See, a while back, some of the guys who were sticking around as emergency bail-out personnel for riders in a Trans Iowa, or volunteers waiting for their duty, or volunteers on post duty, would get together and ride. Seems like the gals have gotten the bug as well. I suppose they would take anyone, but then again, it isn't my deal.
Following is the notice as it appears on Facebook:
Saturday at 4:00 a.m., we will bid good luck to our special someones and the rest of the Trans Iowa field. We can go back to bed, wake up at a reasonable hour, eat breakfast, and then...
Katherine invites you to meet in front of the Comfort Inn & Suites at 11:00 to ride gravel loops around Grinnell.
Each loop is ~24 miles. Total distance is however far you feel like riding. My pace is about 12 mph forward progress (That means I ride a little faster than that, but I stop to take pictures). We may split into faster and slower groups, or faster riders may just take more pictures. I plan to do three loops, so I get a metric (100K) in for the day.
This ride is about fun. Why should the TI riders have all the fun to themselves?!? There are some really pretty gravel and B roads right close to Grinnell and we can ride them.
At most, this route will put you seven miles from the hotel. It is up to you to carry and monitor your phone in case your rider calls for a rescue. If there is an emergency we can *possibly* organize a paceline and maximize the get-back-to-hotel speed, but there is *no* guarantee. Keep that in mind.
If you are going to be in Grinnell and are interested in joining us, please do!
Don't feel like riding?
Last year some folks met up with other supporters and hung out at the coffee shop downtown for a bit. Later, both riding-supporters and non-riding-supportes went to dinner together. And of course we will want to welcome the riders in at the finish line!
We can use this event to post about meeting for riding and meeting for anything else.
For more, see the event page on Facebook.