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    Official T.I.V6 Thread

    fastski guy: We need an official TI V 6 thread....
    Okay, so you want an official T.I.V6 thread?

    Here's the deal so far:

    Grinnell Iowa will be the start/stop point. The city is pumped about this, we have a local bike shop on board already (Bikes To You), and big plans with a well known sponsor that have led to some ideas for a great finish line spot, a possible end of race hang out venue that would be appropo to the event, and more.

    The route is semi-planned out pending recon. There will be surprises there as well.

    Registration will be announced around Thanksgiving time. The way we have done it for the past two T.I. events will be used again. (Post card/ no entry fee)

    d.p. and I are stoked about this one. We hope you are too.

    There.

    That's the beginning of "The Official T.I.V6 Thread". Now it's up to you guys.............
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    Oh boy i can be the first poster! Stoked to get my iowa gravel in! 2010 is the year for fixie dave!
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    Well, fingers crossed that all things will come together and I will step up to the starting line again. Doubts about being dumb enough to do it fixed again, once was enough. Waiting for word from a local builder on the completion of my next wonder-bike. Hope to share with compatriots as things unfold going into late April.

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    I'm in. Many memories from last year. A hang out venue would be cool.

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    Ever have anyone come up from Arkansas to do the T.I?

    Also thoughts on using a Surly Cross Check frame? Have seen a few past T.I. photos with a Surly CC in them. Wonder how the frame fared after 300 plus miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuegoFuego
    Ever have anyone come up from Arkansas to do the T.I?

    Also thoughts on using a Surly Cross Check frame? Have seen a few past T.I. photos with a Surly CC in them. Wonder how the frame fared after 300 plus miles.
    Lots of Cross Checks have competed in Trans Iowa's past. It is a great rig for "gravel grindin'". It'll hold up just fine.

    To my knowledge I don't think we've had an Arkansas competitor.
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    Surly Cross Check

    A Surly Cross Check is THE perfect bike for Trans Iowa!

    Don't believe the hype of needing a fat tire bike. A cross bike, or at least cross tires on a 29er, are the way to go!

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    I've been dreaming of a sub-24hr finish since Eki, Pramann, and I missed a turn early in the morning and called GT. I'm looking forward to toeing the line with everyone, even with a target on my back. Who knows, maybe I will have an actual target on my back...

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    What a great race
    What great friends
    What Great Hills
    What an incredible long wait

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    I love this event and the atmosphere it has. This event singlehandedly gets me off of my butt and training over the long, cold winter. For all the talk of Obama's health plan, I know the number one thing keeping me healthy is Trans Iowa.

    Thanks G-Ted.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Looking forward to springtime in Iowa and another TI adventure with old and new friends.

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    Giggles,
    Too bad you missed todays ride. It was a meatgrinder of a ride all the way to Wisconsin. I really think I had a headwind all day.

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    I forgot!
    Anyone have experience with Dinotte lights?? I picked up a helmet model and am waiting for the batteries to charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    I forgot!
    Anyone have experience with Dinotte lights?? I picked up a helmet model and am waiting for the batteries to charge.
    I have a 200L that I like a lot. I'm thinking about trading it in for a 400L as I want more lumens. My lumens, let me show you them.

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    Thinking about making a return visit...
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    I'd love the opportunity to help you suffer... If you make the trip I've got space in MPLS for basecamp. That offer goes for anyone traveling to through the cities for TI.

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    I can't tell if watching the race this year gave me more or less incentive to attempt it again.

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    Host City Grinnell

    I was in Grinnell this summer.

    Took my son there to visit Grinnell College.

    Their basketball team averages in triple digits, sub five in at a time, even got a game on ESPN several years back.

    Grinnell will be a great host.

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    Cannot wait to get back out to Iowa for attempt #2. At least I think I am excited about it - the pain, the tears, the hills, the dogs - hmmm - are we crazy or what? See you last weekend of April
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    Paul ! You signing up for 2010 ?

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    No good

    Did Nebraska really get pounded with snow already?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    Did Nebraska really get pounded with snow already?
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    Ah.......yes, yes it did! 14 inches on the site of the Big Wheeled Ballyhoo, to be about exact.

    Anyway, we'll have an Indian Summer. Don't worry about that.

    I am currently working on some exciting stuff with d.p. and an as yet undisclosed sponsor/supporter that should make ya'all pretty happy in terms of the social factor of the event. I'm pretty excited about it, but I will not be able to make an announcement until mid-November at the earliest.

