Trans Iowa V10

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Deeds done and lessons learned: Gravel racing in the american midwest.

Words by Mark Elsasser. Photos by Wally Kilburg.

First published in Grit.cx Issue 1: October 2014

Mike Tyson once said: “Everyone has a plan until you get punched in the face.” Trans Iowa is the heavyweight fighter that stalks the rolling hills of rural Iowa, ready to lay out anyone who steps into the ring. Months of planning and preparation often end in a knockout punch, with racers lying in a muddy ditch on the side of a gravel road wondering what hit them. Much like a prizefighter facing a bigger, stronger, faster opponent, it’s a test of mental and physical limits beyond what most ordinary people can imagine.

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