Jessie Combs & Julie Borer – Team Prairie Bloom

In this episode we chat with Jessie Combs and Julie Borer. These two amazing athletes, along with their teammate Kimmai McClain, swept the podium as Team Prairie Bloom Cycling Club. We talk about community, how the Iowa Gravel Series might fit into your training and the challenges of Pisgah’s class B roads. Super fun conversation, take a listen.

Seth Tellinghuisen

In this episode we chat with one of the youngest racers we’ve had on the podium, Seth Tellinghuisen. We recorded this after Preparation Pisgah and before Gravel Worlds, but the main goal was get to know Seth and how he got his start in gravel racing.

After the Dust Settles

Most of what happens in gravel races is not seen by anyone else. David Holst gives us an inside view to the Preparation Pisgah race and the mindset of an athlete.

Where to camp near Glenwood Iowa

Glenwood sits in a really unique place. Just 30 minutes from Omaha and Council Bluffs, but once you get into the Loess Hills you feel worlds apart from the busy city or suburbs. And, there are some great places for camping depending on the level of “roughing it” you want to do and how far you’re willing to drive or ride the morning of the race. Here are some suggestions …

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New Sponsor: XX2i

We are so excited to announce the newest Iowa Gravel Series sponsor, a brand we personally use and love–XX2i. The good folks at XX2i have been providing sunglasses for over a decade. It’s eyewear that looks great and is designed for athletes.

2022 Silver City Results are live!

The results for the 2022 Silver City 100K and 50K race are live and we’re more than just a little excited! It might seem like a small thing, but to get here we had to do a fair amount of research and a lot learning and even a few calls to tech support to make sure we got everything right. And, we still messed up a few things, so if …

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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: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37523115 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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