    Recon will start here in about ten days and I hope to have it wrapped up by the time December rolls around. (Fingers crossed!)

    Look for the announcement on Registration to be posted here about mid-November too.
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    Did you get a beer sponsor? Pizza at the checkpoints?

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    GT, if you need a hand with some central iowa recon or a place to crash or a shop to raid for support, get a hold of me in ankeny.
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    Hmmm Grinell is closer this year. I'm thinking about a reunion. I might have to hit the weight room to push a monster gear this time? 40x18 (26er) probably wasn't big enough for me in V3, though that's hard to imagine even now. I can't hang at 30mph with that gear!
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    JMKM: Did you get a beer sponsor? Pizza at the checkpoints?
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    Ha! We usually don't have a problem with beer, but I'll have to work on that pizza for ya. Pepperoni or sausage?


    markf: GT, if you need a hand with some central iowa recon or a place to crash or a shop to raid for support, get a hold of me in ankeny.
    Hey thanks! Might have to take ya up on that one!
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    GT,

    Joe also likes those weird soft sort of sugar cookies with that funky icing. I know cause I saw him eat a whole bag in a couple hours. Well I might of had a few too...

    Haha the best part about this race, for real, is the people. That's part of the reason I'd like to come back. Well plus the fact that not being from Iowa I have ZERO idea where I am and just following the cues. That's a cool adventure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    GT,

    Joe also likes those weird soft sort of sugar cookies with that funky icing. I know cause I saw him eat a whole bag in a couple hours. Well I might of had a few too...

    Haha the best part about this race, for real, is the people. That's part of the reason I'd like to come back. Well plus the fact that not being from Iowa I have ZERO idea where I am and just following the cues. That's a cool adventure.
    Pivvay - you nailed it all right there - great people to suffer along with. So many memories and I just made it halfway. Would love to see the finish line!
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    I'll stick with the gas station special pizza! Delicious... Yeah, I do like those sugar cookies. We ate some of those after we each ate our own large pizza's on the way out of Butte.

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    I built up a surly 1x1 with 29er wheels for training. Anybody have any comments on this idea. The bike rides well and I like the feel of the larget wheels.
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    Check out the Saturday, October 17th post for some Trans Iowa thoughts.
    http://www.g-tedproductions.blogspot.com/

    Leave a comment if something trips your trigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Check out the Saturday, October 17th post for some Trans Iowa thoughts.
    I got call into the NORAD boys to see if we can't get an AWAC overflight to get those GPS tracks to resemble something like that fancy stitching on a western shirt.

    d.p.

    (sheesh, I'm gone for a bit and there's already 30 post,and still 6 mo. out

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    Quote Originally Posted by bd.sahib
    ..................
    (sheesh, I'm gone for a bit and there's already 30 post,and still 6 mo. out
    Hey, we're doing better than last year when the thread started by JMKM came to life in August, a full eight months before the event!
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    Early checkpoint

    Hey Ted,

    Any chance of having another early checkpoint again this year? It was sure nice to roll into the first checkpoint after 40 miles. Gave us a chance to make any adjustments/changes to the bikes and adjust nutrition as necessary before we set in for the long haul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NXSVIE
    Hey Ted,

    Any chance of having another early checkpoint again this year? It was sure nice to roll into the first checkpoint after 40 miles. Gave us a chance to make any adjustments/changes to the bikes and adjust nutrition as necessary before we set in for the long haul.
    Yes, the early check point is going to be there again this year. I have it penciled in at about mile 45-ish. After I recon the area I will have a harder figure on that mileage with a report on any amenities that might be available there as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    I built up a surly 1x1 with 29er wheels for training. Anybody have any comments on this idea. The bike rides well and I like the feel of the larget wheels.
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    That's exactly what Cale (aka The Locust) was riding to the finish in TI 3. He shaved off the brake mounts, went the disk only route, and had the frame re-powdered for a nice clean look.

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    I think Matt Braun (recently won the SS at the Heck of the North) rode a pink 1x1 last year.

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    Hey all that are into Trans Iowa- I am taking an informal poll on the site( http://www.transiowa.blogspot.com ) concerning Spot Tracker devices. If you are seriously considering T.I.V6, would you pop over, read the 10/20/09 entry, and consider giving me your 2 cents?

    Essentially, the deal is that there may be Spot Tracking available for Trans Iowa V6. I am working on the details of this, but need a question answered.

