Trans Iowa V7's new overall champion, Dennis Grelk, was in the front of the event most of the 322 miles and finished with a time of 28 hours and 40 minutes. Riders have to make time check points and about a dozen out of the 80 starters , including the first woman , Janna Vavrao, finished within the time limits.
What was learned? Run tough tires - the early leader was taken out by a series of flat tires. At least three SRAM rear derailleurs failed. That has to be a huge percentage. Conclusion - avoid them like the plague on gravel and mud.