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Trans Iowa V12: Here's a reminder of what Trans Iowa is.........We are informing you all that are in the event that if you don't agree that you are on your own, that you are responsible for yourself, and that this is being undertaken of your own volition, then don't take the start.
Read that and consider it carefully. 

1/31/16: I know it is cold and snowy here yet, but there are only 2 3/4's months left till T.I.v12!! Also- We've seen the sticker art, and it is awesome. Every rider that shows up to the Pre-Race Meat-Up will get one of these limited edition 8" X 4" vinyl stickers courtesy of an anonymous donor. 
1/20/16: NOTICE: If you cannot see yourself making the start line of T.I.v12 for any reason, please advise Trans Iowa and we will remove your name from the roster, which would save us a LOT of unnecessary work. Thanks!

1/3/16:  Trans Iowa has been sponsored by The Studio at 46 West Photography by Wally Kilburg now for a few years, but I wanted to make a point of highlighting that fact. Check him out for any important imagery needs you may have. Trans Iowa is super stoked to have WTB on board as a sponsor again. We will have more details later, but expect the same level of commitment as last year with a similar product. #exclusive  Also- We may have a special surprise to share for the event. Stay tuned, but this would involve a keepsake that accumulates by attaining to each checkpoint.

1/1/16: Happy New Year! I guess I have to re-post this again, since I've gotten another e-mail about this, so here goes... I've been getting e-mails about a "list" that supposedly exists that "people can get on to find out about next year's race". such list has ever existed, nor will it. You must pay attention to this site for any information about any possibility of a future Trans Iowa. THERE ARE NO OPEN SPOTS FOR TRANS IOWA v12!! Please pass this info along to friends, etc. Thanks! 
 10/4/15:  Time cut offs are determined as the following: To Checkpoint #1- 8:30am. To Checkpoint #2- 7:30pm. To The Finishline- 2:00pm Sunday. Recon Report HERE.   
9/18/15:  I just wanted to give the Grinnell Steakhouse a quick shout out for agreeing to be the host site for T.I.v12's Pre-Race Meat-Up. We've had six years of meetings there ever since Trans Iowa v6, and the Grinnell Steakhouse has always been stellar partners with Trans Iowa. Their hospitality, their easy going nature, and great food have been so appreciated by myself and others over the years. It's become "Checkpoint Zero", the defacto "Trans Iowa Family Reunion", and just a great place to have the pre-event meeting over the years. Little known factoid: Our first "Meat-Up" was held during the Steakhouse's first year of business there in Grinnell, so we've grown together over the past six years.
Sponsors: Want to sponsor Trans Iowa? Shoot me an e-mail! The link is down at the lower right of this page or use Thanks!

Thanks to Kerkove Design Media for the work on this site!

Racers have been known to mentally break down and cry along side of the road.

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Kershaw's images are HERE 

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

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

A photo set by T.I.V9 photog, Jason Boucher, can be found here. And here.

An interview with Cristina Mihaescu, first ever women finisher on a single speed, from "Over The Top Radio"

Issue #17 of XXC MAG (Story on T.I.V8)
Bicycle Times this time from Jeremy Kershaw. This is a version of his story posted originally on his blog.

Online story about T.I.V8 winner, Eric Brunt from "Livewell Nebraska"

 Official T.I.V8 photographer Steve Fuller put up his shots on This Flicker Page. Go there for some great shots of this years event.

Jeff Frings released "300 Miles of Gravel" a movie made about Trans Iowa V7, in May of 2012. This film was shown on television in the Chicago area and has won a Chicago Regional Area Emmy for Outstanding Sports Programming- One Time Special. (Purchase a copy by clicking here)

"Iowa Momentum Magazine" ran a story on Trans Iowa in its March 2012 issue.

"Bicycle Retailer and Industry News" runs a story on gravel grinding featuring Trans Iowa on its cover for its last issue of 2011.

"Dirt Rag" ran an article on T.I.V7 in its issue #157 released 7/11

Bicycle Times published an article on T.I. in issue #10, 2011

Zach Dundas' book "The Renegade Sportsman" contains a chapter about T.I.V3


Dave Mable's T.I.V8 video
T.I.V5 Clip by George Vargas. 
Clip By Matt Gersib From T.I.V6
Ben Shockey's T.I.V7 Video Scrapbook
Part I
An article about running, but related in spirit to Trans Iowa. Recommended for those wondering about this event. 


