Category Archives: new dirt

Meet the DK Coaches

Train with Intention! Preparing for the Dirty Kanza requires an intentional approach, targeting various energy systems and building your form and fitness to ‘peak’ at the right time. Unlike a generic training plan, personal coaching with our expert cycling coaches will help you to take advantage of your strengths, while improving your areas of weakness. Training plans are constantly updated and modified to fit your progress, as well as… Continue Reading

Journey(wo)man – A Beginner Rider’s 100 Mile Story – An Introduction

Journey(wo)man – A Beginner Rider’s 100 Mile Story An Introduction “Hi my name is Michelle and I’m a beginner cyclist.”  I’m on a quest to gravel grind through a 100-mile race in less than a year of riding. Why? Well, a multitude of reasons.  Former runner with bad knees looking for a new way to get my endurance fix. To figure out why it’s so gosh darn hard and… Continue Reading

DKXL Camp is OPEN!

DKXL Camp is OPEN!

“…what I love about the camps is the relationships I’ve developed and watching people grow.” – Anthony Casarona The first ever Dirty Kanza XL Camp is open! One of the first athletes to sign up was Anthony Casarona, and we are stoked to have Casarona back for another Kansas visit. He’s had a ton of success with Dirty Kanza 200, been to several DK camps and when we saw… Continue Reading

Shimano joins the Dirty Kanza

Shimano joins the Dirty Kanza

A partnership born in gravel, we could not be more stoked to have Shimano join us as our Official Drivetrain Component and Brake Sponsor. It’s no secret that they spent time working on the most minute details of the GRX Groupset, and that groupset went through the true test at the 2019 Dirty Kanza and DKXL. “We simply wanted to create a set of components that would allow you… Continue Reading

Are you planning your 2020 race season?

Are you planning your 2020 race season?

Make sure you mark the dates for the 15th annual Dirty Kanza – Here’s what you need to know! #DKXL will roll out on Friday, May 29th, 2020. Registration will be open on Dec 1 at 8am through Dec 8 at 11:59pm with selections completed by Dec 16. Dirty Kanza will take place on Saturday, May 30th, 2020. The random selection process for DK200, DK100, DK50 and DK25 will be… Continue Reading

Success – 2019 Women’s Camp was a BLAST!

Success – 2019 Women’s Camp was a BLAST!

We just wrapped up the 2nd annual Dirty Kanza Women’s Camp, and woman-o-woman, it was not only informational, but also a whole lotta fun. This camp is designed to be educational, with plenty of opportunities to put that learning into real ride practice. FTP tests, workshops on nutrition, training, tire pressure, self-care, bike setup, and bike repairs paired with great meals and camaraderie insured camp athletes received what they… Continue Reading

DK Women’s Camp Starts Thursday!

DK Women’s Camp Starts Thursday!

It’s almost here! We will have 30 campers, coaches and staff joining together in Emporia to participate in the 2nd Annual Garmin Dirty Kanza Women’s Camp, and we can’t wait! Campers will be learning valuable information all weekend – from training tips, to bike handling, to nutrition on and off the bike and SO MUCH MORE – it’s going to be a packed weekend. GU Energy will be on… Continue Reading

Race the Sun – a Labor of Love

Race the Sun – a Labor of Love

The “Race the Sun” art awarded to the top 100 finishers that complete the Dirty Kanza 200 before sunset has become a milestone and goal for many DK racers. Since the inception of the award in 2013, it’s been translated into jerseys and tattoos. Partnering with Emporia State University professor and artist James Ehlers has indeed made this piece so special, and the time and effort that go in… Continue Reading

Loaded Rice Noodles For the Win!

Loaded Rice Noodles For the Win!

As a coach and a multi-discipline athlete, Kristen Legan pays attention to what she consumes, both on and off the bike. But being busy means being ready and able to prep a quick meal. And being able to bring variety to any meal is a plus. “I love this dish no matter what kind of training I did that day. It’s hearty and full of flavor but doesn’t leave… Continue Reading

Spring Camps are OPEN!

Spring Camps are OPEN!

Join us for our 7th (🤗) Dirty Kanza Spring Camp (100 and 200 mile) or our first ever DKXL Camp this spring! We are bringing back the best in the industry to help you get ready for the 2020 Dirty Kanza, or any other endurance gravel event you have in mind! Camp includes meals, curated routes, tech talks, AND your entry for the 2020 DK or DKXL. Looking for… Continue Reading

LOOK Joins the DK Party!

