The Dirty Wooden Shoe
This coming weekend is an old favorite on the south shores of Lake Red Rock between Pella and Knoxville, The Dirty Wooden Shoe. Now in its ninth year, the sixth at Lake Red Rock, the race’s grassy course features a bit of everything including three unique obstacles and the infamous “Dutch letters,” a series of tricky turns on a hill.
“We target racers of all abilities and try to give them something that will challenge them,” says Race Director Jacob Oyen of Pella Bike Racing. “Our course has long, power-sucking straights as well as tight, twisty, and technical sections. Some of our obstacles are rideable by top level racers, while newer riders find running them equally challenging.”
Oyen explains that the race organizers tweak the course slightly every year, and this year is no exception. “The Dutch Letters might change a bit this year. Also, we haven’t seen much rain this year and so we are working to minimize any damage. This might mean re-routing some sections of the course.”
Apparently serving as race director and president of the Iowa Bicycle Racing Association (IBRA) wasn’t keeping Oyen busy enough, so he spearheaded recent efforts to start the Iowa Cyclocross Series (iowacx.com). “We are very excited about the Iowa CX Series and that The Dirty Wooden Shoe is the second stop. The series strings together some great races across the state to get more people racing bikes. This will really help our race since we are a bit of a drive from the major metro areas in the state.”
For the record, the venue at Lake Red Rock is just over 100 miles from Iowa City – under two hour’s drive – and the race is well worth it. On your way stop in Pella for some tasty (and less painful) Dutch letters, and after the race plan for a stop in Knoxville: “Peace Tree Brewing has been great as presenting sponsor for our race. Stop in the tap room in Knoxville with your free drink ticket and enjoy some of their delicious brews.” Mmm… Blonde Fatale…
Register today at https://www.usacycling.org/register/2017-1208.
Originally published by Goosetown Racing Club