Okay all you fellow gravel grinding freaks! It is on! The new version of Trans Iowa's website has been officially unveiled as of Monday. Thanks go to Trans Iowa co-founder, Jeff Kerkove, who has had the distinction of designing all seven of the T.I. sites headers.
Even though Jeff has been gone to Colorado, and no longer helps put on Trans Iowa, I like to keep him involved in any way that I can, and designing the header every year is something that he seems to like to do, so it works out for everyone.
Enough about that. Here are some preliminary tidbits you can file away for now regarding T.I.V7. First off, it'll be run out of and, (hopefully!), back in to Grinnell, Iowa again, as it was planned this year. We will be holding the event, starting at 4am, on April 23rd-24th. There will be a mandatory pre-race meeting on Friday the 22nd in the evening. We will be increasing the roster limit to at least 100, (perhaps more), and we will be divvying up the available spots to reflect the demand from "Rookies" to get in. There will be a chunk of spots allocated to the Rookies, the Finishers, and The Veterans of past Trans Iowa events. Just how this will be allocated has yet to be determined, but we will give you the lowdown before the traditional late November registration time.
The route will be a new one and should entail all of 320 miles, maybe more. More course info, checkpoint data, and time cut offs will be announced later.