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Sat Oct 20 2012 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 a night at the 3rd annual Oakley Night Cap Cross.
A record 222 race entries! plus 15 or so Klunker Racers.

The course flowed!
The bands jammed!
The heckling was rad!
The spectators were many!
The officials were spot-on!
The beer was cold!
The food was great!
The venue rocked!

We are loading photos to a gallery and will post soon. In the meantime, here are some good ones...
Sarah Russel, Jeff Corcoran, Steve Fry, Kevin Allen, more to come soon.

THANKS to our Sponsors - Scheels, Miller Lite, Oakley, Primal, Mullets, and Twin Six.
to everyone who came out to race, those who spectated, those who helped
set-up/tear-down, those at the Registration tent, and especially the Cycling Team who put in mega-hours for weeks to pull this off.

Results posted HERE:



Distance - This is a timed event

Oakley "Night Cap" Cross

The BUZZ has begun... Racing under the lights at one of Des Moines' newest bike-friendly bar/restaurants - Mullet's!

PRESENTED BY: Cycling Team
SPONSORED BY: SCHEELS, 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.

If you enjoyed last two year's events... then you are in for a treat this year! We've had more time to plan, we've somehow expanded the race course (again), and we know what the SPECTATORS like!
We absolutely LOVE the bands in the MIDDLE of the race course. We'll have more lights, a beer garden, the mini-expo will increase, we've added more bicycle parking, and Mullets will be offering up some great beer and food specials.

RACE DAY - Saturday, October 20th

Save yourself Money and time by registering online through USA Cycling. This will allow much quicker check-in too! We eat all the registration costs and are leaving registration open until 8:00 am on Race Day, so there is no excuse not to register online.


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! Yes, you can still register at the Race, but it will cost you $5 more and you'll have to wait in longer lines... If you are registering day-of, you can still save time and fill out an Event Release Form before-hand and bring to the registration table. Day-Of Registration will open up at 4:00 pm and close 30 minutes before each race. There will be approx. 30 minutes between each race.

NOTE: ALL INFO BELOW SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Entry Fees are $5.00 more  (last updated Oct 15th)

 Categories Entry Fee Start Time Time/DistancePayouts/Prizes
 Master's 35+ $25 5:00 pm 40 min prizes/3
 Master's 45+ $25 5:00 pm 40 min prizes/3
 Master's 55+
 $25 5:00 pm
 40 min prizes/3
 Juniors $10 6:15 pm 45 min prizes/3
 Men's CX 4 $25 6:15 pm 45 min prizes/3
 Men's CX 3 $25 7:30 pm 45 min $250/3
 Klunker Cross *
 $10 (day of only)
 8:15 pm
 8:30 pm
 high fives
 Women's CX 4 $25 8:45 pm 40 min prizes/3
 Women's 35+ $25 8:45 pm 40 min prizes/3
 Women's 45+ $25 8:45 pm 40 min prizes/3
 Women's CX 1/2/3 (open) $25 8:45 pm 45 min $475/5
 Men's CX 1/2/3 (open) $25 10:00 pm 60 min $475/5
* Klunker Cross fine print:  Sponsored by Ichi Bike - your $10 entry fee will go to Cranksgiving to help raise food and funds for the Food Bank of Iowa. To participate, you must have entered at least one Night Cap race that same day. The race will be a shorty course up front by all the fun. Number of laps to be determined at race start. Fat Tire Cruisers, Beach bars, Ichi Bike builds and other similar bikes allowed.

*** UPDATES ***

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

  • 10/15/12 10:03 pm
    • Added Klunker Cross Race
    • Added 2nd band
    • Updated Sponsors
  • 10/10/12 9:15 pm
    • Band update
    • Race course update
    • Photos added
    • Race Flyer Added
    • Registration promotions updated
    • Race times and payouts finalized
  • 8/15/12 10:06 pm
    • Oakley Night Cap 2012 was posted on

Why this race is super-cool!

