So we've decided to go the route of social media. If you'd like to stay up on all things PRC we'd like to invite you to join us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or whatever social media system we may end up using (who knows, maybe Friendster will make a comeback).

This blogspot address will soon reflect this so if you've booked mark this site we'd like you to also add PUNK ROCK CYCLING or MOST BAD ASS WOMEN EVER.

Thanks. We'll chat soon!


That's right. 515 Magazine, a Des Moines rag published by Drake University seniors in the magazine journalism program, had Punk Rock Cycling featured on the cover of their Fall 09 issue. The cover blurb says we're the fastest punks in town. (But I'm sure that they meant we're the HOTTEST and the fastest punks in town!) And there is a 5-page spread to back it up.

So if you see a 515 laying around (you'll recognize it by the high heels and legs with fishnets...no that isn't anyone on our team) pick one up and read all about us!

NOTE: There have been some significant changes to our team since the publication of this magazine. But we still hope you enjoy the article.


Hey all you Punk Rock Cycling fans. As you can see, we have a new system to post comments. We are very sorry for all the comments that you’ve left that are now MIA. We’re not quite sure how this new program will work for us, but we really hope it’s more user-friendly.

See something on our site that you think is wicked cool or absolutely awful? Leave us a comment. And then let us know what you think of the new program. Please be aware that once you post your comment, one of our team members will moderate your comment and post if it’s appropriate (a.k.a. relating to the post, our team, our rides, cycling in general). That being said, your comment might not make it to the site immediately or at all.

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Bad Santa Alley Cat Race This Friday!!!!~

The first annual Bad Santa Alley Cat Race is THIS Friday...that's Dec. 18th. This Alley Cat Race will benefit the Toy's for Tot's program in Des Moines through KCCI Channel 8. The race is simple: Racers will be given 10 check points throughout the downtown area. Once all check points have been hit you'll race back to Zimms for the finish. The top 3 will be given something special at the house party 1/2 a block away from Zimms. A free keg of beer, and local band Brother Trucker will be playing. See the facebook page for details, but basically show up at Zimms by 5:00 on Friday with your bike! See you then.

Megan's Favorite Trainer Tunes~

Little Miss Megan is brand-spankin’ new to PRC but not a complete newbie when it comes to racing—this will be her second year in the loop. We think she fell in love with us when she attended our Race Like a Girl Series last fall. How could she not want to be on our amazing team after that?! And we’re so glad to have her!

In honor of Specialized Women’s Facebook Contest, we asked Megan: “Hey Megan, what are your top 10 favorite songs to train to during these dreaded winter months?” And here it is, Megs’ top 10 trainer tunes:

1. Renegades of Funk - Rage Against the Machine
2. Microphone Fiend - Rage Against the Machine
3. Ch-Check It Out - Beastie Boys
4. Remember the Name - Fort Minor
5. Love me or Hate me - Lady Sovereign
6. Helena - My Chemical Romance
7. Dirty Harry - Gorillaz
8. Distance - Cake (I like to listen to this while I warm up.)
9. Give It Up to Me - Shakira
10. Stronger - Kanye West


New PRC member, Katie Fistler, and her husband, Ben, rock the rollers. For those of you who do not know Katie, she is 29 years old and is a teacher up in Mason City. She has been riding bikes for about 2 years and has done triathlons and cross races. She has a couple cats, a dog, and a husband. We aren't sure what Ben does other than ride his fixie on rollers, but he seems like a nice enough guy and comes out to the races, so we approve. Katie is an exceptionally strong rider and will race the road bike and cross bike next year. Keep up the work Katie!

PRC Girls Can Party!~

The ladies of PRC hosted a party last week at Rasmussen's Bike Shop, and, as you can see, a good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who braved the aftermath of #IowaDeathStorm09 to join us for some food, drink, and fun. In this picture, Julie Hugo, Kelli Huerter, Sara Broek, and Maria Ruhtenberg are clearly excited about the team.

