beatty: women’s non-championship 11th Place
  • Tara Coady: women’s non-championship 91st Place
  • Kendra Law: women’s non-championship 78th Place
  Thursday 1/8/14:
  • Thomas Scholz: 55-59 24th Place
  • David Delperdang: 60-64 DNS
  • Norman Wellings: 65-69 17th Place
  • Harry Fortney: 65-69 20th Place
  • John Stonebarger: 50-54 68th Place
  • Tara Coady: women 50-54 DNS
  • Kathleen Porter: women 50-54 21st Place
  • Sarah Barber: women 55-59 6th Place
  Friday 1/9/14:
  • Benjamin Anderson: 30-34 23rd Place
  • Kevin McConnell: 30-34 4th Place
  • Andy Lueck: 30-34 10th Place
  • Ryan Jacobsen: 30-34 22nd Place
  • James Cochran: 45-49 4th Place
  • Steve Reynolds: 45-49 123rd Place
  Saturday 1/10/14:
  • Tyler Reynolds: 13-14 17th Place
  • Matt Zimmer: collegiate D1 11th Place
  • Alijah Beatty: women 15-16 3rd Place
  • Kendra Law: women 17-18 16th Place
  • Amanda Miller (born in Iowa): women’s elite 7th Place

Cochran Wins at CX Nats Day 1 – And other #CXNats Iowa News

Cochran Cochran Wins The 2015 U.S. Cyclo-cross Nationals are happening now in Austin, TX. 19 racers from Iowa are registered in the events that started today and continue through Sunday. Today wrapped up the Non-Championship events, these races are a perfect opportunity to get on the course and get to know the lines, the flow, and to learn about some of the competition. The remainder of the days feature a series of races to name national champions is a variety of age groups and categories.

For more information about all the races click here.

Wednesday Key Highlight has to be James Cochran winning the 45+ race. The other racers participated in some mixed categories for todays races and it is hard to get a feel for where they placed and what it means for the rest of the week. Congratulations Jim, and to all the racers who hit the course today.

Keep up the hard efforts everybody! Here is a list of racers and the event categories:

Wednesday (non-championship day):

Tyler Reynolds: 10-29 non-championship event

James Cochran: 45+ non-championship event

Harry Fortney: 45+ non-championship event

Steve Reynolds: 45+ non-championship event

John Stonebarger: 45+ non-championship event

Alijah Beatty: women’s non-championship

Tara Coady: women’s non-championship

Kendra Law: women’s non-championship


Thomas Scholz: 55-59

David Delperdang: 60-64

Norman Wellings: 65-69

John Stonebarger: 50-54

Tara Coady: women 50-54

Kathleen Porter: women 50-54

Sarah Barber: women 55-59


Benjamin Anderson: 30-34

Kevin McConnell: 30-34

Ryan Jacobsen: 30-34

James Cochran: 45-49

Steve Reynolds: 45-49


Tyler Reynolds: 13-14

Alijah Beatty: women 15-16

Kendra Law: women 17-18

Matt Zimmer: collegiate D1


Amanda Miller (born in Iowa): women’s elite

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.