Captain Roy's in Des Moines is the newest bike-trail bar and grill in a city that loves its bike trails. Saturday the Iowa Cyclocross Series continues at this new venue with a new race, Captain's Cross.
"The venue is what makes this race great," says Race Director Corey Philips of the Sakari Race Team. "The race will take place in Union Park (of Race Like a Girl/Squirrel fame) and Birdland Marina on the banks of the Des Moines River and finishes right at Captain Roy's. Captain Roy's has fantastic grub, local craft beers, and will host post-race music with Cold Filtered, featuring MTB extraordinaire Darvish Shadravan.
"The course itself is no joke," says Philips, "featuring a paved, full-road, uphill start, three fast descents, and numerous off-camber and technical features. Plus there are another two major climbs, one with rideable barriers -- if you have the skills.
"Hicklin Powersports and KTM Bike Industries are our presenting sponsors. KTM is pushing really hard into North America in 2017 and Hicklin Powersports is one of the first to carry their bicycles in the Midwest. Hicklin is a professional motorsports shop with a lot of championships under their belt. They understand cross training, with most of their competitive racers using bicycles to stay in shape. This partnership is a natural fit and a great way to cross-promote our sports and passions." Hicklin Powersports will have KTM fat bikes, cross bikes, mountain bikes, and e-bikes on display Saturday.
This is the first year for Captain's Cross, but Philips and Sakari are no strangers to pulling off a good event. Sakari offered up Palooza Cross in 2013 and 2014, and hosts an annual road race and the Juicy Gravel Race. "Our race targets all bike racers, with a division for everyone. We have cash payouts for all divisions other than juniors and beginners, with equal payout for men and women. It's a killer venue in a great setting in the heart of Des Moines. Cyclocross, craft beer, grub, and music... what more could you want?"
Birdland Marina is under two hours drive from Iowa City, and the weather for Saturday looks good so far.
Originally published by Goosetown Racing Club