And, in other PRC news, Maria Ruhtenberg submitted the winning tweet to @SpecializedWMN about why she rides (to inspire more women to ride) and won a pair of BG Pro RBX shorts! Stay tuned for a review of these shorts! Maria was vey excited as she has never won anything since she was 9 and won some cupcakes only to have some thugs break the window out of the car and steal them. Thanks Specialized!

Introducing PRC's 2010 Roster!!!!~

We are proud to introduce our roster for 2010! Punk Rock Cycling will be bigger than ever for our 3rd year as Iowa's only all female bike racing team. We are so excited as we begin looking forward to all the things we will be doing next year. We will be racing road bikes, mountain bikes, cross bikes, and time trial bikes. We will be hosting weekly road rides, weekly mountain bike rides and will continue our monthly Race Like a Girl series. Just wait to see what else we have in store!

Most of our team from last year is returning (we all miss Emily terribly since she moved to California), and we have added a number of very talented athletes.

Here is our 2010 team:

Heather Myer Davis is back for her second year racing with PRC. She will be racing her road bike again in 2010 and may throw in a few triathlons. Welcome back Heather!

Keely Shannon is also back for her second year with PRC. Keely has been racing for years and we have been so fortunate to have her racing with us. Keely will race her road bike and will throw herself full force into mountain bike racing for the 2010 season.

New PRC member, Lisa Vetterlein, has been racing cyclo-cross with us this year with us and very well. Lisa is also a very experienced bike racer, who took a couple of years off to take care of her precious little boy. We could not be more excited to have Lisa on our team. Welcome Lisa!

Kelli Huerter (previoulsy Mente), who is one of the founding members of PRC and one of our leaders last year, is back for 2010. Kelli was married this fall. Congrats Kelli and Terry! We hope next year is just as successful as the last 2 have been.

Another founding member, Maria Ruhtenberg, is also back for 2010. She will be the director of the team too! Maria will race the road bike, but will also explore her new found love of mountain biking!

Our newest member, Megan Kelly, raced road bikes this year for another local team, and we are so excited that she will be racing for us next year. Megan is very excited about racing the road bike in 2010!

Sara Broek had such a successful racing season this year, we are privileged to have her back. Sara's first year of racing was this year, and wow is she a natural! We can't wait to see what she will do next year.

Lynn Swinger is brand new to racing, but not brand new to the bike. She has a background in triathlons, and is a very solid rider. Welcome to racing Lynn, we know you are going to LOVE it!

Lisa Beaty is also new to racing. She has been a casual road bike rider for a number of years, and has now decided she will delve into racing. We can't wait to see what she can do. Welcome to PRC!

Kristen Burgess is also new to the team, and new to racing (but with a triathlon backgroun). We found her at the cross races this fall and put a jersey on her. She has had a great cross season and plans on racing road bikes next year. Look for Kristen to upgrade by Memorial Day!

Alison Doyle is also back for her second year with PRC. Ali is one of the strongest riders we have seen. We are thankful she is riding with us. And she is studying to be a yoga instructor, so we think she will be unstoppable next year!

Although this will be Keri Blake's second year on our team, this will really be her first full season of racing (last year she had the very important task of becoming a mom which sidelined her most of the year). Keri teaches spin, is very fit, and will rock the road scene in 2010.

PRC also welcomes new member Julie Hugo. Julie has had some race experience, included Jingle Cross Rock this year, where she raced for PRC and did great! Julie has been a bike enthusiast her whole life so we think she is the perfect addition to our team.

We found Katie Fistler at the cross races too. She has a triathlon background, is a swim coach, and decided to try her hand at cross racing. She was an instant success and we couldn't wait to get a PRC jersey on her. She raced for us for most of this cross season, and think she will be scary fast on the road.

So there you have it! Fourteen strong, athletic, competitive, and motivated women who are going to crush it next year in all biking disciplines. Welcome to everyone. We are going to have a great year!

