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Tips from Reigning Champ Amanda Nauman

Tips from Reigning Champ Amanda Nauman

By CTS CTS Coach Dave Sheek has been coaching 2015 Dirty Kanza 200 Champion Amanda “Panda” Nauman for more than three years and has a good understanding of what makes her engineer/math whiz/cyclist brain tick. She loves pandas, data, intervals, and most of all… food. When they sat down to create tips for this article they both came up with many and narrowed the lists to their Top 6. With nearly two months left… Continue Reading

Emporia Farmers Market to Host Dirty Kanza Pre-Race Palooza Fundraiser

Emporia Farmers Market to Host Dirty Kanza Pre-Race Palooza Fundraiser

The Annual Palooza Fundraiser for the Emporia Farmers Market is being planned for the 2016 Dirty Kanza event. Market volunteers will showcase locally sourced foods and welcome gravel riders to our community on Friday, June 3. The meal will include dishes featuring beef, buffalo and poultry grown right here in the Flint Hills, as well pasta and in-season vegetables direct from the farmers market. There will be no ticket pre-sales this year.… Continue Reading

DK Ride Along

DK Ride Along

Dirty Kanza Promotions & Prairieland Partners team up once again to provide the ultimate DK200 spectator experience through a “ride a long” in an official DK Spotter vehicle. A limited number of seats are available through the first  leg of the DK200. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this legendary race first hand. The proceeds of $400/seat will benefit the charity of your choice. This year’s… Continue Reading

Additional spots opened for Crew-for-Hire Program

Having a crew present at Dirty Kanza is a requirement and we know that not everyone can travel with friends or family. It is for that reason that we team up with the Never Let Go Fund to offer a Crew-for-Hire program. They offer a crucial program for Dirty Kanza and your participation in this program benefits their organization. Everybody wins! However, we are limited in the number of people… Continue Reading

Volunteer Sign Up Available!

Volunteer Sign Up Available!

Calling all Dirty Kanza Volunteers! It’s time to sign up to volunteer for Dirty Kanza 2016! Here is the link to the volunteer page: http://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/33773D704A7CEEBC71-dirty2016 One of the biggest things that sets Dirty Kanza apart from other events is the community that comes out to assist with this great event and welcome riders into our town. As always, we need your help to make this year’s event a special one. This year’s… Continue Reading

2016 Dirty Kanza Transfer Procedure

2016 Dirty Kanza Event Entry Transfer Procedure Registration for the 2016 Dirty Kanza filled to capacity in record time. Spots sold so quickly, in fact, that many folks were caught off guard. RidingGravel.com has created an “Official Dirty Kanza Transfer Thread”, which will serve as the clearing house location for those seeking to sell, or seeking to obtain an entry in Dirty Kanza 2016. The following describes the process required to transfer a… Continue Reading

DK Home Mechanic Class

Have you ever tried to fix a small problem on your bike, only to make it worse? Maybe you go straight to the pros and have to take days off of training while you wait for the repairs to be completed. Either way, The Dirty Kanza Home Mechanic Class can eliminate both of these hassles! This class is for riders who already know how to perform basic repairs and… Continue Reading

Frozen Kanza Clinic

If you’re a rider wanting to step up their winter training, interested in learning more about cold weather layering, or just aren’t ready to put your bike up for the season, we have the event for you! Our Frozen Kanza Clinic starts at 7pm on Wednesday, December 9th. See you there!   Continue Reading

#stashyourtrash at DKHQ!

#stashyourtrash at DKHQ!

