Now on with the images......
|Part of what I love about the country in Iowa is the oddball stuff you see. Here we have farm animals, not fenced in, sheltering by a country home.|
|N.Y. Roll addressing the field at the start from the bed of the "Truck With No Name". Image by Jon Duke|
Thank you one and all for coming.
|The early miles were headwind, then East with a heavy cross wind. Riders were bundled against wind chills in the teens. Image by Jon Duke.|
|Riders march to the end of one mile of Level B Maintenance Road. Image by Jon Duke|
|N.Y. Roll talking with Tony, (just barely out of the shot), while riders scrape mud from bikes and shoes in the background.|
|Two riders, heading west, at about the halfway mark of the inaugural C.O.G.100. Image by Jon Duke|
Most of the course was oriented into that crosswind. Obviously the headwind oriented bits were worse. Riders reported that even going downhill there was no advantage due to the soft roads sapping away any free ride down. It was a course and condition set that demanded effort for every inch of the 111 miles.
|A smiling Tom Claver. Image by Jon Duke|
The other thing I like is what Tom represents here- The attitude of most gravel grinder folk. Happy to be riding a bike in the country with like-minded folk. While not all gravel riders are like this, most are, and that's what I like about being involved in this niche of the sport of cycling. Bravo Tom! Your effort and attitude are awesome!
That's a wrap on the photo dump. A BIG THANKS goes out to Jon Duke for his awesome contribution to the C.O.G. 100! Please consider donating to the Imagine Grinnell organization and show your gratitude for what Jon has given. (Link at the top of this post)
Next- My thoughts on putting on this event, not doing Trans Iowa, and more.