Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Iowa Wind And Rock #2

Well, I don't have to tell y'all that Trans Iowa isn't happening anymore. But there is an event sorta like it, and it announced its race dates yesterday. Iowa Wind and Rock will happen April 18th-19th, 2020. Registration will open on November 11th, 2019. Keep tabs on things at their site, if you are interested, and don't ask me nuthin' 'cause I won't, and don't know.

I just thought I'd throw this information out there, because IW&R is the evolution from T.I., run by former racers of T.I., and volunteers of past T.I.'s. They have taken a lot of ideas from Trans Iowa and implemented them into their way of doing it. I like that they have done it their way and have kept something like this alive and available to anyone nutty enough to try it. So, I wanted to help spread the news. Otherwise, I have no idea about anything involving the event upcoming.

Trans Iowa traditionally used to announce the next date in August. I remember letting that announcement slide into September a couple of times, but my thought always was that an event of this magnitude, something that required a lot of preparation, needed to have a bit of "warning" as far as letting folks get that block of the year set aside for training and the event. Months of preparations went into Trans Iowa attempts, and if things went pear-shaped, well, that was always such a bummer for those in the event. All that time washed away within a few hours sometimes. (T.I.v2, v6, v11, v13)

Anyway, I think IW&R sees the same thing I saw in that regard and have announced their date now. Like I said, I don't keep tabs on much of what they do, but I have spoken a couple of times with one of their RD's and it's kind of interesting to hear the "revelations" their team experiences now that they are on the promotional/production side of an event like what I used to put on. It's like when a son or daughter has a kid and comes back and says, "Now I know why you used to get so frustrated when......" Ha! You can talk all you want about things, but until you have experienced them, just don't know. 

Anyway, nuff said. Go check out IW&R if you ever thought Trans Iowa was something you wanted to try. There isn't anything else out there quite like it.


Skidmark said...

GT- have you seen a Continental SpeedKing 29 2.2, (I’ve not)- but I do still have Vulpine2.1 mounted up for “borrow-ditch road racing”.

Guitar Ted said...

@Skidmark- I've seen the 42mm version, I did not know they had a claimed 2.2"er. But, if I know anything about Conti tires, that width is actually 2" and maybe some more. Their tubeless stuff has been traditionally hit and miss too. (But that is also a complaint lobbed at Schwalbe, to be fair)