Trans Iowa Master's Program

Somewhere in O'Brian County Iowa
This is the page that has the details on the "Trans Iowa Master's Program". A Self Supported  Challenge across the State of Iowa.

The Latest:  8/24/14: The time period for the TIMP is drawing to a close. As of this date, no one has completed an ITT attempt, of which there have been three. We have had nine individuals attempt the Group TIMP and of those six have completed the route and handed in their reports. You can go HERE to see those reports. With only seven days remaining in the month, I know of only one other possibility for an ITT attempt that might occur. Stay tuned....
7/23/14: Looks like the 25th will see a four person group attempt at TIMP which will include our first female rider! Also- we will be having another solo attempt in August as Mike Johnson- multiple TI and Tour Divide finisher- will attempt the TIMP ITT.

 7/4/14: Steve Fuller's TIMP ITT attempt ended at Forest City, unfortunately, but Steve did pass along some important route notes which I will pass along here. @ Mile 69.83 (approx) in  Petersen Iowa, there is a Road Closed sign for a giant pot hole in the paved section  there. (Passable by bicycle) Also, the right turn just leaving Lynn Grove leads to a washed out section of gravel road that is very rough. Please be advised that this is passable by bicycle but please use caution. (Note- Conditions may change at anytime and this was current as of 6-27-14)

6/18/14: Lots of news today! First off, the new Trans Iowa Masters Program site has launched! This is where you will go to read all the reports after rides have been finished up. Again=> Click HERE to see the new site. 

Secondly, this obviously means that Scott Sumpter's and Andy Zeiner's reports are live. So if you click the link above, just look for those riders names underneath the header and click on them to go to their report. Names will be added as I get more reports. Currently there are three rides scheduled, (see the SCHEDULE page here for who and when.) 

Current as of 6/18
Finally, with the recent rains in Western Iowa and Eastern South Dakota, The Big Sioux River is suffering major flooding. The image I was provided so kindly by Nathan, my contact in Westrn Iowa, shows the Big Sioux looking South toward Hawarden. As of 6/18, the bridge over the Big Sioux is closed. Riders S. Fuller, D. Daly, and C. Irving should keep tabs on this developing situation, since their rides are coming up. Hopefully by then this flood will have abated. The word is that the rest of the Western end of the TIMP course is unaffected by this.

6/8/14: CONGRATULATIONS!! Scott Sumpter and Andy Zeiner have completed the TIMP course! Starting Friday morning at 6:00am it took them until approximately 12:40am on Sunday morning to complete the 377 miles. (Scott reports that they tallied 385!!) Preliminary results indicate that the TIMP has over 16,000ft of elevation gain with 9,500ft of that in the Second Semester. It will be interesting to get comparisons from other TIMP attempts. Again- CONGRATS Andy and Scott! I will post any updates here for now, but there will be a specific site set up soon for the TIMP. Stay tuned!

5/30/14:The TIMP window opens starting Sunday, June 1st. Keep in mind that TIMP cues and the competition will end August 31st. Good luck to all riders who attempt this during the Summer of '14!
More details and news soon!
What: An approximately 377 mile, cross-state, self supported gravel road challenge. The finishers must also write and submit a report with images of their adventure afterward.

Where: Starting from Hawarden, Iowa, the route will take in parts of the T.I.V1, T.I.V2, T.I.V3, and T.I.V4 routes covering the state from West to East in the upper three tiers of counties in the state.

When: The Challenge can be taken up after June 1st and can not be started after August 31st of 2014, the year of the anniversary of T.I.V10. Written reports with images will be accepted until September 30th, 2014.

How: People that accept The Challenge must ride a bicycle via a predetermined route, (cues will are available on separate pages here on the site), and then the people that finish must provide a written report with images that can be submitted via e-mail to be published online. Both tasks must be completed to be considered a "finisher" of  the TIMP.

About The Course: The TIMP will be run on public roads and bridleways in a linear fashion from West to East across Iowa. The course will be at least 95% or more gravel roads. There will be pass through towns which include the following: Hawarden, Orange City, Sutherland, Petersen, Linn Grove, Sioux Rapids,  Mallard, West Bend, Algona, Forest City, Osage, Cresco, Decorah, and Lansing.

Most of the course will be former Trans Iowa routes, with the exception of the very end of the course in the east, which might comprise of 40 miles to get to the Eastern border of Iowa at  Lansing.  There may be deviations due to road construction, bridges out, etc.

The Challenge: The idea is that anyone who accepts The Challenge will adhere to the "Rules and Spirit of this Event", (see below). There will be a waiver online which must be signed and submitted which "declares" your intent to take on The Challenge. (See separate "Scheduled Rides" page for the waiver) You must also declare the date(s) that you intend to attempt The Challenge.  You must also declare whether you are doing this as the "standard", Group TIMP or the the ITT version. The Challenge waiver and release form cannot be submitted less than 2 days prior to your attempt. If your attempt fails for any reason, (DNS, weather, physical, mechanical, etc), you cannot resubmit another attempt. One and done!

The Challenge is meant to be a solo effort, but you may ride with one or more riders. (Group TIMP) Riders may choose The Challenge, or the "ITT Challenge". The ITT Challenge is purely a solo attempt at doing the route in the fastest possible time. Riders must do the ITT Challenge alone. No other riders may be present during an ITT Challenge attempt. You will be asked to choose which type of TIMP you mean to attempt on the waiver.

