Spooky Cross!~

The Central Iowa Cyclocross Series Powered by Scheels wraps up this weekend with two days of fantastic racing at Spooky Cross. The races take place at Living History Farms on Saturday and Sunday. The courses will be fun but challenging. There will be food and beverages. Bring your cross bike or your mountain bike, or borrow a cross bike or a mountain bike and come join the fun. This is also a very spectator friendly atmosphere, so bring your friends and family. See the race flyer here. You can also check out more information on other cross races here.

Free Pies!~

Much to Maria’s chagrin, this tantalizing little catch phrase on the race flyer was not referring to apple, cherry, peach or lemon meringue. Upon arrival at the rain-soaked Central Iowa fairgrounds in Marshalltown, it became quite clear that the only free pies to be had were the not-so-tasty version left behind by rather large mooing farm creatures on a tricky section of the Cattle Cross race course. The sight of mud/cow pie covered bikes and riders was enough to convince a few riders to leave the their kits in the car, but several still went out and braved the slippery course. The women’s race started at 6pm under a bit of cloud cover and spitting rain. Luckily the two previous races had helped pack down some of the muddy areas for the ladies, making it easier to ride through the cattle corral instead of running through the muck or going down altogether. The silty sandy dirt in the cattle barn made things interesting, with most of the ladies choosing to dismount and run it instead of riding through. The far section of the course took us through a grassy area with some muddy sections, winding back and forth back to the start/finish line. With a few laps to go, things started to a bit dicey as the sun went down and the fairground lights came on. A few lights didn’t work and it was pretty dark on one section of the course, but all in all it was pretty cool to race under the lights. PRC’s newest member, Katie Fisher, blasted her way through the course for 1st place in the Cat 4 race and Kristen followed up with a sprint to the finish for 4th place. Maria continued to search the fairground for apple pie.

Mountain Biking News~

A BIG thanks goes out to Cam Kirkpatrick and Julie Vardaman for organizing the Rassy's Women's Mountian Bike Clinic Sunday. Thirty women showed up for better than 3 hours of playing in the dirt. We all learned a ton and had a great time.
Please join us for a little MORE mountain biking Monday evening at 5:30. We will meet at Ashworth Pool and will ride hillside (denman's will be too muddy). Since we are running low on daylight, Maria will arrive at 5:00 to get a lap or two in and then swing by the parking lot at 5:30. So...come at 5 or at 5:30.
Also, because of the lack of daylight situation, we will begin riding on Sundays at noon beginning November 8th! Hope to see you out there!

Reminder! Women's Mountain Bike Clinic!~

Sunday at 1:00 at Greenwood Park (45th Street south of Grand). Flyer here. See YOU there!

Kelli Is One Tough Cookie~

KELLI IS FAMOUS!!! She was mentioned in the DSM Register yesterday in this uber cool article about how cross racing is on the rise—and man is it tough!

The Mention: “Kelli Mente, 29, another road racer, said it's tough because there's no coasting after tough stretches and there's a lot more tire resistance through sand and grass. But the falls are softer, the angry motorists fewer and she likes the late-season workout.”

They may have used your former surname, but you were still well spoken, Kelli! We’re proud to have our rock star PRC chick in the news!!

Good luck to everyone racing any cross events this weekend.

To get the full article: ‘It hurts bad’

Lots of Choices this Weekend~

It will be busy this weekend with lots of biking choices. The Dirty Duathlon is Saturday morning/afternoon, the Cattle Cross race is Saturday evening in Marshalltown, and the Women's Mountain Bike Clinic is on Sunday. Let's hope the weather holds for the Dirty Du and the Mountain Bike Clinic. Cross race is on regardless! Hope to see you all out there.

Mark Your Calendars! CRANKSGIVING 2009~

Family, Friends, and Fellow Bikers: Punk Rock Cycling wants YOU to participate in this year’s CRANKSGIVING! Here are the details:

Date: Sunday, November 22

What Time: The event starts at 1 p.m.

Where: We’ll start from Mars Café on University Avenue in the Drake Hood

What You Do: It’ll be the same format as the previous years event. Participants will arrive and register at Mars Café. All will be given a list of items to be purchased from stores in the area. Then the race to buy the items and bring them back to Mars will begin!

Why: You will be supporting your community with the items you purchase and the fun you have at this event! All of the products you buy will be donated to DMARC and registration will support Punk Rock Cycling

Another Reason to Come Play: YOU CAN WIN PRIZES like the Seattle Langster from Rasmussen Bike Shop that you see above and so much more!

