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* 1. We listened to all of the suggestions and responses in last year's Survey, and for the first time ever in 2015, we provided Series Awards to the top 3 in each age class and category. Instead of plaques, medals or trophies, the 1st Place/2nd Place/3rd Place Awards were differentiated by how many free entry punches they got on their 2016 Punch Card as well as all of them getting custom designed IMBCS shirts and hats. Were these 2015 Awards sufficient?

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* 2. How should IMBCS focus on raising money to provide Series Awards for the winners?

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* 3. In an effort to encourage more series participation, we had sponsorship prizes from Scheels, LW Coaching, Hammer Nutrition, and BikeIowa.com that were awarded via name drawings for all eligible racers who had met the minimum number of races required for their category and were in attendance at the Awards Ceremony. There was no annual charge to a racer to have one's points tracked based on the survey last year. Were these awards a good idea and satisfactory for your level of participation?  

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* 4. In addition to our regular XC race schedule, IMBCS will include 5 Endurance races called 4 Hour Marathons for the 2016 season. If one of those events was held on a separate date and weekend from any XC race at Sugar Bottom, would you participate?

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* 5. Do you think IMBCS should consider including that separate Sugar Bottom Endurance Race as part of the XC Series Award where XC racers could also earn points for their XC series by doing the one special Sugar Bottom Endurance race (this race would be earlier in the season and at least two weeks or more of recovery would be allowed in the schedule)?

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* 6. Knowing that not everyone is able to attend the minimum number of races to compete for a state series award, IMBCS is considering including a Metro Mini-Series that would involve 3 regular IMBCS regional XC races, and maybe one or two Wednesday Night Time Trials in their area where racers in Central Iowa and in Eastern Iowa could do 3 of the local XC events in their area, and one or two Wednesday Night Time Trials to compete for a Metro Mini-Series Award. This would help those who have family, work, and simply do not like to travel across the state to still compete for a more regional award. If we had such an option available in Central Iowa & Eastern Iowa - and they would both be open to everyone whether they race in the full IMBCS series or not - would you participate?

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* 7. IMBCS is devoted to our local trail organizations. In the past, we did have a program similar to what is used in many state series throughout the country called Pay Dirt. That is a program where racers can earn additional series points by attending a volunteer trail work day and putting in some hours maintaining our trails systems so that we have venues for our IMBCS events. That program was dropped a few years ago by IMBCS, but is now being revisited. Would you support IMBCS if we added a Pay Dirt program with the goal of IMBCS participants helping out on our trail systems (CVAST, LAMBA, ICORR, FORC, CITA) and being rewarded in points for that work?

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* 8. Based on IMBCS history, the target number of events over the previous 13 seasons averaged 9-11 XC events, and they have always been spread throughout the state. Do you think a schedule for 2016 with that same target range of 9-11 XC events (5 of those will include Marathon for 2016) is a good number of events to maintain? Choose the most appropriate answer for your own individual racing desires in a competitive state series here in Iowa.

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* 9. In last year's survey, the overwhelming response was that if IMBCS had an online registration site (one single site) that could be used for all races and avoid multiple different locations where you had to go to register, 82% said they would use it. However, after all the hassle of getting it set up and running with one of our partnership sponsors, less than 10% of you actually used the one we had specially designed. Should IMBCS continue to pursue this endeavor, or scrap it and leave it up to each individual race director?

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* 10. The Advisory Board and I read and listened to all of your responses last year, answered many of the concerns and used this question & answer as a valuable tool to guide us with all of the changes we did end up making for the 2015 season. Changes included awards for the top 3 in each age class for the year end awards, gender equity cash payouts in CAT I, call ups at the starting line, inclusion of a Time Trial format race to name just a few. You do not have to sign your name to your response if you don't want to (I have the survey set to anonymous so we will not know your IP address, email, name, etc...), we just want to hear your ideas and feedback. This is the time to do that so the newly formed 2016 Advisory Board can read all of the responses and prepare for our upcoming annual meeting. Thank you very much for you participation in this survey and for your participation in any of the 2015 IMBCS events. Would each of you please take the time to offer any comments in the box below to the IMBCS Advisory Board on what you as a participant would like to see added or changed with IMBCS for 2016?

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