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WHEN

Sat Sep 27 2014 - Sun Sep 28 2014
4:15 PM - 11:00 PM

WHERE

Mullet's - just across the river from the Principal Park where the I-Cubs play
Des Moines, IA

WHO

BIKEIOWA.com Cycling Team

Recap/Results

Oakley Night Cap Cross is the most fun you will have "down by the river".

You cannot beat the urban venue, live music, tight race course and hundreds of spectators on a Saturday night at one of Des Moines' best bicycle-friendly restaurants - Mullets.

Just when you thought the race course could not changes, the  boys on the BIKEIOWA Cycling team was able to increase the course mileage this year while using less land. Both the days the course was approx. 1.7 miles and lap times averaged about 8 minutes. The course has always been tight and twisty and this year was no different. Barrier and run-ups were strategically placed and we once again had live music INSIDE the race course. The race course takes place near the confluence of the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers making for spectacular views of the Des Moines skyline. And.... this race happens at Mullet restaurant so food and drink were never far away.

300 racers from 8 states turned out Saturday and 190 racers for Sunday. for one of the nicest evening this Fall. OK.. It was a little warm for "cross weather", but the rain that morning made way for a cross-like course with some slippery corners and slick run-ups.We added a Sunday race Night Cap this year which proved to be just about as good of a time as Saturday.. OK.. maybe not quite as fun, but close! The same payouts were offered for Sunday too making the total payouts for the weekend at $2,400.

RESULTS


Full results via USA Cycling


SATURDAY STATS

300 racers (277 unique) (not counting the 15 that entered the Klunker Race) 400+ spectators 8 races 13 categories including a Klunker race. 

Weather:
 Rain early that morning brought some slick corners to an already tight and twisty race course, but temps warmed up to the 80's by 4 pm when the races started. Temps were in the mid 70's later in the evening. 

Fields:
 The largest field was the Men's Category 5 with 60 racers followed by the Men's Category 3 with 49.

Pro/Cat 1/2/3 Champions
Men's
#1 - Kevin McConnel
#2 - Mark Savery
#3 - Jeff Kluck
#4 - Jim Cochran
#5 - Nathan Kullbom

Women's
#1 - Brittany McConnel
#2 - Vanessa Curtis
#3 - Emily Robnett
#4 - Linda Cooper
#5 - Lisa DeShano


SUNDAY STATS


190 racers (175 unique) 200+ spectators 7 races 12 categories 

Weather:
 Temps in the low 80's dried up the course quickly and made for a fast and twisty race except for a few soft spots in the shady areas. 

Fields:
 The largest field was the Men's Pro Cat 1/2/3 with 34 racers followed by the Men's Cat 3 with 29.

Pro/Cat 1/2/3 
Champions
Men's
#1 - Kevin McConnel
#2 - Jeff Kluck
#3 - Brian West
#4 - Nathan Kullbom
#5 - Jim Cochran

Women's
#1 - Lisa Vetterlein
#2 - Brittany McConnel
#3 - Linda Cooper
#4 - Elizabeth Martin
#5 - Vanessa Curtis

PHOTOS



We'll post more photo links here as they become available. Email Biker@bikeiowa.com if you have a gallery of photos posted. Note: facebook galleries must be flagged as public for all to see.

VIDEO

video by Women's Cycling Network
 
 
We'll post more video links here as they become available.


