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    Trans Iowa V5 is a go!

    What, When, and Where is here: http://www.transiowa.blogspot.com/

    Updates can be found here: http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com/

    I for one am excited for a new venue and terrain. Decorah is beautiful and while it can be argued that the Midwest lacks the majestic beauty of big mountain ranges it definitely has its rural charm.

    I hope to see some of the usual suspects and some new faces to. This event isn't a race against the person next to you, that much is true.

    Let the jibber-jabber commence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMKM
    What, When, and Where is here: http://www.transiowa.blogspot.com/

    Updates can be found here: http://g-tedproductions.blogspot.com/

    I for one am excited for a new venue and terrain. Decorah is beautiful and while it can be argued that the Midwest lacks the majestic beauty of big mountain ranges it definitely has its rural charm.

    I hope to see some of the usual suspects and some new faces to. This event isn't a race against the person next to you, that much is true.

    Let the jibber-jabber commence.
    Rumor has it this may be a tune-up race for you next year. Eh?!

    What say ye?

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    I am so in. Time to get the cross bike purchased.

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    You've been talking with GNAT I see...Heard you were in the Midwest and maybe even in MPLS. Where's the love? I am indeed hoping this race is a tune-up for what you are thinking. Did you hear or see anything else while you were here?

    You're asking questions of GT, you're the first to this thread, does that mean you may grace us with your presence at the line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMKM
    ...............

    You're asking questions of GT, you're the first to this thread, does that mean you may grace us with your presence at the line?
    The only way Mike is coming back to T.I. is if I promise him "more wind" and that the course will go through a pig farm.

    That said, he also has some "unfinished bidness" with regards to T.I.

    I'd love to see him back to toe the line, but I ain't holdin' my breath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMKM
    You've been talking with GNAT I see...Heard you were in the Midwest and maybe even in MPLS. Where's the love? I am indeed hoping this race is a tune-up for what you are thinking. Did you hear or see anything else while you were here?
    Sheesh--I was in the building for over an hour. Even leaned on your desk for a few--were you on an extended bathroom break?

    Gnat took me out to Leb for a few laps. Fuggin awesome, that.

    If your last question above refers to something you may or may not ride on both TI and the 'main event', no, I didn't see a thing...

    But I liked what I saw, if you're pickin' up what I'm layin' down...

    Quote Originally Posted by JMKM
    You're asking questions of GT, you're the first to this thread, does that mean you may grace us with your presence at the line?
    I was in Iowa for petesqueaks--it seemed like an appropriate question!

    Not much interest in coming back. That whole racing thing is hard, plus you don't get very good views of the wind farms at night...

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    Ooh, it's a lot closer to me this time...I gotta get working on the time in the saddle thing so I can at least have a chance this year. Awesome!

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    Well Mikesee, sorry I missed you. I would have likely skipped work to go ride with you and Gnat.

    If in fact I am picking up what your throwin' down and if in fact you didn't see a thing, then we're on the same page. I'm looking forward to Eurobike and Interbike it sure is tough to keep things on the inside when we're so excited about them.

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    Tiv5

    I was so excited to hear the news. Hope to see all you guys again.
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    Recon and other ideas

    I had the goal of about 150 miles of gravel this weekend to iron out some route details and dial in a new rig before the The Good Life Gravel between some family obligations. Quite a bit of riding with the lights on before daylight. I was able to PAINstakingly carefully research a flat portion that's definitely not singles-peed friendly into a direction of prevailing goodness, but wait, that's not all, with friendly sheep dogs to escort your spun out selves. The second is a reroute that will occur due to the presence of several German Shepherds which seemed to have been trained to not be so friendly. Saw my first blue racer of the year and another first was a feral pig. Loud and uglier than Greg LeMond at a Trek Dealers' show.

    B-roads, in places, don't seem to be maintained at all since the last winter (and heavy rainfall this spring). Good stuff!

    No wind farm pictures, sorry. but actively working on the pig farm and a possible pig-farm-holeshot-preem.
    Ended the weekend at the Chuckwagon races. We might learn a thing or two about rules from their governing body.
    "Must wear hats and boots western style - judges discretion" "More than one outrider hazing horses or helping driver -4 seconds. There's just something about a team of 4 horses going around a track ~35 mph that got me seriously thinking about potential Big Dummy Races

    I leave you with a few pictures.
    Under the rules of full disclosure I should state the owner of the Halter Shop is my second cousin and he may be tapped as a potential prize sponsor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bd.sahib
    No wind farm pictures, sorry. but actively working on the pig farm and a possible pig-farm-holeshot-preem.
    Perks up and swivels ears north-easterly-ish...

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    loose german hunds suck. That one doggie we cannot afford to mess with. Any ideas anyone out there?????????
    85 miles on gravel yesterday. It was hot , around 92, and dry so very easy to dehydrate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    loose german hunds suck. That one doggie we cannot afford to mess with. Any ideas anyone out there?????????
    85 miles on gravel yesterday. It was hot , around 92, and dry so very easy to dehydrate.
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    It looks like your bike is being slowly digested by the Great Sarlaac...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Perks up and swivels ears north-easterly-ish...
    Ahh..........I thought this was off yer radar there, podner.

    Ya know, we've been tryin' ta work that pig farm suggestion in for three years now. One o these days, its gonna happen.
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    Traffic Counts and Gearing Choices

    More recon this weekend. Just about finished up the first 150ish before I ran into some infrastructure problems and started on some back 40.

    A couple places it's possible to link up miles of B-roads
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/3SANnnGvxyEdTihMl8TKsw?authkey=rL4SzAPYWUI"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/VatukoulaGold/SMQjHy2GZRI/AAAAAAAAAec/t-r0eB1L69w/s400/IMG_3190.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/Recon?authkey=rL4SzAPYWUI">Recon</a></td></tr></table>
    More deer, raccoon, and feral cat(?) than cars.
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    Geologist's Jack-o-lantern?

    Or v.5 Trophy? (or both)

    Real-live Lithographic Limestone from near the Lithograph City type section, procured over the weekend.
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    More to come...
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    Whoa!

    Quote Originally Posted by bd.sahib
    Or v.5 Trophy? (or both)

    Real-live Lithographic Limestone from near the Lithograph City type section, procured over the weekend.
    <TABLE style="WIDTH: auto"><TBODY><TR><TD></TD></TR><TR><TD style="FONT-SIZE: 11px; FONT-FAMILY: arial,sans-serif; TEXT-ALIGN: right">From Recon</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

    More to come...
    Who knew that limestone could be so cool?

    I thought all it was good for was to put on a weird, under-the-radar type, ultra-endurance event on bicycles.

    ......but then, what do I know?

    I do know that this weekend we are doing a major recon effort on our proposed course. I also know that Vassago Cycles has pitched in to help out with the event. (See the details here.) I also know that registration will be opening up soon, so pay attention to the site. There will be an announcement coming soon..........
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    Recon Day

    We may have some soupy pictures by this evening!
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    Recon impressions

    GT, Outstanding in his field (or B road, as the case may be)
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/GcIE_1IM_3UoQgzltNIonw?authkey=rL4SzAPYWUI"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/VatukoulaGold/SQOioQMGsAI/AAAAAAAAAnM/ckvM1TZWFdc/s400/IMG_0062.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/Recon?authkey=rL4SzAPYWUI">Recon</a></td></tr></table>

    Overall, a very productive day. My first impressions of the course are that it has a little bit of everything. Probably a few more b-roads than previous inceptions. Some steeps and some flats. As a dedicated single speeder, I would have a harder time choosing a gear for this course than previous ones. Nutritional strategies will play a bigger role this year because we've spaced the towns a bit differently. Maybe a little more of a navigational challenge at times, too.

    I'm sure GT will add more when he sits down and sorts it all out.
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    Recon: That was a very long day!

    Well, we got most of our major recon done today. Of course, we'll double check on a few things before the event in the spring, but this will take care of 90% of the travel and route finding for the event. We still have some fine tuning and we still will need to verify a few of the B roads, but this was a great day for our plans for T.I.V5.

    What's my take on the course? Well, as d.p. alluded to in the previous post, it really does have a little of each of the previous Trans Iowa's wrapped up into one big package.



    d.p. walking a bit of B Maintenance road with me.

    See more on my Blog........

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    More ubiquitous recon shots

    Signage

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    Dirt to Gravel Transition

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/RCPNBaVIUJKHFPZ1eSOKPw?authkey=rL4SzAPYWUI"><img src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/SQjZKzOY4dI/AAAAAAAAAow/YOy0GFBNoEw/s400/IMG_0079.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/Recon?authkey=rL4SzAPYWUI">Recon</a></td></tr></table>

    For Mark

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kTFPQ0fLmRAoMgRe4TXZJQ?authkey=rL4SzAPYWUI"><img src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/SQjZLOXfMBI/AAAAAAAAAo4/qlA8ExPp8TM/s400/IMG_0080.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/Recon?authkey=rL4SzAPYWUI">Recon</a></td></tr></table>

    Gratuitous Crosscheck shot

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    For anyone who hasn't experienced the "B"

    60 mph winds for a couple days has dried things out. This road was nasty last weekend. Ran out of memory-card-edness but topped out ~ 33 mph.

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    Registration Announcement!!

    The info on the Registration Process for Trans Iowa V5 is up at the site.

    Get ready! Hup! hup!
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    Tentative details....

    Overall Distance: 319.2 miles

    Overall Time Allotment to finish: 34 hours or less.

    Checkpoints: Three total not including the finish. There will be time limits to each checkpoint TBD.

