Trans Iowa Radio

Trans Iowa Radio

Trans Iowa is a self-navigated, self-supported, 300-plus mile gravel road event held in late April on Iowa gravel roads. The 2017 race, held on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th, is the 13th year of this test of endurance and preparation.

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Call In to (888) 573-4329 and leave an update anytime before or during the race. Your audio update will be posted on this page below under “Listen to Trans Iowa Radio.” We want you to call to share your experiences with family, friends, fans, sponsors, and TI Radio listeners!


We will be providing every update, as often as we can (depending on service), to this page below. You can stream and download directly from this page.


Below you will find the updates from Guitar Ted and Trans Iowa racers before, during, and after the race.

Racers should call (888) 573-4329 to leave an update.

Sunday, April 30

69. Guitar Ted with a final report

68. Guitar Ted with a correction

67. Guitar Ted

66. Dan checks in one last time

65. Guitar Ted announces the winner of Trans Iowa v13

64. Guitar Ted with another finish line update

63. Guitar Ted with a finish line update

62. Ben Mullen is calling it a day

61. Jackson, Walter, Matt are at WalMart

60. Josh Peter, Sarah Cooper in farmhouse

59. Justin sounds good

58. Ben and Trent pushing on

57. Guitar Ted update

Saturday, April 29

56. Dan and Steve Checkpoint 2 update

55. Jess and Dory have multiple reports – Eating & Drinking, Mr. Bike Iowa, and where is GT???

54. Josh Peter is back with riders and enjoys Casey’s General Store

53. Laurel from Scottsdale is cheering them on

52. Dan and Steve from Checkpoint 2

51. Andy Christman calls in with thanks

50. Josh Peter is getting weird at the Cumming Tap

49. Guitar Ted is back with an update

48. Dan gives an update from Checkpoint 2

47. Derek Henry and Andy Christman won’t make the checkpoint and are done

46. A fan calling in from Arizona

45. Dan from Checkpoint 2 with an update

44. Ben Mullen and Trent Hovenga are somewhere

43. Jim Philips calls it

42. Scott Ryder is regrouping

41. Derek Henry and Andy Christman continue on…crushing pizza

40. Eric Schmidgall has some things going on

39. Derrick Brown and gang

38. Guitar Ted update

37. Josh Peter and Scott are getting buck wild

36. James is still out there

35. Derek Henry and Andy Christman are eating pizza and feeling good

34. Guitar Ted update

33. Eric is leaving Madrid

32. Jim Phillips is rolling out of Madrid

31. Jim Phillips

30. Ben Mullen is suited up and ready to hit the rain

29. Guitar Ted with updates

28. Josh Peter is going to his secret weapon

27. Scott Ryder reporting some sleet

26. Lee, Brett, and Scott sound like they’re at a party

25. Zach likes tailwinds

24. Andy Christman is battling the wind with Heavy D

23. James Nixon heading toward Checkpoint 2

22. Dave was not feeling good

21. Guitar Ted’s update

20. Jess and the Checkpoint Crew gives their report

19. Derek Henry is getting refreshed at Checkpoint 1

18. Scott Ryder at Checkpoint 1

17. Josh is blowing through his gummy worms too fast

16. Guitar Ted from Checkpoint 1

15. Guitar Ted reports on some leaders

14. Guitar Ted is in the WIND

13. Jim Phillips is rolling

12. Guitar Ted – Let’s Get The Party Started!

11. Ben Mullen sounds positive

10. Guitar Ted first thing in the morning

9. Someone sounds excited

Friday, April 28

8. Jim Phillips bringing his style to the updates…

7. Guitar Ted checks in with an update

6. Derrick Brown has endured his snafus so far

5. Ben Mullen just finished up his panic shopping

4. Guitar Ted gives his first check in

3. Josh Peter checking in and thankful for a new bike

2. Timothy Steven is getting ready to go

 Thursday, April 27

  1. Derek Henry and Andy Christman check in on the way to Iowa



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Sunday, April 24

114. Crystal Wintle finishes…but after the cut-off. (4/24 at 3:45pm)

113. Joe Frost checks in after his race and gives his thanks (4/24 at 3:35pm)

112. Guitar Ted concludes the 2016 Trans Iowa (4/24 at 2:10pm)

111. Vince Cox from the finish (4/24 at 12:20pm)

110. Jim Phillips takes you across the finish line (4/24 at 11:11am)

109. Trenton Raygor slaying the dragon that is Trans Iowa. 3rd place singlespeed. (4/24 at 10:31am)

108. Guitar Ted update (4/24 at 8:27am)

107. Crystal Wintle is going slow but it’s going well (4/24 at 8:13am)

106. Dan Buettner is sounding good and riding with Al Brunner (4/24 at 7:23am)

105. John Bloom is eating a burrito and slept in the ditch (4/24 at 6:53am)

104. Will Ritchie ends his day with a mechanical (4/24 at 6:52am)

103. Guitar Ted with more results – Women’s Winner (4/24 at 6:29am)

102. “The” Guitar Ted is getting tired…more finisher info (4/24 at 6:03am)

101. Guitar Ted has the winners (4/24 at 4:13am)

100. Bill, Special K, and Brian G – things are getting weird (4/24 at 3:22am)

99. Warren Wiebe calls in from the land of the sleeping in the ditch people (4/24 at 3:01am)

98. Jim Phillips puked (4/24 at 2:56am)

97. Guitar Ted gives the number of people left and an update on leaders (4/24 at 1:05am)

96. Dan Buettner is tired, but optimistic (4/24 at 1:01am)

Saturday, April 23

95. Jess is calling in for Scott Sumpter. He’s planning to finish in the early morning. (4/23 at 11:35pm)

94. Guitar Ted checks in (4/23 at 10:39pm)

93. Crystal Wintle is digging the night (4/23 at 10:24pm)

92. Dan Buettner finds it lonely out there (4/23 at 9:00pm)

91. Jason Kulma sounds good (4/23 at 8:40pm)

90. Matthew Kutilek has 100 miles left (4/23 at 8:23pm)

89. The supporters call back in (4/23 at 8:13pm)

88. Jim Phillips – have a good night Jim! (4/23 at 8:12pm)

87. A group of TI supporters calls in (4/23 at 8:09pm)

86. Ben Shockey is getting a quick bite to eat (4/23 at 8:04)

85. Bill Graves is getting ready for the night (4/23 at 7:45pm)

84. John VanDis is going into the wind with a team effort (4/23 at 7:41pm)

83. Robert Frye officially closes CP2! (4/23 at 7:35pm)

82. Guitar Ted gives some info on the leaders (4/23 at 7:29pm)

81. Guitar Ted checks in and he has numbers (4/23 at 6:45pm)




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2 Responses to Trans Iowa Radio

  1. Harley kilby April 25, 2015 at 10:44 pm #

    Thanks for the up-dates & reports. Hope everyone enjoyed the ride and all are healing. I’ll stay on the trails. h


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