Mountain Bike Monday/PRC Rocks Altoona Cross~

It's Monday, and that means Mountain Biking! Come out and enjoy the nice weather and some dirt. We start at 5:30...and be prompt cuz its' getting dark EARLY! Meet at Ashworth Pool.

PRC would like to thank ALL9Yards for putting on a fun cross weekend in Altoona. Saturday's race had some difficult hills, but was a very fun course. PRC results for Saturday:

Women's Open
Lisa Vetterlein, 2nd
Women's Cat 4
Kristen Burgess, 3rd
Maria Ruhtenberg, 5th

Sunday's race course was a bit flatter, but still challenging because of the winds. PRC Results:
Women's Open:
Lisa Vetterlein. 2nd
Women's Ct 4:
Kristen Burgess, 3rd
Maria Ruhtenberg, 6th

Congrats ladies!

Women's Mountain Bike Clinc~

Rassmussen Bike Shop and CITA are putting on its 3rd Annual Women's Mountain Bike Clinic on October 25th at 1:00 p.m. Meet at Greenword Park for top notch instruction from the best mountain bikers in Central Iowa. This is a beginner course for women, so come our and learn some valuable mountain biking skills. See the flyer for more details


PRC wants to wish our girly girl Sara a very happy birthday! Sara had a great first year of racing and can't wait for an even better one next year. We love you Sara! Don't do anything we wouldn't do as you celebrate!

Maria Says...~


When: 5:30 p.m.
Leaving From: Rasmussen's Bike Shop
Riding: Gravel
Bring Your: LIGHTS!!
Hosted By: The Beautiful Ladies of PRC

Jason goes to Radio Shack and Nick goes to Colavita~

Rumor has it that Iowa's own Jason McCartney will be riding with the new Radio Shack team in 2010! Congrats Jason! The only downside is that they will make him give up his Specialized for a Trek....And congrats to our good friend Nick Frey for signing with Colavita for 2010. We are looking forward to following both of you next year!

Mountain Bike Monday!~

Join us on Monday for our weekly mountain bike ride. 5:30 meeting at Ashworth Pool. Hope it doesn't rain. IF it does rain, then we may do gravel. Watch our website for updates! We are showing up with fat tires and if the trails are too wet we will find some gravel to get the blood pumping a little.

Bike Shorts and Pacelines~

For those of you who are new to spandex and group riding, you need to check out Keely's blog.

Women on Bikes!~

Check this out
BTW, pic is there just to get women's attention. It worked, right?

PRC Gets Dirty~

PRC took part in the Dirty Wooden Shoe Cross Race down in Pella over the weekend. It was a perfect cross day with a little rain, a little wind, and a little sun. The course was technical, a little slippery, a little muddy, and very challenging. PRC welcomed Lisa Vetterlein to our ranks this cross season, and she had a very impressive race. She had a big lead on Robin Williams (Mercy/Specialized) early, but Robin battled back for the win in the category 1/2/3 race. Lisa took second and look great in that PRC jersey (even if it clashes with the Kinda shorts). Our other new teammate, Kristen, also raced hard with a very impressive showing and finished 3rd in the Cat 4 race. Maria also raced, and, because someone has to, came in last. She had a frustrating race with a fall, a wrong turn, and too many beer handups....Results here

Remember, mountain biking tonight, Renegade tomorrow, and gravel on Wednesday. Lots more opportunities to get dirty with us!

Ride with PRC this Week!~

First, join us on Monday at 5:30 at Ashworth Pool for a little single track action. The dirty duathlon is coming up (Oct. 24th), so this is a good time to start practicing.

Then, join PRC at Renegade Cross practice on Tuesday. Go to www.bikeiowa.com/cross for details.

On Wednesday we are planning on riding some gravel. We will start at Rassmussen's Bike Shop at 5:30. Bring lights. Beer gathering at Pal Joeys following the ride.

Hope to see you out there this week. The forecast looks perfect for fall riding!

Congrats Kelli & Terry~

Sorry, gents. You heard it right. One of our own got hitched last month! And as you can see, she looked GORGEOUS!! Kelli will always be a Mente at heart but will now be going by the name of Kelli Huerter. Big congratulations to Kelli and Terry on their nups. PRC wishes you two nothing but the best—a long and happy future together!

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