2009 Des Moines, Iowa, and National bike events calendar

by on January 16, 2009
in Events

A word to Mother Nature: YOU CANNOT BURY THE DESIRE TO RIDE UNDER TWO FEET OF SNOW. (so please quit trying…)

Now that I have that off my chest, just thought I’d offer up a list of known dates for upcoming 2009 area and national bike events. Think of this as your “gardening catalog for Iowa bikers.”

(UPDATED March 25, 2009 – Read Carefully, some dates have changed!)

April 4 – Blessing of the Bikes, Big Barn Harley Davidson, 11 a.m. followed by Chili Feed benefitting CMA
Indianola Bike Nights – Third Fridays April thru September. First I-town bike night is February 17! (www.bikedowntoitown.com)
Memorial Day Ride to the Wall – “Iowa Thunder” annual ride to the State Capitol and Viet Nam Memorial. Info still to come!
July 2, 3, 4 – ABATE Iowa Freedom Rally at Algona (www.abateiowafreedomrally.com)
July 17, 18 – Iowa State HOG Rally, Sioux City. (www.iastatehogrally.com)
July 24-27 – DATE CHANGED. SEE SEPTEMBER. Estrogen Ride (women only).
July 31 – East Village Bike Night, Des Moines.
August 3-9 – Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – www.sturgisrally.com
August 15 – Bikers Against Diabetes Ride (BAD), www.ripsbadride.com.
August 20-23 – Hawgstock, in Winterset www.hawgstock.com
October 2, 3, 4 – Ride for the Cure supporting breast cancer research (www.rideforthecureiowa.com – site coming soon!)
ABATE Iowa District 4 Toy Run – date TBA.
October 15-18 – Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, FL. (www.biketoberfest.org)

And of course, BIKE NIGHT every Thursday night at the new Porky’s Pub/Radical Cycle Shop, 5125 NE 14th St., Des Moines – let’s fill that parking lot!

If you know of a Des Moines-area bike night event not listed here (and there are MANY), please add the info by leaving a Comment. Specify night of the week and at least approximate times if you can. Thanks!

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8 Responses to “2009 Des Moines, Iowa, and National bike events calendar”
  1. Mike Fry says:

    Hey BC,
    The wife and I found that the bike night in Baxter at O’Kellys
    is often a nice 25-30 minute ride and it is usually not crowded. O’Kelly’s is kind of a small bar/eatery, they usually have a live band(no cover)outside, good drinks, and a food tent with burgers,tacos, and taco salad. Every Wednesday night.
    It’s nice to actually RIDE somewhere to a bike night. Have met lots of really cool, friendly people there!

  2. Thanks for the dates!!! You always come through for me. I was just wondering when the Capital City Custom Show was!

  3. Mike, thanks for the bike night info – that’s awesome, it is indeed a nice ride to Baxter!

    And Steph, glad to be of help – can’t wait to shop for LEATHER!! :)

    ~ Janet

  4. Kelli says:

    Bourbon Bike Night

    Bourbon Street Bar
    500 Army Post Road
    Des Moines, Iowa 50315

    Starts Saturday, May 2nd and will continue every Saturday night thereafter! Contests, live musice, beer and Bikes!

  5. Janet says:

    Kelli, thanks for the info!

  6. Theresa says:

    Fatboyz Bar & Grill
    Grimes, Iowa

    Bike night every 2nd and 4th Fri of the month, have live band.

  7. Janet says:

    Thanks, Theresa!

  8. tracey says:

    every Tuesday night bike & car nigth free and music at are Iowa state Fairgrounds….

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