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


Sat Oct 15 2011 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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

WHO Cycling Team


WOW! What an amazing evening!

179 racers showed up from all over the country to partake in the 2nd annual Oakley Nigh Cap Cross race!

The tight-n-twisty course lived up to it's name as we squeezed out as much mileage as we could with the available land.

Spectators lined one whole side of the course! The Sun Company and The Workshy jammed and Mullets offered up beer and pizza specials all night long.

RESULTS have been uploaded to USA Cycling.

Look for a FULL recap of Night Cap soon!
We are compiling all the photos and will provide links asap.

The night could have never happened without our sponsors (aka partners)!


If you were not there, photos will not do the night justice. Next year - Bigger and Badder! Be There!



Distance - This is a timed event

Oakley "Night Cap" Cross

PLEASE join us for a Kick-Ass Cyclocross Race and a "Night Cap" at Central Iowa's newest bike-friendly bar/restaurant - Mullet's! The BUZZ has begun... Race under the lights on a unique tight-n-twisty race course surrounded by spectators.. All to the beat of LIVE MUSIC...

PRESENTED BY: Cycling Team
SPONSORED BY: Oakley and Miller Lite

Oakley Night Cap Cross takes place 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 the race course and Mullet's two-level deck that offers a great vantage point for watching the races literally inches away from the race course! Read Metromix's review of Mullet's.

2010 was the first year for Oakley Night Cap Cross. WOW - What a night that was!! 160 Racers, 200+ spectators, a band jamming in the MIDDLE of the race course, and a great venue with sweet beer specials and pizza by the slice all night long. It was certainly an electrifying atmosphere!

If you enjoyed last year's event... then you are in for a treat this year! We've had more time to plan, we've switched the race date to a Saturday, we've expanded the race course. We've hired multiple bands, and they will still be jamming on the MIDDLE of the race course. We'll have more lights, We'll have a mini-expo in the parking lot. Bicycle parking will be offered, and we've made it easier to get beer, food food, and spectate!

YOU BEST BE THERE!... or read about it afterward from the cool kids on Facebook...


Watch the race from one of Mullet's two patios, including an elevated deck that offers an amazing view of the Des Moines skyline and action-packed race couse! There is also seating inside. The beer is cold and the food is Great! The bike trail goes right past Mullet's, so Ride your bike down and save the hassles of parking your automobile! Did we mention the race is super spectator friendly?!?

Mullets is a Sponsor!


ALL Awards will be presented after the last race is finished. If you must leave early, stop by the registration table and we'll do our best to accommodate.


Race Results will be posted after each race at the Registration booth. Please be patient. All results will be posted to by Monday afternoon.


Oh yeah! What if there was a band playing outside while the races were going on??? OK, What is there were TWO bands playing ??? Oh HELL yeah! We are super stoked to book The Workshy again and The Sun Company as the official bands 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 last year's Oakley Night Cap Cross and Main Stage at 80/35 Festival and have invoked a pretty solid following within the Iowa music scene. Follow them on FACEBOOK.
Workshy is playing!

The Sun Company is a four piece band from Ames. You ever wanted to put bacon in a smoothie? Yeah, us neither. Making music to us is like an addict on a binge - once we start we can't stop, and once we're done all we want is more. Check 'em out for some groovin' funk, jazz, blues, and maybe some Jewish traditional music. What will we do next?
The Sun Company is playing!

The bands are presented by Miller Lite & Scheels!


Yes, most of us 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! Remember 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 SCHEELS.


We have selected few vendors to be on-hand for the races. They will be announced soon.


We plan to have a corral for bicycle parking. It will be a fenced off area and on an honor-system. We will NOT be monitoring this area. We are offering it to alleviate conjestion around the bar and patio areas. Please use this area if you ride your bike down.


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 Mullets may be brought with you anywhere on the grounds. Please don't drive home if you have been drinking. Thanks in advance for your cooperation!


After the races we won't be going anywhere. We're partying at Mullet's and ALL OF YA are invited! the food and drink specials will continue and so will stories!


