Albia Holy Cow

When I first rode West out of Albia, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew there were a number of Class B roads I wanted to travel along the way, but I didn’t expect to meet acres of grass-fed cattle, beautiful views, river crossings, and even a short ride along the Historic Mormon Trail. It was spectacular and the opportunity to explore Monroe county left me thinking, “Holy Cow this is cool!”

Albia is a fairly hill route, but there are a lot of long descents and nice flats to help you recharge and get ready for the next Class B challenge. We’re working closely with the Albia Chamber of Commerce on this one and they are eager to show you around downtown and their picturesque square. You’ll want to plan to stick around after this adventure!

Albia Holy Cow

July 15th, 2023

DateSaturday July 16th, 2021
Start time7:00AM
Start locationSt. Mary’s Catholic Church – 730 W Benton Ave, Albia, IA 52531
Distance100 km / 62 mi
Climbing elevationAbout 3500 ft
Meal OptionFeeding Frenzy

Where to stay or camp

One of the unique parts of Albia and Monroe county is that it’s a bit off the beaten path. Fortunately, there a few good places to stay if you’d like to camp or just grab a place to stay for the night. Here’s what we know of:

Event Details

  • July 14th – Packet pickup available at St. Mary’s Church from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

  • July 15th

    6:00AM – Check-in and packet pick-up opens at St. Mary’s Catholic Church
    6:45AM – Line-up at starting line for last minute instructions
    7:00AM – Race starts, group start!
    8:00AM – First aid station opens and sweeper starts
    9:00AM – Second aid station opens
    10:00AM – First aid station closes
    Noon – Second aid station closes
    2:00PM – Route sweep complete, all racers still on the route are on their own for support.


    Once the first three racers in the men’s and women’s divisions cross the finish line, we’ll take pictures of them on the podium.

  • Week of July 17th – Start looking for links to photos and official race results in your inbox!

2023 Route

2023 Results

1.1117Cooper, LindafSakari Race Team p/b Smart Honda4:12:03
2.1077Sheffield, Jenniferf4:31:14
3.1013Bowery, NancyfLimestoners4:44:40
4.1072Benning, HeatherfPrairie Burners5:00:38
5.1011Woelber, KarmenfZoom Performance5:42:03
DNF1039Nash, Sarahf
DNF1076Braddy, Dawnf
DNS1010Schicantek, Mollyf
DNS1071Tate, Melissaf
1.1007Johnson, JacobmAll the Wattz3:09:54
2.1093Johnson, BrianmMGrills Race Team3:09:57
3.1103Nealy, ChrismTeam Presto3:09:59
4.1091Anderson, JasonmSakari Sushi Lounge Race Team p/b Smart Honda3:11:42
5.1095Holst, DavidmMidwest GNAR3:12:42
6.1090Shelman, ScottmSugar Bottom Bikes3:12:44
7.1115Goates, NathanmCumberland Valley Collective p/b Gettysburg Bicycle3:14:06
8.1104Savre, TimmProject Echelon3:15:39
9.1106Cubbage, ChasemAdapt ChemStation3:16:31
10.1114Bredesky, KylemOYRB p/b RynoVelo3:17:54
11.1080Oldfield, BradmOmaha Velo3:27:00
12.1119Tellinghuisen, SethmOmaha Velo/ The Bike Way3:29:17
13.1059Jackson, CamdenmAmes Velo3:34:27
14.1079Ralston, Caseym3:41:01
15.1105Skinner, ChadmPresto3:41:01
16.1102Eichler, PaulmThe Bike Way/Omaha Velo3:41:05
17.1088Ryon, LukemGeoffs Bike and Ski3:45:22
18.1087Ryon, Joelm3:45:33
19.1084Rodriguez, AlejandromTeam presto3:54:34
20.1092Windenberger, AurelienmIdeal Energy3:57:57
21.1069Stahl, TimmPrairie burners: Torches3:58:01
22.1082Embrey, JustinmBloomington Cycle & Fitness3:58:12
23.1086Ramsey, ToddmOmaha Velo/The Bike Way4:00:45
24.1096Ceballos, GustavomTeam Presto4:07:12
25.1085Everett, JimmWholesome Masters Racing Team4:07:43
26.1083Hickle, JohnmTeam Presto4:13:29
27.1107Flores, DanielmTeam Presto4:14:02
28.1066Welk, Gregorym4:30:22
29.1024Stephenson, NatemNebraska Medicine Cycling Team4:30:44
30.1089Burkett, JermainemMajor Taylor4:38:01
31.1005RODRIGUEZ, JERRYmTeam Presto4:45:37
32.1073Ford, BillmPrairie Burners5:01:20
33.1116Aburto, RandymPresto5:10:37
34.1078Dahlberg, ChrismPrairie Burners5:11:42
35.1019Marley, Johnm6:07:06
36.1094Tjaden, Alexm6:11:18
DNF1040Crosby, Jonathanm
DNF1041Kline, DanielmTeam Ohm
DNF1049Kline, JaredmTeam Ohm
DNS1008Lawler, Toddm
DNS1009Parnell, Mitchm
DNS1017Vint, PatrickmMagnum Thunder
DNS1027Pollard, MattmHey You, LLC
DNS1038Parman, MattmBike Rags Racing
DNS1081Buscher, ShanemOmaha Velo
DNF1075Parizek, Rickix

More photos in the shared album.