THANKS TO

  • ALL who raced and spectated! It takes a mix of both to make this the fun and exciting event that it is.
  • the BIKEIOWA.com Cycling Team who made this race possible - especially - Rob, Kyle, Andy, Matty, Maharry, the Varnums, Bruce R, Kurt, Scott Sparrgrove, Wince, one-armed Bobby, Timmy, Stevie, Jared, Marco and newcomers Nate Hicks and Jim Coady. As the event becomes larger it take well-oiled teamwork to make it successful. Thanks for working your butts off for 3 days straight!
  • the army of volunteers for helping out ALL weekend!  (Sherry, Will, Christy, Joe P, Wade & Jess, Phyllis, TJ Fort, the 2 Julies, Spoon, Janan, Heather and many more who helped tear down the course so fast on Sunday)
  • Cross Star Hecklers - You gals brought game to the table a week before the game was a game! The promo photos from Felt-Up Art Workx got lots of chatter goin' !
  • Mullets for having us! YOU drank them out of pretty much every domestic tallboy in the place (again!) Good job! Ed, Amanda and Jess - You all rock! Thanks for allowing us live on-site for 3 days!
  • our sponsors - Without Oakley, Scheels, Miller Lite, Hummel's Nissan Above & Beyond Cancer The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw, and Primal Wear this event would not happen. Please support these sponsors. We do!
  • our product sponsors -  Küat RacksWD-40 BIKEBikeRagsQ7 CyclingAs A Dad LLC - Fat Bike Rental and Iowa Distilling Company.
  • the bands for making our race a PARTY with your LIVE Music! Be sure to High-Five Three Legged DAWGThe Smoothsayers and The Snacks the next time you see 'em play!
  • Baker Electric for letting us use their land again this year.


REVIEWS


CX Magazine Recap  (writted by Ken Sherman)|



Let us know if you write a review. We'll post the link here.


Description

Cyclocross

Distance - This is a timed event

Oakley "Night Cap" Cross

The BUZZ has begun...  We are racing under the lights at one of Des Moines' most bike-friendly bar/restaurants - Mullet's!

PRESENTED BY: BIKEIOWA.com Cycling Team
SPONSORED BY: SCHEELS, Oakley and Miller Lite

Yes you heard right. Night Cap Cross is TWO days this year! We've moved the race date up almost a month so we could add a second day of racing at this awesome urban venue. 

Oakley Night Cap Cross takes place near downtown Des Moines at Mullet's on some great under-utilized riverfront property! There is a GREAT view of the Des Moines skyline from the race course and Mullet's two-level deck that offers a great vantage point for watching the races literally inches away from the race course! Read Metromix's review of Mullet's.

Register Online


If you've been to the last four year's events, you know the vibe! live Music, Beverages, a Beer Garden and Racing at Night. Mullets will be offering up some great beer and food specials all weekend long. The venue offers great vantage points for spectators to get up and close with the race. We absolutely LOVE live music in the MIDDLE of the race course. We'll have more lights, the mini-expo and bicycle parking.

SATURDAY – September 27th 2014

The party kicks off at 4:00 pm with live music, beer and food specials and of course a kick-arse course! The lights will be fired up around 6:30 pm as sunset will be right at 7:00 pm.  After the races, hang around cause the music will continue until midnight. 

The course will be open for pre-riding at 3:00 pm.

TIME

GENDER

CATEGORY

TIME

PRIZES

PLACES

FEE

4:00 pm

Men

Masters 35+ Cat 1/2/3/4

45 mins

Prizes

3

$25

4:00 pm

Men

Masters 45+ Cat 1/2/3/4

45 mins

Prizes

3

$25

4:00 pm

Men

Masters 55+ Cat 1/2/3/4

45 mins

Prizes

3

$25

5:00 pm

Women

Cat 4

35 mins

Prizes

3

$25

5:00 pm

Mixed

Juniors 9-18 Cat 1/2/3/4/5

35 mins

Prizes

3

$10

5:50 pm

Men

Cat 5

35 mins

Prizes

3

$25

6:40 pm

Men

Cat 3

45 mins

$250

3

$25

7:35 pm

Mixed

Klunker

15 mins

High 5

n/a

$10

8:00 pm

Women

Masters 35+ Cat 1/2/3/4

45 mins

Prizes

3

$25

8:00 pm

Women

Masters 45+ Cat 1/2/3/4

45 mins

Prizes

3

$25

8:00 pm

Women

Pro Cat 1/2/3

45 mins

$475

5

$25

9:00 pm

Men

Pro Cat 1/2/3

60 mins

$475

5

$25

10:15 pm

Men

Cat 4

40 mins

Prizes

3

$25


SUNDAY – September 28th 2014

Grab one of Mullet's breakfast burritos and get ready for another day of racing under the fine downtown Des Moines skyline. The Sunday race course will be set up differently for your racing pleasure.

