Stone Park is super-spectator friendly neighborhood park a few minutes South of downtown Des Moines. You can see 95% of the course from any location.
The weather was perfect and the race course did not disappoint! In the past the race course was known to be dusty and super-bumpy. Kudos to the Des Moines Parks & Recreation Department for maintaining the park more often and allowing us to use all parts of the park. This year the late Fall rains smoothed out the majority of the bumps but the course that was set up was still super-challenging for most.
The Fall foliage was in full effect and you can still see some of the Des Moines skyline over the tree-tops. The hill run-up ripe with hecklers and the prime location to watch the run-up, barriers, two mud runs and a down hill into the "Benson" pinwheel. The hill was wetter and slicker than expected which made for a spectator-friendly mud run at the top of the hill after racers had to choose to run the hill or ride over 2 short barriers to obtain enough momentum to find the right lines through the mud lanes. No one was riding the far East corner.
We overheard this more than once "The course was a lot tougher than it looks"... And we agree! The damp ground had that "riding through sand" feeling that take a lot more energy to turn those pedals!
160 racers (144 unique), 100+ spectators, 6 races and 12 categories.
Total payouts: $450
Weather: mostly cloudy int the mid 60s. A breeze in the early afternoon made it fee a little colder.
Fields: The largest field was the Men's Category 4 with 28 racers followed by the Men's Category 3 with 25. The biggest race was the Cat 4/5 with 51.
Pro/Cat 1/2/3 Champions
#1 - Brian West
#2 - James Cochran
#3 - Nathan Kullbom
- Brittany McConnel
#2 - Emily Robnett
#3 - Lisa DeSharo
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ALL who raced and spectated, the BIKEIOWA.com Cycling Team - This is the 4th event they've promoted in the last 30 days, Everyone who helped set up and tear down the course, Those at the registration table, The promo photos from Felt-Up Art Workx got lots of chatter goin'!, the event sponsors - Without Oakley
, Beaverdale BIkes
, Miller Lite
, and el Bait Shop
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