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 onto 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.
On the start line, at the foot of the Iowa State Capital one of the officials checks the riders in and gives them last minute instructions. A shout out to all of the officials that make all this possible!
Warming up the crowd
Jeff Heylmun (Ames Velo) passes the growing crowd on heckle hill.
The trends in cycling kits comes and goes. I'm kind of a fan of some the really bright colors.
There's a slight down hill as riders turn onto Finkbine and come across the start finish line. By the time they turn onto East Walnut, if you're standing close enough to the curb you'll feel the rush of air that that pack pushes.
Brian Baumhover takes a flyer down East Walnut in the cat III race
The Wallace Building makes for a pretty stunning back drop as the women round the corner at East Grand and Finkbine.
The bottom of the the East Grand Hill is where the max speeds are hit. And check out the average speed in the Pro 1/2/3's race.
Two corners from the finish, on a long slog of an uphill, the big boys were egged on by some good old fashioned cash.
Off the front
The Harvest racing team and Above and Beyond Cancer team took turns pushing it off the front all afternoon.
Are you coming along?
Chris Maharry shouting some encouragement at Brian West.