So how'd it go for 'ol MG? Watch the video...
Thanks to our support crew, Brent "Butch" Johnson and Nathan Swanson, and to Guitar Ted, David Pals and all the volunteers who made TransIowa v.6 happen, even though it wasn't able to completely. And thanks to my incredible wife Laura for giving me the opportunity to train for an event like this and have it go down the way it did. At least I'll have good fitness going into May, and hopefully my knee will be less sore very soon. It doesn't feel bad as long as I don't pedal hard on it, for the most part, so that's encouraging. Thanks also to Cycle Works in Lincoln, Nebraska, my local shop sponsor, as well as to Rob Versteegth at Oakley.
My final thank you goes out to the folks at Salsa Cycles. If you watched the video, you saw me ramble on (it was a long day...) about how great my Vaya worked in the heinous conditions at TI v.6, but I'll just write a bit about it as well -- it was stable, smooth and had no problems dealing with the inclement conditions. The 40c Schwalbe Marathon Extreme tires were absolutely awesome too... They're a stunningly good match for the handling and capabilities of the Vaya frame.
It was really cool to see so many folks from from Salsa riding the event. I like to believe that companies made up of actual riders will build better bikes, and that's why I love riding Salsas. My Vaya was exactly the bike I wanted to ride at T.I. Thanks again Salsa, particularly Kid and Jason. You guys are the best.
Massive props go out to Co-Champions, John Gorilla and Joe Meiser. Also super notable was the ride of the third-place finisher, Lincoln's own Corey "Cornbread" Godfrey. Nice ridin' brother... Oh, and Omaha hard man, Eric Brunt finished in fifth, which was very impressive. His riding on the road was also very strong.