    Notes: This will be the most time we have allowed for a course of this length in any Trans Iowa. Reason? Difficulty, that's why. This will be one of the toughest Trans Iowa courses we have ever put together, if not the toughest. I would say this even without inclement weather, but if it rains, we may be forced to alter the course a bit in places. Don't worry! We have a plan!

    Lodging: See note at the end of the Registration Announcement at the site.
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    Question for Registration

    Do veterans start sending postcards on nov 11th or is that when you guys want them received? Just want to be sure.
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    Recieved

    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    Do veterans start sending postcards on nov 11th or is that when you guys want them received? Just want to be sure.
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    Yep, received. However, there's no USPS mail delivery on Veterans Day, if the Funzionamento federale is what you're thinking.
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    We've got a plan...

    More Recon this weekend due to an "infrastructure" problem.
    We've already seen some previews of potential postcards.

    Hint:
    I've had the opportunity to work in one of the areas on the route this past week. Some of the results are summed up in the video (4 datums of a subsurface structure hung on the digital elevation model. Colored lines are extruded stratigraphy.)

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    Well our little recon plan got washed up by the recent storm. However; we should start seeing post cards showing up for registrants this Tuesday, the 11th of November. Veterans first and all.

    Stay tuned for roster updates commencing on Tuesday night.

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    Moon Action

    On the day of the race there will be some moon. That means we can ride with just some bic lighters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    On the day of the race there will be some moon. That means we can ride with just some bic lighters.
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    And possibly a scrub brush?
    Picture from today (11/10)
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    I had the afternoon off so rode over to the finish, start, and then part of what I'm calling the Fisticuff stretch (I'm sure Mark knows what I'm referring to)

    Can't wait to see the roster start filling. Thanks for all the interest!

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    My friend Mike always carried a Park brush with the cog cleaner end in his jersey. We made fun at him but always ended up using his brush. Sometimes a rotten stick just don't cut it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    My friend Mike always carried a Park brush with the cog cleaner end in his jersey. We made fun at him but always ended up using his brush. Sometimes a rotten stick just don't cut it.
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    Could have used that in V2 for sure. Anybody sending it two post cards....just in case?

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    oops. veteran for tiv3 here and spaced on my postcard. better take care of that soon, and better start my training. *crosses fingers*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy
    Could have used that in V2 for sure. Anybody sending it two post cards....just in case?
    I know of at least one guy that did just that.

    First entry arrived at the shop today. Funny thing was........it had a pizza attached to it.

    Really!


    I was floored.
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    if i don't see my name on the list tonight i'll probably send three tomorrow with 4 stamps each

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    A local insurance agent hand delivered two entries phoned in to him from Michigan. Both were properly formatted on post cards.

    This is getting weirder every year!
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    I wonder if we will have those great 50mph winds. I remember being sore for a week last year. My workmates at the shop called me "the zombie"

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    I wonder if we will have those great 50mph winds. I remember being sore for a week last year. My workmates at the shop called me "the zombie"
    Yes and maybe some snow too

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    Roster news

    The roster should pass the half full mark today after I get the mail at the shop. That will conclude the "vets only" portion of the registration. If e-mail contacts are any indication, Monday's mail bag should be stuffed with T.I. entries. Tuesday should see us approach full capacity, and I'm betting that by Wednesday the roster will be filled. You've been warned!

    More T.I. info, sponsor news, and general chit-chat to come. Stay tuned!
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    That last photo absolutely rocks. For the record, the whiteness of the postcards with my name is a statement of my virginity in regards to this event. Sometimes, less is more.

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    Post card update

    Recieved three hand delivered this morning before 9am. I will update on the mass delivery expected around noon here.

    late edit: Nine spots remain after today's mailbag arrived.
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    late edit: Nine spots remain after today's mailbag arrived.
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    Announcing a full roster!!

    REGISTRATION CLOSED!!! In an amazing flurry of weirdness, the roster closed today with entres coming in mittens, in a six pack of Fat Tire Ale, another pizza, and faxes to a neighboring business. Not to mention several locals who stopped by throughout the afternoon to drop off their postcards.

    This event never ceases to amaze me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    REGISTRATION CLOSED!!! In an amazing flurry of weirdness, the roster closed today with entres coming in mittens, in a six pack of Fat Tire Ale, another pizza, and faxes to a neighboring business. Not to mention several locals who stopped by throughout the afternoon to drop off their postcards.

    This event never ceases to amaze me!
    Ah nuts, I was hoping my procrastinating friend could get in, I sent in his card and everything just today once I badgered him into riding in it again. I guess....part of me wanted him to take another crack at it, a chance to finish some business out there. A little part of me wanted to see him suffer like a dog again too Next year I'll plan on not procrastinating when it comes to badgering my procrastinating friends LOL

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    The waiting list will be maintained for a while. There's still a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    REGISTRATION CLOSED!!! In an amazing flurry of weirdness, the roster closed today with entres coming in mittens, in a six pack of Fat Tire Ale, another pizza, and faxes to a neighboring business. Not to mention several locals who stopped by throughout the afternoon to drop off their postcards.

    This event never ceases to amaze me!
    Bummer. Two time veteran and I don't see my name on the list. Mailed the post card on Friday... I guess I will hold out hopes that I am on the waiting list.

    I hope that everyone that took time to fill out a post card actually intends on showing up at the starting line. I hope that some of you that signed up haven't done so simply as some stunt to impress someone with your seemingly craziness by entering.

    Not to be too unkind.. But there were a LOT of effers who signed up last year and never showed. Please, if you do not intend on showing up, drop out now and let G-Ted know so that those of us waiting can get in.

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    I don't mean to be a nerd. But does someone out there have an opinion on lights to mount on a helmet. last night I was vagabonding with a Princeton Tec Eos. Seems like a good light.
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    Good question. How many hours do you think we need batteries for 12-14? I'm hoping more equipment threads pop up in the near future.

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    The Eos is a perfect light for T.I. Also, a lot of the better commuter lights, such as the Blackburn Voyager 4.0, will give you plenty of light for night time gravel road riding, with the exception of high speed downhills!

    Really, any mid powered off road light will do the trick and most likely will last you the night. Figure on needing lights from about 8pm to about 5:30-6:00 am depending upon the weather. If the moon is out and anywhere near full, competitors have run without lights in the remoter sections to conserve batteries, but I do not recommend this.

    High lumen counts are not necessary at T.I. You can run many off road lights at mid-power or on low and get the extended time on battery life to get you by, so if you already own lights, this may work.

    And don't forget a flashing red tail light!
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    Helmet lighting

    Oh yeah, and for helmets I have found some of the LED flash lights taped, zip tied, or velcroed to a helmet work fantastically well. Remember, a helmet light is necessary for reading the street signs you guide yourself by on every gravel road corner, and help in reading cue sheets, making repairs, digging in bags for something, etc. So, a spot pattern flashlight beam that throws out light a good 50 yards is recommended. This is something a lot of those flashlights you see at checkout counters are imminently capable of doing, and will last you all night long as far as battery run times, for the most part. I would also recommend using rechargeble batteries in those, as they give a more consistent power output.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    The Eos is a perfect light for T.I.

    Hey, GT...

    Is this the light you are referring to by "EOS"???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    I don't mean to be a nerd. But does someone out there have an opinion on lights to mount on a helmet. last night I was vagabonding with a Princeton Tec Eos. Seems like a good light.
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    Depends on the budget and what else other people have for lights. I have used a Petzl headlamp with a lot of success. I've switched over to a dual Dinotte 200L setup and love it. 400 lumens is a lot of light. With the lithium packs I can get 8 hours at full output.

    I've heard good things about the new mi-newt from some friends as well.

    I have a Dinotte taillight as well, but I got so many complaints from the group I was riding with during DK last summer that I ended up keeping it off. I'll likely put a planet bike on for TI.

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    Jim C: Yes, that is the one. I have not personally used this light, but I know folks that have and they rave about it for endeavors such as Trans Iowa.

    We were sponsored by Princeton Tec last year and were graced with some Fuel headlamps for use at our night time checkpoints. They almost are enough light to get by on for a casual night time gravel road ride themselves. Certainly the Fuel would work as a helmet/sign spotter light, and for reading cues, working on your bike, etc, the Fuel would be more than sufficient.

    The Eos would be ideal wih the super long burn time and in tandem I hear its almost enough light to single track on, so for gravel, two would be more than enough. They take up almost no space on the bar, so they could be mounted and left there for the entire event. One less thing to dig around for when night falls. (Of course, we'll be starting in the dark, so a moot point for T.I.V5 perhaps)
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    That Certainly is the Princeton Tec EOS light. Rivendell Bicycle works has a nice write up on it. I rode the Gravel Trail by my house at night and it was more than enough. Though as GT mentioned going downhill at speed you need a light with more Horse Power.
    Thanks for all the ideas guys!
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    Where is the roster posted for TI V? Or is it yet?