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. We are working on lodging discounts...


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


Parking will be tight. If you are from Des Moines, we'd be most appreciative if you'd ride your bike down, or park across the river at Principal Park and take the pedestrian bridge top Mullets. 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. NOTE: course not actual and is only intended to show area we will use.


Want to bone up on your skills before hopping off your bike in front of a crowd? You are in luck! There are Renegade Cyclocross practices every Tuesday 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!

Oakley is a Sponsor!

Scheels is a Sponsor!

Miller Lite is a Sponsor!

Mullets is a Sponsor!

BIKEIOWA is a Sponsor!


RAD RACING! (Race After Dark!)

Let the Racing Begin!! We are super-excited to kick off this event and we are sure this will be a night to remember! Expect a compact, fast, tight and twisty race course loaded with switch-backs, run-ups, flats, barriers and much more! All in front of a ton of wild spectators!! The Race course will be marked by 4:00 pm on Saturday afternoon. ALL Awards will be presented after the last race is finished.


*** UPDATES ***

Updates will be posted here up to race day. We'll also be posting regularly to BIKEIOWA's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

  • 10/15/11 8:07 am - RACE DAY -

    • Geoff's Bike and Ski put up a $100 preme for the fastest lap for Cat 1/2/3 men's race!
    • $2 slices of pizza all night long outside. Full menu inside
    • $3 Millier Lite Alum bottles, 16oz cans PBR, and Fat Tire all night long outside. Full bar inside
    • restrooms are in Mullets
    • Do NOT park on any of the side streets. We had a couple cars broken into lat year and we don't want that to happen again! Park at Principal Park and take the pedestrian bridge straight to Mullets

    • 10/14/11 12:00 pm -

      • Bring your cameras for the Oakley Night Cap Photo Contest
      • Just got in some new BIKEIOWA decals with the new logo. Be sure to pick one up at the Registration booth.
      • The Trailer is loaded with all the supplies, the beer is chillin', and the bands are ready to jam! Come one, Come all!

      • 10/5/11 8:23 pm -

        • The Sun Company will be the opening band. Yep. That makes two bands for your racing entertainment. They are buds with the Workshy. Expect good stuff!

        • 9/28/11 7:02 pm -

          • Thanks to SCHEELS, we are increasing the Payouts this year to $1200! (was $500 last year). That is a 240% increase! This makes Oakley Night Cap the biggest payout for any non-UCI race in the state of Iowa.
          • They rocked the race course last year, and we are pleased to announce that The Workshy will be playing again this year! JAM TIME 7 - 11pm.

          • 9/21/11 11:01 pm -

            • Oakley Night Cap was posted on

            RACE DAY - Saturday, October 15th

            Listed are the categories, race times and prizing. There will be 30 minutes between each race.

            CategoriesEntry FeeStart Time
            Master's 35+$255:00 pm40 minprizes/3
            Master's 45+$255:00 pm40 minprizes/3
            Juniors$106:15 pm45 minprizes/3
            Men's CX 4$256:15 pm45 minprizes/3
            Men's CX 3$257:30 pm60 min$250/3
            Woman's CX 4$258:45 pm45 minprizes/3
            Woman's 35+$258:45 pm45 minprizes/3
            Woman's 45+$258:45 pm45 minprizes/3
            Woman's CX 1/2/3 (open)$258:45 pm45 min$475/5
            Men's CX 1/2/3 (open)$2510:00 pm60 min$475/5

            The Fine Print About The Races: Held under USCF race permits (2011-3615). 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. Mountain bikes are legal, no bar ends. All cat 4 and masters events open to un-licensed riders. 1-day USCF racing licenses will be available at the race for $10.00. 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.


            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 4:00 pm and close 15 minutes before each race.

            See Costs below.

            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 Saturday Night
            3. Urban Hipster meets cyclocross!
            4. "Conveniently" held at a bar/restaurant
            5. Light Towers will light the Race Course
            6. LIVE MUSIC friggin ON the race course!
            7. We got CRAZY Spectators!

            $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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