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


Sat Apr 05 2014 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Kyle's Bikes
Ankeny, IA


BIKEIOWA Cycling Team


Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Gents Race 4.0!

The participants - YOU - is what makes the Gents Race special.

We has almost perfect gravel conditions allowing some record times to be achieved this year. The course was similar to previous years - mostly flat with the exception of a few rollers in the first half and one big paved hill near the start/finish line.
Temps were low 30's at the beginning and high 40s at the end. Winds were 11-15mph out of the south and made teammates work together on the last 16 mile stretch into the headwind.

The Gents Race is more than a gravel race. The team camaraderie and dynamics along with the handicap staggered start times really allowed any team to win. One Flat, One Cramp, or one wrong turn on the cue card, can quickly change the results.

As always there was a variety of teams this year. Some serious, some not.  We saw teams come in and out of the checkpoint in under a minutes and then there were those team who spent nearly an hour eating, drinking and socializing. This is the beauty of the Gents Race.


You are ALL Winners, but FIRST PLACE goes to Choadal Devastation led by Jeff Osborn and his speedy gents crew.

#1  -  Choadal Devastation led by Jeff Osborn and the Gents - JJ Bailey, Joe Petersen, Brian Fuhrmann, and Kent Carlson with a total ride time of 3 hours and 29 minutes.
#2  -  CIRREM Survivors! led by Dee Mable and her Gents - Jason Simpson, Jeff Burdick, Mark Jeffernbruch, and Steve Cannon with a total ride time of 3 hours and 51 minutes.
#3  -  Sakari/Kyles bikes led by Chad Vandelune ands his Gents - Eric Bockelman, Aron Wrabek, Jared Mclearen, and Jason Anderson with a total ride time of 3 hours and 27 minutes.

Ahh the beauty of the handicap staggered start times.


78% finished this year with all five team members as compared to only 65% in 2013.

  • 45 Teams signed up
  • 43 Teams Started
  •   2 No shows
  • 33 Teams Finished

KUDOS to these fine folks for making this event happen

  • Rob, Kyle and Bruce - the Organizers
  • Maria Maria von Ruhtenberg - Start-master and finish line
  • Scott Sparrgrove -  drop-bag dude
  • Carls Goldsberry, Rachelle Little - Registration and Check point commanders
  • Paul & Christy Varnum  - Post -Partiers
  • Kyle's Bikes - Staging area host
  • On The Rocks  - post party host
  • Squirrel - Cue card printing

Makin' Memories - Photos & Video

Thanks to Jeff  Corcoran for snappin' pics-n-vid. If you have links to photos from this event, let us know and we will add your link.

Next Year

Each year, we learn new things to make the race a better experience for the next year. If you have feedback, we'd love to hear it. Either leave comments below.. Or send an email to the Organizers.



Distance - 75 or so miles


The Cycling Team would like to request the presence of YOU and 4 teammates for the Gents Race 4.0 on April 5, 2014.

Gents Race 4.0

This will be the 4th year of the Gents race and we expect 2014 to bigger than last year. 
In 2013 37 teams signed up and 24 finished.  30 teams (145 "gents") threw down in 2012. In 2011 15 teams came to play.

will be a 5 minute bike ride from Kyles Bikes
FINISH - will be a 5 minute bike ride from Kyles Bikes.
POST-PARTY -  On The Rocks. in the same parking area as Kyle's Bikes!  MAP


  • Apr 2nd -  There is NO water at the 1/2 way checkpoint. Bring all you need in your team's dropbag.  You can always deviate from the course to a convenience store too.
  • Apr 1st - Captain's Emails sent.  Also posted 3pm cut off. If you get in after 3pm, come to On the Rocks.
  • Mar 30th - Updated post-party location. Look for captains' letter this week!
  • Mar 29th - Closed Registration. 44 teams officially registered!
  • Mar 3rd 6:45 pm - Registration is LIVE
  • Dec 1st 2013 8:37 pm - Event posted...


Glad you asked!  To directly quote the folks at Rapha that started the whole concept (and that we’ve blatantly stolen it from): ‘I sold it to the racers as an unsupported, unsanctioned, unmarshalled, five-rider team time trial meets alley-cat, meets ‘Cannonball Run’…….

So there you have it. 5 teammates (friends), racing for nothing more than pride over the roads north of Ankeny. 65 (or so) miles of mostly gravel.

Winners get nothing but pride and high-fives.

No money to enter, no money to win.

It will be fun.


Yes:  There are a few rules...

  1. No cheating. No working with/drafting off of other teams. All teammates must stay together at all times. No bad attitudes. No outside support. Be Gentlemen (or ladies).

  2. To make it interesting teams will be staged according to your team's potential. If you have a fast team then you will be one of the last teams to start the race. For instance - first team left the starting line last year at 8am sharp while the last team left at 9:30am. The race is a time handicapped race. It makes for a very interesting finish.

  3. There will be a small ride to get to the START LINE. Remember, there WILL be a staggered start for each team. First team goes off at 8AM, with each remaining team rolling out at equally spaced intervals yet to be determined.

  4. You are responsible for YOU-you are doing this event at YOUR risk. For you, by you. Take care of yourself. Ride smart. Roads will be open to traffic. Dogs will come say hello. Miles will add up. NO neutral support. NO sag wagon. NO power food sponsorship. Again, you are doing this BY CHOICE.

  5. There will be a mandatory checkpoint at or around the race halfway point. Here, you will also have access to your drop bag (one per team).

  6. Your TEAM CAPTAIN will register the complete team below. We are shutting it down at midnight on March 29th 2014. You must be registered by then or no gents for you.

  7. Teams can be comprised of all males, all females or a mix of both.

  8. All staging handicaps are final. Our team of Nerf-ball engineers have devised a special algorithm to ensure every team has the correct handicap.

  9. Time penalties will occur for any changes to your roster AFTER registration. No exceptions. 


I have a Team of 5.  Cool - Register below.

I have a Team but need one or more person.  Almost there - You can request a teammate via our Facebook page.

I am looking for a Team.  Sure Thang.- You can put you name out via our Facebook page.


The ONLY correspondence going out to your team will go to your TEAM CAPTAIN, it’s THEIR responsibility to relay information to YOU.
General information and updates about The Gents Race can always be found right here (See the updates section).

We will send you your assigned start time on or around April 2nd.

Questions, concerns or issues? We’re here to help.

Rob (
Kyle (
Bruce (


Registration Closed at Midnight on March 29th.


Gravel, more Gravel, and some pavement north and east of Ankeny. 

Cue cards will be handed out day-of-the-race.


Kyle's Bikes

1840 SW White Birch Circle
Ankeny, IA 50023


No money to enter, no money to win.

You MUST REGISTER by midnight on March 29th, 2014.

Registration Is Closed.


Who Posted

  • Posted Dec 2, 2013 by bikeiowa
  • Modified Apr 7, 2014 by bikeiowa
  • Recap Posted Apr 7, 2014



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