How to get from Glenwood to the Archeological State Preserve

If you’re staying in Glenwood at an AirBnB or at the Glenwood Lake Park campground, there’s a nice way to get to the Archeological State Preserve on the other side of Highway 34 without crossing fast moving traffic. There’s a tunnel. Here’s a link to the route: This route will take you from the Glenwood Lake Park to the Glenwood Archeological State Preserve through a tunnel under highway 34. …

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Route Dilemmas

Race directors have to make decisions and trade-offs all the time. But some decisions are not just trade-offs, they are true dilemas, meaning there is no good answer. After riding the 100km route for the Glenwood Gravel last week I was faced with a true route dilema, a version of the Trolley Problem, a gravel Kobayashi Maru… I had to decide between “death by a thousand cuts” or “a swift …

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2021 Strava Segments

Each race in the series has a number of Strava Segments that we pick out as either especially difficult or uniquely positioned in the race to provide some novelty. We post these segments with the route release the Wednesday before the race.

Waukon 100 preview

I had some time and saw a nice break in the weather, so I drove out to Waukon yesterday to test the route. Get all the details in this post and a few tips in the videos.

How to share photos from a race

We don’t charge you for the photos, it’s part of your registration. And, we encourage you to share your photos from the day with everyone else! Here’s how to get and share pictures from a race.

What to pack on a gravel race?

Knowing what to pack for a race is important, especially when you’re new to the sport. There are some basics and there are “luxury” items and at some point you’ll have to draw a line between what you choose to pack with you and what you won’t. But, just in case you need a list to review as you’re making these choices, here’s one for you…

No Racing on the Trace

The last 3 miles of the Silver City Century are on the Wabash Trace. Known as “the trace” to locals, it is 60+ miles of Rails to Trails goodness that goes from Council Bluffs to Blanchard. It’s well maintained and used by locals and visitors from all over. There’s been a lot written about the trace, so I’ll let you do your own research and I’ll cover the important thing …

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How can my friends and family watch me race?

Watching a bicycle race is kind of hard. My favorite way is from a TV at home on my couch, but unfortunately the Iowa Gravel Series is not televised (yet). So, if friends and family want to come cheer you on, what can they do? Well, we have scouted out a couple options for you for each race. As we get closer to each race we’ll add a new section. …

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Parking in Silver City

There’s a bit of street parking in Silver City, but the local town folks have suggested we us an old Co-op lot that is next to the Wabash Trace. People will be on hand to direct you and parking is marked on the 100km and 50km route files we sent you. The old Co-op was on W Railroad St., just a bit South of the main street through town and …

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