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Bicycling magazine has signed on as the “Official Media Sponsor” for the 2015 Edition of Dirty Kanza 200 (DK200), an ultra-endurance gravel road bike race held in Kansas. Leaving from downtown Emporia on the morning of Saturday, May 30, riders will face 200 miles of gravel roads through the Flint Hills region of east-central Kansas. They will encounter big hills, rough roads, high temperatures, and strong winds. “We are… Continue Reading

DK200 – 2014 Event Photos…

We had an entire team of professional photographers at Dirty Kanza this year.  Here are links to a few of their sites.  We hope you enjoy viewing these great pictures.   From Patrick Evenson… From Jason Ebberts… From Kim Morris… From Richard Kimberlin… From Eric Benjamin…   Continue Reading

Official 2014 Course Maps Are Here…

Official 2014 Dirty Kanza 200 and Dirty Kanza Half Pint course maps are completed, and can be found below.  We will also provide riders with hard copies of these maps at the event, printed on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper.  If riders want a small version of the map to fit into a map case or jersey pocket, they will have to use the files below to print… Continue Reading

“Graze the Prairie” Grass-Fed Beef to be Featured at Dirty Kanza Pre-Race Palooza Dinner

The annual Pasta Palooza fundraiser for the Emporia Farmers Market is being revamped for the 2014 Dirty Kanza event to better showcase locally sourced foods and welcome gravel riders to our community on Friday, May 30. This year’s meal will feature grass-fed beef from Graze the Prairie, a Flint Hills producer whose cattle are on pasture year-round. Graze the Prairie’s cattle are never given growth hormones and no chemical… Continue Reading

Registration Now Open for DK Lite

Does gravel road riding sound like fun, but 200 miles is just a little too much of a good thing?  Do you have a rider in DK200, and you’re wondering what you can do that morning to fill some time?  The Dirty Kanza Lite may be just for you.  The DK Lite is a gravel road “fun ride”, intended for the recreational/fitness-based rider.  With 20-mile and 50-mile options, you… Continue Reading

Dirty Kanza 200 Hotel Options…

Well, registration for DK200 has come and gone.  WOW!!!  Was that quick!!!  We suspect many of you are now trying to determine your hotel options.  Here is a list of Emporia, Kansas area lodging providers who have graciously agreed to offer special pricing for DK200 participants.  These hotels will likely fill up quickly.   So you might want to make your reservations right away.  Be sure to mention Dirty Kanza… Continue Reading

2012 Registration Sets New Records

Registration for the 2012 Dirty Kanza 200 opened today, Saturday, January 14th at 6:00am ET.  At 8:38 am, DK200 was sold out, and mutiple records were broken.  The competitive field limit of 350 racers is our largest ever.  And the 2 hours and 38 minutes it took to fill shattered the previous record set in 2010 when the field limit was reached in 14 hours.  Our thanks goes out to everyone… Continue Reading

Registration for the 2012 Dirty Kanza 200 Opens This Saturday, Jan. 14th…

This is just a quick reminder… participation in Dirty Kanza 200 is by pre-registration only.  And your chance to sign up for the 2012 event opens this Saturday, January 14th at 6:00am (EST).  With only 400 slots available, we expect to sell out in record time.  Here is a link to the registration page on  Bookmark this site.  Then set your alarm clocks.  Sleep in too late this… Continue Reading

Support Pablove Foundation and Fight Childhood Cancer

In 2012, Dirty Kanza 200 is proud to support The Pablove Foundation Shutterbugs program in memory of Adrian Lewis Solano. Born and raised in Emporia, KS, Adrian was a healthy, happy 12 yr old in 7th grade.  He loved his bike, friends, video games, his family and of course… his dog.  Adrian woke up one morning with a bad headache, and that headache changed his life.  He was diagnosed with a… Continue Reading

VelEau Hydration Returns to DK200…

We are happy to announce the return of VelEau Hydration Systems as one of our fine sponsors in 2012.  Yeah… the stories of 100(+) degree temp’s at past DK200’s are true.  No better way to be prepared for that sort of thing then equipping your rig with one of these.  Check ’em out… and let them know how much you appreciate their support of Dirty Kanza 200. Continue Reading