Event Dates:  April 23rd-24th 2016

Entry Fee: FREE!

Field Limit: 120:

Start/Finish Town: Grinnell, Iowa- Note: The Finish line will be at the North Parking lot of Arbor Lake park at the west end of Washington St.

Registration:  CLOSED 

 NOTE: There is NO WAITING LIST and No Transfers. There is NO WAY to get on this roster if you missed registering, or did not have a card drawn in the lottery. 

 Lodging:  Special Lodging Rates are available from the Country Inn & Suites and at the Comfort Inn & Suites, with about 50 rooms between the two motels at a rate of $79.00/night. Please mention "Trans Iowa" when reserving a room. I do know also that the Comfort Inn is going to do an early breakfast, as they have in years past, for the racers. Rooms must be reserved by March 31st, 2016 or before they run out of rooms in their blocks to secure the lower rate. Please thank the motels for being so gracious to Trans Iowa participants!!

*Pre-Race Meat Up:April 22nd. Details TBA  We will be at the Grinnell Steakhouse for the Meat-Up again. This will be similar to last year. Stay tuned for finer details......

Course Info and Time Cut Off InfoFirst checkpoint should be about 53 miles again from the start.  The latest estimate for total length is 332.3 miles. 
  • Time Cut Off for Checkpoint #1- 8:30am Saturday
  • Time Cut Off for Checkpoint #2- 7:30pm Saturday
  • Time Cut Off for the Finish- 2:00pm Sunday
  • Mileages: Overall: 332.3 miles. Distance to Checkpoint #1: 53 miles. Distance to Checkpoint #2: 165 miles

Notes: You Are Responsible For Yourself!

*NOTE: The Pre-Race Meat-Up is mandatory for event participants to attend or you will not be riding in T.I.V12!


1: The Golden Rule. The sponsors, organizers, and anyone having anything to do with this race are NOT responsible for your safety. Think of this race as a 300+ mile hard training ride with prizes. We can't say this enough.....YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU!

2: The Trans-Iowa Mountain Bike Race is a non-stop, self-supported, solo competition along the gravel roads of rural Iowa. Competitors must carry with them ALL necessary equipment.

3: Each rider is considered to be on a private excursion and remains solely responsible for any accidents in which he or she may be involved. No responsibility can be accepted for riders becoming lost or stranded.

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

5: Competitors will stock up on food and other items at stores and businesses along the route. Viva la gas station burritos and Oatmeal Cream Pies!

6: Competitors may not advance on the route by any means other than bicycling or in the case of a mechanical, by foot. There will be no hitching of rides via Iowa farm animals. Moooooooo.

7: Competitors may, in the case of emergency, mechanical or other unforeseeable problems, be assisted by motorized transport. By accepting motorized transport you will automatically relinquish your standing in the race.

8: The primary race route must be followed at all times. No short cuts or alternate routes are permitted. If you do this, you are a retard and will be forced to help local farmers scoop poop!

9: Bike choice is up to you! We are allowing mnt bikes, cyclocross bikes, 29"ers, and road bikes if you really want to be stupid. Just be aware that some research is going to have to go into your final bike choice. The gravel roads of Iowa can get pretty harsh in northern part of the state. I suggest atleast a 1.95, but then again, it's up to you how much you want to hurt. We'll leave it at that.

10: All singlespeed/fixie category racers must start and finish on the same gear. So, that means don't stick 10 assorted freewheels/track cogs in your bag. You CAN run a flip-flop hub, but both gears (freewheel & cog) must have the same number of teeth.

11: You are completely on your own. Use your head. Look and yield for traffic. There will be no course marshalls to hold up traffic. Don't be a dumbass!

12: Riders must wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet, must obey city, county and state laws and Rules of the Road, and conduct themselves in a manner that will not bring discredit to the event.

13: All racers must use and carry with them a flashing red taillight and front light, and a back-up light source, i.e. headlamp. A cell phone is also a good/great idea.

14: Racers will be supplied a course map, a.k.a Cue Sheet.

15: This event will happen regardless of rain, sleet, snow, drought, wind, rabbit infestation, etc. You get the idea.