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    Where is the roster posted for TI V? Or is it yet?
    There's a link to the roster on the right side under "Latest News", it's below the sponsor links.


    but here it is too


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    Published by Jeff Kerkove on Monday at 2:15 PM.
    Menís Open:
    1. Craig Severson
    2. David Armstrong
    3. Brian Dukek
    4. Charlie Farrow
    5. Ari Andonopoulos
    6. Matt Gersib
    7. Eric Brunt
    8. Paul Jacobson
    9. Kevin Ehrlich
    10. Ken Lefler
    11. Corey "Cornbread" Godfrey
    12. Jim McGuire
    13. Tim Ek
    12. Michael Roe
    13. Mike Birmann
    14. Craig Manthe
    15. Joe Frost
    16. Joe Meiser
    17. Marcin Nowak
    18. Derek Carlson
    19. Todd Strobl
    20. Dennis Grelk
    21. Dan Stefiuk
    22. Charles Parsons
    23. John Gorilla
    24. Charly Tri
    25. Steve McGuire
    26. Dwight Beavers
    27. Aaron Schnee
    28. Scott Cole
    29. Jeffrey Foes
    30. Steve Fuller
    31. Dan Wachtel
    32. Chris Kostman
    33. George Vargas
    34. Jason Gaikowski
    35. Jeremy Fry
    36. Nicholas Jirsa
    37. John O'Brien
    38. Ian Chidister
    39. Tim Blachowicz
    40. Dave Pramann
    41. Majiec Nowak
    42. Eric Mond
    43. Michael Meiser
    44. Eric Claessens
    45. Bill Graves
    46. Justin Lund
    47. Allen Brunner
    48. Jason Novak
    49. Joe Fox
    50. Doug Eilderts
    51. Adam Lorenz
    52. Ron Saul
    53. Jim Cummins
    54. Ron Kay




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    2. Matt Beck
    3. Jeff Bonsall
    4. Matt Wills
    5. Endurosnob
    6. Michael Beck
    7. Joe Kucharski
    8. Matt Braun
    9. Constantine Peters
    10. Aristotle Peters
    11. Dan Hensley
    12. Travis Braun
    13. Jeremy Bidwell
    14. Larry Swartz
    15. Dave Nice
    16. Warren Wiebe
    17. Marc Pauly
    18. Andy Stockman
    19. Richard Bacon
    20. B.J. Bass



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    I was afraid of that. I didn't make the cut Thanks for the list.

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    Here's to hoping that all that want/need in, get in! 1st year racing, though I have volunteered at the event in the past.
    Feeling a bit guilty about getting in over past contenders. Hopefully every participant get's realistic about prep and goals.

    On another note, I would be interested to find out a bit more on- folks preferences on resources carried on back or bike??? I love my comfy Ergon pack and can fit a small animal in it, but am not sure how I'd feel after 30 hours....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbidwell
    On another note, I would be interested to find out a bit more on- folks preferences on resources carried on back or bike??? I love my comfy Ergon pack and can fit a small animal in it, but am not sure how I'd feel after 30 hours....
    I've been a fan of putting the stuff on the bike to lighten the pressure on the saddle. But then you need a little rack and bags and with the water the bike weighs a ton. Maybe lighter packing...and I think it's better than carrying it on the body...but the bike sure gets heavy.

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    MTbidwell,

    There is no need to feel guilty about getting in when others haven't, the process is the process. GT is really good about the waiting list.

    As for you gear...Fastskiguy makes the point well about getting it on your bike, but I'll say that if you need a rack and bags you're carrying too much. Part of the challenge and enjoyment of this event is the planning. You don't need much, just pay attention to the details and rely on what the "road" has to offer. You'll likely carry way too much your first time around, if you're smart you'll put your list together, lay it out, try packing it, and then start purging to the essentials. You'll need to find a balance between taking care of your equipment and your body, neither will get to the finish line without the other. However, there are plenty of resources for your body along the way.

    Good Luck

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    a couple pieces of personal experience...

    i LOVE my princeton tec corona extreme light for gravel riding. bar mounted, lots of choices for power savings/brightness, runs of double a's which you can buy at any gas station.

    i agree...you will take too much gear your first time. i will take much less this year. that being said, i'd rather take too much than too little. i missed the cutoff last year because i missed a turn and that burned/burns a lot. i can't imagine how pissed i'd be if my ride ended because i failed to bring something simple.

    as for the planning...i started a list about this time last year. i didn't necessarily take everything on every ride but i paid attention on every long training ride and made mental notes of what happened or could have happened and compared that to what i had on my list and if i had the right thing to handle such a situation. the list continued to evolve until the day of the race.

    happy training and happy planning!! yeah, many will overthink the planning portion but i think that's part of the fun.

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    Luggage

    First I have to agree with JMKM, do not feel bad about getting a spot. GTed set the rules and I thought they were more then fair to veterans. They had a full week ahead of anyone else. The rules are the rules. I would love to see him maintain the waiting list longer, but that is GTeds call.

    Luggage, Remember this is a longer then 24 hour ride with no drop bags and no outside support. It is better to have it then not have it. I did the large Camelback deal in the past and I hated it. I will be bolting a rack to my bike and putting a very small rack top bag on it. Last time I used the camelback and loaded my water bottles with trail mix. The trail mix thing worked great, but I am just not a Camelback guy. I guess too many years as a roadie. I would run out of water on 100 mile training rides you don't see the water in those things. On Trans Iowa you would be fine if you just made sure you filled it every time you stopped no matter what. I just like bottles. I didn't like the bag on my back. It was OK for a 100 miler because for most of them I didn't need extra clothing or reserve food. Trans Iowa you may want extra clothing and reserve food. I agree really look hard at what you are taking but don't run yourself short.
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    I put a seatpost mount rack on my Karate Monkey when a few of us started a ride across the state from south to north earlier this year. I also had a camelback with me. *WAY* too much stuff in the two panniers I had attached. I have found that I don't mind the camelback on my back for long rides (I used one successfully for Dirty Kanza last year). I may look at getting a CDW frame bag for TI so I can have food easier to get at than it would be in a camelback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfuller
    ... so I can have food easier to get at than it would be in a camelback.
    It's got me thinking....handlebar bag.....get stuff while rolling along. Ari ran a basket that looked like a pretty light-and-handy way to hold stuff-you got a picture of your setup Ari that you could post?

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    [QUOTE=i can't imagine how pissed i'd be if my ride ended because i failed to bring something simple.[/QUOTE]

    Like a rear wheel? Or a chain long enough to not destroy a rear wheel when I mis-shift?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMKM
    Like a rear wheel? Or a chain long enough to not destroy a rear wheel when I mis-shift?
    Don't be gettin' down on yerself! Everybody has made that mistake once if they do their own wrenching.

    Last time I did that was when Kid and Butcher came down for that snowy Salsa ride a couple of years back. Locked the rear wheel up and I couldn't get the chain to budge off of the big ring, nor remove the rear wheel. If I recall correctly, I had to break the chain to get it back running again. Pretty embarrassing, but hey! I lived to tell the tale and (re) learned a lesson.

    You made a valiant effort despite all the troubles. I was amazed, to be honest, at your tenacity. Lesser men would have given up far before you had to.
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    I wonder, would it have been against the rules to take Gersib's drivetrain at the checkpoint? I know he would have given it to me. It isn't something that keeps me awake at night. I'm somewhat happy I didn't have to battle the wind after the checkpoint and I got to have a Cheeseburger and Coke in Wadena, IA. I still had a great time!

    I've a feeling this year's lead group will be fast with Gorilla, Pramann(SP?), Farrow, the Novak's, and a few others I'm missing or haven't met yet. I'm debating if I want to be in that group or not, it depends on bike choice and how I determine transport to the event. In any case I'll be at the line, ready to ride and have a great time.

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    Great Question!


    I wonder, would it have been against the rules to take Gersib's drivetrain at the checkpoint?
    JMKM


    Joe, this is a great question, and it never has come up before. I want to address this up front. Thanks for asking this.

    Let's look at the T.I. Rules, from the site.....


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

    and.............



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

    So, as you can ascertain from our rules, you could have used MG's drivetrain and continued. Of course, MG's "support" would not be considered "pre-arranged outside assistance" and by necessity would have eliminated him from contention, even if this hadn't occurred at a checkpoint.

    In my view the "penalty" for doing mechanical work in the field, whether by repairing your own rig, or cannibalizing parts from a competitors rig, is time you take to do said mechanical work.

    Now if you were cannibalizing parts from a rig belonging to someone outside of the event, then that would be seen as "outside assistance" and would be grounds for a DQ.

    I hope that makes sense to all. Of course, you can ask questions here or discuss at will.
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    The more I think about this, maybe I should just start the event with a bob trailer full of parts. There might be a money making opportunity out on the gravel roads of Iowa in early May.

    Seriously, seeing JMKM come in to Wadena last year under his own power and with that big pile of parts was a great example of what it means to people to take part in and try to complete this event. I am already glad that I took all of the pictures of people's setups at the Wadena checkpoint last year as reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy
    It's got me thinking....handlebar bag.....get stuff while rolling along. Ari ran a basket that looked like a pretty light-and-handy way to hold stuff-you got a picture of your setup Ari that you could post?
    Good thought- I used an ancient cannondale bar bag on one of GT's 150 milers and it worked great- used it mostly for food. Had it been anywhere else on the bike or person, I would have put off the much needed refuel. Seemed like after 10 hours or so, food wasn't enjoyed, just required. Have to look into a bar-bag/ cue sheet combo...
    Thanks for the input!

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    Bidwell,

    I have one of the Arkel small square bar handle bar bags on my touring bike. It can hold a ton of stuff, which is a good and a bad thing. Personally, I'm not sure how I would like that much weight sitting that high over the front wheel on gravel. I'm sure I'd get used to it.

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    jmkm...its funny how long you can go and not put someone's username with a face. anyway, i'm not sure i would have brought an extra wheel but i'll chip in with my respect for the lengths you went to just to continue the ride as long as you could.

    i actually am a pack guy for long rides. the weight on the back sucks but that's just the trade-off for me. i also like the food box on the top tube for on-the-bike snacks. i figure if i really need to eat then its a good reason to stop. in which case having the food on my back or in a gas station is fine. things like trail mix, candy bars, gu, etc. fit well in a food box and are easy to eat on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMKM
    I wonder, would it have been against the rules to take Gersib's drivetrain at the checkpoint? I know he would have given it to me. It isn't something that keeps me awake at night. I'm somewhat happy I didn't have to battle the wind after the checkpoint and I got to have a Cheeseburger and Coke in Wadena, IA. I still had a great time!

