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Fri Oct 15 2010 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM


Mullet's - just across the river from the Principal Park where the I-Cubs play
Des Moines, IA

WHO Cycling Team


Night Cap Cross Rocked!!

If you were not there, you missed out!!

Great Course! Rockin' Bands! Spectator-greatness! Cold New Belgium and Miller Lite Beer!

185 Racers from 6 different states rocked it by the river.

Thanks to Mullet's for hosting!

Check out the RESULTS.



Distance - This is a timed event

Oakley "Night Cap" Cross

PLEASE join us for a "Night Cap" at Central Iowa's newest bike-friendly bar/restaurant - Mullet's! Oakley "Night Cap" Cross is as unique to the Central Iowa Cyclocross Series as it is to bike racing in general!

The race, sponsored by Oakley, is nestled only a couple of minutes from downtown Des Moines at Mullet's on some great under-utilized riverfront property! There is a GREAT view of the Des Moines skyline from their two patios and elevated deck which will also be a great vantage point for watching the races or watch from below and spectate literally inches away from the race course! Read Metromix's review of Mullet's.


  • What If there was a full-fledged NIGHT Cyclocross race was happening at a bar called Mullets right on the Des Moines river over looking the city skyline on Friday Oct 15th?
  • What if the race course was lit up by light towers?
  • What If there was a kick-ass band playing outside under the lights in the middle of the race course while the cyclocross race was going on?
  • What If the bar had a two level patio for perfect views of the cyclocross race, the band and the Des Moines skyline?
  • What If Oakley and Miller Lite banners lined the race course and the patios?
  • What If the racers raced within 2 feet of the patio for optimal heckling distance?
  • What If crowds gathered for multiple reasons that night; the band, the party, the races?
  • What If Mullet's were offering sweet beer specials and pizza by the slice all night long?
  • What If almost every spectator had a cowbell?
  • What If was promoting an exhibition event like this?
All the "What Ifs" are TRUE! We are calling it "Oakley Night Cap Cross"! BE THERE!


Watch the race from one of Mullet's two patios, including an elevated deck that offers an amazing view of the Des Moines River and Principal Park as there will be action everywhere! There is seating inside. The beer is cold and the food is Great! Stop down after work, ride your bike there and stay for the cross races!

Mullets is a Sponsor!


Oh yeah! What if there was a band playing outside while the races were going on??? Oh HELL yeah! That is a true statement! We are super stoked to announce The Workshy as the official band for the night! The Workshy is a five piece band from Ames, Iowa that is getting known for their incredibly energetic live shows, and lively musicianship. They played Main Stage at 80/35 Festival and have invoked a pretty solid following within the Iowa music scene.

The band is presented by Miller Lite & Mullets!

Workshy is playing!


Night Cap Cross is part of the Central Iowa Cyclocross Series (Powered by Scheels). Each racer who races one of the series races is entered for a 2010 Scott Sportster P45 Bicycle that Scheels donated for the series. Each race gets you one entry! The bike will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony after Spooky Cross on Oct 31st. You need not be present to win.


Yes, we will be racing in the dark, but the course will be LIT UP with light towers. It won't be as bright as daylight, but it will be enough to get your around the course! Remeber RAD stands for Race After Dark! Here is a video of Cross Vegas 2010. No, our race won't be near this lit up, but then again, we ain't racing with the pros either!

The course lighting is sponsored by Miller Lite


Look for the Des Moines Derby Dame Girls on-site helpin' out and pimpin' their Saturday match against the Sioux City Roller Dames.


After the races we won't be going anywhere. We're partying at Mullet's and ALL OF YA are invited! the band will still be playing and food and drink specials will be posted here soon.


You are so close to downtown Des Moines where there are plenty of great hotels to spend the night. Email us if you need a recommendation. the venue is less than a mile from down town and is totally rideable via trails.


It's easiest to Google it!
1300 SE 1st Street
Des Moines, IA 50315


Parking will be tight. There is another running event in the area earlier in the day. If you are from Des Moines, we'd be most appreciative if you'd ride your bike down, or park across the river. Please do not leave any belongings unattended. Some of the side streets are not lit very well. Get the drift?

View Mullets - Night Cap Cross in a larger map


Want to bone up on your skills before hopping off your bike in front of a crowd? You are in luck! There are Cyclocross practices every Wednesday at 5:30 pm through October. Keep an eye on for all Iowa Cyclocross events.


We thank the sponsors of Night Cap Cross!!! This event would not be possible without them! Please support our sponsors! More sponsors will be added soon!

Oakley is a Sponsor!
Miller Lite is a Sponsor!
Mullets is a Sponsor!
BIKEIOWA is a Sponsor!

Mike Shumway is a Sponsor! Saturday Mfg is a Sponsor!


Plan on RAD course! RAD stands for Race After Dark!

