frontrangegravel
While @Pattersnap is at it....we can't leave off the granddaddy....Trans Iowa

@GuitarTed is the man on that. Check his site too!
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2slow2Bfast
It's on my calendar for next year!
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frontrangegravel
@2slow2Bfast have you done it before?
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2slow2Bfast
Nope, this will be my first go at it. You? 
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Mick Ross
This year (2014) will be my 3rd attempt to just get in via Ted's post card Lottery.  Canada post delivery is never certain…gotta wonder if the past attempts even got to Iowa…I hate Canada Post.

Latest Trans Iowa V10 course details: October 27, 2013

http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com/2013/10/trans-iowa-v10-working-on-course-details.html
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frontrangegravel
Want to know how Monika Sattler prepared for TI? Her thoughts: http://monikasattler.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-i-prepared-for-trans-iowa.html 

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Mick Ross
Great insight!  Love her “No obstacle is too big” philosophy!
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2slow2Bfast
Anyone have equipment tips for TI? I hear the gravel isn't nearly as puncture-inducing as the Flint at DK200. What about gearing?
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Guitar Ted
First off, if you are anywhere near Des Moines Iowa on December 7th, there will be a clinic that will address all of this and more at Tacopocalypse, (a restaurant), in downtown Des Moines starting at 5:30pm.

But if you cannot make it, I suggest that you find a bicycle you are comfortable on for long, long hours in the saddle. Tires need to be big enough to be comfortable and to deal with varying levels of gravel and dirt roads. I suggest the 38-42mm range as being ideal, but by no means is that a hard and fast rule. Riders in the past have finished in the top ten on 29"er tires as well as 28mm tires, but just be aware that the skinnier you go- the more you'll flat and the more you'll hurt.

Gear for a lot of climbing! Nothing long- but lots of 10%-15% grades over and over again. After you've been riding for 20 hours and the wind is blowing, you may want that lower gear!

Be prepared to carry enough food and water to get by for 120 miles at a crack.

Be prepared for temperatures in the 50's-70's during the day and from the mid 20's to the upper 30's at night. It could be very windy, it could snow, it might rain. It could be very sunny and you may get a sun burn. Prepare for any and all circumstances.
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IowaGravel
Guitar Ted wrote:


Gear for a lot of climbing! Nothing long- but lots of 10%-15% grades over and over again.


Be prepared for temperatures in the 50's-70's during the day and from the mid 20's to the upper 30's at night. It could be very windy, it could snow, it might rain. It could be very sunny and you may get a sun burn. Prepare for any and all circumstances.


LOL, pretty much sums up gravel riding in Iowa ALL OF THE TIME!! Love it!
What is easy to do, is just as easy not to do. -Jim Rohn
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Retroshift
300+ Miles. Think that makes it the Milan - San Remo of the gravel world!

The Goats
May goats clear the thorns from your trails.
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2slow2Bfast
Ha! I just saw this post. Tomorrow is MSR and it's ONLY 300km. Got nothing on Trans Iowa!
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frontrangegravel
Guitar Ted had a Trans Iowa Radio update this morning.

All of the Trans Iowa Radio updates here: http://www.mountainbikeradio.com/trans-iowa-radio/
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frontrangegravel
Some good updates going on today so far from Guitar Ted on Mountain Bike Radio http://www.mountainbikeradio.com/trans-iowa-radio/
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frontrangegravel
Top 4 finishers so far at Trans Iowa:
1st - Greg Gleason
2nd - Paul LaCava
3rd - Chris Schotz
4th - Troy Krause

A lot of updates all day and night over at Mountain Bike Radio - http://www.mountainbikeradio.com/trans-iowa-radio/
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Bumbleberger
That wind was no joke. Hills too. Rain and lightning. Brutal.

Props to the winners and all the finishers!



Sunrise by Uncle Bicycle, on Flickr
It's not adventure until something goes wrong.
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jimonyourback
Less than 2 weeks to the start of V11.  Guitar Ted says, "I have taken several comments made in recent years to compile what I think is going to be a very different course than I have devised before."  Anyone feel like taking some wild guesses at what he has in store for us?  Are your bikes and bodies ready?  
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frontrangegravel
Hey all, 

I'll be doing some updating here over the next several days with anything about Trans Iowa.

We recorded the first episode of Trans Iowa Radio for 2015 here: http://ridinggravel.com/transiowaradio/

I would encourage anyone who is following along or anyone who has any questions, to post them here. Share your thoughts here.

- Ben

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kennyd
I'm sure everyone would love to see some pictures of the conditions that the riders faced today--especially the "B" road quagmire.
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frontrangegravel
Sorry kennyd. The roads were too bad for me to get out there without getting stuck. Then we waited at checkpoint 1 for people to arrive. Here is a link to several from Jason Boucher of Salsa - he was out 4-wheelin...  : http://imaginegnat.com/2015/04/25/trans-iowa-v11-my-photo-storyhttpsimaginegnat-files-wordpress-com201504jasonboucher_transiowav11_bw-11-jpgw600/

Here is one of those shots:

jasonboucher_transiowav11_bw-9.jpg 
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kennyd
No worries Ben. Totally understandable of your logistical constraints given the weather. Thanx for the Jason Boucher link!
A sincere thanx to you and Guitar Ted for all you guys do!!  
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asleepatthekeel
Great pics. Are they available for sale or reprint? Love the B&W. Shared the link with some of my non cycling friends and they are interested as well.
Thanks.
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frontrangegravel
Here's another link that was just posted. http://client.studio46west.com/transiowav11/  . asleepatthekeel - not sure. You could always contact Jason through Facebook - I don't have his email. Looks like you can buy the 46 West ones. 

Hey kennyd, Guitar Ted is the man. Yeah, I was trying to do a few things and then ended up coming back to the course to get a rider. It was still an early morning and long day! Hopefully next year things work out better. It was great meeting people. 

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frontrangegravel
Guitar Ted and I interviewed Greg Gleason on the Riding Gravel Radio Ranch podcast. Here is the link: http://ridinggravel.com/podcast-3/eight/ . It's a good listen.
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Zurichman
frontrangegravel wrote:
Sorry kennyd. The roads were too bad for me to get out there without getting stuck. Then we waited at checkpoint 1 for people to arrive. Here is a link to several from Jason Boucher of Salsa - he was out 4-wheelin...  : http://imaginegnat.com/2015/04/25/trans-iowa-v11-my-photo-storyhttpsimaginegnat-files-wordpress-com201504jasonboucher_transiowav11_bw-11-jpgw600/

Here is one of those shots:

jasonboucher_transiowav11_bw-9.jpg



Ted I came across this old post tonight of Trans Iowa. Am I looking at this pic right? The road is so slippy/nasty that riders are walking downhill to keep from crashing. Yowser

Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman
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