    I've a feeling this year's lead group will be fast with Gorilla, Pramann(SP?), Farrow, the Novak's, and a few others I'm missing or haven't met yet. I'm debating if I want to be in that group or not, it depends on bike choice and how I determine transport to the event. In any case I'll be at the line, ready to ride and have a great time.

    Just to clarify, I'm #48-NOVAK, and a rookie and not worthy of mention with the NOWAKS, and the other studs mentioned.

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    Pulling a page from "The Big Boys"

    Trans Iowa co-founder and permanent member of the Trans Iowa Advisory Committee ( ), Jeff Kerkove commented on my blog that I should consider a tactic for raising volunteers that the Leadville 100 uses, so I am going to implement this. Here's the deal.........


    If you volunteer for duty on T.I.V5 to man one of our three checkpoints, you will have an automatic, non-transferable entry into T.I.V6. If T.I.V6 doesn't happen for some reason, you will be rewarded by recieving the full monetary value of that entry for your very own.

    Hit me with an e-mail if you are interested. All travel and lodging is the responsibility of the people volunteering. Time of duty can vary depending on your circumstances.
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    Nice!

    Way to go on the sponsor's this year! And as for the frame bag, did I mention, I am very unorganized???...

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    More sponsor news

    I'm happy to announce that Epic Designs has stepped up to offer a very special prize that will be awarded in a very unique way. Look for more details on the Trans Iowa site soon.
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    Wow, those are nice bags. I am going to have to duct tape my food to my frame or something. Maybe bailing wire would be better. Maybe I could strap it down with gummy worms tied end to end? I will think of something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morlahach
    Wow, those are nice bags. I am going to have to duct tape my food to my frame or something. Maybe bailing wire would be better. Maybe I could strap it down with gummy worms tied end to end? I will think of something.
    Ha ha! Well, looking shabby is only part of the puzzle. You have to also stop at said convenience store, and we are not saying where that is. That's the random factor of the prizing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Ha ha! Well, looking shabby is only part of the puzzle. You have to also stop at said convenience store, and we are not saying where that is. That's the random factor of the prizing.
    Man I sure dig the "semi random" prizes, it gives all of us a shot, not just the well trained super-mutant guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy
    Man I sure dig the "semi random" prizes, it gives all of us a shot, not just the well trained super-mutant guys.
    I think the Turkish refer to it as L'Etape du Trans

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    Happy New Years

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    I know this may seem lame. I have no problem with riding all day on gravel, no problem with mechanicals and lack of water and the weather and all. The ONLY thing I don't feel comfortable with is the Dog Issue. I am sure we have all gone through it. I just wonder if there is a way to feel more comfortable with this issue. Does anyone have some ideas out there. Last year I was chased by a white german shepard for a long time until he finally lost his footing on the ice and I was able to get away.

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    Dogs? I deal with them all the time locally. The way I see it there are three situations.

    1. The friendly dog who you can ignore. They bark, they may chase for fun, but they are really just bored and screwing around. I have lived with dogs most of my life, so I can recognize this pretty easily. Most dogs fall into this category and the trick is to just not let them get them tangled up in your spokes!

    2. The unfriendly dog who sees you coming and steps into the road ahead of you. In this case you can't really out run it because you approach him before you can pass and outrun him. In this case I get off my bike as I get close, keep my bike between him and I as I walk to, around, and past him, and tell him "no!" repeatedly. Generally once they realize you are a human, that you are bigger than they are, and that you have a big, strange device (the bike) that could potentially hurt them, they stay back. I think some dogs don't recognize humans on bikes as humans, and if you simply ride to and past them they can sometimes have an instinct triggered that causes them to go for it. You occasionally hear of babies in swings getting attacked by dogs for the same reason.

    3. The unfriendly dog that you never see approach whose first clue that he is there is when you hear the growl and snapping of teeth 2 feet behind you. This is the situation that scares me most, because the dog has already decided that you are prey and is going for you. There is no time to prepare, no time to get out a baseball bat, water bottle, or can of bear spray. There is nothing you can do but trust to adrenaline and sprint your heart out. This has happened to me maybe 10 times in my whole life over hundreds of dog encounters, so it is pretty rare.

    Truth is, I have been chased by dogs who meant business repeatedly, but have never been caught. I think the whole bike/moving legs/spinning wheel thing makes us difficult targets to bite. I personally don't know anyone who has actually been bitten by a dog while riding, but I know tons of people who have been chased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    I know this may seem lame. I have no problem with riding all day on gravel, no problem with mechanicals and lack of water and the weather and all. The ONLY thing I don't feel comfortable with is the Dog Issue. I am sure we have all gone through it. I just wonder if there is a way to feel more comfortable with this issue. Does anyone have some ideas out there. Last year I was chased by a white german shepard for a long time until he finally lost his footing on the ice and I was able to get away.
    I think we've had bike-board conversations with almost all canine guardians on the route, so far, with the exception of the illusive 20 or so miles. We have verbal commitments from more than half to the "keeping a 2-body-length-distance between nose and front wheel rule" and a not longer than 200m beyond property boundary chase.


    Seriously, we've done a couple re-routes for this very issue. There will be dogs on the route. I think we're skirting the most troublesome. If your not sure of intent it's probably best to keep the bike between you and the aggressor. Best to have a plan.

    As a side note, there's an elderly 3 legged doberman at about mile 300. If he makes it through the winter, he'll provide some comic relief for those that make it that far, as he's not the most graceful chaser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bd.sahib
    As a side note, there's an elderly 3 legged doberman at about mile 300. If he makes it through the winter, he'll provide some comic relief for those that make it that far, as he's not the most graceful chaser.
    If I make it to mile 300, I guarantee that I will not be the most graceful rider. Seems like a fair duel to me!
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    Here's what I do...

    ... with scenario 3... the dog that comes up without warning:
    Sprint, but only so fast that the dog can almost catch you. Then, when he is just about at your rear wheel, lock up your rear brake for a split second. The sound of rubber skidding on gravel will freak out the dog, and he will immediately stop chasing. It's worked every time for me.

    A true story:
    When I was in grade school, there was a REALLY mean old dog that lived on the corner, several blocks down from my house. Every time we rode past that house, this dog would come out like he meant serious business. Usually we were able to out-run him. One day he caught me. I was pedaling just as fast as I could, but somehow he was able to catch up. Would you believe that darn dog actually bit my rear tire? The centrifugal force of the wheel threw that dog probably 12 to 15 feet into the air. Curious thing... we never did see that dog again.

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    Thanks for the replies. In a perfect world we could ride all day out in the country without worrying about dogs. I like the skidding idea. Lets see if more ideas pop up.
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    Funny that in four years of running this thing we have never had a serious dog issue. That says something I think.

    Here's my take: First, the bike between you and the dog- this is ideal when things look bad with a mean dog. Personally, when alone, I almost always try to ride with a frame pump. I have it in hand and ready to strike if the dog gets within five feet of me. If it looks like the dog is getting too lose, I raise up the pump to strike. So far, I've only had to do that once and the dog backed off.

    If a dog is slightly outside of its normal confines, say it has chased you up the road a piece, they usually are much easier to get turned around. But, if it is right in front of its home, it'll be tougher to deal with. That's why I like to draw the dog off if possible before dealing with it in other ways. I did this in town once. Had a black lab chase me about a block, then I stopped, got the bike between me and the dog, and attacked with the chainring outward. The dog didn't stick around to find out what would happen. It turned tail and fled.

    There are about as many ways to deal with a dog in any given situation as there are dogs.

    And I have read of a guy that had a chunk taken out of him while hewas riding. Right out of his calf, as the tale went.

    Anyway, you will not usually have an issue if you outnumber the dog. It's when you are out alone that you are in the greatest danger, I think.

    I don't think too much about the dog issue when there are 4 ton projectiles of steel, rubber, and plastic out there that could do you a lot worse harm.
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    Dogs? Bah, no worries. Now charging (and ramming bulls) is pretty nerve wracking. Happened to me at DK last year. Then the re-route sent us through a gorgeous stretch of a hilly ranch where the cows were loose since the whole perimeter was enclosed by a fence. After getting hit by one, I was a little leery of the others.

    Most dogs will stop with a firm no and a finger pointing, as they recognize that as being a person and not just a chase. They are programmed to chase, so running just encourages the behavior. A kick to the snout works for the nippers and occasionally you'll need to dismount and use the chainring to the head technique. 2 attempts at TI and I never had any animal issues. Even DK had no dog issues (just the loose crazed bovine).

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    I think loose dogs are a DANGER to themselves and us! But dogs are the least of my worries in the Trans Iowa

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    got bit twice on training rides for v.4. definitely harder to attack from on the bike when riding fixed so i'm quick to get off and go for the bike between body and dog tactic. ended up selling a bike to the owner of the big black lab that got me and he later introduced us. so now i talk to sasha everytime i ride by and occasionally stop to pet her.

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    Ben,

    Speaking of your bikes, Misty has the pics out of the Fisticuff (offered as a preem this year).

    Looks very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny5
    Dogs? Bah, no worries. Now charging (and ramming bulls) is pretty nerve wracking. Happened to me at DK last year. Then the re-route sent us through a gorgeous stretch of a hilly ranch where the cows were loose since the whole perimeter was enclosed by a fence. After getting hit by one, I was a little leery of the others.
    Those of us that came along after you thank you for your sacrifice. I had some stare downs with cows and bulls during the first 100 miles, but no altercations. Not sure how I would have reported stampede to the local authorities...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bd.sahib
    Ben,

    Speaking of your bikes, Misty has the pics out of the Fisticuff (offered as a preem this year).

