Guitar Ted Death Ride Invitational 2016: July 30th

Welcome To The 2016 GTDRI News Section: Here's where you can find all the latest scuttlebutt on the GTDRI for this year..

 7/31/16: The 11th GTDRI was ridden by 8 folks and all but one, (ME!) finished. I had stomach issues and dropped out at mile 110, but the others finished out. No real issues this year, but we will likely all remember the nasty B Road on 270th for a long time! 
7/26/15: The 10th GTDRI went off without a hitch, but that isn't to say it was easy! The ride report is in three parts.  Read Part 1 here. Read Part 2 HERE. Read part 3 HERE. Thanks to the 10 riders that showed up to ride with me this year. 

10/15/14:The 2014 GTDRI will forever be remembered for the crash at what became the end of the ride at Mile 95. We did have a nice group of seven including myself. Here are the reports from the ride entitled "It Could Have Been Worse" Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 , and Part 5.

7/15/12:The GTDRI was a big success! 9 intrepid riders showed up from as far away as Kansas and Nebraska for this edition of the ride. It was hot, humid, we got rained on, and all in all had a great time. 6 finished the complete 120 mile course.   A BIG THANK YOU to all you who made the ride awesome!  Links  to the story on this one- Part 1Part 2, Part 3, Part  3.1 , Part  4

08/01/11:  Another GTDRI In The Books! We got in right at 100 miles with temps in the upper 90's and brutal heat in the afternoon. Thanks to all in attendance. It was awesome to see all of you.  Report #1 Here. Report #2 Here

 7/19/10: The GTDRI 2010 Report can be found here: Into The Heat   It was a really hot day with temperatures reaching into the mid-90's with high humidity and little wind. A recipe for a truncated version of the GTDRI. That has only happened once before due to a thunderstorm back in 2007. Thanks to Jeremy Fry and Jason Boucher for coming along on this burnt, crispy critter of a ride! 

Hit me with an e-mail if you want to let me know you'll be there or if you have any questions. I'll post up any last minute changes later if there are any. Stay tuned!


Event Details


Note: GTDRI 2016 Will Happen 7/30 2016

Start/Finish:    Prairie Grove Park @ W 4th & Shaulis Rd.

 Event Time:   5:30am SHARP
Distance:  140+ miles, 
Cost: FREE
Course: Gravel Roads with a minor amount of pavement.
Pass Through Towns: Elgin, Elkader, Garber, Strawberry Point, Volga, Wadena

Why: Because I like to go on long gravel rides. Maybe you do too? If so, consider yourself invited.

Where: County gravel roads and maybe a "B" level maintenance road or two. A specific route will be posted after I verify the existence of the roads. Some pavement will be experienced through pass through towns. 

How: Self navigated by a provided route map. The map details will be posted later. NO COURSE MARKINGS of any kind will be put up by me. That's waaay too much work, and besides, all the roads are marked at intersections with "street signs", so your ride can find you if you bail out, get injured, are attacked by pigs, etc...... You will be self supporting. There are no aid stations....well, not in the traditional"race" sort of way. Convenience stores will have to do! No one will pick you up if you are in trouble that is related to this event since, well....I'll be riding it! There is nobody else! Fend for yourself or........... (It is called "Death Ride" after all!) Get the picture? That said, I'd recommend bringing your cell phone. (Maybe lights too, see the "Latest News" for more)

When and for How Long?:   July 30th.   (Slightly before) Sun up to sun down.  -If ya wanna ride longer, that's entirely up to you. The event's "time stamp" will be at the aforementioned times.There will be time to hang out afterward if anyone is so inclined.

It's not a race?: Nope!  The point for me is to experience the terrain, the suffering, and the camaraderie of riding with any like-minded folk that show up. If no one does, well that's okay. I'll still be out there! I won't be keeping any results, so don't expect any! I'll keep a roster of who started and who finished. That's it. I'm going rain or shine. Be prepared to do the same if you come. This is pretty much a "no-rider-left-behind" type ride.

Notes On The Route: 140 plus miles using most of the original GTDRI course from 2006. The course will take in the hills of Tama County, Grundy County, and Black Hawk County, and will be really HILLY for about 35 miles. Be prepared to ride all day! There will be stops for refueling.  Passing through Traer, Gladbrook, Eldora, Dike, and Hudson. We probably will stop for beers in Hudson about 5 miles from the finish. 

Thank You's: I want to thank all of you that have expressed interest in this little ride.  
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