The Iowa Bicycle Racing Association (IBRA) has announced its 2006 road racing schedule, with over 110 events planned. The racing starts on January 7 with the Howling Headwinds Roller Race in Indianola, IA, and continues throughout the year to the December 3 Nur-Vee-Gin Shiver-n-Svet road race. Races are spread across each discipline, with 39 time trials, 27 road races, 20 criteriums/omniums, 12 cyclocross events, and 8 roller races held throughout the U.S. state of Iowa.
"Nearly 100 events were held in 2005 and it's good to see such a strong showing of support for Iowa racing," said Richard Gilmore, IBRA President. "The ability to support this number of races is really a testament to the dedication of both the riders and also the promoters who put on these races, many of whom also race themselves. It shows that bicycle racing in Iowa is healthy and continues to grow."
Highlights on the schedule include the state championship events for each discipline, including the team time trial which makes its return for 2006. "We re-introduced the team time trial championships in 2005 with four rider teams each covering 100km - the same distance used in the Olympics from 1960 to 1992," said Rick Paulos, race director for the state team time trial championships. "The state team time trial brings a unique opportunity to the Iowa racing scene."
June 25 - State Team Time Trial Championships (Columbus City, IA)
August 6 - State Road Race Championships (Sherrill, IA)
August 26 - State Criterium Championships (Pella, IA)
August 27 - State Time Trial Championships (Nichols, IA)
October 29 - State Cyclocross Championships (Newton, IA)
More information: www.bikeiowa.org