Trans Iowa: The eleventh running of Trans Iowa was marked by difficult conditions that decimated the field of 94 riders. The time cut off for the first checkpoint was not met by all but one rider, Greg Gleason, and then by only five minutes. He eventually pulled the plug after 123 miles which he covered in 12 hours and 20 minutes- too slow to make further time cuts.
What often seems ridiculous, without purpose, and demoralizing is anything but that to those who were actually there toeing the line. In fact, although it may seem very unbelievable to outsiders, this result actually is a motivator to make it back next year. Training plans and rides to keep up the fitness are already being planned by many who had their dreams of a Trans Iowa finish dashed this year by the insane winds, rain, mushy roads, mud, and cold.
Until the next Trans Iowa is announced……….
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