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Trans Iowa V12: 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. 

 7/7/16: T.I.v12 riders might recall getting a key fob in the shape of the state of Iowa in their bags at the Pre-Race Meat-Up. I have several extras of these, so if you want more for yourself, a white one cause you got a black one or vice-versa, let me know and I can arrange to get you what you want of those. There is a limited number of white ones left, and overall, the numbers I have left are not a lot, so hurry and decide if you think you might want one extra, or have one to give to a crew member, etc.
5/16/16: Many of you may or may not know that we had another photographer out on course. Her name is Celeste Mathias, and she has given permission to share her images with you, the riders and volunteers of Trans Iowa. So, hit THIS LINK to see some of her favorites.  Other images can be found by hitting THIS LINK. Celeste and her husband, John were out on course in the yellow Jeep, if you recall, and they would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to all the T.I.v12 riders. 

5/4/16: The poster signed at the finish line of T.I.v12 has been shipped out to WTB as of this morning. Thanks to all who participated in thanking this awesome sponsor and supporter of gravel road riding. And if that wasn't enough, Will Ritchie of WTB, who rode in the event, wrote the most awesome article of the ride and I share that HERE.

5/1/16: Finishers of T.I.v12- ALL 47 OF YOU!! You should either (a) have a set of Nano40TCS tires or (b) have been contacted by WTB about getting your set. If you have not gotten either of the above and you finished T.I.v12, please contact me, Guitar Ted, at  I will get you hooked up, however, I think we have everyone covered. But again- just in case we missed someone....
4/28/16: Wally Kilburg of the Studio at 46 West has laid down some killer imagery in the past, but in my humble opinion, he's outdone himself with this year's effort. Please check out the T.I.v12 gallery HERE. Note- Riders that finished and did not receive a set of WTB Nano 40 TCS tires should be getting contacted directly via e-mail by Will Ritchie of WTB.

 4/27/16: If you had a good time at Trans Iowa, and appreciated the folks that helped sponsor and support it, let's give them a lil' shout out, shall we? Click to get an email link for WTB, Velocity USA, Grinnell Steakhouse, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, and  Also, HERE is a little video clip T.I.v12 finisher Vin Cox put together for your viewing pleasure. Also, here is Womens Open winner, Sarah Cooper's account of the race: CLICK HERE.


  1. Greg Gleason, Walter Zitz (OM) 4:01 am 
  2. Luke Wilson (OM) 5.04 am 
  3. Jackson Hinde (OM) Travis Brunner (SS/Fixed) 5:56 am
  4. Maj. Matthew Kutilek USMC (OM) 6:05 am
  5. Sarah Cooper (OW) 6:14 am
  6. Joe Frost Jr. (OM) 6:16 am
  7. Scott Sumpter (OM) 7:07 am
  8. Mark Johnson (SS/Fixed)  7:22 am
  9. Dan Lockery (OM) 7:44 am
  10. Justin Schuetz (OM) 9:31 am
  11. Joe Mann (OM) 9:41 am
  12. Joe Stephems (OM), David Weis (OM), Barry Meitler (OM) 10:09 am
  13. Todd Watchmaker (OM), David Peterson (OM), Jason Kulma (OM), Janna Vavra (OW), Charles Parsons (SS/Fixed), Trenton Raygor (SS/Fixed) 10:15 am
  14. Bryce Rasmussen (OM) 10:51 am 
  15. Bill Graves (OM), Keisuke Inoue (OM), Brian Gillies (OM) 10:53 am
  16. Dan Buettner (OM) 10:54 am
  17. Vin Cox (OM) 10:57 am
  18. Warren Wiebe (SS/Fixed), Balvindar Singh (OM), Scott O'Mara (OM) 11:06 am
  19. Jim Phillips (OM) 11:11 am
  20. Brian McEntire (OM) 11:12 am 
  21. Andrea Cohen (OW), Collin Little (OM), Rigel Menard (OM), Alex Ones (OM), 11:24 am
  22. Allen Brunner (OM) 11:36 am
  23. Matt Jennings (OM), Jim Thompson (OM), Don Buttram (OM), Jamie Wynn (OM) 12:06 pm 
  24. Jeremy Kershaw (SS/Fixed) 12:16 pm 
  25. Corey Godfrey (OM) , Daryl Hilsenbeck (OM) 12:27 pm
  26. John Blum (OM) 12:35 pm
  27. Josh Lederman (OM) 12:43 pm
Category Winners: Open Women- Sarah Cooper, Open Men- Greg Gleason/Walter Zitz, Single Speed /Fixed- Travis Brunner
47 total finishers- A New Trans Iowa record! 
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Racers have been known to mentally break down and cry along side of the road.

Jason Boucher's 2015 T.I.v11 image gallery is HERE.

Travel Iowa did a story about gravel tourism centered around Trans Iowa for a 2015 article: HERE

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

 Wally Kilburg's photo album from Trans Iowa V10 is HERE

Jeremy Kershaw's images are HERE 

 An Article by Mark Elsasser on T.I.v10 which originally appeared in the inaugural edition of HERE

Wilderness Trail Bikes put up a post about "Why Trans Iowa Is Rad" HERE

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"

 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.

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.