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Trans Iowa V10: Here's a reminder of what Trans Iowa is.........We are informing you all that are in the event that if you don't agree that you are on your own, that you are responsible for yourself, and that this is being undertaken of your own volition, then don't take the start.
Read that and consider it carefully. 

4/17/14: My weather insiders are saying that a warming trend next week will end on the weekend of Trans Iowa when it will cool off a bit Saturday evening with winds expected to be around 20mph. Rain on Thursday before will likely mean some, at least, of the 10 B Roads may not be rideable in places. 
4/14/14: Trans Iowa Radio has been fired up again. Check out the first broadcast for v10 HERE  UPDATE: The 5 pairs of WTB Nano 40's have arrived! Racers that place 1-5 overall will each receive a pair at the finish of T.I.V5.

4/13/14: Trans Iowa course and cue sheet checking is completed and everything is a go now for T.I.V10. See the report HERE. Important information can be found in the links on this post-HERE. If you can't make it to T.I.V10- LET ME KNOW ASAP!!

4/8/14: Here is the announcement concerning Trans Iowa Radio: Once again this year, we are pleased to announce that Mountain Bike Radio and J-Paks are sponsoring Trans Iowa V10 by hosting the 2014 edition of Trans Iowa Radio. Click HERE to learn how it works. During Trans Iowa, this is where you go for updates on riders and for my reports from the field. 

4/7/14: I am pleased to share with you all that WTB has pried 5 sets of the very first shipment of Nano 40's out for Trans Iowa prizing. These tires were air freighted from Asia and were earmarked for OEM customers to test. Give a shout out to WTB when you can for being so kind to Trans Iowa! 

On another note, the Comfort Inn & Suites will be offering the riders staying there a Continental Breakfast starting at 2am Saturday the 26th, which is the morning of the race. Be sure to thank them for providing this service. 

The HED wheels, a set of Ardennes+ hoops, will be awarded to the last person to make the Checkpoint #2 cutoff. 

Details on what is going on at the Barn Saturday evening and Sunday morning can be found HERE!

 If you cannot make T.I.V10, please e-mail me ASAP! It helps tremendously if I know now if you are not showing up. 19 days to go!!!
 4/3/14:  HED Wheels sent an Ardennes + wheel set to be given away at T.I.V10 which arrived Wednesday. 

3/29/14: New post on Guitar Ted Productions concerning the Race Numbers and Cue Sheets. Dig it! Read it! Understand it! HERE

3/26/14:  <== See that watch? Time is ticking down to T.I.V10. Will you be ready? Are you still in?  Thanks to those that have responded to the e-mail sent out a month ago. I still need to hear from Gary Cale.

3/11/14:   I have received news that we will have a story on T.I.V10 in Silent Sports coming out just after the event. In-race reporter, Chris Shotz, is a former T.I. Finisher.

 2/21/14: Trans Iowa is pleased to announce that WTB is  sponsoring T.I.V10 with 5 pairs of the new Nano 40 gravel road tires one pair each to the first five finishers of T.I.V10. 

  1/29/14: In the aftermath of the Arrowhead 135 this year, former Trans Iowa Finisher, Matt Maxwell had this excellent commentary. Please read his take on acceptable and unacceptable consequences of being in an event like Trans Iowa. Well worth the read. 
1/6/14: Trans Iowa would like to officially announce that Hammer Nutrition has officially confirmed sponsorship of T.I.v10. CLICK HERE to learn about their endurance fuels and supplements. Each racer will get a full compliment of Hammer products in their race bag to use during T.I.v10. 

12/17/13: Today I am happy to announce that Ergon is sponsoring Trans Iowa once again. Ergon goes waaaaay back with T.I. This time we are going to be getting some of the great saddles from Ergon again along with the hot new CF-3 seatpost. Click the link for more info on the post. 

11/25/13: New sponsorship news! We are again welcoming Europa Cycles and HED Wheels onboard as sponsors of T.I.v10! 

  11/16/13:  Announcing Two New Sponsorships: The Slender Fungus Cycling Association is giving away a Surly CrossCheck frameset to the rider that puts in the "Grittiest Ride" for T.I.v10. Stay tuned for details on that. Also, we welcome Shimano's "PRO" line of accessories which will be given in the Raffle at the Pre-Race Meat-Up. Thanks to both of these fine sponsors!

