Author Archives: Lelan Dains

Stingers Up!

Stingers Up!

Want a life-changing experience? Try riding your bike in the rain, mud, on gravel roads — and doing it voluntarily. Emporia State University student Natasha Krause did just that — rode in the Dirty Kanza 200. The race provides opportunities for students, along with riders all over the world, to challenge themselves. By participating in the race through internships, the race provides high-impact learning for students. On race day, riders… Continue Reading

DK x ENVE Challenge Series

Dirty Kanza and ENVE Composites invite you to get out and ride one of the eight DK x ENVE Challenge routes on blackriver to earn a chance at winning an ENVE wheelset! We’ve partnered with some great shops and riders to offer some incredible routes in gravel destinations across the country. To be entered to win you must join one of the Challenges on blackriver, ride the route and… Continue Reading

Lunar Kanza Buttons

Lunar Kanza Buttons

Summer heat is in full effect and the Lunar Kanza is drawing near. That means riding and running at night with cooler temps and the moon and stars (as well as mandatory lights!) guiding your way! The Lunar Kanza celebration is a totally unique experience. Riding or running the Flint Hills at night, under a full moon, is a transformative experience. As always, Dirty Kanza Promotions works hard to… Continue Reading

Blood Road Premiere

Blood Road Premiere

We are excited to announce that the Granada Theatre is hosting the Midwest premiere of Red Bull’s, “Blood Road.” Blood Road features 3x Queen of Kanza, Rebecca Rusch, and follows her on an awe inspiring journey to find the final resting place of her father who was shot down in Vietnam. You will have two opportunities to see this film, once on Friday, June 2nd at 4pm and again on Sunday,… Continue Reading

That Coveted Finish

That Coveted Finish

200 miles. 200 miles of Flint Hills gravel roads to be precise. Dirty Kanza is quite the journey to say the least and to finish is without a doubt a huge accomplishment. It is the climax of months, sometimes years of planning, hard work and sacrifice (lot’s of sacrifice!). That is why nothing can replace, or duplicate, the emotions you will feel as you come down Commercial Street in… Continue Reading

Orange Mud

Orange Mud is very excited to be on board as a partner for the 2017 Dirty Kanza! Whether running or riding, dirt is in our blood and we focus on making gear that will not only stand up to your toughest races and adventures but exceed your expectations. Our Endurance Pack is a mountain biker and gravel grinder’s dream and our soon-to-be-released Adventure Pack, 12L is going to be… Continue Reading

There’s Still Time

There’s Still Time

With our DK Training Camp wrapping up, it’s a great time to re-visit some things that you should each be doing in order to be prepared for this arduous challenge. In no particular order of importance, here are some things to be considering… A mechanical mind – This is often a leading cause of anxiety for Dirty Kanza participants. Let us put your mind at ease, you will likely… Continue Reading

Help Needed

Help Needed

Dirty Kanza could not be the World Premiere event that it is without the extraordinary help from our volunteers. Thank you in advance for joining us, being a part of this wonderful event, and making a difference in your community! Continue Reading

New wheels, tires join Dirty Kanza for 2017

We are pleased to announce new partnerships in the wheel and tire categories. Enve Composites will be joining Dirty Kanza in 2017 as the “Official Wheel Sponsor,” while Maxxis Tires USA is coming on board as the “Official Tire Sponsor.” Riding gravel is often a rough affair. However, companies such as Enve Composites are making it possible to travel vast distances over rough terrain with relative ease and comfort. ENVE is… Continue Reading

Gravel City takes on Land Run 100

f you’ve been paying the least bit of attention to the Gravel scene, you have gathered that the 2017 Land Run 100 was of a particularly epic nature. Mud has come to be a given it seems, but sub-40 degree temps and an all day rain, coupled with biting North winds made this edition a gravel (mud) ride for the ages! Stats from Land Run’s own website have 165… Continue Reading

Rider Sign-In

Rider Sign-In

e’ve come a long way since the early days. Sign-In used to be in a hotel lobby! As Dirty Kanza has grown and evolved, so too, has the sign-in process. In a continued effort to keep you informed and successful in your entire Dirty Kanza experience, we have penned this “How to” list for Rider Sign-In. Rider Sign-In is MANDATORY for all riders! Rider Sign-In will be available on Friday,… Continue Reading

DK Training Challenge

DK Training Challenge

ooking for a little extra motivation to kick start your Dirty Kanza Training? We’ve got the kick in the pants you need! Starting now through the end of February we will be challenging you to complete the iconic Teapot Mound Loop. This 50 mile route takes you into the fabled open range of the Flint Hills. That’s right, you’ll be riding with the cows! Not to mention having an amazing… Continue Reading

An Open Message To Our Friends and Followers

Yesterday, Saturday January 14th, was one of the days we look forward to all year… Dirty Kanza Registration Day.  A tremendous amount of hard work goes into preparing for this day.  It is a day that means a lot to us… and we recognize it is also a day that means a lot to many of you.  For that we are truly grateful.This is also a day that holds… Continue Reading

2017 Dirty Kanza Transfer Procedure

2017 Dirty Kanza Transfer Procedure

2017 Dirty Kanza Event Entry Transfer Procedure The following describes the process required to transfer a 2017 Dirty Kanza entry: It is the responsibility of the person currently registered for Dirty Kanza to find someone wanting to acquire their event entry. The rider currently registered for Dirty Kanza must go to BikeReg.com, then navigate to “My BikeReg”. Once there, find your Dirty Kanza registration listing and open the link.… Continue Reading

Know the Rules: Part II

Know the Rules: Part II

n an effort to continue updating all participants on the changes for 2017 and the rules that help make the race safe and enjoyable for all, we bring you part 2 in our “Know the Rules” series (View part 1 here if you missed it!). Gravel grinding was born out of a sense of adventure. A desire to explore new roads, see new sights, and do so with a… Continue Reading

Know your lodging options

Know your lodging options

Getting in to Dirty Kanza requires being prepared, as does finding a place to stay. But, as in most things, fortune does indeed favor the prepared. Here is your quick guide to finding a place to rest your weary bones in and around Emporia, KS. Emporia hotels – these are in hot demand and are going fast. Click here to be directed to the Emporia Visitor Bureau’s listing of… Continue Reading

Know the Rules: Part 1

Know the Rules: Part 1

Rules are necessary for safety and fair play. We want to highlight some of the new changes in 2017 and reiterate some long standing rules. View the slider below to check out rules 18-20. Continue Reading

#200women200miles: Megan Hottman

#200women200miles: Megan Hottman

ell us about your biking: I ride ALLLLLL the bikes My stable includes MTB, CX (one is a SS), Road bike, TT bike, Track bike and fat bike. All Cannondales except for my track bike and Spot CX belt drive. Plus my 1995 Bridgestone commuter (first “real” bike I got – bought it when I was 15!). I started road racing around 2002-2003 and raced road and then track through… Continue Reading

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