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


Fri Jul 12 2013 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Clear Lake Square
Clear Lake, IA


North Iowa Spin Cycling and Multisport Team


Results from the TT, Crit and RR were posted Sunday on USAC

Omnium results should be up tonight!

Pictures: A couple places to look: <<< Fabulous photos

as always - Thank you Mr Mable!!!

Sundays RR photos will be posted this week or next on Flickr:

It was a wonderful weekend and we appreciate all the positive feedback

we've received!

See you next year for the 10th Anniversary for the BBBQ: July 11 - 13,



Tim Putnam

Mason City, IA


Bicycle Blues and BBQ Festival Report and Results - written by Prologue Cycling

t has been 9 years since the first Bicycle Blues and BBQ Festival was
held and the race weekend has grown into a major Midwest event. With
cyclists from around the region traveling to Clear Lake, Iowa to
compete, this year’s race had well over 200 riders participate over the
course of the weekend. The competitive event consists of a time trial,
criterium, road race. The weekend also offers a three-day festival with
plenty of activities, BBQ, and blues to keep everyone entertained and

Clear Lake, Iowa is
a great summer destination for families which makes it a prime location
to hold weekend-long cycling event. Participants can race and then
spend the day with the family, taking in everything Clear Lake has to
offer. At almost 70 square miles, the lake itself offers a wide range of
activities such as sailing, skiing, boating, fishing, and swimming. In
addition, public gardens, museums, parks, and even a giant maze await

Clear Lake took its place in music history on the tragic night of
February 3, 1959. Popularly known as, “the day the music died”, a plane
crash took the lives of music legends Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and
Ritchie Valens shortly after their final performance at the Surf Ballroom. You can still visit the fully restored Surf Ballroom.

Despite some unexpected rain on Saturday, event organizer Tim Putnam
was able to keep things on track. Eventually, the weather cleared and
allowed for another great event, “Rain! Where did the rain come from?
The forecast called for 10% the night before and the radar Sat morning
was not showing much of a threat. First time in 9 years we had rain
event like this. But, we had such a great officiating crew that we were
able to recalculate one race and every race went off on time.”


Race Results

Photos (by Dave Mable)


Omnium/Stage Race

Distance - various

A weekend of blues music and BBQ on Friday evening and all day Saturday, family fun rides on Saturday morning, as well as an omnium - time trial Saturday morning, criterium Saturday afternoon and evening, and road races Sunday morning. The crit is the Iowa State Criterium Championships.

We'll have vendors this year like Wayne's Bike & Ski, Bike Rags, and others.

The party starts on Friday night at 5:30 PM in City Park, downtown Clear Lake. Eat a helping (or two!) of barbecue and enjoy some soul-revivin’ blues BANDS TBD.

Saturday’s activities begin at 8:00 AM with a Tour De Fields.  Choose from several different rides–onsite registration will be held at City Park from 7 AM to 10 AM.

At 11 AM, the BBQ starts heating up, and the blues music continues into the evening.  All eyes turn to the BBBQ Criterium Event at 11:30 AM for fast bike race action at City Park.   At 8:30 PM Lamont Cranston Band with special guest Bruce McCabe will take the stage to close to the Blues Music Festival.

The weekend races are in an ‘omnium’ format, where cyclists will be competing for the over-all best racer of the weekend in three cycling disciplines: time trial, criterium, and road race.  Racers are also competing for the Midwest Flyover Omnium Race Series, the BBBQ is race weekend #4.

There is a$15,000 race purse plus $3,500 in merchandise prizes for the weekend bicycling events.

MORE about the Festival.

Proceeds from the Bicycle, Blues and BBQ Festival support improving the healthy lifestyle through bike-related activities to include creating and improving bike trails, bike safety training, supporting cycling events and activities, and improving the amenities related to cycling.


Friday, July 12:

BBBQ Blues Music Festival Sponsored by Dean Snyder Construction

5:30 PM:  BBQ vendors open

5:30 – 7:30 PM: Mooseknuckle Brothers  

8:00 – 10:00 PM:   Sena Ehrhardt Band

Saturday, July 13:

Tour De Fields and Family Fun Rides Sponsored by Wayne’s Ski and Cycle

7:00 AM:
Fun Ride registration opens
Breakfast by the Lake -Clear Lake Lions Pride event featuring Dad’s Belgian Waffles

7:30 AM:
BBBQ Omnium Race Weekend sponsored by Raymond James kicks off with a 7 mile time trial starting at Lions Field.

11:00 – 9:00 PM: BBQ vendors will be serving

11:30 – 8:30 PM:
BBBQ Criterium Race featuring the Iowa Criterium State Championship Races and Iowa Cup Series Event. See race flyer for detailed schedule and prize lists.

2:30 – 3:00 PM:
FREE Kids Race Sponsored by Kingland Systems
FREE kids races for children ages 11 and under.

BBBQ Blues Music Festival Sponsored by Dean Snyder Construction

6:00 – 7:00 PM Clear Lake Municipal Band

6:55 – 8:15 PM:  Raymond James BBBQ Professional and Category 1/2  Criterium Race – race awards immediately following.

8:30 – 10:30 PM: Lamont Cranston Band with special guest Bruce McCabe

Sunday, July 14:

Raymond James Omnium Race Weekend – Road Race

8-9:30 AM:  Registration at the Tourist Park.

10:00 AM:  USCF-sanctioned road race sign-in takes place from our new location at Tourist Park is located at 1600 block of South Shore Drive, Clear Lake, IA


RACE Details can be found HERE.

Recreational Rides
The Tour de Fields is a road and family fun ride done in conjunction with the Bicycle Blues and BBQ festival in Clear Lake Iowa. The funds raised during this event will be used to maintain and improve the Cerro Gordo county trail system. Please join us for some great riding, mouthwatering     bar-b-que, and a TON of fun!

•Family Fun Ride: (Route)
A 14-mile ride for cyclists of all ages. The route will circle Clear Lake and includes 2 aid stations (water and snacks).
Cost: $10 per adult/$5 per child

Tour de Fields:
32 Mile Easy Ride: A relatively flat ride that includes 1 aid station. (Route)
40 Mile Moderate Ride: A slightly longer and more challenging ride than the 32 miler. Includes 2 aid stations. (Route)
62 Mile Challenger: Training for a long ride? This ride is the one for you! Includes 3 aid stations. (Route)
Cost: $25 per person regardless of distance

Tour de Fields Perks:
•T-Shirt (pre-registered riders ONLY; excludes Family Fun Ride)
•A ticket for a BBQ meal @ Clear Lake City Park (Excludes Family Fun Ride)
FULLY stocked aid stations; the number you will hit depends on the route you choose
•SAG wagon support
•Helmets are REQUIRED to participate!
•You must pre-register by 7/3/13 to receive a t-shirt (excludes Family Fun Ride)
•Ride goes on rain or shine; no refunds!

see website for route details


Clear Lake Square

100 Main Avenue
Clear Lake, IA 50428



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Who Posted

  • Posted Jul 10, 2013 by BikeIowa
  • Modified Aug 27, 2013 by BikeIowa
  • Recap Posted Aug 27, 2013



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