About the Festival

The 2017 Bicycle, Blues & BBQ Festival will be July 7-9. 

Proceeds from the Bicycle, Blues and BBQ Festival support improving the healthy lifestyle through bike-related activities to include creating and improving bike trails, bike safety training, supporting cycling events and activities, and improving the amenities related to cycling.

The party starts on Friday night at 5:00 PM in City Park, downtown Clear Lake. Eat a helping (or two!) of barbecue and enjoy some soul-revivin’ blues.

Saturday’s activities begin at 7:30 AM with time trials. The time trial is a race against the clock. The course begins near Lions Field on North 8th Street (also known as Grouse Ave. or CR S28). It will be an out-and-back course of about 7 miles.

At 11:00 AM, the BBQ starts heating up, and the blues music continues into the evening.  All eyes turn to the BBBQ criterium event at 11:00 AM for fast bike race action at City Park.   The weekend races are in an omnium format, where cyclists will be competing for the over-all best racer of the weekend in three cycling disciplines: time trial, criterium, and road race.  Racers are also competing for the final Midwest Flyover Omnium Race Series Championship!

The criterium will run from 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM through the streets of downtown Clear Lake. This USA Cycling-sanctioned race is short and intense, on closed city streets. All skill and experience levels are welcome. If you prefer to be a spectator, you can watch the action from City Park.

The Blues kicks back up at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night.

Rounding out the weekend is Sunday’s BBBQ road race, beginning at 10:00 AM at Tourist Park; sign-in will begin at 8:00 AM. The race is a point-to-point route running through the beautiful North Iowa countryside and will be sure to be a memorable competition.

There is a $19,000 race purse plus $3,500 in merchandise prizes for the weekend bicycling racing events.

North Iowa Spin

North Iowa Spin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

North Iowa has long been touted as a strong cycling community in the Midwest because of its scenic and rural secondary roads, which lend themselves to excellent road riding and ease of access to nearby communities.

For more information about the Clear Lake criterium or Sunday’s USA Cycling sanctioned road race, contact Tim Putnam, BBBQ Festival Director, at northiowaspin@yahoo.com.