8/20/13: Trans Iowa photographer, Jason Boucher has made his T.I.V9 set available via Zenfolio here. You can get images printed and sent to your door via the site. Jason says he is not making a dime off these, so it's a bargain, as these images really are top quality stuff folks. Check it out and see for yourself. 

8/6/13: The "Trans Iowa Master's Program" has been announced. This is a separate event from T.I.V10 and will be run between June 1st and August 31st. For a hint on what I am planning, check out my inspiration for TIMP- Operacion Muerto. Or hit the page link for TIMP on the right margin.

5/12/13: Many links to rider race recaps can be found on G-Ted Productions blog here. More will be added if I get them. Images: A link to Wally Kilburg's pics is here.

 6/12/12: Official T.I.V8 photographer Steve Fuller put up his shots on This Flicker Page. Go there for some great shots of this years event.

Sponsors: Want to sponsor Trans Iowa? Shoot me an e-mail! The link is down at the lower right of this page or use Thanks!

05/05/13: The Trans Iowa History blog has been updated with a page for T.I.V9 I have updated the roster page. Take a look at the results page Here
Find out where this crazy ride has been and where it's going!
Thanks to Kerkove Design Media for the work on this site!

Racers have been known to mentally break down and cry along side of the road.

The Grinnell Chamber of Commerce awarded Trans Iowa with the "Outstanding Tourism Experience Award" for 2014.

A photo set by T.I.V9 photog, Jason Boucher, can be found here. And here.

An interview with Cristina Mihaescu, first ever women finisher on a single speed, from "Over The Top Radio"

Issue #17 of XXC MAG (Story on T.I.V8)
Bicycle Times this time from Jeremy Kershaw. This is a version of his story posted originally on his blog.

Online story about T.I.V8 winner, Eric Brunt from "Livewell Nebraska"

Jeff Frings released "300 Miles of Gravel" a movie made about Trans Iowa V7, in May of 2012. This film was shown on television in the Chicago area and has won a Chicago Regional Area Emmy for Outstanding Sports Programming- One Time Special. (Purchase a copy by clicking here)

"Iowa Momentum Magazine" ran a story on Trans Iowa in its March 2012 issue.

"Bicycle Retailer and Industry News" runs a story on gravel grinding featuring Trans Iowa on its cover for its last issue of 2011.

"Dirt Rag" ran an article on T.I.V7 in its issue #157 released 7/11

Bicycle Times published an article on T.I. in issue #10, 2011

Zach Dundas' book "The Renegade Sportsman" contains a chapter about T.I.V3


Dave Mable's T.I.V8 video
T.I.V5 Clip by George Vargas. 
Clip By Matt Gersib From T.I.V6
Ben Shockey's T.I.V7 Video Scrapbook
Part I
An article about running, but related in spirit to Trans Iowa. Recommended for those wondering about this event. 


Event Dates:   April 26th-27th, 2014

Entry Fee: FREE!

Field Limit: 120:

Start/Finish Town: Grinnell, Iowa

Registration:    CLOSED!! NO TRANSFERS! NO MORE RIDERS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2014! Keep checking for a possible V11 as the announcement will be made here IF THERE IS ONE.

 Lodging: Grinnell Comfort Inn and Suites. Details- There is a 35 room block that is reserved at special pricing for Trans Iowa participants. Mention "Trans Iowa" when registering for the nights of the 25th & 26th and you will get the same rate we've enjoyed since T.I.v6!! Rooms at this pricing are limited to 35. First come, first served. 

*Pre-Race Meat Up:  Grinnell Steakhouse, Friday April 25th: Details HERE!!

Course Info and Time Cut Off Info :   
  •  Checkpoint #1  @ 53.65m- CLOSES @ 9:30am SHARP!!
  • Checkpoint #2: @176.65 m CLOSES  @ 9:30pm SHARP
  • Finishline @ 336.75 CLOSES @ 2pm Sunday April 27th! 

Notes: You Are Responsible For Yourself!

*NOTE: The Pre-Race Meat-Up is mandatory for event participants to attend or you will not be riding in T.I.V10!


