Author Archives: Lelan Dains

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

#200women200miles: April Morgan

#200women200miles: April Morgan

ell us about your biking: I’ve been biking all my life…. mostly for fun as a child, then as a means of transportation in college, and now mostly for fun. It’s really come full circle!  I enjoy racing and testing my limits at challenging events that “scare” me. I spend a lot of time training on the road and love the local group ride scene in Minneapolis.  When it comes… Continue Reading

#200women200miles: Andrea Cohen

#200women200miles: Andrea Cohen

ell us about your biking: Riding for me is freedom. When I am riding I can be myself. I ride nearly every day. I have always been a person who needed activity in their life. The bicycles started out of necessity. Sometime during college (which seems like lightyears ago) my car died, but I had a bicycle! Which I never rode. I started commuting, then riding with a triathlon… Continue Reading

#200women200miles: Amanda (Panda) Nauman

#200women200miles: Amanda (Panda) Nauman

ell us about your biking: I was an age group swimmer my whole life through college. That led me to racing triathlons, which led me to employment in the bike industry, which led me to a broader horizon of bike racing and eventually realizing my love of racing in the dirt. ell us about your bike: The ride’s foundation is Niner Bikes, a BSB9RDO size 47 frame. The ride is… Continue Reading

#200women200miles

#200women200miles

irty Kanza Promotions is committed to getting more women on bikes. To that end, we aim to see 200 women riding in the Dirty Kanza 200. We are encouraging all women to join in this movement because we know you can “find your limit”, and smash 200 miles. Though women only made up 10% of riders in the DK200 in 2016, the female finish rate and time was IDENTICAL… Continue Reading

#200women200miles: Nicole Blakemore

#200women200miles: Nicole Blakemore

ell us about your biking… I have loved riding a bike for my entire life. When I was young, my family would take an annual “cycling trip” on the Linear Trail in Manhattan, a flat pedestrian trail that did a stretch of Manhattan’s circumference. I never let us miss a year. In college, I discovered the joys of riding the River Trails near the levee of Lawrence. I did… Continue Reading

2017 Dirty Reiver

2017 Dirty Reiver

The Dirty Reiver is a 200 km off road cycling challenge based on the Gravel event format found predominantly in the Midwest of America. It was founded in 2016 and was met with instant success. The beautiful and challenging gravel forest access roads that service the vast areas of forest covering the border region of England and Scotland play perfect host for an epic gravel challenge. The course will… Continue Reading

Bazaar Cattle Pens Get A Face Lift

Bazaar Cattle Pens Get A Face Lift

Yesterday Jim and myself had the opportunity to join the grand opening ceremonies of the newly renovated Bazaar Cattle Pens (and what better way than to travel by bike!?). The Cattle Pens have always been an interesting place to visit. One of the better viewing spots along the Kansas Turnpike, it never really afforded people good access. In fact, it was never really clear if one was meant to… Continue Reading

Brooks Edition Warbird

Brooks Edition Warbird

Two of our Dirty Kanza sponsors have come together in a perfect union! Brooks England with their storied history has come together with Salsa Cycles to make quite arguably the most regal gravel rig available! This limited addition Warbird is appointed with Brooks Cambium bar tape and a Cambium C15 Saddle – luxurious touch points that pair well with the Warbird’s Class 5 Vibration Reduction System. Not only will… Continue Reading

Training Camp – Open for Business

No need to be stuck in the mud…or water…at Dirty Kanza! 200, or even 100 miles of Flint Hills gravel does not come easy though. It takes great dedication and know how. Our training camp offers an opportunity to prepare your mind, muscles, and machine for the rigors of Dirty Kanza. There are two separate training tracks available for 100 and 200 mile participants. All athletes will come together… Continue Reading

Orange Mud joins the team!

Orange Mud joins the team!

We are pleased to announce that Orange Mud will be joining the Dirty Kanza team as a sponsor in 2017. While Orange Mud got their start in running, many of their products are great for cycling. In fact, they now have amazing cycling hydration packs (click link to check ’em out!). Super sleek and comfortable for those extra long DK legs… And who can forget the iconic transition towel! Make public… Continue Reading

SOS Strong

SOS Strong

A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man stands up for others. Dirty Kanza co-founder and head of state, Jim Cummins, is participating in the annual SOS Strong fundraiser. Jim’s goal is to raise $1,000 by August 21st. These funds go to support local SOS programs such as Crisis Services, Child Visitation and Exchange Center, CASA of the Flint Hills, Child Advocacy Center. To make a donation… Continue Reading

Congrats to all!

Congrats to all!

The theme for the 2016 Edition of Dirty Kanza was “Find Your Limit”. Our hope was that Dirty Kanza would provide you, as a DK participant, an opportunity to test yourself… and to discover that your personal “limit” resides in a place much farther down the road than you first thought. In other words, we hoped to provide a stage from which you could launch your own journey filled… Continue Reading

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