Monday Motivation: Trans Iowa

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Trans Iowa
The place where T.I.v11 ended.


Trans Iowa: The eleventh running of Trans Iowa was marked by difficult conditions that decimated the field of 94 riders. The time cut off for the first checkpoint was not met by all but one rider, Greg Gleason, and then by only five minutes. He eventually pulled the plug after 123 miles which he covered in 12 hours and 20 minutes- too slow to make further time cuts.

What often seems ridiculous, without purpose, and demoralizing is anything but that to those who were actually there toeing the line. In fact, although it may seem very unbelievable to outsiders, this result actually is a motivator to make it back next year. Training plans and rides to keep up the fitness are already being planned by many who had their dreams of a Trans Iowa finish dashed this year by the insane winds, rain, mushy roads, mud, and cold.

Until the next Trans Iowa is announced……….

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Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. An inaugural member of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame and Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004- Guitar Ted has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and back road events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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2 thoughts on “Monday Motivation: Trans Iowa

  1. A big tip of the helmet to Guitar Ted for not changing the check in time for checkpoint #1 when it looked like the conditions would prevent more riders from making it in time. You made the rules and you stuck by them. Bravo!

    1. No doubt. Too many things are dumbed down to allow everyone to finish all the time. It’s good to have reminders every once in a while that stuff isn’t always rainbows and unicorns.

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