LOOK Joins the DK Party!

Attention all gravel lovers… we are stoked to announce our partnership with LOOK Cycle! LOOK will be stepping up in 2020 as the official pedal for all our DK events, and we couldn’t be more excited for them to join the party in Emporia and show off their #xtrack pedals. More info on the x-track here: http://bit.ly/LOOKDirtyKanza Follow them on IG at @look_club_us. – #rideyourdream #lookahead #dirtykanza #lookcycle #gravel Continue Reading

Not much left, so get on it!

Not much left, so get on it!

We’ve got some Dirty Kanza gear left from our 2019 event – and here’s your chance to stock up or grab some gift items for yourself or your loved ones. Maybe you are just looking for some inspiration for your training? New gear always helps! Shop now, and use code DKMERCH20% Continue Reading

Jeff Kerkove’s Bowl of “What a Body Needs”

Jeff Kerkove’s Bowl of “What a Body Needs”

Jeff Kerkove knows a thing or two about going long – he was 5th across the DKXL finish line this year, and is currently out racing the Silk Road Mountain Race. Catching up with him isn’t always the easiest – he and wife Karen Jarchow stay busy with bikes and puppy Piney, but he was kind enough to share one of the meals he prepares, and consumes, often! Jeff… Continue Reading

Amity’s Granola

Amity’s Granola

“Quick and nutritious so a perfect start to long days out riding.” – Amity Rockwell, 2019 QOTK Yep, we know nutrition on the bike is a crucial part of your success on race day, and throughout your training miles. But what you put in your face off the bike is also important. We are taking some time to share some great recipes from different DK participants – collect them… Continue Reading

It’s not too late to Lunar!

It’s not too late to Lunar!

We just added 17 more tokens to the treasure hunt, we’ve got chances to win Lauf forks, and “golden tickets” to skip the Dirty Kanza lottery – it’s all part of the fun. Add to that the Lunar Kanza Block Party featuring live music by The Dwayne Bros and food and drink from our friends at Mulready’s… you get the point, it’s gonna be a blast. Don’t miss out-… Continue Reading

Kucza Family preps to Race Across the Sky

Kucza Family preps to Race Across the Sky

“Finishing Leadville is just as important to her as it is to me; that’s freaking priceless.” -Jacob Kucza Training for ultra-anything often takes a team. There’s the athlete, and then there is the support network that props him/her up and helps ensure the miles happen, whether they are on foot or on two wheels. When Dirty Kanza became a part of the Life Time family of events, one local… Continue Reading

Dirty Kanza Women’s Camp

Dirty Kanza Women’s Camp

Are you interested in taking your training to the next level? This camp is designed to help women find ways to make their time on the bike more effective and efficient. Put on by women for women, this four day long camp will help you take your cycling to the next level and give you tips and tricks to make sure you can put yourself first without feeling like… Continue Reading

LUNAR KANZA

LUNAR KANZA

On the calendar next, LUNAR KANZA! Many of you have done this fun ride in the past, and that is EXACTLY what Lunar is – a great way to have fun on the bike. We take off from the 700 block of Merchant (right behind Gravel City Adventure and Supply) to enjoy an evening/night time ride. You can choose 25 or 50 mile options – both of which will… Continue Reading

2020 – We can’t WAIT!

2020 – We can’t WAIT!

Hay is in the barn for 2019. We’ve sweated, cried, cheered, laughed, cleaned and swept – and planning for 2020 is already under way. THANK YOU for making the 2019 Garmin Dirty Kanza one of the best ever! So, mark you calendars! The 15th Annual Dirty Kanza will take place on Saturday, May 30th, 2020. The random selection process will be open from 8am CST, Jan 6 through 11:59pm… Continue Reading

Did you #ChaseTheChaise?

Did you #ChaseTheChaise?

Salsa Cycles does it again! Back for year #2 with the infamous Chaise Lounge, the amazing crew from Salsa staked out their space in the Flint Hills and waited for riders in the 100, 200, and 350 mile distance to grab their photo on the chaise. Epic poses, happy faces, and lots of sweat and dirt graced that seat well into the nighttime hours. Make sure to visit their… Continue Reading

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