The course will be open for pre-riding at 9:00 am.

TIME

GENDER

CATEGORY

TIME

PRIZES

PLACES

FEE

10:00 am

Women

Cat 4

35 mins

Prizes

3

$25

10:00 am

Mixed

Juniors 9-18 Cat 1/2/3/4/5

35 mins

Prizes

3

$10

10:50 am

Men

Masters 35+ Cat 1/2/3/4

45 mins

Prizes

3

$25

10:50 am

Men

Masters 45+ Cat 1/2/3/4

45 mins

Prizes

3

$25

10:50 am

Men

Masters 55+ Cat 1/2/3/4

45 mins

Prizes

3

$25

11:50 am

Women

Masters 35+ Cat 1/2/3/4

45 mins

Prizes

3

$25

11:50 am

Women

Masters 45+ Cat 1/2/3/4

45 mins

Prizes

3

$25

11:50 am

Women

Pro Cat 1/2/3

45 mins

$475

5

$25

1:00 pm

Men

Pro Cat 1/2/3

60 mins

$475

5

$25

2:15 pm

Men

Cat 5

35 mins

Prizes

3

$25

3:50 pm

Men

Cat 4

40 mins

Prizes

3

$25

4:00 pm

Men

Cat 3

45 mins

$250

3

$25


*** UPDATES ***

Updates will be posted here up to race day. We'll also be posting regularly to BIKEIOWA's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

9/25/2014
- Over 282 pre-registered already (are you still procrastinating?  Register here...)
- If you are racing BOTH days, be sure to keep your number! You'll be using the same number on Sunday as long as you are racing in the same category
- Number placement will be announced on race day
- $2400 in payouts and LOTS of prizes over 2 days 


9/24/2014
- Over 200 pre-registered already (procrastinating?  Register here...)
- Talking about Night Cap? - Use #NightCapCross
- Race Numbers are IN!
- Prize Envelopes are printed

9/22/2014
- Added an opening band for Saturday - Three Legged DAWG who will fire up this party from 3-6 pm.
- Adjusted the band's time slots to make room for 3 bands.
- Confirmed all tower lights
- Paid for some super-cool Night Cap Cross slap coozies!
- Talked with the Beer Gods - They will be watching over us all weekend.  

9/21/2014
- Added Above & Beyond Cancer as a Night Cap Sponsor! Thanks Dr. Demming!
- Thanks to The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw for supporting what we do!
- Added Hummel's Nissan as a Night Cap Sponsor! 
- Added WD-40 BIKE as a Night Cap Product Sponsor! 
- Added Küat as a Night Cap Product Sponsor!
- Added BikeRagsQ7 CyclingAs A Dad LLC - Fat Bike Rental and Iowa Distilling Company as mini-expo vendors. Welcome!

9/20/2014
- Updated the band list. Please welcome the Smoothsayers and the Snacks for the Saturday entertainment!
Got our Custom Course Tape!  #Stylin' !

9/7/2014
- Added Hummel's Nissan as a Night Cap Sponsor!

9/5/2014
- Added information for Residence Inn and Hampton Inn as downtown Des Moines lodging options.

8/21/2014
8/17/2014
- Oakley Night Cap 2014 was posted on BIKEIOWA.com



Why this race is super-cool!

