Tondro Pray Bike Park
in Cedar Falls is a flat, sprawling 20-acre flood plain repurposed after the 2008 floods as apark for BMX bicycling, cyclocross, and mountain biking. The pump track and MTB skills areas see plenty of action, but the park on the whole is usually a relatively quiet spot nestled just north of the Cedar River.
But not next weekend.
September 17 & 18 Tondro Pray will host the seventh edition of Twisted Cross
, the first weekend of racing in Iowa's 2022 cyclocross season.
"Well, I didn't know we would be the season opener until I saw the Facebook postabout Cannonball Cross being postponed," said Race Director Steffoni Schmidt. "I know everyone looks forward to that race and venue as the kickoff to cross season, so we've got some big shoes to fill!"
That's not a problem, though, as Steffoni and the Twisted Spokes crew know the drill. "Our team of dedicated volunteers has been working hard to get our race and course ready for this year. It will be the same course layout, great for beginners, utilizing some built features like berms and ramps, a sand pit and some prime hand-up locations."