Look for a compact, fast and twisty course loaded with switch-backs, run-ups, flats, barriers and much more! All in front of a ton of spectators!! The Race course will be marked by 6:00 pm on Friday evening. ALL Awards will be presented after the last race is finished.

This race is part of the Central Iowa Cyclocross Series Powered by SCHEELS. It is the only night race in the series. Oakley "Night Cap" Cross replaces "Cattle Cross" in the series.

*** UPDATES ***

Let the Racing Begin!! We are super-excited to kick off this event and we are sure this will be a night to remember!
  • 10/14/10 8:00 am -

    • CASH PAYOUTS have been secured for the 1,2,3 open races ($125/$75/$50) PLUS the prizes!
      • Men's will be presented by Mike Shumway and Brad Bach
      • Women's will be presented by the BIKEIOWA Cycling Team

    • OAKLEY NIGHT CAP CROSS T-shirts (limited quantities) will be for sale for $10!! Renegade and BIKEIOWA shirts as well as posters, and Vuvuzelas will be for sale too.

    • REGISTRATION will now open up at 5:30 pm. To avoid bottlenecks, If you are not racing the 1st race, please wait until the 1st race has started to register. Our registration volunteers will be mucho happier!

    • SAVE TIME and fill out an Event Release Form beforehand and bring to the registration table.

    • PARKING will be tight!! Plan accordingly. See map for parking areas.

    • ALCOHOL POLICY Mullet's has been great to work with and is letting us use their grounds, as such we ask that everyone respects their alcohol policy and not bring their own alcohol to the race, however, anything purchased at the bar may be brought with you anywhere
      on the grounds. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

    • DRIVING HOME - The City of Des Moines has increased patrol in and around downtown with specific emphasis on drunk drivers this Friday evening. Be careful.

    • FREE BIKE - Remember - each race entry, gets you one chance for the a 2010 Scott Sportster P45 Bicycle that Scheels donated for the Central Iowa Cyclocross Series.

    • COURSE LIGHTS - No, you don't have to bring lights on your bike. The course will be LIT up with 3 tower lights.

    10/12/10 10:46 pm - Food and Beer Specials confirmed at Mullet's $2 High Life cans, $2 Miller Lite draws, $3 Fat Tire draws all night long. $2 pieces of pizza until midnight.

    10/12/10 2:10 pm - Finalized T-shirt Design!

    10/10/10 9:13 pm - Added Final poster with sponsors. Added Mike Shumway's logo. He if is the official cowbell sponsor!!

    10/7/10 11:23 pm - Keep an eye on this section as we are still working on many details. All updates will be posted HERE!

    Friday, October 15th

    Listed are the categories, race times and prizing

    Entry FeeStart Time
    Men's CX 4
    7:00 pm45 minprizes/3
    Master's 35+
    7:00 pm45 minprizes/3
    Master's 45+
    7:00 pm45 minprizes/3
    7:00 pm45 minprizes/3
    Woman's CX 1/2/3

    8:15 pm45 min$250/prizes/3
    Woman's CX 4
    8:15 pm45 minprizes/3
    Woman's 35+
    8:15 pm45 minprizes/3
    $258:15 pm45 minprizes/3

    Men's CX 3$259:30 pm60 minprizes/3
    Men's CX 1/2/3 (open)$259:30 pm60 min$250/prizes/3

    The Fine Print About The Races: The Fine Print About The Races: Held under USCF race permits (2010-tba). Helmets must be worn at all times when on a bicycle. No Free Lap! Criterium finish rule applies: lapped riders do not have to make up the extra laps. $5 entry fee for second race on same day. Mountain bikes are legal, no bar ends. All events except Cat 1-2-3 open to un-licensed riders. 1-day USCF racing licenses will be available at the race for $10.00. There will not be discounted 2010 annual licenses through 1-day licensees can race with the CX 4 for men. Riders under 18 will need a parent-signed standard entry form and release or a parent at the race to sign the entry form or a 1-day license. Promoter reserves rights including revising the flier if needed. No cash prizes will be awarded.


    Mullet's - just across the river from the Principal Park where the I-Cubs play

    1300 SE 1st
    Des Moines, IA 50315



    Register at the Race!

    If you are not racing first, please wait and register after the first race starts. This will make it much easier on our registration staff since the first race has so many participants!

    Registration will open up at 6:00 pm and close 15 minutes before each race.

    SAVE TIME and fill out an Event Release Form beforehand and bring to the registration table.

    Why this race is super-cool!

    1. It is a Night Race
    2. We are Racin' on Friday
    3. Urban Hipster meets cyclocross??
    4. Conveniently held at a bar/restaurant
    5. Light Towers will light the Race Course
    6. There will be a band playing ON the race course
    7. It's gonna get crazy

    $10 juniors, $25 all other (per day). $5 entry fee for second race on same day. 1-day USCF racing licenses will be available at the race for $10.00.


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