Author Archives: Lelan Dains

Back to School

Back to School

DK200 Lodging at Emporia State University Dorms: OK, this is the announcement many of you have been waiting for. The good folks at Emporia State University have put together a great lodging & meal package for Dirty Kanza weekend. If you don’t already have lodging reserved for Dirty Kanza weekend, consider yourself one of the lucky ones, as what follows is the best deal in Emporia. Clean rooms, great food,… Continue Reading

Rebecca’s Private Idaho

Rebecca’s Private Idaho

Registration for Rebecca’s Private Idaho is now open (click here). We can say from experience this is not one to be missed. 2013 marked the inaugural RPI, hosted by Rebecca Rusch, and was a great success. And we are proud to have played a small part in inspiring Rebecca to put on her very own gravel grinder. We think she’s pretty special and so is this event. But, don’t… Continue Reading

Printer Friendly Rider’s Bible

We’ve gathered that while our fancy, new Rider’s Bible is sure fun to look at, it is rather difficult to navigate the many layers of Issues to find the print button. So, we’ve made life a little easier for you. You will now find a printer-friendly .pdf version of the Rider’s bible housed under “Info” on the menu bar. Unfolding under the Info tab you will see the page… Continue Reading

Photographers Needed!

Photographers Needed!

Interested in shooting the Dirty Kanza 200? We’d love to help! If you’d like to find out more about how to become a part of the official photography team and the benefits of doing so, contact us via our contact page. Continue Reading

Closed!

Closed!

Yes, you are reading correctly. In just under two short weeks we have reached the field limit for 2014! Congrats to everyone that is in the 2014 running of the Dirty Kanza 200 and Half-Pint 100. If you sat on the fence a little too long and are now bummed for missing out, have no fear! Registration for the DK Lite 20 and 50 mile events will be opening… Continue Reading

Why I Ride

Enjoy James Davis’s entry winning story! I ride my bike because I can.    In 2006, on Spring Break as a teacher, I broke my right fibula and tibia (shin and calf bones) in multiple places while skiing for the first time in my life near Boulder, CO.  Swelling was so great that I was losing blood flow and nerve function below my knee.  Surgery was scheduled immediately to… Continue Reading

Lodging

As we anticipated registration filled up quickly! Therefore it was no surprise that lodging in town went fast as well. But, if you are having trouble finding an available hotel room, have no fear. We are in the process of finalizing the details to make available the Emporia State University dorms as we did last year. So, sit tight and we will get that information to you as soon… Continue Reading

Bike Ergonomics

Bike Ergonomics

We’ve pulled no punches in letting you know that this Flint Hills gravel is ROUGH! The good news for you is the fine folks at Ergon have gone and made your lives WAY more comfortable by introducing the Ergon CF3 Carbon Seat Post (click link to learn more about this fine product). The even better news is they want to give a few away to some lucky DK200 riders! 4… Continue Reading

Gravel Capital

Lot’s of good gravel out there, don’t get us wrong. But, we’ve got some of the best! And this fine video from the folks at High Gear Cyclery of Emporia, KS captured it quite well. As if we weren’t fired up already, they went and stoked the flames! Don’t forget to get yourself registered this Saturday morning. Don’t miss out! Then once you come down to Emporia, be sure… Continue Reading

Community

We sometimes take for granted that it takes a village to pull off something like the Dirty Kanza 200. The countless volunteers that work to make it happen and the openness of Emporians to welcome a bunch of spandex clad crazies to our town! We’re proud of this town and we are all happy to share it with others and show you just why we think riding bikes (and… Continue Reading

Free Entry!

Free Entry!

I know we are bringing the news quick and dirty style, but hold on tight because there is more to come! And the title doesn’t lie. One lucky Gravel Guy or Gal will get their DK200 entry free. Gratis. On the house. Pro bono. A freebie. I think you see where we’re going here. And it’s all thanks to the fine folks at Kenda Tires. And we won’t make… Continue Reading

Orange Mud

Orange Mud

That’s right. Runner’s World ‘Gear of the Year.’ And now we are proud to assist Orange Mud in bringing their products to the cycling world. We’ve all been there. Doing a quick change in the parking lot at the trailhead. Inadvertently giving the unsuspecting passerby’s a little more than they bargained for! And we’ve all tried to hold the towel in one hand while trying to shimmy out of… Continue Reading

Time to shop

Time to shop

We know, we’re a little late. As it turns out the intricacies of creating an on-line store can be more time consuming then we originally thought. We think we’ve got it mastered though. So, feel free to shop away! You will notice that we use PayPal as our payment method. It is safe and secure. And don’t have a PayPal account? No problem! An account is not required. You… Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

We here at Dirty Kanza Promotions hope everyone has had a happy and safe holiday week thus far. And we especially hope there were more than a few new gravel grinding rigs received! And since everyone has a little extra time for some holiday reading we thought it would be a good time to re-share the best DK200 posts from 2013. And where better to start than Chris Case’s… Continue Reading

Get Your Training On!

Get Your Training On!

It is no secret that you need to come to the Dirty Kanza 200 well prepared. Whether you’re doing the Half-Pint 100 or are in it for the full 200, there is very little chance of faking your way through it. The relentless wind and endless hills take no prisoners. It takes the kind of stamina and mental toughness that can only come from preparation. So my point is… Continue Reading

Web Store

You may be noticing a beautiful purple bar across the top of the website. It states “this is a demo store for testing purposes….” Keep in mind this is referencing our store page only. The rest of the website is live and interactive. Once we have all products uploaded that will be gone and you can shop away! In the meantime, if you are needing something ASAP for added… Continue Reading

Welcome Back

As promised we are ready, and extremely happy, to officially present our new site. No doubt if you have been perusing the website this past week you have seen some of these changes coming through. And while not every last page is quite ready (store coming soon), 99% of this website is fully functional. We hope you will find it easier to navigate and pleasing to the eye! (Major… Continue Reading

Hotels for 2011 Dirty Kanza 200 participants

Emporia-area hotels offering special rates for Dirty Kanza 200 participants. Be sure to mention Dirty Kanza 200 to receive the discounted rate. Host Hotel: Candlewood Suites, 620-343-7756, $72.99/night Best Western, 620-342-7587, $89.95 night Comfort Inn, 620-342-9700, $70.00 / night Fairfield Inn, 620-342-4445, $99.00 / night Do not delay! This will be a busy weekend in Emporia, Kansas, with numerous other activities bringing in lots of travelers. You would be… Continue Reading

Dirty Kanza 200 2011 Photos

Thanks to IM Design for shooting video and photography of the event, along with all the Graphics we saw all around Emporia. You guys rock!  I am really looking forward to seeing what the design team at IM Design comes up with from the video they shot on race day! Here are some pictures from this year’s race. All photos © imdesigngroup.com. Contact them for reprints. Enjoy! Use the… Continue Reading

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