As I go into this event I have realized that so few people of heard of this mountain bike race. I thought I might share some of the warnings, cautions and disclaimers on their site. You might get the idea from these excerpts that maybe this is an extreme event ya think?
In short it is A 320 MILE NON STOP UNSUPPORTED MOUNTAIN BIKE ULTRA DISTANCE RACE THROUGH THE GRAVEL, DIRT AND B ROADS OF RURAL IOWA.
"The Golden Rule. The sponsors, organizers, and anyone having anything to do with this race are NOT responsible for your safety. Think of this race as a 300+ mile hard training ride with prizes. We can't say this enough.....YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU!"
"Trans Iowa V5: Here's a reminder of what Trans Iowa is.........We are informing you all that are in the event that if you don't agree that you are on your own, that you are responsible for yourself, and that this is being undertaken of your own volition, then don't take the start."
"The event takes place rain or shine, as most of you know. Again: No support, no aid stations, no drop bags- you are on your own, responsible for procuring your own necessities along the way. The course passes by convenience stores, or through towns with services on average about every 40 miles. Remember- if you leave the course to get something you must re-enter the course at that point where you left it."
"The Trans-Iowa Mountain Bike Race is a non-stop, self-supported, solo competition along the gravel roads of rural Iowa. Competitors must carry with them ALL necessary equipment."
"Each rider is considered to be on a private excursion and remains solely responsible for any accidents in which he or she may be involved. No responsibility can be accepted for riders becoming lost or stranded."
"Prearranged outside support is not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to assistance with navigation, delivery of supplies, lighting, or lodging."