Either way you go, after The Challenge has successfully been ridden, a GPS track must be submitted for approval, and a 250-500 word report on your attempt with a minimum of ten images taken during your attempt must also be submitted to be considered an "official finisher". Stories and images will become the property of Guitar Ted Productions, (GTP), and may be used in future projects by GTP.

This is a FREE event. The Challenge is solely an individual's excursion, and anyone attempting The Challenge is responsible for themselves. 

Rules and Spirit of this Event:

The Challenge is based on honesty and integrity. You have to live with your conscious and the decisions you made the rest of your life. Don't ruin things by cheating. Cheaters will be plagued with flat tires and squeaky chains for eternity.

The Challenge will only be in effect from June 1st, 2014 through August 31st, 2014. However, feel free to use the route for your own tour/ride.Just remember- either way You Are Responsible For You!
  1. You must declare your ride or run at least two days prior to your attempt. A form is available on the Schedule Page.
  2. You will need to agree to and accept the waiver stating that you are doing this under your own volition and that you understand the risks. You Are Responsible For You! There is no support for this, and all logistics are up to each individual taking on The Challenge.
  3. You can ride solo, (ITT Challenge),  or as a group, (The Challenge), just declare your intention on the waiver.  Note: If you are doing a ITT TIMP, please check the "Schedule" on the site here to make sure you are not starting at the same time as someone else. More on "The Schedule" below.
  4. This is a self supported venture, no outside assistance will be allowed. "Outside assistance" is defined as anyone giving you anything at any time during the Challenge that is not a fellow racer, or in the case of the ITT Challenge, anyone giving you anything at all. ( The only exception is water you might get from a farmer/residence if given freely.) No exceptions. This includes any "cheering on", meeting friends or family along the route, etc. You must get there under your own power and by your own devices.  You may not advance on the route by any other means than bicycle or on foot.  You can purchase items along the way if you need them but you cannot phone family and friends to bring you things during the ride. You cannot cache water and other supplies along your route ahead of time. Convenience stores, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, etc, can be used to purchase re-supply items. Many exist along the route. If for any reason you are unable/unwilling to continue by bicycle or on foot, your attempt is over. Riders are responsible for their own safety and must have pre-arranged support/pick up if it becomes necessary. Beware of dogs!
  5. Riders are allowed to go off course for re-supply, but you must enter back onto the course at the point you left it. Course conditions or road closures may happen. If  you have to detour for a road closure, or due to unforeseen conditions, a written "excuse" and images must be provided detailing why you had to divert from the course. (A good example would be a bridge out, or a flooded road.) , Re-routes must be on as much gravel as possible for it to be allowed. The final judgment on re-routes will be rendered by Guitar Ted and his decision is final. Don't take unnecessary risks! Use what's inside that brain case and be smart!
  6. This is to be a continuous ride and must be made in one attempt. There is no time limit but you can only stop for 4 hours at a time.  If you stop for more than 4 hours in one sitting your ride is done.  Keep moving forward, and don't get too comfortable! Watch out for rabbits!
  7. You must document your ride and provide pictures and description of your adventure. This will be recorded on this site, or a site to be designated at a later date. Your ride attempt will not be posted if you do not submit a minimum of 10 pictures and 250 – 500 words describing the entire ride or one part of the ride.  Stories and images will become the property of Guitar Ted Productions, (GTP), and may be used in future projects by GTP. You also must submit a GPS track of your ride for verification. In the event that you do not have a GPS device, you may use a fellow rider's GPS track that rode along with you, but you must verify that you rode with said individual via pictorial documentation.  The route cues can be downlaoded into a GPS device and followed via GPS if one so chooses, but your track will be checked against the official cues to obtain an "official finish". Any oddities or discrepancies in GPS or pictorial verification of your ride are grounds for disqualification. Stories and images must be submitted before 30 days have passed after the completion of your attempt or it will not be counted as an official finish. Take a picture of a cow!
  8. Riders must adhere to all State and Local laws that pertain to cyclists. Riders must use a rear blinking tail light and a white head light after sundown and up until dawn if riding at night, (and you will end up riding at night.) The Challenge organizer and anyone related to Trans Iowa, Guitar Ted Productions, or any of its sponsors are not responsible for you if you fail to follow the Law and rules of the road. Make good decisions. Get yer head on straight!
  9. You only get one attempt at it – make it count. 
  10. There will be records kept for the least amount of time to traverse the route in both the Challenge and ITT versions of the TIMP. These will be primarily based off GPS data. A list of attempts and times will be posted along with stories and images on this site, or another site yet to be determined. 
  11. All verified finishers of The Challenge and the ITT Challenge will receive a frame-able certificate designed by Guitar Ted Productions and  signed by Guitar Ted. There are no cash, or valuable prizes associated with this event beyond the finishing certificate. 
  12. The Schedule: There will be a list of riders and approximate times of starting listed primarily for ITT riders of the TIMP so they can coordinate starting times so as not to be riding with other riders on the route. ALL TIMP riders must declare a starting time on their release form so the times can be coordinated for ITT riders.