DirtRag Magazine Ups the Ante on DK200 Video Contest…

Last week, I received a phone call from my good friend Josh Patterson, Editor at DirtRag Magazine. Josh is a DK200 Veteran and passionate about gravel grinding. He told me DirtRag was wanting to kickstart our Dirty Kanza 200 Video Contest. Josh shared some ideas… we kicked things around a bit… then Josh made a few more phone calls to further sweeten the deal. Forget everything you might have… Continue Reading

Sponsor Highlight… Salsa Cycles

We are happy to announce that Salsa Cycles will be returning in 2011 as our “Premier Sponsor”, and they are coming back in a HUGE way. All of us here at Dirty Kanza Promotions want to publicly state what a privilege it is to work with the fine folks at Salsa Cycles. The best bikes in the business, designed and produced by the best folks in the business. Mike,… Continue Reading

Announcing the 2011 Dirty Kanza 200 Video Contest

Win a free entry into the 2012 running of the Dirty Kanza 200. Create a video (or digital slideshow) documenting your preparation for, your participation in, and your recovery from the 2011 running of the Dirty Kanza 200. Post your video online. (On your personal blog, YouTube, etc.) Then send us a link to your creation at We will post that link here on the Dirty Kanza 200… Continue Reading

Two Weeks and Counting…

Well, we are just a little more than two weeks away from the 2011 running of Dirty Kanza 200. The books are now closed on Rider Registration & Transfers… T-Shirts and prizing are rolling in… Number Plates are at the printer… Maps are printed and stuffed into baggies… We have even taken delivery of the first-ever Dirty Kanza Trading Cards!!! All the pieces are falling into place for our… Continue Reading

Read This Awesome DK200 Race Recap…

I was hoping this one would come, and it finally did so today via email. It’s from Curt Shelman, our good friend at Chamois Butt’r… and recounts his day on the bike, along side his son Colin. I was at the Finish Line when Curt and Colin rolled in together. From the look on their faces, it was obvious they had just experienced something very special… and it was… Continue Reading

Swiftwick Named “Official Technical Gear Sponsor”

We are happy to announce Swiftwick has been named “Official Technical Gear Sponsor” for Dirty Kanza 200. Headquartered in Brentwood Tennessee, Swiftwick manufactures the finest technical socks and sleeves you will find anywhere. Here at DK200, our personal favorite is their 4” Merino Wool Sock. Each Swiftwick sock is knitted at 200 needles; the highest density you’ll find in socks. This structure creates a second-skin feel, prevents shifting or… Continue Reading

Dirty Kanza 200 Video Contest in Underway…

Voting for the Dirty Kanza 200 Video Contest is now underway. Go here… and vote on your favorite video. Act quickly, as voting closes this Friday, August 19th. Good luck to all our participants. Continue Reading

Race Date Set for 2012

OK, folks… we have set our race date for 2012. Mark your calendars now for the weekend of Saturday, June 2, 2012. While you’re at it, also mark Saturday, January 14, 2012 for the start of Online Registration. You won’t want to miss that date, as our 2011 event sold out in 48 hours. Work has already begun on our 2012 event. You can expect a (slightly) larger field… Continue Reading

Dirty Kanza 200 Results

I just walked in the front door from the 1250 mile drive home from Emporia, Kansas to Easton, Pa. So a complete Race Recap will have to wait until later this week. But here is a run down of the Official Race Results. Thanks to all who participated in the 2011 running of Dirty Kanza 200. And a special thanks to our Sponsors and Volunteers who helped make this… Continue Reading

Get Ready to Preregister For Dirty Kanza 2011!

Participation in the Dirty Kanza 200 is on a pre-registered basis only.  Pre-registration will open on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 6:00 am (EST) and will be conducted at the link below.  We expect to fill our 350 rider field limit, so if you want to participate, act quickly.  Pre-registration will close once the field limit is met, or on May 15th, whichever comes first. Continue Reading

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