Dirty Kanza HQ has just become the newest recycling center for GU wrappers. As part of GU Energy Labs #stashyourtrash campaign, they have partnered with Terracycle, which receives their waste and converts it into useful items like park benches! Because so many folks in the DK Community are using GU products we thought it only natural that we join in. What this means for you is that when you… Continue Reading

Teravail Tire Release Party

Teravail Tire Release Party

DK Promotions invites you to celebrate the launch of Teravail’s new tire line which includes the “Official Tire of the Dirty Kanza 200”. The fun starts at 9 AM on November 14th at DK Headquarters and will last all afternoon! Joe Meiser, Product Development Manager for Teravail, will be in attendance and ready to share the Teravail story. Tires and Orange Seal Sealant will be available for purchase (supply… Continue Reading

#tbt

#tbt

We’ve just returned from the third annual Rebbecca’s Private Idaho and it had us reminiscing of year 1. What a great time it was that first year and it just keeps getting better. We’ve been every year and already plan on returning next Labor Day weekend. You should check it out and get it on the calendar! http://www.rebeccasprivateidaho.com/ Continue Reading

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Today’s #tbt is certainly inspired by the recent Gravel Worlds tandem win by our very own Tim and Kristi Mohn. It got us to thinking about the time Lance Andre and Barbie Miller won the overall at the 2011 Dirty Kanza 200. That’s right, they didn’t just win the tandem class, they won the whole darn thing. Respect! Continue Reading

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No one can deny that the mud at this year’s Dirty Kanza made for truly epic conditions and great photos. But, those that have participated in some of the ‘hot years’ at Dirty Kanza will remember images such as this. This shot comes from none other then Jason Boucher, taken in 2011. This was a particularly hot year and as these two riders found out shade is scarce in the… Continue Reading

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Sometimes we can’t help ourselves and we will get caught up reading past stories about the Dirty Kanza. This particular review is one of the earlier write ups on the Dirty Kanza, coming just after the 3rd edition in 2008. It is certainly interesting to see how the Dirty Kanza and gravel cycling have grown since then! Therefore, today’s throwback comes in the form of a write up from CX Magazine.… Continue Reading

#DKLEGENDS Power World Bicycle Relief

#DKLEGENDS Power World Bicycle Relief

From our good friends at World Bicycle Relief:   “The team created a finisher’s t-shirt with the hashtag #DKLEGEND–the term Curt Shelman from Chamois Butt’r minted for the amazing and hard working cyclists who made it through this year’s particularly tough race. And the proceeds? Donated to World Bicycle Relief. Jim Cummins sums it up: “We honored our event finishers, continued to build the DK community, and provided folks with… Continue Reading

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What a dandy looking crew this is. From L-R: Tim Ek, Ryan Horkey, Joe Meiser, Jason Gaikowski (Salsa Cycles), and Nick Legan. This shot is from the start line in 2011. This would have been only the second start from the Granada Theatre. We are very much looking forward to another  fantastic Dirty Kanza start in downtown Emporia! Continue Reading

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Ok, I realize you don’t have to think back too far for this week’s “Throw Back” Thursday image, but last night’s repair clinic led by Shawn Honea was such a success we just had to share! Best advice we can give when it comes to bike repairs is get out and learn. Programs like these shouldn’t be hard to find in your area and your local bike shop is… Continue Reading

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers Needed!

Calling all Dirty Kanza Volunteers! One of the biggest things that sets Dirty Kanza apart from other events is the community that comes out to assist with this great event and welcome riders into our town. As always, we need your help to make this year’s event a special one. Click on the link below to view the volunteer schedule and send Jennifer Neuman an email to jlneuman12@gmail.com with your Name,… Continue Reading

#decadedirty #tbt

#decadedirty #tbt

With today being the opening day of the Dirty Kanza Training Camp, we thought we would share an image from last year’s camp. This picture beautifully captures the views you’ll see in the Flint Hills at this time of year. While the smoke from field burning is not a joy to ride through (it can be fairly easily avoided though mind you), it is a welcomed sight. Out with… Continue Reading

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Look at this crew from Cycle City, circa 2008. Joe Fox and company are looking good in blue. Only a few folks have started as many Dirty Kanza’s as Joe, be sure to visit him at Cycle City if you are in the Kansas City area! Continue Reading

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