  1. It is a Night Race
  2. It is also a Day Race this year
  3. We are Racin' on Saturday AND Sunday under the Des Moines skyline
  4. Urban racing - nothing like it!
  5. "Conveniently" held at a bar/restaurant
  6. Light Towers will light the Race Course
  7. LIVE MUSIC in the MIDDLE of the race course!
  8. CRAZY Spectators!
  9. Great Food and Beer specials
  10. Spectator friendly! at least 1,001 spots to watch the races


VIDEOS

Here is a great video by Tyler Crandell of the 2012 event.



"One Man's Race on Oct 19th 2013" - video byRoad Shark Tales



SUPER SPECTATOR FRIENDLY!!

Watch the race inches from the course, or from one of Mullet's two patios, including an elevated deck that offers an amazing view of the Des Moines skyline and action-packed race course! There is also seating inside. The beer is cold and the food is Great! The bike trail goes right past Mullet's, so Ride your bike down and save the hassles of parking your automobile!


Mullets is a Sponsor!

AWARDS & PRIZES

Awards will be presented after each race as soon as the results are final. We'll have a podium and will be taking photos.

We have some SUPER KILLER Prizes this year! If you place, you'll be walking off the podium with your hands full of prizes from Oakley, Scheels, Primal, Miller Lite, Mullets and BIKEIOWA. We GUARANTEE you won't get a better set of prizes from any other race in the Midwest!! Oh yeah... every participant (of age) will get a voucher for a free beer or pop courtesy of Mullets!



KLUNKER RACE

The Klunker Race is sponsored by Ichi Bike and is ALL for FUN!  - It costs $10 to enter and 100% of the proceeds goes back to Central Iowa Trails Association (CITA), our bicycle-friendly non-profit who builds our local off-road trails. To participate, you must have entered at least one Night Cap race during the weekend.  So sign up, get your number plate and ride yer Klunker! We got some great photos from last year! Don't disappoint us this year!

Separate registration opens at 7:00 pm and closed at 7:40 pm. Look for the "Klunker Registration" at the registration tent.

What can ya ride? Anything on two wheels! Fat Tire Cruisers, Baggers, choppers, Beach bars, Ichi Bike builds, Rat Bikes, Fat Bike and other similar bikes allowed. 

The Klunker race course will be a shortened version of the course for mini-laps up front by all the action. Number of laps to be determined at race start. Please do not tear up the course as the next race starts at 8:05 pm.


RESULTS

Race Results will be posted after each race near the Registration tent. Please be patient. All results will be posted to BIKEIOWA.com and USA Cycling by early the week afterwards.


THE BANDS

Saturday - Three Legged DAWG 
- 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
The Snacks  
"A local Des Moines band comprised of Jeremy Alvarez, David Crabbs,John Parrish who met playing at a local pub  Hold on tight...it's going to be one hell of a ride!


Saturday - The Smoothsayers - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
The Snacks  
"The Smoothsayers are a four piece rock/jam band out of Des Moines, Iowa.  Members include Zach Von Stein on drums, Jordan Eganhouse-Cloe on bass, Pete Neel on keyboards and J.B. Williams on guitar and vocals. The Smoothsayers play a mix of covers and originals, and they constantly strive to bring new material into the mix, making every performance different from the last."

Saturday - The Snacks - 9:00 pm - 12:00 am 
The Snacks dubbed "The most entertaining band south of heaven!" by bandreviewer.com, this two man band is a hoot! They wear tuxes and top hats and they play all the songs you love with a twist and a fist-bump... (facebook)

Sunday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Music will playing all day day long, just not in the flesh.


THE LIGHTS

Remember RAD stands for Race After Dark!   Yes, most of us will be racing in the DARK, and the course will be LIT UP with light towers. You've seen the photos and video. Now come race Night Cap Cross yourself!


MINI-EXPO

We'll have a small expo area onsite to showcase products we like.

