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Mon October 25 2021 / Issue #40

On Our Radar

SKIPPING FALL? - The leaves are changing, the temperatures are getting cooler, the sun is setting sooner. This usually means Fall is here, but given it is almost November in Iowa, it feels like we are going to skip Fall weather (again) and head straight into Winter. We had to break out our gloves and caps this last week, else we've still been enjoying short-sleeves and shorts! Get out and enjoy the weather... We are!

BIKEIOWA GEAR PROMO - We are offering 34 different designs through October 28th where you can pre-order any gear we've offered in the past through Primal Wear. So you like BIKEIOWA's older Jersey, Crew and Tank styles? Replacing an old favorite? Wishing we had more sizes? Looking for a special Holiday gift? This is perfect for those needing XS or 3X+ sizes since we don't carry a larger inventory in those sizes. You can pre-order now and we'll ship in 5-6 weeks. Oh SNAP! ALL the older crew shirts will be upgraded to include Snaps and Pockets! but be sure to order by Oct 28th as we'll place the order Oct 29th! MORE INFO | Take me straight to the store! And yes, you can still order our Pogie Lites. Tis the season!

FIRETRUCKER ADVENTURE BIKING TALK (FAB) - Come see Andrea Parrott speak at Firetrucker Brewery this Wednesday. She has been riding RAGBRAI since she was 12 and is the Assistant Marketing and Logistics Coordinator at RAGBRAI. MORE INFO

CARL VOSS TRAIL DEDICATION - Come out on Friday, Oct 29th and celebrate the namesake of one of our newest Des Moines trail segments and you can even chat with Carl too!  MORE INFO

IOWA TRAILS SUMMIT - PROGRAMING AND PROMOTING YOUR TRAIL - This is the one we like - Trails Promotion! YOU can attend this online session for $10.  MORE INFO

HALLOWEEN RIDES - Spooky Cross - Come join Zealous Racing for a SPOOKTACULAR day of Cyclocross racing on October 30th in Altoona. they DO have a costume race this year! This is a great time just to come out and watch! In addition to Spooky Cross, the Siouxland Cyclists Fifth Annual Halloween Ride and Sycamore Spooky Woods Ride & Scavenger Hunt are both on Oct 30th.

CITA'S DIRTY DUATHLON is Sun, Oct 31st in Des Moines. This is CITA's only fundraiser of the year and they build and maintain the majority of the dirt trails in Polk County. Can't make it? you can still donate online. CITA stands for Central Iowa Trail Association.  MORE INFO

DARK THIRTY - Don't forget to set your clocks back on November 7th for Daylight Saving Time.  Even with the time change, there are plenty of cycling events still on the calendar.

NEWS - There are 32 posts in October and over 400 posts for 2021. READ THE NEWS

2022 EVENTS  -
RAGBRAI XLXIX, BRR Ride, Iowa Bike Expo, Iowa Bike Summit and the Iowa Safe Routes to Schools Conference have been posted. If you are an event coordinator, don't forget to clone or add your 2022 event.
Thanks for using BikeIowa
Ride Safe!
Scott Sumpter


RAGBRAI debuts 2022 XLIX Logo »

We're so excited to kick off RAGBRAI 2022 that we're floating on air!

Iowan completes 4,228 mile TransAmerican Bicycle Route for his 50th birthday »

For my 50th year on this planet I wanted to do something big. As I was riding and contemplating life, I realized that what I really wanted was to do something big enough for both me and my father.

R.I.P. Frank Owens »

Friend, Humble Leader, Civic Mentor, Influential, Contributor, Passionate, Caring, Spiritual, Collector

BIKEIOWA GEAR - 34 unique designs offered until Oct 28th »

Like BIKEIOWA's older Jersey, Crew and Tank styles? Wishing we had more sizes? Looking for a special Holiday gift?

Sarah Cooper Wins 2021 Adirondack Trail Ride »

Sarah Cooper not only took first place at the 2021 Adirondack Trail Ride (TATR) in New York, but she also set a new women’s record in the process.

Jingle Cross Cycling Festival 2021 »

October 15-17 in Iowa City with 3 days of Cyclocross and 2 days of Gravel and featuring the UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup!

Twisted Cross at Tondro Pray Bike Park »

Tondro Pray provides Twisted with a perfect course for beginning 'crossers and fast fun for every racer.

Upcoming Events

Tue Oct 26 2021
Renegade Cyclocross »
Des Moines, Cyclocross
Wed Oct 27 2021
Firetrucker Adventure Biking Talk (FAB) - Andrea Parrott »
Ankeny, Safety/Education/Training
Fri Oct 29 2021
Carl Voss Trail Dedication »
Des Moines, Destination
Iowa Trails Summit- Programming and Promoting Your Trail »
Statewide, Meeting
Sat Oct 30 2021
Siouxland Cyclists Fifth Annual Halloween Ride »
Sioux City, Party Ride
Spooky Cross »
Altoona, Cyclocross
Sycamore Spooky Woods Ride & Scavenger Hunt »
Johnston, Mountain Biking
Sun Oct 31 2021
CITA Dirty Duathlon »
Des Moines, Triathlon - multi-sport
Sat Nov 06 2021
Cranksgiving »
Sioux City, Other
Sat Nov 13 2021
AW SH*T RIDE 2021 »
Ankeny, Trail Ride
Turkey Burner »
Eldridge, Gravel
Sun Nov 14 2021
2021 Des Moines Tweed Ride »
Des Moines, Party Ride
FIRFAR III - The Return of the Weeds »
Steamboat Rock, Fat Bike
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Ames plans to invest millions in trails, bike lanes, but residents say it won't go far enough »
Next year's Ironman race in Des Moines will be full 140.6 miles »
Photo Gallery: International cyclists gather in Iowa City for Jingle Cross 2021 »
Construction begins on High Trestle Trail over Beaver Creek Bridge »
Cone Park Mountain Bike Meeting set for Wednesday »
Carroll County Conservation Launches Fundraising Campaign To Finish Paving Work On Sauk Rail Trail »
Iowa City reaches carbon emission goal nine years early »
West Des Moines launches fundraising push for $6.8 million Raccoon River pedestrian, bike bridge »
Supervisors hesitate, lose on big connector trail grant for RRVT to the High Trestle Trail »
Orange City bicyclist arrested for intox »
Lawsuit over bike trail gate being appealed to Iowa Supreme Court »
Event to celebrate I-29 Riverfront Trail Connection Project »
Iowa cities ponder the future of their public transit »
Bicyclist taken to hospital after being hit by car in Cedar Rapids »
Let’s Talk Dallas County Dallas County Conservation Outreach Coordinator Sarah Gilchrist Part 1 »
New feature planned along popular High Trestle Trail »
Six New Trail Renovations Are Coming To Iowa; Here’s Why »
Newton man dies in bicycle, car collision »
Doon man pleads not guilty to charges from fatal bicycle crash »
12-year-old sent to hospital after bicycle vs vehicle accident in Storm Lake »
Walmart is now title sponsor of the 2022 cyclocross world championships »
Mountain bike park, trail complex coming to the metro »
Courtenay McFadden joins Oct 12th Renegade Cross in Des Moines »
Chichaqua Valley Trail partial closure Oct 5-6 »
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The Grand and Other Big Things to Come »

From the Crandic Racing "Cross Words" Blog ~ John Stonebarger Jingle Cross is over. There was a time, before the World Cups came to the USA, when Jingle Cross was Thanksgiving weekend or later and fe...

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