    Thanks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Hey all that are into Trans Iowa- I am taking an informal poll on the site( http://www.transiowa.blogspot.com ) concerning Spot Tracker devices. If you are seriously considering T.I.V6, would you pop over, read the 10/20/09 entry, and consider giving me your 2 cents?

    Essentially, the deal is that there may be Spot Tracking available for Trans Iowa V6. I am working on the details of this, but need a question answered.

    Thanks!!
    Is it this?

    http://www.findmespot.com/en/

    It is to take along for an emergency, right?

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    Gted i have a unit and if i'm there i'll be using it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy
    Is it this?
    http://www.findmespot.com/en/
    It is to take along for an emergency, right?
    That's the one. It can also send out a signal every ~10 minutes (though sometimes it doesn't get through) and online spectators can watch the race from afar.

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    G-Ted,


    The spot tracker is primarily used for remote locations where cell phones are useless. Trans Iowa doesn't technically fit the bill for being the kind of "remoteness" which I think the Spot tracker was designed for. That being said, if any of us crash on a dowhill in the middle of the night away from any farm house (I'm not sure I'd want to wake a farmer up at 3am if a house was close anyway!) with a serious injury, the Spot would direct help to us. You can also program several personal messages into as well I think. If I had one, I'd use it. Are you trying to get a deal from Spot in which all riders could benefit from?

    The most appealing part of it for me would be to let friends and family know where I am throughout the race.

    Yeah, I'm interested

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    Quote Originally Posted by NXSVIE
    G-Ted,

    The most appealing part of it for me would be to let friends and family know where I am throughout the race.

    Yeah, I'm interested
    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    Track leaders pool Gted?
    The reason for the question has to do with these reasons and also (and most pointedly) the desire expressed by support folks and family about my inability to inform them of competitors whereabouts at any time during the event.

    I really wouldn't be pursuing this at all if it weren't for that one main reason, but yeah- there are other benefits to d.p. and I as the co-directors of the event.

    I'm not in a position to divulge exactly how, or even if we are going to do this. I am in the research mode right now. No decision has been made for or against Spot Tracking as of this point in time.

    So hang on folks and wait for a bit until I can work through the details. I'll be more forthcoming when I can speak more clearly on the situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    The reason for the question has to do with these reasons and also (and most pointedly) the desire expressed by support folks and family about my inability to inform them of competitors whereabouts at any time during the event.
    I'd bet there are only 5 or possibly 10 guys "racing against other riders", maybe we just need a guy on an enduro bike with a chalkboard....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy
    I'd bet there are only 5 or possibly 10 guys "racing against other riders", maybe we just need a guy on an enduro bike with a chalkboard....
    No, no, no...........you'll just have to wait and see.

    And basically, d.p. and I in the car are already the "enduro bike with a chalkboard" for all intents and purposes.

    It has also come to my attention that some are reading into this that I will be requiring Spot Trackers for T.I.V6 and that folks will have to purchase them. Nothing could be further from the truth. No purchase necessary.

    I am just trying to find out who has one and who might want one. That's all.
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    I've never really looked into it. I suppose it would be a good thing to have. It works whenever I have it on, correct? When I am out training at night? Are you always able to track it online? I'm thinking when my kids get older it would be good to put in their car...

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    Planning on toeing the line come April. I have no interest in anyone really knowing anything about where I am, how I am doing or feeling. Just so long as I don't have to make the call of shame to Mark to say that I am DNF!

    My wonderful wife gave me the most clear instructions with a look of disgust when I departed for my attendance at TI 3, she simply said: "don't call!" That wasn't just a request to not keep her informed, it was a clear declarative that she thought what I was doing was stupid and irresponsible. I say: "so what else is new?!"

    Being able to point to some bit of technology to update the status of "where's dad?" to the kids might only encourage their mocking my strange desire for self-inflicted torture in the form of bicycle adventure.

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    I have a Spot tracker that I use when I'm out of town and can't/don't want to use the cell phone. It sends my wife and immediate family an email saying, "Everything is going well and I'll check back later." Their email also includes a link to GoogleMaps with my location. I'm still on the fence about sending in a postcard next month, but if I were doing the race in April, I'd definitely bring along the Spot.