16: Weather Related Stoppage and Time Cut Off Rule: In case of severe weather during the event, we will do the folowing things so you can act accordingly. Remember: YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF!! If the sky is falling, or you see Dorothy's house go spinning by your head, you should take appropriate actions to protect yourself. We will not be responsible for ill advised heroics in inclement weather. Be smart, or be pig fodder! This is only given out so that you as an event participant will know what our actions will be in regards to keeping tabs on your progress and what will be done with prizing.

Weather related cancellation of the event will be enforced at the checkpoints. All participants will be directed as to where and when any prizing will be distributed at checkpoints by our volunteers. If you pull out before a checkpoint, you will need to contact the Event Director to find out if the event is being terminated. Results will not be tabulated if we have to stop the event. If cut off times to a checkpoint are not met by any event participant then the event will be terminated and all will be considered as DNF's.

Prizing will be distributed by raffle to the remaining participants in the event at the time of stoppage or when it becomes clear that the cut off times will not be met. Must be present to win. Decisions of the event's directors is final.

17: No GPS Systems allowed for navigation. GPS's are allowed for personal data and recording your ride.

18: Have atleast a pit crew of 1 to help you if you have problems. The people and sponsors associated with this race will not come get you or be responsible for you! You get ran over by a tractor, that is your problem. You get attacked by a rabid raccoon, that also is your problem. You get recruited to scoop pig poop, yep you guessed it, that is your problem.

19: A cell phone is highly recommended. Make sure you know how to use it.

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

21: If you exit the course for food, supplies, or any other reason, You must re-enter in the same spot in which you left. Got it!

22: Drafting is allowed. But please do not show up with 8 of your buds and turn this into a road race.

23: Due to ever evolving "technology" it has to be said now that no electric assist, nor anything other than a 100% human powered, two wheeled vehicle is allowed to be used at Trans Iowa.

The intent of these rules is to establish an equal and fair opportunity for all racers.



Yeah, we have some prizes, but they are neither bling-bling or going to help you find a mate. If you are looking to get rich by winning this event, I am sorry, but you better look elsewhere. Some prizing will be given to the top finishers in these 3 fields...
Open Men

Open Women
Open Singlespeed / Fixed Gear
Plus, there may be some Special Prizing given at the discretion of the Event Directors and Sponsors. Look for details in the "Latest News" section on any prizing that may be given out in this manner. 

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

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


The following is information for you the racer, and some suggestions for gear to keep in mind for the event. Of course, what you decided to carry is up to you. The items listed in RED are the "must haves" by all racers!
  • When you’re out riding in Iowa in April, the weather can change rapidly at any time and being prepared for wind and rain or snowy conditions with the gear that you carry will make your ride much more enjoyable. Even on a 60 degree day, it’s possible to get cold very quickly if you have to stop to fix a mechanical problem or become injured so always carry a waterproof/windproof jacket or thermal top and dress in layers appropriate to the conditions.
  • Maintain your bike so that it doesn’t let you down when you’re at the furthest point from civilization.
  • As a minimum I suggest carry the tools listed below and more importantly, know how to use them.
  • If possible cycle in a group so that if someone does hurt himself or herself there are enough people to stay with the injured person while others go for help.
  • Carrying a basic first aid kit and survival blanket is a very good idea.
  • Unless you are VERY familiar with the area where you are cycling, carry a map and compass in clear plastic bag. Again – know how to use them!
  • Keep eating and drinking regularly to keep your energy levels up so that you can complete the race. Be able to recognise the symptoms of dehydration and “hitting the wall” and act accordingly.
  • In most cases the farmers of Iowa are your best bud. They will give you food, and treat you like a son or daughter. But there are a few out there that would rather mow you down with their 1969 Dodge pickup.
  • Farmers own dogs. These dogs chase anything that moves. Be prepared to throw-down with a mutt if needed.
  • Redwing Blackbirds......if you get too close to their nests, they will dive-bomb your head. Just keep riding, they can't hurt you.

  • Red tail light (here is a good example)
  • Front light. Power output is up to you. Keep in mind you won't be able to recharge. (here is a good example)
  • A way to contact the "outside" world should you need help. (Hint- cell phone!)


