Author Archives: Jim

Gnat Builds the Ultimate DK Gravel Grinder…

Follow Gnat as he builds his version of the ultimate gravel ginder bicycle in his new weekly series titled “DK Wednesday.” His first installment to this once-a-week adventure, and all subsequent entries, can be found here… Looks like things will be centered around the new Salsa Woodchipper handlebar. An excellent choice, I would say. What will he come up with next week? This should be fun. Continue Reading

New DK Course Markings

In an effort to keep those of you who are “navigationally challenged” from getting lost at this year’s Dirty Kanza, Joel and I have developed these new corner markers.  Flourescent Pink ribbons will be easily visible during the day.  Reflective tape for night time viewing.  Continue Reading

Registration now less than one month away…

This is just a quick reminder that registration is now less than one month away. Mark your calendars and set your alarms… registration will begin sharply at 12:01 am EST on Sunday, January 10, 2010, and will once again be conducted online at Registration will close once we have sold out at 150 riders, or on May 16th, 2010, which ever comes first. Don’t wait too long. Last… Continue Reading

Epic Ride Research returns to DK in 2010!

This just in… Epic Ride Research has agreed to not only return again this year as a sponsor of The Dirty Kanza 200, but they will increase their level of support in 2010. The 3rd Place Finisher in each of our four race classifications will receive a “Mountain Feedbag” from Epic Ride Research. Furthermore, we will have two additional Mountain Feedbags for our general prize pool give-aways. Christa Olsson,… Continue Reading

200 Miles to Fargo?

You may only be 200 miles away from Fargo, no matter where you live. Salsa Cycles has generously donated a shiny new Fargo frameset as a door prize prize to a lucky participant in the Dirty Kanza 200. Just think, all those bottle cages and more could be yours if you can whoop just enough rear. So just keep this thought in mind as you’re riding and smiling: only… Continue Reading

swiftwick joins the dk200 family

All of us here at Heartland Sports Promotions are proud to announce the newest member to our family of Dirty Kanza 200 Sponsors. Swiftwick International, maker of fine technical fabric clothing items has graciously agreed to support The Dirty Kanza 200. You can check out all of the great Swiftwick products for yourself here… The 2nd Place Finisher in each of our four race classifications will receive a… Continue Reading

Tic Toc…

Only three weeks away from the 2009 running of The Dirty Kanza. Joel and I are busy making final preparations. We are absolutely giddy about the course we have in store for you this year. The new northern section is chock full of roller-coaster hills, panoramic vistas and picturesque native limestone structures. One small word of caution… In years past, checkpoints have come every 50 miles. This years course… Continue Reading

salsa joins the dk200 family!

jim & i would do gravel events even if we didn’t get prizes we just love the stuff. but we want to show you that we want to reward & respect your hard work. in the end no racer makes money doing this riding is a labor of love.we have worked hard to get sponsors that are things we use. last year without any advertising salsa gave us a… Continue Reading

dirty kanza in only 29 days

thanks for coming to the dirty kanza new blog we just started this after getting back from trans iowa late at night. so we will be getting more info & other good stuff out soon .we have a few changes of format to be announced so look for that soon. big grin…joel Continue Reading

new sweet video

the guys at im design group , scott bolley & company. made us a sweet video. have a looksee. tha whole gang in emporia have been such a great support. the tourism board , the high gear family, the moen’s, lelan,garret, & too many others to name here. they are the support that makes this race possible. thanks all! watch for a even better dk200 next year. big grin…joel Continue Reading

2009 Race Recap

  Each year since the inaugural Dirty Kanza in 2006, approximately 50 – 55% of the riders who start this race have completed the 200 mile course. Based on that trend, our hopes were that at least 50 of the 85 riders processed during Friday night’s sign-in would successfully conquer this year’s route. That was, however, before we realized that unseasonably high temperatures would be coupled with an also… Continue Reading

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