Beginning in the summer of 2020, we will be allowing an Individual Time Trial (ITT) on the 2019 route. This route is open to anyone who would like to ride it, without charge. If you would like to be listed as an official finisher, receive a finisher’s patch, and have your finish time listed on our website, you must:
- Email your intended start date and estimated start time to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will reply with a confirmation and the GPX file. If you will be carrying a spot tracker, please send us the link to your tracking.
- Provide publicly available evidence of route completion. Strava link, Training Peaks file, or similar method to ensure that you followed the route. Screenshots will not suffice.
- If you need to detour away from route due to construction, flooding or other safety issues, you should document the need for each deviation with one or more photographs.
- Provide requested documentation. When you email us your intended start date, you will be given 1-2 tasks to complete along the route in various locations. You must provide the requested evidence of task completion to be considered an official finisher.
You ride at your own risk. The route is not marked, maintained, or verified. If we become aware of road closures, we will attempt to update the route file, but that may not occur prior to your attempt to ride the route, and you may need to find your own detours. Do not trespass onto private property or construction sites. Be prepared to think on your feet, and to react to all situations with your safety and the safety of those around you as your greatest priority.
With over 28,000 feet of climb in 337 miles, this route might be more difficult than you would expect. Despite the rumors, Iowa is not flat! The hills are steep and relentless, and most peak in the 8-10% range. Choose your gearing wisely!
Infrequent resupply was an important component for the original event, so expect to go slightly off route into a town and get creative with your attempts to obtain water, food or lodging. Well stocked convenience stores are approximately 90-100 miles apart, but other less obvious sources for food and water abound. Filtering surface water is generally not suggested due to the prevalence of farm chemicals. In a pinch, you may be able to get water from a local farmer. Convenience stores are generally open from 6 AM to 10 PM, but hours have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do your due diligence, and call ahead to verify the availability of services you may need, whether it be convenience stores, campgrounds, hotels, or restaurants.
Enjoy the ride!