  • Small rucksack / hydration pack
  • Lightweight waterproof / windproof top
  • Extra thermal top or warm layer to wear if stopped
  • 2 liters of water either in a bladder or water bottles
  • Food – for example energy bars, gels or chocolate
  • A good pump
  • Tyre levers
  • 2 spare inner tubes
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Chain splitter
  • Allen key set
  • Spoke wrench
  • First aid kit and survival blanket
  • Mobile phone / money for pay-phone
  • Butt butter....ahhhhh smooooth!
  • Good chain lube. Don't under-estimate Iowa's harsh conditions in the Spring.
  • Cash, debit card, credit card. Use these items to get items on the road to complete the route.
  • Handle bar map case ( Banjo Brothers Cue Sheet Holder)
  • a cycling computer ( Garmin Edge 200)

This may sound like a lot of gear to be lugging around during a race and on many cases you won’t need all of it. However, if something does happen to you or your bike in a remote spot, you’ll be equipped to deal with most situations or at least stay safe and warm until help arrives.


 Trans Iowa V12 Roster
Limited to 120 Riders
"Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness"
 Womens Open

1. Andrea Cohen
2. Sarah Cooper
3. Janna Vavra
4. K.T. DeSantis V
5. Amy Oberbroekling V
6. Crystal Wintle R

Mens Open

1. Allen Brunner
2. Ben Oney
3. Matt Jennings
4. Greg Gleason
5. David Swanson
6. Dan Buettner
7. Jason Novak
8. Joe Mann
9. Robert Fry
10. John Williams
11. Josh Lederman
12. Joe Frost Jr.
13. Brian Gillies
14. Brad Lamson
15. Corey Godfrey
16. Eric Brunt
17. Scott Redd V
18. Bruce Gustafson V
19. Ben Sopko V
20. Kevin Fox V
21. Pell Duvall V
22. Collin Little V
23. Troy McDermott V
24. Jason Mau V
25. Mark Elsasser V
26. Dan Lockery V
27. Jamie Wynne V
28. Joe Stephens V
29. Dave Weis V
30. Marc Kriewaldt V
31. Jim Phillips V
32. Andrew Christman V
33. Andy Goodner V
34. Justin Holdgrafer V
35. Michael Roe V
36. Keisuke Inoue V
37. Paul Urbanski V
38. Eric Bossaller V
39. Rigel Menard V
40. Ari Andonopoulous V
41. Bill Graves V
42. Scott Sumpter V
43. Mark LaLonde V
44. Chad Ament V
45. Galen Murray V
46. Jason Buffington V
47. Scott Robinson V
48. Michael Lemberger V
49. Jim Cummins V
50. David Derfel V
51. Pete Matschiner V
52. Jason Kulma V
53. Brian McEntire V
54. Robert Kiefer V
55. David Peterson V
56. Roy Rhodes V
57. Keith Hilsenbeck V
58. Daryl Hilsenbeck V
59. John Pugh V
60. Lee Neal V
61. Vin Cox V
62. Scott Marx V
63. Jacob Spath R
65. Luke Wilson R
66. Justin Schuetz R
67. Major Matthew Kutilek USMC R
68. Walter Zitz R
69. John VanDis R
70. Steve Whetstone R
71 Brad Lichter R
72. Zack Flathmann R
73. Robert Williams R
74. Marcus Anderson R
75. Dan Hughes R
76. William Millard R
77. Carl Bakker R
78. Shaun Flynn R
79. Jim Thompson R
80. Scott O'Mara R
81. Jared Osterloh R
82. Bryce Rasmussen R
83. Balvindar Singh R
84. Leif Lujan R
85. Charlie Heggem R
86. Jackson Hinde R
87. Jeff Everroad R
88. Steve Buser R
89. Ray Cunningham R
90. John Blum R
91. Ian Moore R
92. Jason "JA" Strating R
93. Cory Hedin R
94. Don Buttram R
95. John Holmen R
96. Todd Watchmaker R
97. Barry Meitler R
98. Kevin Beehner R

Single Speed/ Fixed

1. Troy Krause
2. Charlie Farrow
3. John Welsh
4. Jeremy Kershaw
5. Ben Shockey
6. Mark Johnson
7. Charles Parsons 
8. Trenton Raygor V 
9. Warren Wiebe V
10. Travis Brunner V
11. Edward Sandor V
12. Scott McConnell V 
13. Mitch Bernskoetter R 
14. Michael Lanning R

Volunteer Exemption

1. Alex Ones OM