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


Sat May 11 2013 10:00 AM - 4:20 PM


Des Moines, IA


Dr. Cranknstein, Cyclo de Mayo


Adventure Race

Distance - About 20 miles, depending on route selection.

Des Moines' original bicycle poker run is back for another exciting year of secret checkpoints.  The first checkpoint will be revealed as the race begins, subsequent checkpoints will be revealed along the route.  Racers will be dealt one playing card from the top of the deck at each checkpoint, building the best poker hand possible from the cards collected.  Don't know much about poker?  No problem!  There will be an advisor at the finish line to help you optimize your hand.  There will be trophies for the fastest finishers in several categories and fabulous prizes for the best poker hands.

Arrive at the starting line (Shorty's) BEFORE NOON to get registered and checked in, even if you register online in advance.  The event will start at the usual time, 12:34pm, on the second Saturday in May, May 11th.  The course will be open until 3:14, so you must make it to the finish line before then to be eligible for poker prizes.  

I'm excited to announce that the funds allocated to trail improvements have been used to install two new BikeFixtations on Des Moines trails.  You may have seen one installed at el Bait Shop.  Keep your eyes peeled, and soon you'll see some new amenities on the local trails!


The route will be a tour of the city through seven secret checkpoints that will be revealed as the race unfolds.  Checkpoint 1 will be revealed moments before the race begins.  You will choose your own route from checkpoint to checkpoint, ultimately arriving at the finish line, The Royal Mile.



208 Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 



Registration is open!  Cyclo de Mayo will be $30/entry this year.  The souvenir is a nice lightweight, packable jacket.  Yellow, with a hood.  (I'll post a picture of it soon.)  Please email with your name, email address, and jacket size (S, M, L, XL), and I will send you a PayPal request.

Proceeds benefit the Joan Gill Memorial Fund and will be used to make trail improvements, and bolster the Joan Gill Scholarship.


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The Cyclo de Mayo 7 logo is finished! Big thanks to Dave Conner at Mid-Air and Ink for another great design!

#1 - DrCranknstein posted Mar 26, 2013

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