1: The Golden Rule. The sponsors, organizers, and anyone having anything to do with this race are NOT responsible for your safety. Think of this race as a 300+ mile hard training ride with prizes. We can't say this enough.....YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU!

2: The Trans-Iowa Mountain Bike Race is a non-stop, self-supported, solo competition along the gravel roads of rural Iowa. Competitors must carry with them ALL necessary equipment.

3: Each rider is considered to be on a private excursion and remains solely responsible for any accidents in which he or she may be involved. No responsibility can be accepted for riders becoming lost or stranded.

4: Prearranged outside support is not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to assistance with navigation, delivery of supplies, lighting, or lodging.

5: Competitors will stock up on food and other items at stores and businesses along the route. Viva la gas station burritos and Oatmeal Cream Pies!

6: Competitors may not advance on the route by any means other than bicycling or in the case of a mechanical, by foot. There will be no hitching of rides via Iowa farm animals. Moooooooo.

7: Competitors may, in the case of emergency, mechanical or other unforeseeable problems, be assisted by motorized transport. By accepting motorized transport you will automatically relinquish your standing in the race.

8: The primary race route must be followed at all times. No short cuts or alternate routes are permitted. If you do this, you are a retard and will be forced to help local farmers scoop poop!

9: Bike choice is up to you! We are allowing mnt bikes, cyclocross bikes, 29"ers, and road bikes if you really want to be stupid. Just be aware that some research is going to have to go into your final bike choice. The gravel roads of Iowa can get pretty harsh in northern part of the state. I suggest atleast a 1.95, but then again, it's up to you how much you want to hurt. We'll leave it at that.

10: All singlespeed/fixie category racers must start and finish on the same gear. So, that means don't stick 10 assorted freewheels/track cogs in your bag. You CAN run a flip-flop hub, but both gears (freewheel & cog) must have the same number of teeth.

11: You are completely on your own. Use your head. Look and yield for traffic. There will be no course marshalls to hold up traffic. Don't be a dumbass!

12: Riders must wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet, must obey city, county and state laws and Rules of the Road, and conduct themselves in a manner that will not bring discredit to the event.

13: All racers must use and carry with them a flashing red taillight and front light, and a back-up light source, i.e. headlamp. A cell phone is also a good/great idea.

14: Racers will be supplied a course map, a.k.a Cue Sheet.

15: This event will happen regardless of rain, sleet, snow, drought, wind, rabbit infestation, etc. You get the idea.

16: Weather Related Stoppage and Time Cut Off Rule: In case of severe weather during the event, we will do the folowing things so you can act accordingly. Remember: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF!! If the sky is falling, or you see Dorothy's house go spinning by your head, you should take appropriate actions to protect yourself. We will not be responsible for ill advised heroics in inclement weather. Be smart, or be pig fodder! This is only given out so that you as an event participant will know what our actions will be in regards to keeping tabs on your progress and what will be done with prizing.

Weather related cancellation of the event will be enforced at the checkpoints. All participants will be directed as to where and when any prizing will be distributed at checkpoints by our volunteers. If you pull out before a checkpoint, you will need to contact the Event Director to find out if the event is being terminated. Results will not be tabulated if we have to stop the event. If cut off times to a checkpoint are not met by any event participant then the event will be terminated and all will be considered as DNF's.

Prizing will be distributed by raffle to the remaining participants in the event at the time of stoppage or when it becomes clear that the cut off times will not be met. Must be present to win. Decisions of the event's directors is final.

17: No GPS Systems allowed for navigation. GPS's are allowed for personal data and recording your ride.

18: Have atleast a pit crew of 1 to help you if you have problems. The people and sponsors associated with this race will not come get you or be responsible for you! You get ran over by a tractor, that is your problem. You get attacked by a rabid raccoon, that also is your problem. You get recruited to scoop pig poop, yep you guessed it, that is your problem.

19: A cell phone is highly recommended. Make sure you know how to use it.

20: Racers can help other racers with mechanical support. We are not doing this event to leave someone out in the boonies of Iowa.

21: If you exit the course for food, supplies, or any other reason, You must re-enter in the same spot in which you left. Got it!

22: Drafting is allowed. But please do not show up with 8 of your buds and turn this into a road race.

