• Posted May 29, 2008

Dust off your pedals, dig out your spandex and mark your calendars for the second annual Track and Back (TAB) bike ride on Saturday, October 18, 2008, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa.

BIKEIOWA is pleased to announce its newest 2008 sponsor – the Track and Back (TAB) ride. "Track and Back '08 - One Hilluva Ride" offers riders a 96-mile(century loop available) or a 46-mile route including both city and rural roads. Starting in downtown Des Moines and heading east towards the Iowa Speedway and then back, riders can count on plenty of support along the way. Bike World is providing SAG support and pre-designated Aid Stations will be providing H2O, sports drink, snacks and fruit. Enjoy a pre-ride breakfast, lunch at the Iowa Speedway and a post-ride party including a BBQ dinner and live entertainment. Also included for all participants is a chance to win one of over 25+ giveaway prizes ranging from gift certificates to local restaurants to a brand new road bike!!! REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW! Last August, riders from all over Iowa and beyond toughed out the hilly course. TAB's first year proved to be a HUGE success raising over $6,500 for the Boy's & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa! The feedback from riders made it a definite for the 2nd Annual! Bigger and better! Check out the website for all the juicy details!
DATES October 18th, 2008 8:00am
  • Long Course (92+ miles)
  • Short Course (46+miles)

REGISTRATION Register Early and Save! Early Registration May 19th through July 31st Long Course - $50.00/rider Short Course - $40.00/rider Bonus: If you register prior to July 31st, you will receive 2 additional entries into the giveaway drawings. Regular Registration August 1st through October 15th Long Course - $60.00/rider Short Course - $50.00/rider Late Registration October 16th - 18th Long Course - $75.00/rider Short Course - $65.00/ride All participants will receive:
  • Pre-Ride Breakfast - (Bagels, Danish, Yogurt, OJ, Coffee, Fruit, more)
  • Track and Back T-shirt
  • Chance to win over 20 giveaways (gift certificates, cycling goods, etc.)
  • Full Course SAG support provided by Bike World
  • A great day on the bike you'll remember for ever!
  • Ride your bike around the actual Iowa Speedway!!!
  • BBQ Dinner - (smoked pulled pork, beans, slaw, chips)
  • Full Deli Lunch at the Speedway (sambos, chips, cookies,etc.)
  • Chance to win a NEW road bike (value approx. $600.00!)
  • Post-Ride Party with live music!!!
  • Satisfaction in knowing your participation will help raise thousands of dollars for Iowa's disadvantaged kids!

RIDE DETAILS Mark that calendar for October 18th, 2008 and get ready for a fun-filled day on the bike! It's going to be a blast! Ride Details cane be found on BIKEIOWA's Calendar and the Track and Back website:, but here is a quick rundown of the ride: Pre-Ride: There will be rider check-in and registration from 6:00am until 8:00am located at El Bait Shop in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. During this time, all participants can enjoy complimentary coffee, OJ, fresh fruit, danish, donuts, bagels and yogurt while getting ready! Relax, fuel up and enjoy the friendship of fellow cyclists! Ride: Starting sharply at 8:00am, riders will depart by heading East along the designated course. There are two distances for participants to choose from, the Long Course of 92+or the Short Course of 46+. The route heads through or near 3 communities, Runnells, Monroe and Reasnor. There WILL be pre-designated and marked "aid stations" throughout the course where riders can get H2O, fruit, sandwiches and other goodies. The Speedway: Once riders reach the Iowa Speedway, they can hop of their bike and relax before the ride back home. There will be lunch served consisting of deli sandwiches, chips, fruit and cookies. Once finished with lunch, hop on the track for a few laps. Riders wanting to hit the "Century Mark" will need to complete approximately 7 lap before heading home! The Finish: When riders have completed their day on the road, there will be a post-party at El Bait Shop for all to enjoy! All riders will receive a complimentary BBQ dinner and beverages! Riders are encouraged to stick around to enjoy live music and try one of El Bait Shops 105 beers on tap! All riders are automatically entered into a "post-ride giveaway" with plenty of opportunity to win! Bike apparel, gift certificates, fee passes and most importantly, Last Year's Photos One large change from last year is now the ride is on a Saturday instead of a Sunday. Riders can have Sunday to recover and that post-ride beer won't be quite as daunting as it would be on a Sunday evening!
PRIZES There will be LOTS of prizes given away, PLUS, Stick around as we will be giving away another bicycle! (must be present to win!)
THE CHARITY While the ride is very much fun, it does have a purpose. Even in its first year, TAB proved to be a huge success raising over $6,500 for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa helps 5,500 underprivileged youth in the Des Moines area by providing after school programs everyday during the school year and all day during the Summer vacation and school breaks. The Boys & Girls Club opens their doors to all children between the ages of 5 and 18, providing a sage haven and a five core program (Character and Leadership development, Health and Life Skills, Career and Education, the Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation) which is essential for the healthy development of its members.
CONTACT For further information, please go to or email
Testimonial The BIKEIOWA crew did this ride last year and had a blast! It's a very well supported ride, you definitely get your miles too! We rode 7 or 8 laps around the track at full force and then ate and rode home to the post-party. A day well spent! so was I! We'll be there again this year to support the Track and Back ride 2008!

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