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Ira Ryan wins Trans-Iowa endurance race

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 29th, 2007 at 10:01 am

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Ira Ryan
File photo: 10/29/06

Local framebuilder, and ex-bike messenger Ira Ryan covered 300+ miles of gravel roads in 25 hours to win the third annual Trans-Iowa Endurance Race.

Ira, who also won the inaugural edition of the event in 2005, beat out 120 other racers for the win.

According to live audio updates provided by ultra-endurance website Ride424.com, Ira soloed for the final 12 hours of the event and was only challenged 20 miles from the finish, when he pulled away from a Polish rider on one of the final climbs.

Ira's winning bike. The only bike to ever win Trans-Iowa (he won in 2005 and no one finished in 2006).
Photo: Ira Ryan

Veloshop Cyclocross Race at PIR

Ira in action at
a local cyclocross race.
File photo: 10/16/05

To train for the race, Ira did some epic rides from his house in North Portland. He rode at the front of the recent De Ronde van Oeste Portlandia, got lost in the steep logging roads in the hills west of Portland, and took a 165-mile jaunt to Tillamook.

Ryan’s trip to Iowa was made possible in part by donations from the community, and according to an entry in his blog before the event, his win was fueled by an iPod full of, “plenty of Cult, Van Halen, Distillers, Dee lite and Common.”

Congratulations Ira! I can’t wait to read more about it on your blog.

Check out my image archives, for more photos of Ira Ryan and his bikes.


UPDATE: Ira has updated his blog with photos and a report on his race.

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  • tommy April 29, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    IRA!!!!!!!
    eff yes!
    love, tommy

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  • Renee April 29, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Congrats Ira! Maybe it was the ultra sleek Ira Ryan decals…

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  • Steve April 30, 2007 at 12:08 am

    “Final climbs…” I thought you wrote this was in Iowa? :) No, really, congrats Ira, not many of us would dare to attempt such a race let alone try to win it. Way to go!

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  • Dylan VanWeelden April 30, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Congrats Ira. Just another example of how midwestern kids rock.

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  • Scott Mizée April 30, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Congratulations Ira! I saw one of you frames outside my building downtown last week and he told me you were on your way back there for the race at the time. It is great to hear that you won it again!

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  • John April 30, 2007 at 10:22 am

    Dee lite?

    Groove is in the heaaaaaaaart! Grove is in the heart!

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  • Mick April 30, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Climbing in Iowa? Good one!

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  • Tony Pereira April 30, 2007 at 11:20 am

    Nice one, buddy! Well done.
    -T

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  • SKiDmark April 30, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    More proof that IRA RULZ!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Tom April 30, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    Great Job Sweet Cheeks!!

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  • Michelle April 30, 2007 at 5:59 pm

    Yeah IRA!!!!:)
    Michelle

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  • JeremyS May 1, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Congrats, Ira! Who needs blood doping European pros when we have inspiring heroes like Ira right here in our city? Cheers!

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