The intent of these rules is to establish an equal and fair opportunity for all racers.



Yeah, we have some prizes, but they are neither bling-bling or going to help you find a mate. If you are looking to get rich by winning this event, I am sorry, but you better look elsewhere. Some prizing will be given to the top finishers in these 3 fields...
Open Men

Open Women
Open Singlespeed / Fixed Gear
Plus, there may be some Special Prizing given at the discretion of the Event Directors and Sponsors. Look for details in the "Latest News" section on any prizing that may be given out in this manner. 

T.I.V10 Sponsors: Prizing will be provided by the following fine companies. Please click on the links to learn more about them and please support them. 
  • Oakley - Finest Eyewear on the Planet- Top prizes to the winners of each class.
  • ERGON : We will be giving away a couple of the new CF-3 Pro Carbon seat posts.
  • Retroshift- makers of cool shifter/brake levers and tough, durable derailleurs 
  • Hammer Nutrition-  Nutritional aids will be in the race packets- Plus raffle items.
  • Shimano "PRO"- Multi-tools, pumps, and bar tape for the raffle at the pre-race meeting.
  • Surly Cross Check Frameset to be given to the "Grittiest Ride" performance from T.I.V10 courtesy of the Slender Fungus Cycling Association.
  • Bell Helmet: We've got one Bell Gage helmet on offer for the raffle, a $190.00 value.
  • Michelin:  We have a selection of tubes and Pilot tires to raffle off. 
  • Lederman Bonding Company and Guitar Ted Productions are supplying the roster with special T.I.v10 t-shirts & Hats.  
  • Wilderness Trail Bikes is supplying five sets of the new Nano 40 tires for prizing. Riders placing 1-5 overall will each receive a set at the Finish line.
  • The Print Cave: Official Clothing Supplier to T.I.V10 
  • HED WHEELS: A set of Ardennes + wheels will be going to the last person to reach Checkpoint #2 on time.  


The following is information for you the racer, and some suggestions for gear to keep in mind for the event. Of course, what you decided to carry is up to you. The items listed in RED are the "must haves" by all racers!
  • When you’re out riding in Iowa in April, the weather can change rapidly at any time and being prepared for wind and rain or snowy conditions with the gear that you carry will make your ride much more enjoyable. Even on a 60 degree day, it’s possible to get cold very quickly if you have to stop to fix a mechanical problem or become injured so always carry a waterproof/windproof jacket or thermal top and dress in layers appropriate to the conditions.
  • Maintain your bike so that it doesn’t let you down when you’re at the furthest point from civilization.
  • As a minimum I suggest carry the tools listed below and more importantly, know how to use them.
  • If possible cycle in a group so that if someone does hurt himself or herself there are enough people to stay with the injured person while others go for help.
  • Carrying a basic first aid kit and survival blanket is a very good idea.
  • Unless you are VERY familiar with the area where you are cycling, carry a map and compass in clear plastic bag. Again – know how to use them!
  • Keep eating and drinking regularly to keep your energy levels up so that you can complete the race. Be able to recognise the symptoms of dehydration and “hitting the wall” and act accordingly.
  • In most cases the farmers of Iowa are your best bud. They will give you food, and treat you like a son or daughter. But there are a few out there that would rather mow you down with their 1969 Dodge pickup.
  • Farmers own dogs. These dogs chase anything that moves. Be prepared to throw-down with a mutt if needed.
  • Redwing Blackbirds......if you get too close to their nests, they will dive-bomb your head. Just keep riding, they can't hurt you.

  • Red tail light (here is a good example)
  • Front light. Power output is up to you. Keep in mind you won't be able to recharge. (here is a good example)
  • A way to contact the "outside" world should you need help. (Hint- cell phone!)


