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Mon September 20 2021 / Issue #39

On Our Radar

While not everything we post makes its way to a social media platform, we have been continually posting lots of News and the Event Calendar has been jam-packed with great events all over the state. Everything from trail building to interactive maps to a new mountain bike park to world-wide coverage of Jingle Cross in Iowa City next month. There is no shortage of cycling related things happening in Iowa and BIKEIOWA is always open 24/7/365 !!

BIKE MONTH - Des Moines moved their Bike Month activities from May to September and there are 57 events listed for September and 25 events listed for October. Thanks to the Des Moines Street Collective for organizing!

CYCLOCROSS SEASON is here and you can find out details for most races, clinics and practices at We've had a great Summer and are ready for some cooler temperatures that occur with cyclocross!

CAPITAL CITY CROSS - BIKEIOWA is organizing a cyclocross race in Des Moines on Sept 25/26 called Capital City Cross. It is super beginner friendly and even better for spectating. come check it out! We are happy to have RynoVelo onsite both days offering mechanical support, nutrition - gels, bars, water, and bringing a few demo bikes and Stephanie with Body In Motion Therapeutic Massage will be there on Sunday!  Donuts ? Highland Bakery will deliver donuts for racers, volunteers and spectators on Saturday morning! They have been around since 1946!

SAFETY - Iowa has seen a few deaths on the road this season. One death is too many. PLEASE ride safe out there. Here is an informative article on the cycling surge prompted by the pandemic and how many states have safe passing laws,

BIKEIOWA GEAR - we still have a great selection of jerseys, crews, T-shirts, socks, coozies, bandanas, mugs, cycling caps, patches and a bunch of new stickers. And remember this year is our 20th year as a cycling resource for Iowa! Our 2021 Collection is pretty cool and limited.

SPONSORS - Please support our Sponsors! We don't thank them enough and there is no way this site would exist without them.

Thanks for using BikeIowa
Ride Safe!
Scott Sumpter


A Tribute to Iohan Gueorguiev (1988-2021) »

Iohan’s journey in this world came to end on August 19th. He had been struggling with insomnia and depression for several years.


2021’s Bike Month was rescheduled to September in order to maximize the chances of returning to our traditional format.