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    I need a link to results from last year. For some reason I cannot find them. Any ideas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-No
    I need a link to results from last year. For some reason I cannot find them. Any ideas?
    Look here: http://guitarted1961.wordpress.com/t...r/the-results/
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    Getting quiet in here......Not to change the subject, but did anyone see "Race across the sky" last night? It's basically a documentary of the Leadville 100 race. Good stuff. I raced the Leadville 50 this summer. We reached 12,000ft and above six times. Talk about a lung burning ride!

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    second kick at the cat

    I'm putting my name in the hat for another attempt at the beast. I've done a pile of races since my last attempt so the distance isn't an issue but damn if the weather isn't all powerful. Hopefully we can get a brake and have a niceish day with a reasonable chance of wrapping it up. That is the big question though isn't it, what will mother nature bring us on game day.

    As for the spot, I'm indifferent. It's cool to be able to have people track you as I did the riders for the tour divide. I talked to Pierre Ostor this spring and he absolutely hates them and was considering banning them from Arrowhead. Maybe Gt should drop him a line to hear what he had to say just for the RD to RD standpoint.

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    Recon Started

    Make of these what you will.

    Report coming up on the blog Monday.
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    That middle one looks steeeeeepppppp! Gonna see some SS walking up that one for sure I think.

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    I'm planning on SS. These pics started the first round of second guessing the gear I was thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-No
    I'm planning on SS. These pics started the first round of second guessing the gear I was thinking.
    I ran 40x18 on a 26er for V3. Rode every hill. You're probably going to want to gear pretty big no matter what because it sucks to be spun out on the flats.
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    I don't know how many times I've taken pictures of hills to show people how strep the climb was. The result is always the same..........the picture never does the hill justice. Holy hannah! This one looks steep in the pic. One can only imagine the grind up it. Should be a hoot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    I ran 40x18 on a 26er for V3. Rode every hill. You're probably going to want to gear pretty big no matter what because it sucks to be spun out on the flats.
    Yeah, I would tend to agree. I ran a 37 X 18 at the Good Life Gravel Adventure and never had to walk a hill there. (There were some mighty ones!)

    If you can walk a few, pace yourself, and be smart with your nutrition the bigger gear seems to work fine. I hate spinning out on the flats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    I ran 40x18 on a 26er for V3. Rode every hill. You're probably going to want to gear pretty big no matter what because it sucks to be spun out on the flats.
    Thanks for the info. When I was riding with Travis B last year I think he was running a 2.7:1 on his 'cross bike. It seemed pretty big. I'm currently riding a 42/16 (2.6:1), but I can't imagine running that for over 300 miles. I'm leaning towards a 42/18 or 42/20. Being spun out on the flats sucks, but I'm not going to set any speed records anyway, and I'd rather walk less.

    I'd love to hear other thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-No
    Thanks for the info. When I was riding with Travis B last year I think he was running a 2.7:1 on his 'cross bike. It seemed pretty big. I'm currently riding a 42/16 (2.6:1), but I can't imagine running that for over 300 miles. I'm leaning towards a 42/18 or 42/20. Being spun out on the flats sucks, but I'm not going to set any speed records anyway, and I'd rather walk less.

    I'd love to hear other thoughts.
    You certainly can go too big, well I know I can, but don't fear a few instances of hoofing it compared to the miles and miles you'll be faster with a bigger gear. Even though TransIowa isn't without hills, at least in the past there has been many miles of fast terrain. It gets real hard to spin fast when you get tired.

    I hesitate to recommend any one gearing at this point. Weather truly will have the final say. But push a big gear in training this winter and it won't seem so bad. I'd guess I'll be rolling at minimum 32:16 on a 29er. Something in the 34x16 or 36x16 range is probably reasonable if conditions are good.
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    Rug Snake Sponsor Found!!

    I found this picture of Nate King from T.I.V2 with his Surly outfitted with a "rug snake" (Dubbed so by Hurl of Cars R Coffins fame) and posted it on my blog last week.

    Well low and behold, I got a message in my in-box the next day from DK 200 Co-director, Joel Dyke:

    i'm making another run of these antique oriental rug top tube covers. i will give you 2 toptube covers & 3 seatpost covers called the mullet from grincycles. for trans iowa prizes . i'm coming this year & riding this mo-fo. i intend to finish this time.
    Thanks Joel!!

    So, I suspect there will be heated competition for these mojo-giving prizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-No
    Thanks for the info. When I was riding with Travis B last year I think he was running a 2.7:1 on his 'cross bike. It seemed pretty big. I'm currently riding a 42/16 (2.6:1), but I can't imagine running that for over 300 miles. I'm leaning towards a 42/18 or 42/20. Being spun out on the flats sucks, but I'm not going to set any speed records anyway, and I'd rather walk less.