    Looks very nice!

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    Gotta agree on that. Nice looking bike. Something about the color "Snickers Brown" that just sounds fun.

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    Attention All On The T.I.V5 Roster !!

    Hey T.I.V5 folks! Please go to the T.I.V5 site and read the entry for 1/7/09. We need your input on some sponsor business. Thanks!
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    Volunteers needed!

    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Hey T.I.V5 folks! Please go to the T.I.V5 site and read the entry for 1/7/09. We need your input on some sponsor business. Thanks!
    First off- I still need that tire info! If ya haven't done it, get it to me! (See the site)

    Secondly, we still are looking for volunteers. If you do volunteer May 2nd-3rd, you are automatically in on T.I.V6 next year. Again, hit me up here if you are interested.

    Finally, if you are dropping out, I have several hungry folks on the Waiting List. Please let me know if you are dropping out ASAP so I can usher these other folks in. Hit the e=mail link in the volunteer statement above to contact me.

    Hope your trainin is going and going well.
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    Character building miles

    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Hope your trainin is going and going well.
    I had about 6 hrs of ride time today in prep. for the other two legs of the unofficial Midwestern gravel trifecta. A couple shots and reminding my fellow single speeders that parts of Iowa ARE FLAT, mind numbingly flat...

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    The road conditions I saw today were much better than last year at this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bd.sahib
    I had about 6 hrs of ride time today in prep. for the other two legs of the unofficial Midwestern gravel trifecta. A couple shots and reminding my fellow single speeders that parts of Iowa ARE FLAT, mind numbingly flat...

    The road conditions I saw today were much better than last year at this time.
    Trans Iowa has inspired quite a few races in the Midwest. There are two others in addition to the two you listed. One is still open for registration for the remainder of January and can be found here:

    http://www.almanzo100.com/

    It is a 100 mile loop starting and ending in Rochester, MN. Registration is free and there is no rider limit, so get a post card in before the end of January and you are guaranteed a slot. This course is a little on the flat side, but does have three climbs that you will definitely remember.

    The other option's registration is filled so it is no longer an option if you are not yet entered. I am signed up for this year and did it last year, and it is a hilly beast. It is a 100 mile loop that begins and ends in Redwing, Minnesota. It winds around the river valleys in the area and has lots and lots of climbing.

    http://ragnarok105.blogspot.com/

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    That's a Casseroll, right? Howdja match the fenders to the paint? What kind of tires are you running? I liked mine so much...I got a second one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy
    That's a Casseroll, right? Howdja match the fenders to the paint? What kind of tires are you running? I liked mine so much...I got a second one
    Those look like Planet Bike Freddy Fenders in Safety Yellow.

    I wouldn't say they match, but your eyes may be seeing it differently than mine do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Those look like Planet Bike Freddy Fenders in Safety Yellow.

    I wouldn't say they match, but your eyes may be seeing it differently than mine do.
    LOL, color coordination has never been my strong suit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Those look like Planet Bike Freddy Fenders in Safety Yellow.

    I wouldn't say they match, but your eyes may be seeing it differently than mine do.
    Planet Bike Hardcore fenders. The color of the front fender matches the back fender and, sort of, the outline of the classico chromolly sticker in general 570-ish nm wavelength sort of way

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    Quote Originally Posted by bd.sahib
    Planet Bike Hardcore fenders. The color of the front fender matches the back fender and, sort of, the outline of the classico chromolly sticker in general 570-ish nm wavelength sort of way

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/bgaYmhD590uJSFe3So0Ztg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/SXTconfyYvI/AAAAAAAAA6k/3kqfoJ6UZPk/s288/IMG_3722.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/MLK_recon?feat=embedwebsite">MLK_recon</a></td></tr></table>
    Hmmm, maybe I'll just stick with plain old boring black

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy
    Hmmm, maybe I'll just stick with plain old boring black

    Thanks
    I'd suggest some of the nice aluminum Velo-Orange branded fenders.

    http://www.velo-orange.com/fenders.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfuller
    I'd suggest some of the nice aluminum Velo-Orange branded fenders.

    http://www.velo-orange.com/fenders.html

    Steve
    Yeah! Those be some sexy mudguards!

    Check out Arsbars Casseroll with them on: http://flickr.com/photos/arsbars/3216981322/

    Says they need a little "shaping" and that they are a royal pain to install, but well worth it in the end.
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    GT. The new ones are coming pre-drilled due to so many requests, so installation should be easier. I have the fluted ones on my LHT, and I think I have about 3 hours in the install total, but I was being particularly picky with things. I did a 100+ miles of gravel with the fenders on this fall and they made no noise. The leather washers do a great job of silencing any bits of noise from vibration.

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    Roster Update

    Just a short note on the T.I.V5 roster. As most of you know, the roster "Waiting List" expired last night. With a few additions and late subtractions, some coming in this morning, here is where we stand.

    70 riders on board so far...........

    I suspect we'll see some attrition over the next couple of months, as we always do. Again, please let me know as soon as possible if you are not showing up by e-mailing me. We sure do want you to show up, but if you won't be, we need to know to save on paper, money, and effort. Thanks!

    No shows are not cool people! Don't be "that guy/gal".

    Okay, Happy Training and we hope to see as many as possible take the start line at Williamsburg on May 2nd.
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    What's this training you speak of?

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    New Sponsor!!

    I have just recieved conformation that Garmin will be sponsoring Trans Iowa V5 with the addition of a Garmin 205 model GPS going to the overall winner and either the first place single speed/fixed rider or, in case the overall winner is a SS/Fixed rider, second place.

    Not only that, but Garmin is going to provide Trans Iowa with a unit to do recon with in the future editions of Trans Iowa. For this reason, we have named Garmin as our first permanent sponsor of Trans Iowa. (Although it could be argued that Surly is that company!) At any rate...........

    This is exciting news for us (the co-directors) since it will solve the issue of mileage and wrong turns on cue sheets in the future.

    Thanks Garmin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Not only that, but Garmin is going to provide Trans Iowa with a unit to do recon with in the future editions of Trans Iowa. For this reason, we have named Garmin as our first permanent sponsor of Trans Iowa.
    So does this mean that TI has officially gone "Hi Tech"? Carbon, Ti, GPS, Power meters....can aero equipment be far behind? Where did I leave my euro team kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy
    So does this mean that TI has officially gone "Hi Tech"? Carbon, Ti, GPS, Power meters....can aero equipment be far behind? Where did I leave my euro team kit?
    Hey smarty pants!

    You guys get on my case every year about mileage being off, turns being wrong, or confusing, and now you are giving me grief for being "Hi Tech"? Sheesh!

    Rough crowd. There's no pleasin' ya'all.
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    Does this mean we can just download the data to our GPS and follow the little arrows?



    Great sponsor! Congrats on the coup.

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    Hey guys, I posted my "now annual" thread about your TI bikes here

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...83#post5397583

    I really like seeing what everybody is running in this event. cross bikes, hardtails, duallies, a road bike, and that old schwinn, there's a heck of a variety!

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    Meet and Greet spot secured!

    Thanks to the efforts of d.p., the Meet and Greet lives! It looks like the Williamsburg Rec Center will play host for this on Friday, May 1st.

    Look for more details on the site.
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    Some recon pics from 3/18/09



    Don't end up like this critter! Pay attention out there folks!



    And do not be lured in by Iowa's fine roadside amenities. You may find yourself getting too comfortable, and get bit by the time limits!



    Don't sweat the small stuff! Cross those bridges when you get to them.



    The County Maintenance crews are putting out the "red carpet" treatment for ya'all this year!



    You'll pass many "Holstein Hotels" along the route.



    And get a taste of what Iowa's black dirt can do for you.



    It'll be a long, hard road, but the reward you get at the end will be priceless!

    See ya soon, ya'all!

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    These work great for TI!

    Old post... but I'll second that... completely independantly too. I'll be using one... been using it since way before transiowa, certaninly didn't just get it because I read it here.

    Highly recommended.

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    question for g-t or anyone that happens to be semi-local to the williamsburg area...thoughts on lodging for friday night? don't expect g-t to give anything away regarding the start but if you have any suggestions as to hotels/motels given their possible proximity to the possible start i might be listening. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShockStar
    question for g-t or anyone that happens to be semi-local to the williamsburg area...thoughts on lodging for friday night? don't expect g-t to give anything away regarding the start but if you have any suggestions as to hotels/motels given their possible proximity to the possible start i might be listening. thanks.
    Anything around exit 220 is about 2 miles, give or take a few pedal strokes from the start. Exit 225 is a bit farther.
    The readers of GT's blog probably have a pretty good idea where the start is located.
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    Course Check

    Did some course checking today. Dry, hard, fast. Even the B roads are fast that I saw.

    If we have a dry spring it could be a fast event.
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    Have a lot of you guys been sick this spring? I have been sick on and off since feb. It is some kind of upper respiratory thing that goes and comes and just messes with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    Have a lot of you guys been sick this spring? I have been sick on and off since feb. It is some kind of upper respiratory thing that goes and comes and just messes with me.
    Ari
    I know some guys that have suffered much the same as you are. In fact, I have contracted a few colds/upper respitory bugs, but I attributed that to having youngin's in school.

    Seems that there are more than a few complaining about stuff they can't shake, so yeah, I think it is not just you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Did some course checking today. Dry, hard, fast. Even the B roads are fast that I saw.

    If we have a dry spring it could be a fast event.
    Did a very flat black ribbon fixie ride out toward Belle Plaine today as I'm only about half way through my post-hernia-physician-prescribed "light duty." Hopped of on gravel a couple times (700x30 tires and 65" gear). I have to agree, the roads down this way seem to be an order of magnitude better than last year at this time, even after the recent snow. Still a lot of time between now and May for things to happen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Did some course checking today. Dry, hard, fast. Even the B roads are fast that I saw.