  • Small rucksack / hydration pack
  • Lightweight waterproof / windproof top
  • Extra thermal top or warm layer to wear if stopped
  • 2 liters of water either in a bladder or water bottles
  • Food – for example energy bars, gels or chocolate
  • A good pump
  • Tyre levers
  • 2 spare inner tubes
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Chain splitter
  • Allen key set
  • Spoke wrench
  • First aid kit and survival blanket
  • Mobile phone / money for pay-phone
  • Butt butter....ahhhhh smooooth!
  • Good chain lube. Don't under-estimate Iowa's harsh conditions in the Spring.
  • Cash, debit card, credit card. Use these items to get items on the road to complete the route.
  • Handle bar map case ( Banjo Brothers Cue Sheet Holder)
  • a cycling computer ( Garmin Edge 200)

This may sound like a lot of gear to be lugging around during a race and on many cases you won’t need all of it. However, if something does happen to you or your bike in a remote spot, you’ll be equipped to deal with most situations or at least stay safe and warm until help arrives.


 Trans Iowa V10 Roster
Limited to 120 Riders

Men’s Open:
1. Steve Fuller
2. Matt Gersib
3. Alex Oenes
4. Mike Johnson
5. Dan Buettner
6. Josh Lederman
7. Pete Jaros
8. Ben Oney
9. Jeremy Kershaw
10. Dennis Grelk
11. Corey Godfrey
12. David Swanson
13. Paul Carpenter
14. Derek Weider
15. Kevin Doggett
16. Joe Mann
17. Al Brunner
18. B.J. Bass
19. Craig Irving
20.John Williams
21. Matt Maxwell
22. Chris Schotz
23. Paul LaCava
24. Chris Wells
25. Matt Scotton
26. Brian Gilles
27. Vin Cox V
28. Nick McColloch V
29. Michael Bagwell V
30. Lee Neal V
31. Lee Adams V
32. Michael Roe V
33. Bill Ostrowski V
34. Darren Phelps V
35. Robert Kiefer V
36. Ari Andonopoulous V
37. Glenn Seager V
38. Roy Rhodes V
39. Justin Holdgrafer V
40. Troy McDermott V
41. Joe Fox V
42. Jim McGuire V
43. Michael Lemberger V
44. Joe Stephens V
45. John Mathias V
46. John Strom V
47. Keith Hilsenbeck V
48. Chad Ament V
49. Chuck Fritz V
50. Andy Goodner V
51. Mark Elsasser V
52. Jim Cummins V
53. Thomas J.V
54. Bill Pontious V
55. Galen Murray R
56. Patrick Lackey R
57. David Newsom R
58. C. David Ashton II R
59. Jerry Bilek R
60. Brett Beebe R
61. Ralf Stoermer R
62. Gerald Heib R
63. John Pugh R
64. Josh Brown R
65.  Larry Fitz R
66. Scott Berger R
67. Paul Urbanski R
68. David Peterson R
69. John Rhodes R
70. Nickel Potter R
71. Kevin Fox R
72. Eric Bossaller R
73. Bruce Gustafson R
74. Jacob Kruse R
75. David Weis R
76. David Story R
77. Aaron Hanley R
78. Alex Roberts R
79. Greg Gleason R
80. Jim Phillips R
81. Jamie Wynne R
82. Albert Anderson R
83. Davin V Jones R
84. Rigel Menard R 

 Women's Open:
1. Andrea Cohen
2. Agatha Gryglak V
3. Kristen Riching V
4. Amy Oberbroekling V
5. Jennifer Barr R
6. Sarah Cooper R

 Single Speed/ Fixed Gear: 
1. John Welsh
2. Charlie  Farrow
3. Jay Barre
4. Mark Johnson
5. Matt Jennings
6. Troy Krause
7. Don Daly V
8. Jonathan Goergen V
9. Warren Wiebe V
10. Scott McConnell V
11. Steve Wagner V
12. Joe Altendahl V
13. Mick Ross R
14. Edward Sandor R

Industry Cup**
1. Craig Cooper
2.  Brad Lamson
3. Sam Auen 
4. Joe Stiller 
5. Andrew Christman 
6. James Chidester 

Volunteers Exemptions*
 1. Chad Quigley
2. Robert Fry
* Volunteer in 2012 Trans Iowa Special Exemption

 ** The "Industry Cup" is a way for Trans Iowa to acknowledge and thank our sponsors by allowing those who work for our sponsors an entry into Trans Iowa without going through the registration process. Appearance by any individual in the "Industry Cup" category was pre-arranged and approved by Guitar Ted in consideration of specific sponsorships that benefits T.I.V7. (Note: Participation in the Industry Cup does not count against the roster limit!)