Sarah Cooper: Head Banger, Course Designer, Crusher of Souls
I like all bikes, both fat and skinny tires, and any road that will take me someplace cool. I’ve raced plenty of paved road ultra cycling events (RAW, RAAM, Texas Time Trials, The 508, 24 hours of Sebring, etc.), but gravel races are my favorite. I prefer the long stuff (Trans Iowa, Odin’s Revenge, The Alexander, 24 Hours of Cumming, Spotted Horse) to get the best blend of scenery, fun, and abject misery. I believe a free event where you can crush yourself in a weekend and still get to work on Monday has immense value to the cycling community. If you struggle to find time and money to race ultra distance events, Iowa Wind and Rock is my gift to you.
Dennis Grelk: Ultra freak, cat herder, mohair model.
I’ve been around the gravel racing scene from the beginning. Thrown myself at TI, Kanza, Almanzo, Ragnarock, Gravel Worlds, Land Run, and a few others with varying levels of success. Won TI the first time I managed to actually complete it. I believe that easy events do not make for very memorable events. I’m here to help you remember this one.
Steve Fuller: Spotted Horse Herder, friendly face, deer whisperer
I love riding gravel, racing gravel, and I love the people that come to gravel events. Gravel events have allowed me to race all over the midwest, west and Canada and pushed me to do things I never thought would be possible 10, or even 5, years ago: TransIowa, Dirty Kanza, The Alexander, and Tour Divide among them. My cherished riding memories all come from times that I’ve needed to push beyond a personal boundary or have helped someone to push beyond theirs. Plenty of people have given to me over the years, so now it’s time for me to give back in some small way.