On Sunday, October 7th, 2012 the Iowa Mountain Bike Championship Series heads south to Lake Ahquabi State Park for the fifth running of the event at the park.
Registration is here at RaceRegister.net
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The new category of race added last year - the Marathon - will be back. Marathon Junkies will race in our very own Iowa version of riding in circles until the clock stops featuring a solo Marathon Open Class (men's and women's) as they grind it out for as many miles as they can do before the clock says stop.
The Mullet Fall Classic Mountain Bike Race will feature the 3+ Hour Marathon (the marathon race starts at 11:45 a.m. and any lap begun before the clock hits 3:00 p.m. can be completed and counts!!!), and of course, the usual 2012 IMBCS XC race categories of Expert (4 laps), Comp (3 laps), Sport (2 laps), and Beginner (1 lap) to battle for the Mullet Classic Fall podium spots in their respective XC race categories.
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This is Iowa's very own backwoods, super fast, fat tire XC race held on a course loop that rolls on the multi-use cross country ski, snowmobile, and hiking trail that circles Lake Ahquabi. This year features a 6.7 mile race loop that utilizes backwood sections of the wooded trails throughout Lake Ahquabi State Park to make for a scenic race filled with unique challenges.
**Potluck lunch after the racing featuring grilled meats, a beer garden, plenty of water, salads, main courses, desserts, sides and fun for all.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE:
MARATHON - 11:45 am start for the Marathon racers (prizes: awards and cash payout prizes for top 3 in Women's and Men's Marathon Open)
CAT 1 Expert Men/ - 12:00 pm (prizes: awards and cash payout prizes for top 3 in Expert Men Open) - 4 laps
CAT 1 Women's Open/CAT 2 Comp Men's Class/Singlespeed - 12:02 pm (awards and cash pay out prizes for top 3 in Expert Women's; awards for winners in Comp/SS) 3 laps
CAT 2 Sport Men/Sport Women/Sport Junior - 12:04 pm (awards for winners) 2 laps
CAT 3 Beginner Men/Beginner Women/Beginner Junior - 12:06 pm (awards for winners) 1 lap
Open Marathon Category Men Solo/Women Solo/Tandem Bike (prizes: cash pay out for top 3 in Marathon Men's Solo and Women's Solo categories) - 11:45 as many laps as you can fit into the time allotment!! When the clock hits 3 p.m., no more new laps may begin. However, if your final lap started before the clock hit 3 p.m. - it counts and winners will be those with the most laps done. That means the winning times for the cash could actually be closer to 3:30 - 3:45.
Awards Ceremony/Prizes/Post Race Party: Beginners as soon as the CAT 3 race is completed and results are ready. Sport/Comp/Expert at the completion of the Experts. Marathon at the completion of the Marathon.
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The 6.7 mile loop includes a trip around Lake Ahquabi's multi-use trail with additional sections that include backwood trails. You will encounter gravel, dirt, roots, ruts, grass, logs, wooden bridges, climbs, fast descents and the best nature has to offer on this scenic course. The loop will be the perfect test of one's fitness with all of the full throttle speed and all of the climbing, but will not be technical in nature to scare off the entry level racer. In fact, this will be a perfect venue for first timers and experts alike. Come and join the fun!
Start/Finish area in front of the Beach Shelter. Loop will be run in a clockwise direction.
Registration is online at Raceregister.net and closes on Friday, October 5th at 9pm.
We strongly urge everyone to register online at Raceregister.net to receive a free t-shirt and it helps us in preparing the bike numbers with the respective category tags for such a large group of racers - which is very time consuming. Entry fees are discounted for using online registration (see entry fees below).
Race Day Registration begins at 9:30am and closes at 11:15 am for those that do not, for some reason, register online. Again, we urge you to register online to help streamline the data entry that must be done this year and to receive a free t-shirt. Thanks!
ENTRY FEE: *$15-35 range
Marathon - $30 Pre-Registration/$35 Day of Race Registration
Expert Cat I - $30 Pre-Registration/$35 Day of Race Registration
Comp/Singlespeed Cat II - $25 Pre-Registration/$30 Day of Race Registration
Sport Cat II - $25 Pre-Registration/$30 Day of Race Registration
Juniors 18 & Under in Cat II - $15 Pre-Registration/$20 Day of Race Registration
Beginner Cat III - $20 Pre-Registration/$25 Day of Race Registration
••All proceeds from The Mullet (after expenses) will go to Central Iowa Trails Association as a donation.
Lake Ahquabi State Park is five miles south of Indianola (17 miles south of Des Moines) on Hwy. 65/69 and one mile west on G-58. Enter Lake Ahquabi State Park through the main entrance where G-58 ends and the entrance gate is located at the 4 way stop. Parking and registration will be at the Lake Ahquabi Beach Shelter (once you enter the park, follow the road all the way down the hill to the beach area). We will use the Beach Shelter for the day of the race and restrooms (Porta Potties) will be located there as well.
Online Registration is here at RaceRegister.net
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