  • BikeRags - Styling, comfortable, quality clothes printed in nothing but reflective ink. "Ride Safe yet remain Fashionable in our reflective cycling apparel. It's Genius!! 
  • Q7 Cycling - Cyclist inspired attire. You name it - daily commute, draft line, beer run, club ride or racing. We have you covered. Q7 Cycling... we live it, we breathe it. 
  • As A Dad LLC - Fat Bike Rental - As A Dad Bike Rental is a fat tire bike rental shop. Everyone wants to ride one, now is your chance!
  • Iowa Distilling Company - Makers of Iowa Shine Whiskey - Prairie Fire Cinnamon Whiskey - Iowa Distilled Whiskey and Rum. All distilled in Cumming,Iowa
  • BIKEIOWA.com will have some t-shirts, gear, stickers and coozies available too...

If you would like to "represent": at the expo, please email Scott at Biker@BIKEIOWA.com.


BICYCLE PARKING

We will have a corral for bicycle parking. It will be a fenced off area, but we will NOT be monitoring this area. Please park here to alleviate congestion around the beer garden and patio areas. Please bring a LOCK and use this area if you ride your bike down.


ALCOHOL POLICY

Mullet's has been great to work with and is letting us use their grounds, as such we ask that everyone respects their alcohol policy and not bring their own alcohol to the race, however, anything purchased at Mullets may be brought with you anywhere on the grounds with exception of the bike and pedestrian trails which is city property. Please don't drive home if you have been drinking. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!


POST-RACE-PARTY

After the races we won't be going anywhere... We're partying at Mullet's and ALL OF Y'ALL are invited! The food and drink specials will continue and so will the stories! DJ Nice Kicks will be firin' up immediately after the last race is over.


CAMPING

With two days of racing, we are working to offer primitive camping at the venue on Saturday night. It is NOT set in stone yet, but we hope to nail down  the details soon.


FROM OUT OF TOWN?

Need a place to stay?  You are so close to downtown Des Moines where there are plenty of great restaurants and hotels to spend the weekend
Residence Inn and Hampton Inn by Principal Park. Residence Inn is $169/night, Hampton Inn is $129 for king, $139 for 2 doubles.  
Need to say you are there for "Oakley Night Cap". Check out a list of other Des Moines Hotels.



VENUE DIRECTIONS

It's easiest to Google it!

Mullets
1300 SE 1st Street
Des Moines, IA 50315


PARKING

Parking will be tight. If you are from Des Moines, we'd be most appreciative if you'd ride your bike down, or park across the river at Principal Park and take the pedestrian bridge to Mullets. If you are staying at one of the downtown hotels, it is an easy 5 minute bicycle ride to Mullets. Please do not leave any belongings unattended. Some of the side streets are not lit very well. Get the drift?


IOWA CYCLOCROSS

Want to bone up on your skills before hopping off your bike in front of a crowd? You are in luck! There are Renegade Cyclocross practices every Tuesday at 5:30 pm through October. Keep an eye on BIKEIOWA.com/Cross for all Iowa Cyclocross events.


HISTORY

2010 was the first year for Oakley Night Cap Cross. WOW - What a night that was!! 160 Racers, 200+ spectators on a Friday with a band jamming in the MIDDLE of the race course, and a great venue with sweet beer specials and pizza by the slice all night long. It was certainly an electrifying atmosphere! We knew we had something special... PHOTOS

2011 was even better! We switched the race date to a Saturday, lengthened the course, added a new band 'The Sun Company', provided a beer garden by the bands, made it easier to get beer and food, we had a mini-expo with vendors and added some wicked fast turns-n-twists in front of the spectators for the racers. PHOTOS

2012 grew by leaps and bounds! Dave Zollo and JB and the Smoothsayers rocked the house as 180 racers put their pedals to the grass for some fast-paced super-spectator-friendly night-time action. Mullets served up cold beer and food all night as the course was lined with rowdy spectators (which is just how we like 'em!). We kept the mushroom-shaped beer garden that gave up-front access the band and almost 360 degree access to the races! RESULTS & PHOTOS

2013 was a great year with music by the Smoothsayers, North of Grand and DJ Nice Kicks. A record 310 racers lined up from seven different states. We maxed out the Cat4/5 field and had hundreds of spectators line the course for all 5 races at one of the best home-grown grass-roots event in the state. Mullets was on their game all night serving up food and refreshments for the crowds. RESULTS & PHOTOS

Links

Venue

Mullet's - just across the river from the Principal Park where the I-Cubs play

1300 SE 1st
Des Moines, IA 50315
  MAP

Route

RAD RACE COURSE! (Race After Dark!)