    If we have a dry spring it could be a fast event.
    I sure appreciate the update BUT....after seeing the start of a 300+ mile course into a headwind with rain and another time seeing winds gusting to 45mph and snow I'm not taking anything for granted this year!

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    Attention! News!!

    04/02/09: Pre-Race Meet Up Details! This is the schedule of events that will take place at the Williamsburg Recreational Center, 939 S Highland St. on Friday, May 1st. Read this carefully!
    • 5:00pm- Doors open for you to arrive
    • 6:00pm- Race Packets handed out and Pre-Race Meeting (Mandatory Attendance!)
    • 7:00pm- Meeting ends. Hang out, talk, ask questions if you'd like.
    • 8:00pm- Doors close as we must be cleaned up an out by this time.
    Note: The Pre-Race Meeting is mandatory to start. If you do not make it, you are not taking the start. NO EXCEPTIONS!!
    Don't call and ask me the night of if you can be late. Don't ask me to hold a bag for you so you can get it later/next day. Don't call and ask if you can have a buddy get your stuff and stand in for you. Your body needs to be there at the specified time or you are DQ'ed! No exceptions.
    You are responsible for YOU! We do not cater to anyone and will not provide support, sag wagons, mechanical assistance, or bend the rules of the event to squeeze you in.
    You are on your own expedition following a predetermined route on public roads. You will assume responsibility for all your actions and decisions. We are not responsible for your actions, accidents, or other mishaps. This starts the moment you take the race packet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    04/02/09: Pre-Race Meet Up Details! This is the schedule of events that will take place at the Williamsburg Recreational Center, 939 S Highland St. on Friday, May 1st. Read this carefully!
    • 5:00pm- Doors open for you to arrive
    • 6:00pm- Race Packets handed out and Pre-Race Meeting (Mandatory Attendance!)
    • 7:00pm- Meeting ends. Hang out, talk, ask questions if you'd like.
    • 8:00pm- Doors close as we must be cleaned up an out by this time.
    [B][SIZE=3]Note: The Pre-Race Meeting is mandatory to start.
    Just to bump some important details and a couple pictures of local conditions *for now* (Early morning fixie ride dialing in my Dirty Kanza Bike.)

    Our wadeable isn't wadeable any more. No dabs on the line just off the bow, 700x30's @120 psi.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7eytzXu_5Wu5q7PWORK5rw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/SddlkgpAzlI/AAAAAAAABoQ/MIgmofUxg3I/s800/IMG_3580.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/EarlyMorningFixieRecon?feat=embedwebsite">Early morning fixie recon</a></td></tr></table>

    Spring migration in full force.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ncZv3ODnjhRv4RW51pMRbw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/SddlmOcs0JI/AAAAAAAABoY/gjFDeXEgx74/s800/IMG_3584.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/EarlyMorningFixieRecon?feat=embedwebsite">Early morning fixie recon</a></td></tr></table>

    Riverine wetlands are very loud with migrating waterfowl and nesters.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/h5pJZFBjnm8Bs8whARU7MQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/SddliNV680I/AAAAAAAABoM/J5aVS4Xsvb8/s800/IMG_3586.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/EarlyMorningFixieRecon?feat=embedwebsite">Early morning fixie recon</a></td></tr></table>

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    Current Conditions

    Took the day off and got some very nice saddle time on the gravel fixie.

    Not everyones' col' ing but we think we've got a pretty challenging route for a single-stage event.

    No mountians but a few rolling hills.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/LVb6b_hAMWjb9O_xIbT2Tg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/Sd_DpmZGuiI/AAAAAAAABpU/SSztz9lna9o/s800/IMG_3590.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/GoodFridayRouteCheck?feat=embedwebsite">Good Friday Route Check</a></td></tr></table>

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kF9THfhUcY4CCJrEpfwIKw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/Sd_DqzsbZLI/AAAAAAAABpY/M8v1M2Hha5I/s800/IMG_3592.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/GoodFridayRouteCheck?feat=embedwebsite">Good Friday Route Check</a></td></tr></table>

    Ridges instead of aretes

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    Valleys gently carved by water instead of ice (that road towards the upper rt. 1/3 is on the route)

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    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/OO6hNg12BEsrIKPCpvPuTw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/Sd_DvIEiShI/AAAAAAAABpk/Mf7K_ZLeFh8/s800/IMG_3604.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/GoodFridayRouteCheck?feat=embedwebsite">Good Friday Route Check</a></td></tr></table>
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    More route checking from 4/11

    One re-route due to a bridge that didn't make it through the melting/flooding event this spring. Other than that, smooth sailing today once I removed my caliper brakes for mud clearance.

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    Requisite Bovine
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/k47rAIBSutgnOuOjaPlqiQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/SeEQpQZrlYI/AAAAAAAABqM/3eS2F1HAvz4/s800/IMG_3610.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/411RouteCheck?feat=embedwebsite">4/11 route check</a></td></tr></table>

    Range of B-roads conditions (from smoother than pavement to not so smooth).
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2IKXKfkG9xEjJBjJ7NyHuQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/SeEQl3W7FKI/AAAAAAAABqE/E-AhQ-awaE8/s800/IMG_3605.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/411RouteCheck?feat=embedwebsite">4/11 route check</a></td></tr></table>
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Ju_oIErYKzYLReQynVRsew?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/SeEQr_Rp7JI/AAAAAAAABqQ/beCuklkyXJk/s800/IMG_3612.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/411RouteCheck?feat=embedwebsite">4/11 route check</a></td></tr></table>

    GT and I have been looking to include this section on a ride for a while, finally we were able to "connect the dots." We've ridden and walked it. Guessing I would want a bit more than a commuter light for this (these) section(s) if I were to hit it in the dark. I was able to clear everything on the Ultimate Gravel Fixie once I removed the danged brake calipers.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/jIjrWuKeH5zU92qmJ2FZgA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_baN8BhM8iSE/SeEQwAyMRwI/AAAAAAAABqY/ujE5PZ2ZQC0/s800/IMG_3618.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/VatukoulaGold/411RouteCheck?feat=embedwebsite">4/11 route check</a></td></tr></table>
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    Is that a steamroller or a mudroller you are riding? I like the quiet that is going on. It is now crunch time and everyone is scrambling to get things done. I really hope the weather holds out so we can have a dry event. I hope everyone is doing well and feeling healthy.
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    ...the calm before the storm.

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    The extended forecast is calling for days of rain interspersed with two to three days of sunshine. Typical pattern for late April.

    The timing of the last rain, and how much precip gets dumped in that last rain, will be the key to T.I.V5 conditions. If it comes and leaves with a two to three day window of dry weather before the event, we could be in for T.I.V3-lke conitions. If it leaves with less drying out time than that, we could be in for something very different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    The extended forecast is calling for days of rain interspersed with two to three days of sunshine. Typical pattern for late April.

    The timing of the last rain, and how much precip gets dumped in that last rain, will be the key to T.I.V5 conditions. If it comes and leaves with a two to three day window of dry weather before the event, we could be in for T.I.V3-lke conitions. If it leaves with less drying out time than that, we could be in for something very different.
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    question for g-t, d.p., or anyone else familiar with the area...i'm seriously considering just sleeping in the van the night before. any ideas of someplace appropriate/safe/nearby to park and crash? think the rec center might just let me park in their lot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShockStar
    question for g-t, d.p., or anyone else familiar with the area...i'm seriously considering just sleeping in the van the night before. any ideas of someplace appropriate/safe/nearby to park and crash? think the rec center might just let me park in their lot?
    *Late edit * the Williamsburg after prom party is at the Rec. Center Sat. May 2nd. Please don't plan on leaving a vehicle in the lot

    I called and checked the outlet mall (150 Tanger Drive, Williamsburg - (800) 406-2887) and they'll allow "overnight parking" in their overflow lot. They'll need a heads up and contact info. as they have private security. About 2 miles from the start, across from the hotel, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    The timing of the last rain, and how much precip gets dumped in that last rain, will be the key to T.I.V5 conditions. If it comes and leaves with a two to three day window of dry weather before the event, we could be in for T.I.V3-lke conitions. If it leaves with less drying out time than that, we could be in for something very different.
    This is why I've entered a very zen state about my current preparations. I'll plan the best I can, but any attempt to outwit mother nature will result in me getting the weather backhand across the jaw.

    It's just a bike ride. It's just a bike ride. It's just a bike ride. It's just a bike ride...

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    thanks d.p.

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    some route beta

    not fpr the ride but to get to williamburg....

    Its looking like the closest greyhound stop is Iowa City.... is it kosher to ride i-80 west to the p-avenue?

    or other route ideas?

    i'll prob be showing up in iowa city wends night late prob find a cheap place to stay then sleep in and ride the 30ish miles to williamsburg on thurs

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot
    not fpr the ride but to get to williamburg....

    Its looking like the closest greyhound stop is Iowa City.... is it kosher to ride i-80 west to the p-avenue?

    or other route ideas?

    i'll prob be showing up in iowa city wends night late prob find a cheap place to stay then sleep in and ride the 30ish miles to williamsburg on thurs

    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Dave: Do not ride I-80!!

    Take County F-46 straight west and that runs you right into Williamsburg.

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    Stats.........

    Total mileage= 314

    Checkpoint #1 @ Mile 40
    Checkpoint #2 @ 151
    Checkpoint #3 @ 217

    Time cut offs will be posted later today.

