• Posted Sep 17, 2020

Join Scott from to hear about what's on his radar in the Iowa cycling scene this weekend. #FridayFives is a new series for Summer 2020 and we plan to share fun destinations, events and happenings each week.

For Week #17 it is:


The Redfield ROCK'N'ROLL (hosted by Cole Ledbetter of Iowa Gravel Project) is set to go for Saturday, September 12. With the soggy weather of this past week, there's sure to be some muddy Level B roads. Registration is CLOSED.

The Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra is set for October 24 and registration CLOSES on October 16. Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra - 2020 will only a 150 mile course and the 340 mile Iowa Wind and Rock will happen at the same time.

Valley Cross is still on for October 10 (even though it's not posted on Facebook or at

Midstate Cyclocross Weekend, which had been set to be at Nite Hawk Bar & Grill in Slater on November 14/15, is officially off b/c of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The RAGBRAI Roadshow - Wabash Trace Nature Trail is happening with events in Cedar Rapids and Mineola.

Find out about all these and more on the MIDWEST'S LARGEST CYCLING EVENTS CALENDAR:

Scott shares his memories of 09/11/2001. He speaks about John Moran, a New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Battalion Chief and a member of the RAGBRAI team "Team Escape From New York." Moran was killed in the 09/11 attacks.

Scott shared a haunting letter that was posted on 09/13/2001 providing updates about Team Escape from New York team members and part of John Moran's eulogy.

Scott goes on, to detail how many Iowans cared about the Morans and banded together to create the "Moran Family Benefit." Event founders were able to fly Moran's widow, Kim, and their two sons, Ryan and Dylan, to Iowa for the benefit. Through the benefit, Iowa cyclists were able to raise $50,000.00 for the family.

More info can be found online (but it's been almost 20 years and some of the links are broken):

Scott shares info about the Iowa Department of Transportation's most recent State Recreational Trails Grants.

Funded projects include:

For more information about the funded (and un-funded) trails, check out:

THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK ! You can find more information on all of these items by checking out

Remember - We’ll post Friday Fives every Friday through September on Facebook & Instagram Live, add we’ll add YouTube and BIKEIOWA as a Review afterwards.

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