  1. It is a Night Race
  2. We are Racin' on Saturday under the Des Moines skyline
  3. Urban racing - nothing like it!
  4. "Conveniently" held at a bar/restaurant
  5. Light Towers will light the Race Course
  6. LIVE MUSIC in the MIDDLE of the race course!
  7. CRAZY Spectators!
  8. Great Food and Beer specials
  9. Spectator friendly! at least 1,001 spots to watch the races
  10. You don't have to work on Sunday


Watch the race inches from the course, or 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 course! 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!

Mullets is a Sponsor!


ALL Awards will be presented after each race as soon as the results are available. We'll have a podium and will be taking photos this year. If you must leave early, stop by the registration table and we'll do our best to accommodate.

We have some SUPER KILLER Prizes this year! If you place, you'll be walking off the podium with your hands full of prizes from Oakley, Scheels, Primal, Miller Lite, Mullets and BIKEIOWA. We dang near guarantee you won't get a better set of prizes from any other race in the Midwest!! Oh yeah... every participant (of age) will get a voucher for a free beer or pop courtesy of Mullets!


Race Results will be posted after each race near the Registration booth. Please be patient. All results will be posted to and USA Cycling by early the week afterwards.


#B1 - Dave Zollo and his band, The Body Electric will be jamming front and center from 5:30 - 8:30pm. "Whiskey and piano keys are the fuel behind the honky-tonk-meets-root-rocks tour de force that follows Dave Zollo and the Body Electric wherever they roam" as said by 'the Pulse'.

#B2 - J.B. and the Soothsayers bring a fresh 'kick' to the music scene at Night Cap Cross, as their tunes and fresh jams rumble to the heartbeat of the racers as they circle the stage. Not to be missed.


Remember RAD stands for Race After Dark!   Yes, most of us will be racing in the DARK, and the course will be LIT UP with light towers. You've seen the photos and video. Now come race Night Cap yourself!


T-shirt Graphix will be selling the official Oakley Night Cap T-shirts, BIKEIOWA gear and some other really cool cycling related t-shirts

Wounded Warriors will have a presence. We give part of the proceeds to those service-man and women injured during war.
Additional exhibitors will be announced soon.


We will have a corral for bicycle parking. It will be a fenced off area, but we will NOT be monitoring this area. We are offering it to alleviate congestion around the beer garden and patio areas. Please bring a LOCK and 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 with exception of the bike and pedestrian trails which is city property. 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 Y'ALL are invited! The food and drink specials will continue and so will the stories!


You are so close to downtown Des Moines where there are plenty of great restaurants and hotels to spend the weekend.

Need a place to stay?
Stay here: Des Moines Quality INN, $79.95 a night and includes hot breakfast. Tell them you are with Oakley Night Cap.
929 3rd Street, Des Moines (515) 282-5251
.  From the hotel to Mullets its only 1.7 miles by Car and 1.6 miles by bike.


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?


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.


2010 was the first year for Oakley Night Cap Cross. WOW - What a night that was!! 160 Racers, 200+ spectators on a Friday with 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! We knew we had something special... PHOTOS

2011 was even better! We switched the race date to a Saturday, lengthened the course, added a new band 'The Sun Company', provided a beer garden by the bands, made it easier to get beer and food, we had a mini-expo with vendors and added some wicked fast turns-n-twists in front of the spectators for the racers. PHOTOS


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

Oakley is a Sponsor!

Miller Lite is a Sponsor!

Mullets is a Sponsor!

BIKEIOWA is a Sponsor!


RAD RACE COURSE! (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.

View Mullets - Night Cap Cross in a larger map. NOTE: course not actual and is only intended to show area we will use.


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

1300 SE 1st
Des Moines, IA 50315



See all the Registration info above.

The Fine Print About The Races: Held under USCF race permits (2012-3483). 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.

$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.


Who Posted

  • Posted Aug 16, 2012 by ss
  • Modified Oct 24, 2012 by ss
  • Recap Posted Oct 24, 2012



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