Power climbs and bone rattling courses put racers to the test Saturday and Sunday in Des Moines, IA, where Kansas riders Stephanie Lamb and Laura Richards took decisive control over the cat 3 and cat 4 standings with their respective wins on both days. Tulsa Tough Racing’s Aubree Dock maintains second place, and Renae Weaver of Free State Racing sits third.
|Stephanie Lamb of Bike America Racing, wearing her Cat 3 Leader's Tall Sox and retaining the top spot on Sunday. Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
|Laura Richards of Women's Free State Cycling takes charge of the Cat 4 Leader's Tall Sox. Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
|Women's Cat 4 Podium Spooky 'Cross #1. Photo courtesy of Spooky 'Cross|
|Elisabeth Reinkordt nears the crest. Photo by Paul Buchanan|
|SS Tall Sox come in the Icy Bubbles style, proudly displayed by Sheclismo's Berly Brown. Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
Cheryl Dralle, Rasmussen Bike Shop, received the leader’s tall-socks in the Skillz division for her powerful climbs on both days.
|The weekend's courses served Skillz leader Cheryl Dralle's MTB skills well! Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
Sandy Diavan made cyclocross look the most fun on Saturday when she laid down at the top of the climb and let spectators play Twister on her costume. Sunday, Kim Hopkins stole the show with her natty pink and black striped tights and matching kit.
|Kim Beaty Hopkins nears the top of Spooky's notable climb. Photo by Paul Buchanan|
|Superfun Tall Sox podium. They have smiling clouds and rainbows on them! Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|
|Junior rider Hannah Neary gets a pair of Cycling Made Real socks from Sydney for representing the future of Women's cycling! Photo: Elisabeth Reinkordt|