    I'd love to hear other thoughts.
    I ran 32/15 on a 29er for both V3 and V4. I agree with Chris, the weather (wind) always has to considered when making your gear selection.

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    42x16 fixed for v.4, wrong turn rode an extra 15-20 miles and missed the first cutoff by 2 minutes. cramps/wind were an issue with that gearing. finished v.5 geared 37x16 fixed on 700x38 cross wheels/tires. no cramps, a lot less wind, lots of walking. will probably be running 37x17 ss/free this year with 32's unless weather dictates slightly bigger tires. the size of gear you're capable of "spinning out" decreases significantly throughout the race, at least for those of us out there for 30+ hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShockStar
    the size of gear you're capable of "spinning out" decreases significantly throughout the race, at least for those of us out there for 30+ hours.
    Yea 140rpms seem easy on a training ride. That no longer happens after a number of hours At least SS. Fixed you're on your own.

    I always feel like it's better to be slightly too easy than too hard but don't be afraid to run a bigger than MTB gearing for this race.
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    agreed. i've seen people ride trail gearing but its just not for me. i think i'd go crazy. i learned some pretty good lessons at v.4 and at the first CIRREM just a couple months before v.5. the conditions at both of those races proved the arrogance of my original gearing selection.

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    for v3 and v4 i was on 34x15 and it was just about perfect (v4 wind related DNF nonwithstanding) . i walked hills for the last 10ish miles of v3 but had i been running 34x34 i probably would have walked them anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the locust
    for v3 and v4 i was on 34x15 and it was just about perfect (v4 wind related DNF nonwithstanding) . i walked hills for the last 10ish miles of v3 but had i been running 34x34 i probably would have walked them anyways.
    What wheelsize? That makes a difference to anyone asking.

    Oh man those final rollers in v3 were brutal. I rode every hill in that whole course but I had to do some zig zagging
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    Oh man those final rollers in v3 were brutal. I rode every hill in that whole course but I had to do some zig zagging
    For some of us gearies it was like "Helllooooo Granny!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    What wheelsize? That makes a difference to anyone asking.

    Oh man those final rollers in v3 were brutal. I rode every hill in that whole course but I had to do some zig zagging
    sorry i was riding a 1x1 with 29er wheels and stans crows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    What wheelsize? That makes a difference to anyone asking.

    Oh man those final rollers in v3 were brutal. I rode every hill in that whole course but I had to do some zig zagging
    Rollers? In my mind the definition of a roller is where you carry your momentum down a hill and halfway up the next one. The final "rollers" of v3 were gut busting climbs! Of course, when you ride the spine of the rockies perhaps they looked like rollers in comparison...

    Due to breathing issues I walked just about every one of those last climbs. When I realized I was on the final climb I got back on my bike just so I could look good for the final photo. I am sure there were some vultures circling, but G-Ted the undertaker had a final trick up his sleeve. If any of us actually died on the final climb he had a ready made place to dispose of the remains. It was no accident we ended at a cemetary.

    In terms of the question regarding gearing, I have been running about a 2:1 on 30-40 mm tires. This works out to be about a 15 mph cruising speed at 100 RPM. I did some testing on a geared bike where I checked to see what kind of speed I could maintain indefinitely, and it turned out to be about 15 mph average. Yes, I spin out when I have a tail wind, but I figure it is better to lose a few MPH to my top end speed than dig a deep lactic acid hole when fighting a headwind. And when you figure the high DNF rate of this event, I doubt there are many people who look back and say "If only I had run a higher gear I would have been able to finish this".

    But who am I kidding. I have attempted this sucker four times and have only finished once. I am not exactly a fount of wisdom here. Still, it gets me off my butt and training in the winter. Any health care reforms Obama and company come up with have little chance of doing as much for my long term survival prospects as this one event (finishes at graveyards notwithstanding). Looking forward to v6!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morlahach
    ............ but G-Ted the undertaker had a final trick up his sleeve. If any of us actually died on the final climb he had a ready made place to dispose of the remains. It was no accident we ended at a cemetary.
    That's funny stuff! But................yeah, you are correct. It certainly was no accident that we ended there that year.

    The fact we ending on a stretch of muddy B Maintenance road this year was not lost on some of the competitors though either.

