YO! Just lettin' ya know that this event occurred in the past. So don't go planning your day around this one.


Sat Nov 17 2007 12:00pm - 2:00pm


Event will start and finish at Mars Cafe.
Des Moines, IA


Punk Rock Cycling, Rasmussen Bike Shop & Mars Cafe


The 2007 edition of the Des Moines Cranksgiving Alleycat was held Saturday, November 17th at high noon. Over 100 cyclists participanted. The total amount of food of delivered from Cranksgiving was 2004 pounds! Doubling our goal! Cranksgiving also gave $830 in cash donation.

For this event riders will be given a list of 12 grocery items which must be purchased in 12 different stores. All of the food collected will be donated to the Food Bank of Iowa! Thanks to the sponsorship from Mars Cafe and Rasmussen Bike Shop we will be giving t-shirts to the first 100 people to register!

Photos and Race Results at
More photos at Fryguyimages

Results from the 2007 Des Moines Cranksgiving Alleycat.

Jane Riessen was the fastest person of the day finishing her 12-stop shopping in 46 minutes, she was closely followed by Pete Jensen. Chris Skogen and Kelsey Dickens represented Minneapolis with butt-kicking pride taking 2nd in the Guys and Gals category and the top two spots for Out-of-Towners. Tom Lewandowski was the fastest cat on a fixed gear, Steve Fuller was the fastest man on a fixed gear who happened to be named Steve, and Nathan Bartels won the track stand competition.

While we had over 112 people participate in the event, two hours after the start we stopped taking results and started announcing results. I appreciate everyone who gave their time, money, and sweat to make this event possible. It is appropriate to mention that after the 2-hour mark we had someone come in who spent $86 on groceries, had he been just a bit faster he would have easily won the Most Money Spent category by $30. Our true DFLs were a crew from Grinnell who arrived at the finish roughly 4.5 hours after the start of the event, losing track of time in the many bars along the way.

1. Jane Riessen (Fastest Girl, Leg Wrestling Champion)
2. Pete Jensen (Fastest Guy)
3. Chris Skogen (Second Guy, Fastest SS, Fastest Out-of-Towner)
4. Tom Lewandowski (Third Guy, Fastest Fixie)
5. Kelsey Dickens (Second Girl, Second Out-of-Towner)
6. Mike Patrick (Third Out-of-Towner)
7. Brian Moritz
8. Matt Neumeyer (Second Fixie)
9. Brian Pottorff (Third Fixie)
10. Steve Fuller (Fastest Guy On A Fixie Named Steve)
11. Kelli Mente (Third Girl)
12. Randy Kraymer
13. Nathan Bartels (Track Stand Winner)
14. Steve Robinson
15. Doug Klahsen
16. Lou Waugaman
17. R. Blackford
18. Matt Riggs
19. Mario Hernandez
20. Scott Robinson
21. Molly Gill
22. Austin Gill
23. Jason Dal
24. Brent Mitchell
25. Steve Ballou
26. Julie Hugo
27. Jana Stow
28. Ryan Elsbernd
29. Jeff Cocoran
30. Scott Sumpter
31. Ben Garrett
32. Mary Moore
33. Graham Johnston
34. Kent Carlson
35. Calmes
36. Pete Basso
37. Jeff Stegeman
38. Matt Schaffer
39. John Kolah
40. Dan Adams
41. Jim Kirkman
42. Rich Wince (Most Money Spent $56)
43. Emily Schaapveld
44. Andy Stover
45. Brad Bach
46. Andy Bach
47. John B.
48. Megan Coan
49. Jeremy Gibb
50. Sam Lopez
51. Justin Bruce
52. Jeff Tomlon
53. Sterling Heise
54. Max Plenke
55. Joan Blizard
56. Wayde Stover
57. Mike Lebeda
58. Jacob Naumann
59. Andrew Carney
60. Heather Meyer-Davis
61. Taylor Webb
62. James Ploesen
63. Molly ???
64. Sheryl Ramford
65. Randall Boyd
66. Cali Searles
67. Chris Halverson
68. Allen Boone
69. Steve
70. Mike Baker
71. K???? A????
72. Denise Ditto
73. Pasha Korshov
74. Andrew Hall
75. Keely Shannon
76. Rik Shannon
77. Steven Hall
78. Carrie Topp
79. Sherry Ribby
80. Scott Russell
81. Logan Russell
82. Scott Wilson
83. Taylor Wilson
84. Bob M.
85. Heather Worthington
86. Amy Hanrahan
87. Corrine Sweeney
88. Sara Blanco
89. Peggy Blanco
90. Tara Morse
91. R. Michael
92. Terrance Reid
93. Shannon Brozak (DFL, taken at 2 hours)
94. Everyone Else

All results were hand written and then typed by someone completely different. Apologies for any misspelling.


Just Plain Fun

Distance - Most people will get the ride done in under 10 miles.

Competitors will be given a grocery list of twelve items. Competitors must purchase these items ($10-$20 total) from twelve different stores, keeping the receipts as proof. The first person to return with all twelve items on the grocery list is the winner. Items collected will be donated to the Food Bank of Iowa . Top finishers in each category will win Cranksgiving trophies and bragging rights. Huge raffle for tons of cool prizes to follow!! CATEGORIES:
  • Fastest Guy
  • Fastest Gal
  • Out of Towner
  • Single Speed
  • Fixed Gear
  • Fixed Gear Riders Named Steve
  • Most Money Spent


There is no pre-determined route. Think of it like a treasure hunt. But much, much, cooler!!


Event will start and finish at Mars Cafe.

2318 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311



No pre-registration. Register the day of the event! Check out last year's photos


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