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Trans Iowa V11: 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. 

3/29/15: Keep in mind that the Pre-Race Meat-Up is a required attendance meeting and riders must sign on by 6:30pm. This was covered in the e-mail you received earlier. For more on the e-mail and why- See HERE Also- If you want to switch classes, you can. Just let me know now up to two weeks from the event. Then everything gets locked in. Finally- if you cannot attend the event, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP!!

3/27/15: Less than a month to go!! Here's an update on what's happening with less than one month to go until T.I.V11.

2/18/15: The delivery of the WTB sponsorship package has happened. See the details HERE. Don't forget to send 'em a thank you for being rad supporters of Trans Iowa. Thanks!
2/10/15: WTB To Sponsor Trans Iowa V11: Trans Iowa is proud to share with you all that WTB will be back on board sponsoring Trans Iowa again for V11. WTB believes in epic rides and feels that Trans Iowa is a gravel event that qualifies for that term. To show their appreciation for those who overcome the challenge of 300 plus miles of self-supported gravel grinding, WTB would like to give every official finisher of T.I.V11 a set of the new WTB Nano 40 TCS tires. That's right- if you can manage to finish T.I.V11 in 34 hours or less, you will receive a new set of the tubeless ready Nano 40 tires, a perfect tire for your gravel adventures. Paired up with any suitable TCS rim from WTB, the Nano 40 TCS represents the first tubeless system for the all road cyclist.

12/31/14: The Trans Iowa family was saddened by the news of T.I.V1 & T.I.V2 veteran, and Dirty Kanza 200 founder, Joel Dyke's recent untimely death. He succumbed to injuries incurred when he fell from a ladder in his home workshop. He leaves behind a wife, (Michelle), a son and an unborn child. Please consider supporting Joel's family with a donation at
12/27/14: I have been asked about the convenience store situation, and while I have said things about this in the recon reports, I will post that you will have no more than 90 miles between stops and as little as about 20 in one case. One store is slightly off route, but very easily seen. After CP#2 all convenience store opportunities are open 24 hours a day.
11/26/14: The Trans Iowa family is saddened by the news today of the death of Steve Hed. Steve was a true and passionate supporter of gravel road events and he will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his family, friends, and supporters. 

7/31/14: The Trans Iowa family is saddened today to hear of the news of the death of Trans Iowa Veteran, Bill Pontious. Our condolences to the family and friends of Bill. He will be missed. Here is Officer Pontious' Obituary.
 5/1/14: Wally Kilburg's photo album from Trans Iowa V10 is HERE. Jeremy Kershaw's images are HERE 
    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.

5/12/13:  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!

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.

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"

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 25th-26th, 2015

Entry Fee: FREE!

Field Limit: 120:

Start/Finish Town: Start in Grinnell, Iowa @ Bikes To You. Finish Line: The Barn, approx. 3m West of Grinnell.

Registration:     CLOSED!!

 Lodging:   UPDATE: The 40 room block mentioned here was filled within hours of the announcement on 10/8/14.   Thanks to the riders for their support of the Comfort Inn & Suites!  

*Pre-Race Meat Up:  Grinnell Steakhouse, Friday April 24th: Details -
  • Doors Open @ 4:00pm
  • Riders must sign waivers by 6:30pm. NO EXCEPTIONS. You can not ride in T.I.V11 without signing on
  • Eating will be from 4:00pm till 7:00pm
  • Meeting will commence @ 7:00pm and end before 8:00pm

Course Info and Time Cut Off Info :   331.77 miles overall
  •  Checkpoint #1  53.49 miles CUT OFF @ 8:30am Saturday
  • Checkpoint #2:  167.09 miles CUT OFF @ 8:00pm Saturday
  • Finishline The Barn: 331.77 miles. Cut off time 2:00pm Sunday
  • Convenience stores will be no more than 90 miles apart and all available stops past CP#2 are open 24 hours a day

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.V11!


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. 

Categories: There will be a Open Men, Open Women, Single Speed/Fixed, and a category for Volunteers from the previous year who gain entry for their service. NOTE: There will not be an Industry Cup category going forward. The category for that was being on the verge of becoming a sore point and I saw potential issues with that category that were unforeseen when I instigated it. Any bike industry folk will now have to get in the "old fashioned way". Thanks!

T.I.V11 Sponsors: Prizing will be provided by the following fine companies. Please click on the links to learn more about them and please support them. 


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 V11 Roster
Limited to 120 Riders

Men’s Open:
1. Josh Lederman
2. Adam Boone
3. Chris Wells
4. John Gorilla
5. Jeremy Kershaw
6. Corey Godfrey
7. Kevin Doggett
8. Dan Buettner
9. Scott Bigelow
10. Eric Brunt
11. Brian Gillies
12. Al Brunner
13. Chris Schotz
14. Patrick Lackey
15. Josh Brown
16. John Mathias
17. Charlie Farrow
18. Greg Gleason
19. Tim Ek
20. Dennis Grelk**
21. Keisuke Inoue V
22. Mark Seaburg V
23. Joe Stephens V
24. David Weis V
25. Dave Peterson V
26. Edward Sandor V
27. Paul Urbanski V
28. Rigel Menard V
29. Kevin Fox V
30. Eric Bossaller V
31. Robert Kiefer V
32. Justin Holdgrafer V
33. Andy Goodner V
34. Jim McGuire V
35. Bill Ostrowski V
36. Andrew Christman V
37. Jamie Wynne V
38. John Strom V
39. Keith Hilsenbeck V
40. Troy McDermott V
41. Ben Sopko V
42. Bruce Gustafson V
43. Don Daly V
44. Sam Auen V
45. Chad Ament V
46. Michael Roe V
47. Joe Stiller V
48. Ralf Stoermer V
49. Gerald Heib V
50. Joe Fox V
51. Michael Lemberger V
52. Roy Rhodes V
53. Galen Murray V
54. Jim Cummins V
55. Bill Graves V
56. Davin Jones V
57. Ron Saul V
58. Ari Andonopoulous V
59. Mick Ross V
60. Pete Matschiner R
61. Andy Sagen R
62. Ryan Lee R
63. Collin Little R
64. Trenton Raygor R
65. Nick Legan R
66. David Derfel R
67. Daryl Hilsenbeck R
68. Brian McEntire R
69. Mark Kriewaldt R
70. Scott Sumpter R
71. Dan Lockery R
72. Travis Brunner R
73. Jason Mau R
74. Jack Neilsen R.
75. Scott Mills R
76. Steve Buser R
77. Kenneth Fagg R
78. David Mizelle R
79. John W Bradley R
80. Paul McKay R
81. Brian Zimmer R
82. Pell Duvall R
83. Ashton Lambie R
84. Jon Duke R
85. Scott Robinson R
86. Dan Johnsen R
87. Jason Kulma R
88. Bryce Walsh R


 Women's Open:
1. Sarah Cooper
2. Andrea Cohen
3. Christina Anthony**
4. Jennifer Barr V
5. Amy Oberbroeckling V
6. KT DeSantis R

 Single Speed/ Fixed Gear: 
1. Matt Jennings
2. Troy Krause
3. John Welsh
4. David Swanson
5. Mark Johnson
6. Charles Parsons
7 Warren Wiebe V
8. Joeseph Altendahl V
9. Jim Phillips V
10. Scott McConnell V
11. Andy Zeiner R
12. Brandon P Davis R

Volunteers Exemptions*

1. Michael Jones* Mens Open
2. Scott Redd*  Mens Open 
* Volunteer in 2014 Trans Iowa V10 Special Exemption- Does Not Count Against The Quota For The Roster.
**Tandem Team