• CIRREM 2019: Cole Ledbetter's Report

    By Cole Ledbetter

    100 km Gravel Bike Race
    Cumming, Iowa
    Saturday, February 23, 2019

    CIRREM by the numbers: 250 signed up, 40-ish started the race, and 17—for some reason or another—decided to push through the interesting day that was to unfold.

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  • Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra 2018: Kyle Platts' Report

    Kyle Platts raced the cold and rainy Spotted Horse Gravel Ultraby Kyle Platts

    Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra: Short Course
    150 Mile Gravel Bike Race
    St. Charles, Iowa
    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Sarah Cooper is certainly making a name for herself as a race director. 2018 is the third year for the Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra, and it ended up being the toughest year yet. The standard race is 200 miles, while you can opt to do the 150 mile “sprint” course.

    I am relatively new to gravel cycling and ultra cycling. In 2017, I rode the 150-mile sprint course on my Specialized Fatboy. For 2018, I decided to go for the 200-mile race on my BMC CrossMachine in ultra gravel trim.

    Unfortunately, a couple of mistakes and some bad luck ended my day early.

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  • Salsa Bikes at Kyle's Bikes: Let the Adventure Begin!

    Salsa Bikes at Kyle's BikesWe're pretty excited to be partnering with our friends at Salsa Cycles. The crew at Salsa are into adventure and making epic equipment for adventure cycling. And we're looking forward to helping our riders with this special type of two-wheeled fun. For gravel, camping, touring, or just comfort trail riding, we look forward to showing and selling Salsa bikes. It’s a whole new culture coming to Kyle's!
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  • Trans Iowa v13: Sarah's Report

    by Sarah Cooper, Ultracyclist

    Sarah Cooper ready to race Trans Iowa v13Trans Iowa v13
    Grinnell, Iowa
    April 29–30, 2017

    I had all but given up on blogging since Race Across the West last year, but I’ve ended the blog hiatus to do at least one post on Trans Iowa v13. It’s hard not to want to talk about your experiences at a race like Trans Iowa. It’s unique, it’s brutal, and in any given year you never can say if or when you’ll finish. Now I’m two and two: two finishes and two DNFs. Both finishes were on an even numbered year, so I’m holding out hope for a TIv14.

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  • Products Sarah Cooper Uses

    Find out what Sarah Cooper usesIf you want a product stress tested, give it to Sarah Cooper. She competes in road and gravel ultracycling events of 300 miles to over 900 miles, and puts in the training hours to support that. We are highlighting some products Sarah Cooper uses—products you can be sure will hold up.

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  • Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra 2016: Katherine's Report

    by Katherine A. Roccasecca

    Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra: Katherine's Race ReportSpotted Horse Gravel Ultra: Short Course
    150 Mile Gravel Bike Race
    St. Charles, Iowa
    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    The Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra is Sarah Cooper's creation. Successful as a road and gravel ultracyclist, she wanted to step into the role of race director as well. The headline race was 200 miles, and she offered a 150-mile version for those who couldn't fathom riding 200 miles of gravel and dirt roads but still wanted to push themselves to their own version of epic. For both courses she promised, "the best big hills, small towns, old barns, rickety bridges, and B roads that I can find."

    I am primarily a mountain biker and had only ever done two 100-mile rides (one paved, one flat gravel, both last year) but bunches of 100K gravel rides. The 150-mile Spotted Horse Gravel Ultra felt epic yet possible, if I trained. I was the first to sign up when registration opened in May.

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