    Not sure I can ever out do the T.I.V3 finish, but if what I have in mind plays out for this one, the finish will be well worth getting to.

    Okay, enough hints. Stay tuned to this space a week from today for the Registration Announcement!!
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    Anyone looking forward to Wednesday evening/Thursday AM based on Mark's most recent post? Linky Link...

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    Quote Originally Posted by funky-funky-chicken
    Anyone looking forward to Wednesday evening/Thursday AM based on Mark's most recent post? Linky Link...
    You must have noted the time frames for the volunteers for the checkpoints...I agree, an unprecedented disclosure of course details! Thanks for the link

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    The Man at the v.VI starting line.

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    .....and the finishline.......

    ...............will be in a barn!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    ...............will be in a barn!
    Great, that helps narrow things down a bit!

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    Like a pack of rabid dogs in here!!!

    Hmmmmmmm........do I dare make another attempt at this fine event? Finish line in a barn.....that's almost worth it right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    ...............will be in a barn!

    we can never know about the days to come
    but we, we think about them anyway
    and i wonder if i'm really with you now
    or just chasing after some finer day

    anticipation
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    Important information will be available on my blog at 1:00am CST concerning Trans Iowa V6.
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    Mark, do you ever sleep? Good thing I wake up early... Guess I'll be dreaming of the sound of rolling tires on gravel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funky-funky-chicken
    Mark, do you ever sleep? Good thing I wake up early... Guess I'll be dreaming of the sound of rolling tires on gravel.
    Blogger lets you set a future post time

    I'll be eager to read it in the AM over my coffee!
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    Quote Originally Posted by funky-funky-chicken
    Mark, do you ever sleep? Good thing I wake up early... Guess I'll be dreaming of the sound of rolling tires on gravel.
    I don't sleep enough, that's for sure!!.................................

    So- You Wanna A Peice Of This?: Or- Trans Iowa Registration Announcement:

    It is time! If you have a hankerin' for a heapin' helpin' of Iowa limestone goodness, here's how you get some. Pay attention! The specifics are important if you want to get your name on the roster.

    Veterans First! For anyone that wants to toe the line at T.I.V6 that has been in a previous Trans Iowa, you get first dibs on a roster spot. You can start sending your post cards today and Veterans Of Trans Iowa Past (VOTIP's) can be assured they will have the first rights until November 21st!! No new entrants will be accepted at this time. This is to honor those who have supported Trans Iowa with blood, sweat, and tears in the past. You new folks have to wait until after the 21st.

    Leftover Spots: Whatever doesn't get scooped up from the 75 available spots after the 21st is open game for all who want to get a post card in. In the past, it hasn't taken very long to fill in the empty roster spots available, but I will entertain all comers until November 30th if spots still remain. Once I reach 75 entrants though, the Roster is filled. However, I will fill in a Waiting List with overflow post cards received up until November 30th.

    T.I.V5 Volunteers: If you were a volunteer on T.I.V5 and want in, you have automatic guranteed entry, but you still need to send in a post card.


    Now for the pertinent details........................

    Post Cards: Post cards must be received with legible writing (judged by me) and include the following information:
    • Name
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    • e-mail address (make sure it is valid and working!)
    • Phone # (preferably the one you will be reachable at during the event)
    • Past Trans Iowa events you have raced in (if applicable)
    • How many support people will be with you. (This is for pre-race planning)
    Again, there is no "official post card", but you must have the information listed above in legible form. I reserve the right to refuse unreadable entries or entries missing information I asked for above.
    Send post cards here:
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    For further details go to the blog. (post dated 11/13/09)
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    Wooo hooo... Post card is in the mail!

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    Does sending multiple, creative postcards increase a newbie's chances? I think I would like to try this.

    I am also curious why I did'nt see a tandem category??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay P
    Does sending multiple, creative postcards increase a newbie's chances? I think I would like to try this.
    I am also curious why I did'nt see a tandem category??
    -JayP
    I"m pretty sure you just need one postcard JP. And you'll be the first in the tandem category! If the gravel is hard this one will be right up the tandem's alley. Please pack the tow rope for me

    P.S. If your travel has you coming thru Denver I can drive or we can carpool.

    EDIT: Even though I'd love to see you guys on the Love Shack, TI has *never* had a woman finisher. T-race would rock this thing. Just food for thought.
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    Thanks Chris.