Let the Racing Begin!! We are super-excited to kick off this event and we are sure this will be a night to remember! Expect a compact, fast, tight and twisty race course loaded with switch-backs, run-ups, flats, barriers and much more! All in front of a ton of wild spectators!!

The Race course will be marked by 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon and 9:00 am on Sunday morning.

View 
Mullets - Night Cap Cross in a larger map. NOTE: the course layout shown is NOT the actual course. It is only intended to show area we will use.



Registration

Register Online


Save yourself (& and us) Time & Money by registering online through USA Cycling. This will allow much quicker check-in too! We eat all the registration costs and are leaving registration open until midnight Friday, Sept 26th, so there is no excuse not to register online.


Day-Of Registration

If you are not racing first, please wait and register after the first race starts. This will make it much easier on our registration staff since the first race has so many participants! Yes, you can still register at the Race, but it will cost you $10 more (excluding the Klunker Race) and you'll have to wait in longer lines... If you are registering day-of, you can still save time and fill out an Event Release Form before-hand and bring to the registration table. Day-Of Registration will open up at 3:00 pm and closes 30 minutes before each race. There will be 15 minutes between each race.

The Fine Print About The Races: 

USA Cycling race permit (2014-2676) 
Race Venue:  Mullets – 1300 SE 1st Street Des Moines IA 50315
On-line registration available through 11:59 pm on Friday Sept 26th 
Onsite registration available on Saturday & Sunday ($10 additional charge for on-site registration.)
Helmets must be worn at all times when on a bicycle. 
Each Race is capped at 100 participants.
Criterium finish rule applies: lapped riders do not have to make up the extra laps. 
Mountain bikes are legal, no bar ends. 
All women’s Cat 4 and Cat 5 events open to un-licensed riders. 
1-day USCF racing licenses will be available at the race for $15.00. 
Riders under 18 will need a parent-signed standard entry form and release or a parent at the race to sign the entry form or a 1-day license. 
Riders must register 30 minutes before race start time.
Entry fees include $3 USCF insurance and $1 IBRA fee
$10 discount on second race entered by the same rider/same day 
No Refunds/ No free lap
Promoter reserves rights including revising the flier if needed.

NOTE: ALL RACE INFO IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  (last updated Sept 7th, 2014)


SPONSORS

We thank the sponsors of Night Cap Cross!!! This event would not be possible without them! Please support our sponsors!


Oakley is a Sponsor!



Hummel's Nissan is a Sponsor!

Primal Wear is a Sponsor!

Miller Lite is a Sponsor!

Mullets is a Sponsor!
Above & Beyond Cancer is a Sponsor!

The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw is a Sponsor!

BIKEIOWA is a Sponsor!



Product Sponsors

We thank these sponsors for supporting Oakley Night Cap Cross with products for prizes and giveaways!
  • WD-40 BIKE - WD-40 BIKE extends the strength of the WD-40 brand with products formulated specifically for the cycling market. Partnering with cyclists and mechanics to keep the bikes they love in top condition, WD-40 BIKE allows both riders and bikes to get the most out of every pedal stroke.
  • Küat Racks - Kuat designs lightweight, stylish, easy to use racks designed by cyclists for cyclists. At Kuat we make more than just bike racks; we design destination hardware that provides both superior function and style for when you hit the road.

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  • Posted Aug 17, 2014 by bikeiowa
  • Modified Oct 7, 2014 by bikeiowa
  • Recap Posted Oct 7, 2014

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