Snow is in the Forecast~

Since Des Moines is under a winter weather advisory and snow is expected tonight, PRC realizes its time for some indoor training rides. We held our first group trainer ride this morning. Thanks to Jen and Ed Veak for use of their space. Teammates Maria, Heather, Lisa B, Megan, and Sara were joined by our team manager Bob. Jen rode with us, as did Rassy team member Brad. We had a good time and the two hour ride went by like that. The only thing that was missing was DQ's famous post-ride smoothie....

After the trainer ride, Maria, Bob, and Lisa headed down to the center trails for PRC's regular weekly dirt ride. There were a few people out there even though it was pretty chilly. Lisa was bummed to find out she had left her shoes at the workout studio, so she couldn't ride (boo). We were also joined by Sheri, who is just getting into the racing thing and we LOVE it that she is showing up to the rides. Steve, Doug, Rich, Nate, and Sterling were also out riding with us. Thanks everyone!

PRC has some funny friends~

The links below have nothing to do with Cam getting his fnger stuck in a beer bottle, but are almost as funny:

Tuesday Gravel
Group Ride
Pete and Tiger

Credits: Photo stolen from Jed Gammell, Animation by Kris Kunze and Pig

Driven By Elder

Papa Johns Pizza Ya'll

Punk Rock Cycling Women's Team

Kelli Mente, Cat 3
Keely Shannon, Cat 3
Maria Ruhtenberg, Cat 4
Emily Schaapveld, Cat 4
Heather Myer-Davis, Cat 4
Sara Broek, Cat 4
Keri Fellows, Cat 4
Alison Doyle, Cat 4

Rachael Lambert, Specialized D4W
Jed Gammell, Insurance
Chris Maharry, Photographer

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Kansas Cyclist (Meet PRC) - 1/09
IA Public Radio (Cranksgiving) - 11/08
True Sport (100 Reasons) - 11/08
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Bike Iowa (Test The Best) - 8/08
True Sport (Our Bikes) - 7/08
Cycling Update (Our Bikes) - 7/08
Specialized Newsletter - 6/08
Bike Iowa (Our Bikes) - 5/08
Bike Iowa (Ritual Ride) - 5/08
Juice Magazine - 5/08
Cycling Update (Elkhart TT) - 5/08
True Sport (Anthro with Ana) - 5/08
NE Cycling News (Spring Classic) - 4/08
Cycling Update (Kent Park) - 3/08
True Sport (Camp #2) - 3/08
True Sport (Camp #1) - 3/08
Bike Iowa (Babysitters) - 3/08
Bike Iowa (V-Day Auction) - 2/08
Nebraska Cycling News - 2/08
True Sport - 2/08
Cycling Update - 1/08
Bike Throw - 11/07
Bike Iowa - 10/07

Memorial Day Weekend Races
Elkhart TT in May
Finchford Road Race
IA City Criterium
IA City Road Race
D4W Week
RLAG April
Tour Of Hermann
Ride For Awareness
Spring Fling in Lawrence
We Love Tom Boonen
Sexy Specialized Angels
Dinner At Jethros
Tulsa Spring Training 09
Keely With SMASH
Kelli's Trip to California
Photo Shoot with D. Smith
Behind the Scenes D. Smith
Oakley Party
Bike Maintenance Class
PRC Holiday Party
The Ana Collection
The Best of 2008

All The FLICKR Photos

Jane Makes Out With Podium Girl
Chicken Or Anteater?
Kelli After Elkhart TT
Jane Climbs Snake Alley
Kelli Cleans Her Bike
Ana's Solid Sprinting
The Crowd At A Ritual Ride
Chris Talks About Getting Spanked
Ana Hates Video Recordings
Jane's Finish at PRC Du
Jen Heckles Sk8 Kids
Chris's Gap at Old Cap
Emily's Training Ride
Jane & Kelli Talk Transition
Andy Likes PRC (& Guys)
Jane-Jen-Kelli After Altoona

All The YOUTUBE Videos

Delicious Desktop Backgrounds

Our Critical Power Test (XLS)
Rockin CL Training Log (XLS)
Kelli's Drafting Tutorial (PPT)
Criterium 101 (PDF)

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