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    Banner Race! INDIANOLA,IOWA


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    I'll be there!

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    GREAT! Trail is in great shape right now... Just need to cut back all the WEEDZ!

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    What about the poison ivy? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by KAriadne View Post
    What about the poison ivy? LOL
    All trimmed and cut thanks to a work day last Sunday.
    The 14 warmest years have all occurred in the 16 years since 1997.

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    Yes! Just got back from a ride down there, and I can say it is the most open I have ever seen it.

    The link fjtort2 posted has lap data. Everyone should check it out and register. (Unless you are in my cat.)

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    I've never raced before and recently moved back to Iowa and have question about racing. How does one determine their category?

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    If you've never raced before, you can race Beginner (Cat 3). Even if you are a more experienced biker, you aren't experienced at racing.

    On the other hand, here's a thread from someone who decided to start at Sport (Cat 2): What Class Should I race?

    Unless you are super-duper familiar with the Banner course, I recommend racing beginner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler Adamson View Post
    I've never raced before and recently moved back to Iowa and have question about racing. How does one determine their category?
    IMBCS has several Categories as well as age classes within some of the Categories.

    The IMBCS will use the following structure for categorizing racers:

    Elite Pro and Category 1 racers, for men and women.
    Comp For those that feel they fall somewhere between a Category 1 and
    Category 2, primarily for men, however women can participate if they wish.
    Singlespeed, primarily for men, however women can participate if they wish.
    Category 2 Sport racers for men and women.
    Category 3 Beginner racers for men and women.
    Juniors 18 and under for boys and girls.

    Age groups within each category will be as follows:

    Elite Men

    o Open primarily for Pro or Category 1 racers under the age of 35.
    However those 35 and over may also participate if they wish.
    o 35+ - for men 35 and older only.

    Elite Women

    o Open for Pro and Category 1 women of all ages.

    Comp

    o Open primarily for men, however women are welcome to participate.
    This class is one category only, so any women participants will be scored
    with the men.

    Singlespeed

    o Open - primarily for men, however women are welcome to participate.
    This class is one category only, so any women participants will be scored
    with the men.

    Category 2 Men

    o Open open to all ages
    o 35+ - open to men 35 years of age and older.
    o 45+ - open to men 45 years of age and older.

    Category 2 Women

    o Open open to all Category 2 women of all ages.

    Category 3 Men

    o Open open to all ages

    Category 3 Women

    o Open open to all ages

    Juniors 18 and under

    o Boys open to all boys 18 years of age and younger
    o Girls open to all girls 18 years of age and younger


    Whether one is racing in Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, etc... - some of the descriptions of the Categories are pretty close to the same in each state. As an example, here are the descriptions used in the Wisconsin series (WORS):

    WORS CAT Descriptions

    Iowa is somewhat similar in terms of length of race, type of rider/hours training within the categories to help you determine where you might want to begin (CAT 3 or CAT 2).
    The 14 warmest years have all occurred in the 16 years since 1997.

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