    Stay tuned...................
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    Total mileage= 314

    Checkpoint #1 @ Mile 40
    Checkpoint #2 @ 151
    Checkpoint #3 @ 217
    For some reason, this is putting the first 40 miles in a completely different light...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfuller
    For some reason, this is putting the first 40 miles in a completely different light...
    Our hope is that it puts the entire event in a "different light", as you put it. The ramifications of this checkpoint scheme have been considered well by us.
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    With a nod to

    Quote Originally Posted by sfuller
    For some reason, this is putting the first 40 miles in a completely different light...
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    In a loop the wind largely cancels itself out. Assuming the wind is constant, you get about as much headwind as you get tailwind. On the way out you might fight the wind, but on the way back the wind will help. Or vice versa. In a point to point the wind doesn't cancel out. It is either going to help the entire way or hurt the entire way.

    Checkpoints cause the loop of TI to become a series of point to point routes. For the entire 40 mile first leg the wind will either help or hurt. Someone who could easily finish 40 miles under the time cutoff with a 15 mph tailwind might not have a prayer with a 15 mph headwind.

    Let's hope for an early tailwind!

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    Wet

    In watching the forecast it seems that wind may be the least of our problems. Get ready for a replay of TI V2 and bring your canoe.

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    Dear Fellas: I was just wondering if water will be available at the Checkpoint #2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieFarrow
    Dear Fellas: I was just wondering if water will be available at the Checkpoint #2?
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    We won't be supplying any water at any of the checkpoints but there will be water available within spitting distance of checkpoint 2, as it stands right now.
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    Size of Cue Sheets

    Can we get any more detailed info on the size... and quantity... of cue sheets. What size ziplock baggies should we use... and since they are rectangles and not squares, in which orientation? I hope not to spend a bunch of time fabricating a flip-over cue sheet holder system, only to find out I used the wrong size baggies, or my cue sheets are 90 degrees off.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-Hog
    Can we get any more detailed info on the size... and quantity... of cue sheets. What size ziplock baggies should we use... and since they are rectangles and not squares, in which orientation? I hope not to spend a bunch of time fabricating a flip-over cue sheet holder system, only to find out I used the wrong size baggies, or my cue sheets are 90 degrees off.

    Thanks.
    Hey Jim,

    Just sent you a pm anyway,

    Quartered 8.5x11 letter paper

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    And right now it looks like somewhere between 2 and 6 (-ish) sheets between each checkpoint, in preliminary sort of way. Could change depending on font size, but probably not by too much. Just sent the formatted drafts to GT for his perusal.
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    I assume a guy will need to duck his head as he goes through that wind farm?

    Thanks for the info. That will be very helpful.

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    BD, Do them how you want, but oriented in the vertical position with the baggie open-able from the side is more manageable while on the bike...

    I'm just happy to have cue sheets, it gives me something to do while on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMKM
    BD, Do them how you want, but oriented in the vertical position with the baggie open-able from the side is more manageable while on the bike...

    I'm just happy to have cue sheets, it gives me something to do while on the bike.
    I thought you used a map case?

    Good point though. Anyway, I just checked and they're legible in both orientations in the quart-sized variety zip-closure bag.
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    BD,

    I did at one point, but the Velcro closures are a complete PITA to manage. I'll be doing something much more manageable, and lighter, this year.

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    To reiterate......

    Several comments and e-mails have come to my attention that lead me to post the following- just to be perfectly clear! (From my latest post on the T.I.V5 site)

    The event takes place rain or shine, as most of you know. Again: No support, no aid stations, no drop bags- you are on your own, responsible for procuring your own necessities along the way. The course passes by convenience stores, or through towns with services on average about every 40 miles. Remember- if you leave the course to get something you must re-enter the course at that point where you left it.


    Course: You will not know anything about the course other than total mileage, mileage to checkpoints, and cutoff times prior to Friday evening. You will then have access to your first set of cue sheets. At the first checkpoint, you will recieve another set of cue sheets that will lead you to Checkpoint #2. If you get there and decide to go on, you will recieve a third set of cue sheets that will lead you to Checkpoint #3. If you make it there, and you decide to continue, you will recieve a fourth and final set of cues that will lead you to the finish back in Williamsburg.

    At any time, should you decide to pull out of the event for any reason, you will call the DNF line and report, or check in with a volunteer at the checkpoint to inform us. You will need to either (A) ride yourself back to your car/hotel/help, or (B) call for a ride. NOTE: WE DO NOT PROVIDE SAG OR SUPPORT OF ANY KIND!! When we say you are undertaking this of your own volition and are responsible for yourself, we mean it. Don't come to Trans Iowa if you don't understand this, or if you disagree.

    Finally, it is incumbent upon you to make rational, wise decisions for your water, food, and protection against the elements. If you passed a convenience store and later don't have water or food to continue, shame on you. If you get caught out in the rain and mud under dressed and unprepared, again- shame on you. We made the route to pass by opportunities to re-supply, but we can not make you decide to take those opportunities. We warn you and advise you as to what to carry with you on this ride. Again, you are on your own here.

    Sorry for this, but certain comments have led me to believe that there are some of you that don't get it. Please consider this carefully!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    NOTE: WE DO NOT PROVIDE SAG OR SUPPORT OF ANY KIND!!
    What?! You mean you don't have room for 100 riders and their bikes in the dirty blue box?


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    Say the unexpected happens and you need to drop. What IS everyone's plans? I have something that is not impressive. I was thinking a young entrepreneur could make some money being an expensive Taxi for the event. Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Logantri
    Say the unexpected happens and you need to drop. What IS everyone's plans? I have something that is not impressive. I was thinking a young entrepreneur could make some money being an expensive Taxi for the event. Thoughts?
    i'm finishing this year no plan.....

    other wise find motel, buy six pack and passout....
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    How about the other 10 people currently watching this thread?
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    wife and kid playing at the indoor waterpark some 20 miles from the finish. if they don't answer the phone, i walk. or ride. but if i can ride i don't suppose i'd be calling for a lift. so i walk. and i'm with dave...bring beer money. then you have something to do while you try to figure out what to do.

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    What most people do is have someone that can pick them up whether that is during the day sometime or on Sunday morning. I personally frozen during V.3 from 2 in the morning until 6 am when I got picked up. That was much harder than riding! I shouldn't have quit!
    If you can make it until 10 at night you will make it through the night! For TI, people usually quit anywhere from noon to 8-9 o'clock at night, but if people ride into the night they almost always finish. BUT, if you don't man towns have small motels you can check into if you have to.

    Also, most people that quick tend to find rides with other riders. It is suprising, at times there are "support" crews out driving the course. A ride is almost always available. The key word is ALMOST! GT will warn us all again and he should. I am the one that frozen one beautiful night in late April two years ago!

    Good luck. Looking at your past results you should be rock'n at TI!

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    I am coming up from Florida to bring the body home of a first-time entree. Not looking forward to being waken in the middle of the night from someone that does not know where he is and I don't know how to get to him who know how far away.

    GT, how does this work? We all know we cannot help in any way but I would like to be out there and see him and others go by check points. I can also shuttle other bodies if they need it. Are maps available to non-helping support?

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    Quote Originally Posted by us944
    I am coming up from Florida to bring the body home of a first-time entree. Not looking forward to being waken in the middle of the night from someone that does not know where he is and I don't know how to get to him who know how far away.

    GT, how does this work? We all know we cannot help in any way but I would like to be out there and see him and others go by check points. I can also shuttle other bodies if they need it. Are maps available to non-helping support?
    That sounds sort of macabre.

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    For the record BD, I am a fan of words that have fewer than 3 syllables (yes I see the irony). Call me ignorant, but I had to Wiki macabre. Yeah, now I get it.
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    BD, you are right. I guess I should have asked, how do I get the beer to those that need it before others?

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    Iowa Maps

    If you go to nearly any Walmart in Iowa ask for the Iowa Sportsman's Atlas. You will find it in the hunting section. It looks like this.

    GT and DP will likely state the checkpoint towns (that is if they are in town!) and if they don't you will be able to see from the first set of cue sheets lead to. When you get to the check point ask to see the next set of cue sheets (now, I do not know the ruling on this so ask GT or DP!). You will then be able to see where the next check point will be. Then do it again. That is if you want to follow along a bit, but please don't drive the course if possible unless you are way out in front of the leaders. The map I have linked to will definitely help you find your way around the state! You will also want to get a state map from any gas station or welcome center on I 80. You will at least be able to find the towns! If you have a GPS that will make things even easier!

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    Quote Originally Posted by us944
    BD, you are right. I guess I should have asked, how do I get the beer to those that need it before others?
    For once I actually wish I was in Iowa because this is starting to sound like one heck of a potential profit center.
    "OK boys, the bidding for this fine 6-pack of microbrew will start at $20, then we'll move on to the heated blankets. The final item for sale will be a ride outta here. Remember, nothing is gonna get any warmer but those blankets, and there's only room in the rig for 4 riders and 3 bikes- the 4th place will be discounted..."
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    Quote Originally Posted by us944
    I am coming up from Florida to bring the body home of a first-time entree. Not looking forward to being waken in the middle of the night from someone that does not know where he is and I don't know how to get to him who know how far away.

    GT, how does this work? We all know we cannot help in any way but I would like to be out there and see him and others go by check points. I can also shuttle other bodies if they need it. Are maps available to non-helping support?
    It's rather easy, actually. Generally speaking, most people pull the plug at gas stations, towns, highway intersections, and landmarks. You just do not see anyone stopping in the middle of nowhere to pull the plug.

    Even if they did, we could guide anyone right to where the rider was by our maps. You don't need a map, you need my cell phone number, which I will give out at the pre-race.

    I really do not want or need spectators on course. If you are afilliated with a rider, and you are on course, (other than retrieving a rider that has DNF'ed) your rider will be DNF'ed.