    I guess I will be sending in postcards for both of us. I am not going to even mention it to "T" till the registration is done and I see the results. If we both get in I will wrap it up and give it to her for a gift and let her decide, of course letting her know a female has never finished.

    Wow, another level of creativity to get the "hall pass" to do another race...

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    I suddenly like the sound of this race but I can't make 2010, maybe I'll be lucky enough to make it in 2011.

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    First Post card received!

    I got the first T.I.V6 entry already.................with a bottle of Maker's Mark whiskey attached!

    Could be a long winter!
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    It looked like a pretty good sized bottle too. That might actually last you a little while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbuchanan
    It looked like a pretty good sized bottle too. That might actually last you a little while.
    Trust me, that'll last a good long time!

    Just got another entry with a case of oil for my truck attached! You guys and gals are a pretty creative bunch if nothing else!
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    Sent the card out today. I will bring your gratitude gift with me direct from Buffalo.

    Many good options - La Nova Pizza & Wings??? Some Genny Pale Ale beer??? Canadian Beer??? Hmmmm decisions decisions. Guess it will give me something to contemplate while I am out on the bike all winter long!

    See you in April!

    BTW - The kids are off that week does anyone know the name of the water park at the hotel at the exit before Williamsburg from last year. Maybe I can sneak some gravel training rides in a couple of days early while they play at the water park!

    Thanks again G.T. & D.P. Your efforts to kill us do not go unappreciated!
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    i think its wasserbahn. that's where the wife and kid hung out last year.

    http://www.wasserbahn.com/index.htm

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    so close yet so far

    Well my card went off today. All I can say is that I hope the other Winnipeg locals get in because it would be a lonely drive without them . Plus it's always more fun in a group.

    As for the tandem couple, I hope you kids get in . Finishing transiowa on a tandem would definitely add to it's storied history.

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    Roster Report: 11/16/09

    Up to 20 T.I.V6 freaks so far. See who made the list: http://www.transiowa.blogspot.com
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    This is going to be fun.

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    I sure hope my wife didn't follow me out to the mailbox to remove my entry!? I sent one in last year and it seemed to never make it either. Perhaps there is some strong force at work here as I don't see my name anywhere on the roster yet? Cannot take that long for something to get from MN to IA can it?

    I guess post card number two is going to have to get dropped in the mail tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funky-funky-chicken
    I sure hope my wife didn't follow me out to the mailbox to remove my entry!? I sent one in last year and it seemed to never make it either. Perhaps there is some strong force at work here as I don't see my name anywhere on the roster yet? Cannot take that long for something to get from MN to IA can it?

    I guess post card number two is going to have to get dropped in the mail tomorrow.
    With that luck you might want to send #2 and #3...just to be sure.

    'Course you could always reframe this....."It is the will of the gods! And only a fool would go against them!"

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    The postcard is in transit .
    Time to start planning only 158 days of training left .
    minus two days off per week :110 days left
    minus the non productive hang over days :98 days left
    minus the usual cold or flu days:91 days left
    minus too crappy to ride outside :69 days left
    minus but I told you about this weeks ago and you said you would go days:55 days left
    minus the Holidays :49 days left
    minus the I got a flat and don't feel like changing it today :48 days left
    minus the out of town trips with no bike :41 days left
    minus the got to work late because the end of the year is near :35 days left
    Minus the tapering days before the event :30 days left
    So looks like one month of hard riding ahead of me .
    Should be enough
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    It's funny because it's true-you're probably looking at less than 30 important workouts to whip yourself into shape. Heck, you might be looking at only 15 key workouts, hard to say.

    Great picture, I can't wait!

    Quote Originally Posted by woodbike
    The postcard is in transit .
    Time to start planning only 158 days of training left .
    minus two days off per week :110 days left
    minus the non productive hang over days :98 days left
    minus the usual cold or flu days:91 days left
    minus too crappy to ride outside :69 days left
    minus but I told you about this weeks ago and you said you would go days:55 days left
    minus the Holidays :49 days left
    minus the I got a flat and don't feel like changing it today :48 days left
    minus the out of town trips with no bike :41 days left
    minus the got to work late because the end of the year is near :35 days left
    Minus the tapering days before the event :30 days left
    So looks like one month of hard riding ahead of me .
    Should be enough
    See ya there

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    Home sick today, I'm able to supervise the mailbox to make sure that nobody is sneaking off with my post card. Hoping that this second attempt at a mailing will be received. Looking forward to seeing my name on the roster. Begin the second guessing my better judgement...

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