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Wade Frank Memorial Cup - East Village Criterium

Just before the start of the Pro 1/2/3 race, Michael Zimmerman introduced Wade Franks brother Travis. From the steps of Iowa's state capitol, Travis talked about how and why the race weekend came to bear the name of his brother. Wade was tragically killed two years ago, on a Sunday morning at 10 am by a man convicted multiple times of driving while drunk, and had been up since early in the morning drinking. Earlier this year Senate file 444 became law, and Iowa now has a sobriety monitoring program that is similar to the program used in South Dakota where impaired-driving offenders travel twice daily to a monitoring center for a breath test.  Much of this was made possible by the great deal of effort and energy that Wade's parents put in to see this legislation through. I hope they find some comfort in that something good has come from Wade's death. 

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24 Hours of Cummings

The street in front of the Cumming Tap is lined with cars with bike racks and at 9 AM and it's pretty quite around the Cumming Tap. The 100k and 200k race is underway, and the 400k races departs in an hour. I walked through the front door of the Tap and found Steve Cannon and Michele Smith-Jones prepping for the start of the 400K.

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Ride of Silence

The ride of silence is a nation wide event that was started in 2003 after Larry Schwarzt was killed in Dallas after being hit by a passing bus. This is the 13th year for the Des Moines Ride of Silence.

The ride exists to honor those bicylists who have been killed or injured, to raise awareness that bicylists are here, and to share the road.

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Renegade Gent's 7.0

The idea is to enlist, recruit or cajole four of your friends, well usually your friends, to wake up really early on a grey, cold Saturday morning and ride your bikes for 61 miles. There's a bit more too it though. The deal is that to count as finishing, the five of you have to come across the finish line together. On top of that, the format is that of a team time trial, meaning you toe the line with your five comrads at a pre-ordained time, meaning that the organizers agonizingly scrutinize the rosters, strava, and maybe sometimes a coin toss to pick your start time.

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Cirrem Course Record Shattered

Three days after Thanksgiving last year, registration for Cirrem opened at 9pm. If you blinked an eye, 125 people put some cold hard cash on the table for an event that's three months away. Would my training over a bleak Iowa winter would be boom or bust have me ready for 65 miles of steep relentless hills on gravel roads through Madison and Warren counties. Or, would race day weather bring bitter cold, snow, frozen, muddy, broken drive trains.

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Iowa State Cyclocross Championships

If you showed up to race today you had better be prepared to go fast from the gun. The course was fast, dry and built for speed. From the gun, Alijah Beatty pushed the pace hard. Before the first lap was over, Alijah Beatty, Brittany McConnel, Elizabeth Van Houweling, Carly Thomsen and Raylyn Nuss formed a solid group of the front.

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Valley Cross

Back in late June, my wife and I set out on our tandem along with 65 of our fellow cyclists on a 200 mile route from West Des Moines to Okoboji. The ride is all about raising awareness and to raise funds for human trafficking survivors in both Nepal and Iowa. This year $33,000 was donated to Dorothy's House in Des Moines, a house that provides shelter and transition for victims of human trafficking. We believe and support this effort because it happens in our state and it's another terrific example of what the cycling community does. The motto of the OK 200 is "We Ride So They Can Be Free". Today I am reaching out to you to help stop human trafficking. All of my photo's from yesterday's Valley Cross are on sale for $5 each, or 3 for $10. All proceeds will be donated to http://okoboji200.org/.

All of the photos from the race, including those in this post can be viewed, purchased and downloaded at https://kkimages.shootproof.com/gallery/valleycross1/. Again, all of the money raised goes directly to OK 200.

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The World Comes to Iowa

Racing under the lights, to a crowd from Interbike, the Vegas World Cup race was fast from the start. Mid way through the race, Wout Van Aert crashed hard on the barriers and didn't look like he was going to finish the race.

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East Village Criterium

The six corner coarse starts on the steps of Iowa's Capital in downtown Des Moines, turns onto East Walnut and dives down a hill where the fastest riders will hit close to 40 mph. Next there's a fast right turn onto East 6th, and just seconds later another fast right hand corner and up East Locust. Most of the decisive moves come in the next three corners, where a deceptively steep, long uphill will either spit you off the back of a fast moving pack, or if you've got the fitness allow you to put some time on the pack. 

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Bicycles Blues and Barbeque

It's a pretty big deal to have a stage race in the states these days that amateur's and pro's can compete in. This format, a Saturday morning individual time trial followed by a criterium later in the afternoon, and finishing up with a road race on Sunday used to be a staple of Mid-West racing. I know I really enjoyed this format when I was actively road racing nearly 20 years ago.

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The Anatomy of a Pole Vault

Capital Squares atrium on most any Wednesday evening after work is normally a pretty quiet place. Last night, ten of the top pole vaulters in the world, along with a large appreciative crowd transformed the atrium into a highly charged sporting arena. The Drake Relays special invitational pole vault is always a great spectacle to watch.

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Renegade Gent's 6.0

Unsupported, Unsanctioned, Unmarshalled

It might seem that unsupported, unsanctioned, and unmarshalled might mean things are a bit chaotic. To the contrary, the BikeIowa team has things nicely dialed in and puts in countless hours ahead of race day organizing, seeding the teams start times, rounding up sponsors, scouting the route, and putting together queue sheets.

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2016 Okoboji 200 Stop The Traffic

Human trafficking. I bet that's something you don't normally think much about here in central Iowa. Supreme court Justice Mark Cady, in his 2016 Iowa State of the Iowa Judiciary, Cady states "We can no longer view human trafficking as a problem reserved for major cities in America,"

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Jingle Cross, Sunday

The light rain that fell Sunday morning was enough to make the third day of Jingle Cross the muddiest. Spectators found it tough to keep their footing out on the course and lined the climb and descent off Mt. Krumpit where only the fittest riders could make the climb and only the fearless managed to descend unscathed.

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Jingle Cross, Saturday

The early morning races had a tough go as the frost came out of the muddy track and quickly turned into a thick goo. By the times the UCI races hit the start line, the track had firmed up in places, and the spectators were treated to two very fine races.

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Jingle Cross, Friday Night

Between Thanksgiving and the start of Jingle Cross, most of Iowa received close to six inches of snow, followed by days of grey gloomy weather mixed with several inches of rain. The sun finally came out on Wednesday, and with temps predicted to be in the upper 40's, Iowa's clay soils were sure to make an impression on all the riders at Jingle Cross.

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Spooky Cross, Saturday

The Zealous Racing/Thompson team put together a great coarse, and a dash of rain overnight made for some tricky off camber corners. All of the competitors made from some pretty great photos on this cool, overcast day. Here are a few of my favorites, enjoy!

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