    This is in view of traffic, which I want at a minimum level, and in view of the support one gets by seeing their loved ones, friends, etcetera.

    Does it happen? Sure it does. If I find out during the event, your rider gets the DQ. You decide if that is worth it.

    Now, we are going to offer a chance for support folks to watch the event through the first checkpoint, which will be the most interesting one anyway. We will have a coffee shop that kicks a$$ open for your enjoyment. But..........you'll have to come to the pre-race to find out about it. (Note: There will be a few route maps for the directionally challenged to get to the spot in question.)

    Every year.....every year....we go through this whole spectator/rider DNF/lost in the boon docks thing. Listen- this is Iowa. You almost would have to try to die of exposure here. Farm houses dot the landscape. If you can't find an open door in time of need, I would be seriously surprised.
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    Trans Iowa Radio

    Oh, and just to tag on to the last post, Trans Iowa Radio, the audioblog I put up live during the event, is a great source of information as to where your riders are at any given time. I don't usually give specifics, (I don't list out every indivial rider in the event),but I often call out DNF's and the leaders position on course.

    If you have access to cable, it is a great way to find out what is going on, and I will be trying to do more consistent reporting this year to fill your need to know what is going down.
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    Paul, GT, thanks, this helps a lot. We will be there for the pre-race meeting to pick up any information available. And, don't worry, we will not be spectators on the course. Have you seen the course, there is no way our rental car would make it! :~) Too much training, bike, clothes (warm here in FL) air fare etc to get DQ'd for something foolish.

    I have been in putting on events so I know what it takes. If I can help in any way, just let me know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShockStar
    wife and kid playing at the indoor waterpark some 20 miles from the finish. if they don't answer the phone, i walk. or ride. but if i can ride i don't suppose i'd be calling for a lift. so i walk. and i'm with dave...bring beer money. then you have something to do while you try to figure out what to do.
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    Water Park is less than 5 miles from the finish

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    Quote Originally Posted by us944
    Paul, GT, thanks, this helps a lot. We will be there for the pre-race meeting to pick up any information available. And, don't worry, we will not be spectators on the course. Have you seen the course, there is no way our rental car would make it! :~) Too much training, bike, clothes (warm here in FL) air fare etc to get DQ'd for something foolish.

    I have been in putting on events so I know what it takes. If I can help in any way, just let me know...

    Yes, Checkpoint 1!!

    Also - Amana Maifest coincides w/ T.I. only 10 miles away. Don't know much about it...

    I can recommend this for support crews so inclined. May also fall under the DNF 6 pack category if your that lost.

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    So when you say "your rider gets the DQ" are you talking about a large Dairy Queen Blizzard with Reeses and Snickers? I could really go for one of those about the middle of the race if the weather is right!

    GT, I know you are busting arse to get this all together and make it run smoothly. It will run smoothly...I just have to add in some dumb humor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMKM
    So when you say "your rider gets the DQ" are you talking about a large Dairy Queen Blizzard with Reeses and Snickers? I could really go for one of those about the middle of the race if the weather is right!

    GT, I know you are busting arse to get this all together and make it run smoothly. It will run smoothly...I just have to add in some dumb humor.
    Thanks! I'll join you on that Blizzard. Yumm!

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    Volunteers are next on my to-do list.

    Back at it now................
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    Time Cut Offs

    Time cut offs and mileages are posted on the Trans Iowa site.

    Make sure you check back to the site often for all the latest news.

    Looks like it could very well be a damp, windy, chilly weekend. But what would you expect?
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    I am wondering what your plans are for nutrition during Trans Iowa? I plan on having a Carbboom Gel, Sports Beans, or Clif Blocks about every hour to hour and a half. I will be carrying endurolytes as well. For hydration I will be using two 24 ounce bottles (one with water and one with GuO2 mix) and 25-50 ounces in my Camelbak. I also plan on downing a Boost meal replacement drink every 50 miles. Gas stations for "real" food. What are your plans?

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    10 gels, 1 lb dry roasted almonds, some jerky, some nuun tablets, dried mango, and maybe cook up some road kill along the way....
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulclimb510
    I am wondering what your plans are for nutrition during Trans Iowa? ...... What are your plans?
    Lots of Red Bull and beef jerkey.
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    I've learned that I need real food. I'll carry some bananas, salted nut rolls, and maybe some PBJ's. 2 big bottles of Gatorade and a 70oz camelbak with Gatorade as well. I'll carry enough food, but I'm not going to carry 10 hours worth. I plan on utilizing the gas stations on the course. The extra few minutes won't matter to me (unless I am in danger of missing the time cut). The goal is to eat something every hour.

    GT, are we going to run into any gas station closure issues?

    EDIT: I just had one of those Quaker Oatmeal to Go bars. 220 cals, 43g carbs, 4g protein. Tasty, easy to carry in a jersey pocket. I am going to pack a few of these as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-No
    GT, are we going to run into any gas station closure issues?
    I don't know...................how fast are you going to ride?

    Shouldn't be a problem this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulclimb510
    I am wondering what your plans are for nutrition during Trans Iowa? I plan on having a Carbboom Gel, Sports Beans, or Clif Blocks about every hour to hour and a half. I will be carrying endurolytes as well. For hydration I will be using two 24 ounce bottles (one with water and one with GuO2 mix) and 25-50 ounces in my Camelbak. I also plan on downing a Boost meal replacement drink every 50 miles. Gas stations for "real" food. What are your plans?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    I don't know...................how fast are you going to ride?

    Shouldn't be a problem this year.
    I can think of one place where they may have to go slightly off route (less than 2 blocks) between about 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., but it's lit up like a christmas tree.

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    I've been doing a little rock work this afternoon. Waiting for the first coat to dry

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    Here are a few pic's of a cue sheet holder that I have been working on the past few days. I thought some of you might enjoy them. This will be my first attempt at T.I. Can't wait. See you all this weekend.

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    I just want to put the word out to you guys that may be coming from out of state. Right now the gravel roads in central Iowa (near Ames) is in GREAT shape! They were actually fairly dry this morning after several inches of rain yesterday. Also, they were packed down and pretty hard. Even if we get another inch or so before race day we will be just fine. For the people that have seen pictures of the B roads. Realize that some B roads are even better than the normal roads even after these rains. But, some B roads are literally like going through a field of the best Iowa soil. Your tires and forks will be completely covered in mud within 5 feet. Let's hope Dave Pals and GT won't kill us off with too many of the 1 mile walk types of B roads! :^) Good luck and see ya Friday! This will be the best TI yet!

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    I can't wait to meet up with you guys. I have been debating with tires and no matter what happens I am going with my trusty Ritchey Speedmax in 700x32. They are light enough, will roll on hard gravel and have some mud capabilities.

    Anybody using fenders?

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    ari,

    I'm going speedmax as well. I'm debating between 35's and 40's. I've got to check out the clearance issues as I think it may be an issue.

    I'm going fenders--again have to check out the clearance issues.

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    Announcing Jersey Prizing Idea

    Here's an idea. What do you guys think..........

    We have four wool jerseys promised from sponsors. Three Salsa jerseys and one Surly. We are suggesting we designate the Salsa Jerseys as "The Best B Road Performance Jersey" and the Surly jersey be the "Ride of Black Death Jersey".

    Here's how it would work.

    After Trans Iowa we will all be looking for race reports. Since many of you do this, we figured that we would extend the Trans Iowa fun after the event. Write down your B road experiences and either post it up here or send it to me . bd sahib and I will read all the entries and hand out three jerseys to the best B Road stories we get in from T.I.V5 riders. (Past T.I. vets are not eligible, sorry!)

    Same with the Surly jersey, only for this we would be looking for the best "hard case", endurance of pain and suffering story we can find. Send it to me or post it here.

    The winners as judged by bd sahib and I would recieve info as to how to redeem their free jerseys. We'd set a deadline for entries later.

    Sound like a good idea?
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    Ooh another chance at sponsor pimpage

    Quote Originally Posted by Arisitidis
    I can't wait to meet up with you guys. I have been debating with tires and no matter what happens I am going with my trusty Ritchey Speedmax in 700x32. They are light enough, will roll on hard gravel and have some mud capabilities.

    Anybody using fenders?

    ari
    You'll find the complementary (pun intended) Ritchey tube in rider bags at the meet and greet. Thanks to Ryan Baker at World of Bikes for anteing up the bags.

    I really like the Ritchey Speedmax for around here. Light and comfortable. My experience is they self-clean mud pretty well after you return to a hard surface. Right now it looks like we'll see both ends of the spectrum for road conditions. Probably some very tacky mud and some very fast and smooth gravel in parts.

    Just a note on the B roads.

    I'm guessing some of the B's will suck, as in shoe-sucking-muck-suck. We have ridden and/or walked (out of necessity) all the B roads. Time cuttoffs were decided with that knowledge based on walking at 2 1/2 mph. Our experience (2 guys in their late 40's) is that these are more of a mental drain than a time drain as you encounter them out on the course.

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    What a tough break for some of the T.I. competitors...CDC Edict on Swine Flu Epidemic: Apparently the CDC has banned the use of carbon cycling frames and carbon components in the great state of Iowa for the month of May because of a conclusive W.H.O. study that indicates a strong direct correlation between the spread of the newly mutated Swine Flu virus and carbon cycling paraphernalia. Also, due to itz location to large swine lots, all cyclists from the Rochester, Minnesota area are strongly encouraged to stay within the borders of Minnesota until after May 2nd. I for one dedicate this ride to all those effected by this sudden, but humanitarian safeguard. Tri, Novak, and the others will all be missed, I ride in their honor...
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