Upcoming Events

Wed Sep 01 2021 to Thu Sep 30 2021
DART Bike and Board »
Des Moines, Other
Tue Sep 21 2021
Renegade Cyclocross »
Des Moines, Cyclocross
Wed Sep 22 2021
Handlebar Happy Hour - Firetrucker Brewery »
Ankeny, Meeting
Thu Sep 23 2021
Twisted Cross Beginner's Clinic #1 »
Cedar Falls, Cyclocross
Fri Sep 24 2021
2021 PedalArt Poster Show »
Des Moines, Other
Des Moines City Ride »
Des Moines, Party Ride
Kyle's Bikes Annual Parking Lot Sale 2021 »
Ankeny, Expo/Sales/Swap
Tour de Fall 2021 »
West, Tour
Sat Sep 25 2021
2nd Annual Level B Service Ride »
Fairfield, Gravel
Capital City Cross »
Des Moines, Cyclocross
Hawkeye Downs Human Powered Vehicle Race »
Cedar Rapids, Omnium/Stage Race
Iowa Safe Routes to School - Family Ride Marion »
Marion, Tour
Level B Service Ride »
Fairfield, Gravel
Tour De Maples »
Osage, Tour
Volga Gravel Race 2021 »
Volga, Gravel
Sun Sep 26 2021
Turds of Misery »
Charlotte, Gravel
Tue Sep 28 2021
Renegade Cyclocross »
Des Moines, Cyclocross
Wed Sep 29 2021
Firetrucker Adventure Biking Talk (FAB) - Deanne Herr »
Ankeny, Safety/Education/Training
Thu Sep 30 2021
Street Collective Member's Night »
Des Moines, Safety/Education/Training
Twisted Cross Beginner's Clinic #2 »
Cedar Falls, Cyclocross
Fri Oct 01 2021
Iowa Trails Summit- New Program and Innovative Ways to Find Money and Retain Donors for Your Trail »
Statewide, Meeting
Sat Oct 02 2021
15th Annual "Sloof" Ride »
Brandon, Party Ride
Buffalo 105 »
Newton, Gravel
Missouri Cowbell - Cyclocross Xtreme »
Rocheport MO, Cyclocross
Peace Be The Journey bike ride for mental health awareness »
Decorah, Trail Ride
Snaggy Ridge 105 »
Tipton, Gravel
Tour de Brew QC »
Rock Island, IL, Party Ride
Twisted Cross »
Cedar Falls, Cyclocross
Sun Oct 03 2021
Iowa Mountain Bike Festival »
Coralville, Mountain Biking
Tue Oct 05 2021
Renegade Cyclocross »
Des Moines, Cyclocross
Sat Oct 09 2021
BIKEtober in the Bluffs »
Council Bluffs, Party Ride
Border Bike (IA/MN) »
Riceville, Trail Ride
Tue Oct 12 2021
Renegade Cyclocross »
Des Moines, Cyclocross
Fri Oct 15 2021
Iowa Trail Summit- Making Your Trail More Inclusive »
Statewide, Meeting
Jingle Cross Festival & UCI World Cup »
Iowa City, Cyclocross
Sat Oct 16 2021
East West Groveler Gravel Race 3 »
Ashland NE, Gravel
Jingle GX 100 km Gravel Race »
Iowa City, Gravel
Tue Oct 19 2021
Renegade Cyclocross »
Des Moines, Cyclocross
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Snaggy Ridge 105 Gravel Ride Director interviewed on RidingGravel podcast »
Jingle Cross live broadcasts on GCN, and also on Eurosport all over Europe! »
Pair biking cross country on e-bike to promote sustainability stop in Waterloo »
Mayor's annual bike ride raises money for Des Moines trails »
Pandemic prompts cycling surge — and calls for new protections »
Urbandale PD: Bicyclist died after crash with vehicle »
Interactive map for Cedar Valley rec trails proposed by INRCOG »
State funding approved for recreational trail projects »
Des Moines unveils ideas for South of Gray's Lake, a potential development hot spot »
Central Iowa favorite Sleepy Hollow to become a Polk County park »
Cedar Falls plans for future bike network »
Cycling, service during annual ride across Iowa »
Fenceline Beer Lab in Huxley experiments with craft brews using split batches »
THE ULTIMATE MARRIAGE TEST (450 miles on a tandem bicycle) »
Destination: Decorah, Iowa »
Sioux Center woman dead after being struck by SUV while on bicycle »
Council Bluffs closing trails to repair levee damaged in 2019 flooding »
Storm Lake Police looking for cyclist accused of harassing women »
Registration Is Open for “The Great Iowa Fall Ride” »
Phase one of Mason City's High Line trail announced »
Great Western Trail closure south of Orilla »
Whiterock Conservancy Hires New Executive Director Niki Reynolds »
High Trestle Trail Extension project to start Aug. 24 in Ankeny »
Year-round bathrooms nearly done at Sportsman Lodge »
Bicycles 101: Tips for keeping yourself and your bike safe in Iowa City »
Why is This Tree in the Middle of an Iowa Road? »
After Lytton, Iowa, rallied around paying off their new fire station, RAGBRAI brings effort across the finish line »
Re-opening Of Raccoon River Valley Trail Bridge Celebrated With Ribbon Cutting »
RAGBRAI presents $15,000 to Iowa Falls charitable organizations »
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Built on an abandoned brick factory, South Sycamore is the best kept cycling secret in Des Moines »

Written By Brian Powers of the Des Moines Register (source)Where a brick factory once stood on Des Moines' north side, mountain bikers twist and turn through rocks, brush, trees and an occasional br...

Off Like a Shot -- Cannonball Cross »

From the Crandic Racing "Cross Words" Blog ~ John Stonebarger t long last, cyclocross is very nearly here. Just two weeks from now, in Mason City's beautiful East Park, Spin Devo will start up the 2...

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Mon September 20 2021 / Issue #39