Category Archives: new dirt


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

Registration Now Open for DK Lite

Does gravel road riding sound like fun, but 200 miles is just a little too much of a good thing?  Do you have a rider in DK200, and you’re wondering what you can do that morning to fill some time?  The Dirty Kanza Lite may be just for you.  The DK Lite is a gravel road “fun ride”, intended for the recreational/fitness-based rider.  With 20-mile and 50-mile options, you… Continue Reading

Dirty Kanza 200 Hotel Options…

Well, registration for DK200 has come and gone.  WOW!!!  Was that quick!!!  We suspect many of you are now trying to determine your hotel options.  Here is a list of Emporia, Kansas area lodging providers who have graciously agreed to offer special pricing for DK200 participants.  These hotels will likely fill up quickly.   So you might want to make your reservations right away.  Be sure to mention Dirty Kanza… Continue Reading

2012 Registration Sets New Records

Registration for the 2012 Dirty Kanza 200 opened today, Saturday, January 14th at 6:00am ET.  At 8:38 am, DK200 was sold out, and mutiple records were broken.  The competitive field limit of 350 racers is our largest ever.  And the 2 hours and 38 minutes it took to fill shattered the previous record set in 2010 when the field limit was reached in 14 hours.  Our thanks goes out to everyone… Continue Reading

Registration for the 2012 Dirty Kanza 200 Opens This Saturday, Jan. 14th…

This is just a quick reminder… participation in Dirty Kanza 200 is by pre-registration only.  And your chance to sign up for the 2012 event opens this Saturday, January 14th at 6:00am (EST).  With only 400 slots available, we expect to sell out in record time.  Here is a link to the registration page on  Bookmark this site.  Then set your alarm clocks.  Sleep in too late this… Continue Reading

Support Pablove Foundation and Fight Childhood Cancer

In 2012, Dirty Kanza 200 is proud to support The Pablove Foundation Shutterbugs program in memory of Adrian Lewis Solano. Born and raised in Emporia, KS, Adrian was a healthy, happy 12 yr old in 7th grade.  He loved his bike, friends, video games, his family and of course… his dog.  Adrian woke up one morning with a bad headache, and that headache changed his life.  He was diagnosed with a… Continue Reading

VelEau Hydration Returns to DK200…

We are happy to announce the return of VelEau Hydration Systems as one of our fine sponsors in 2012.  Yeah… the stories of 100(+) degree temp’s at past DK200’s are true.  No better way to be prepared for that sort of thing then equipping your rig with one of these.  Check ’em out… and let them know how much you appreciate their support of Dirty Kanza 200. Continue Reading

DirtRag Magazine Ups the Ante on DK200 Video Contest…

Last week, I received a phone call from my good friend Josh Patterson, Editor at DirtRag Magazine. Josh is a DK200 Veteran and passionate about gravel grinding. He told me DirtRag was wanting to kickstart our Dirty Kanza 200 Video Contest. Josh shared some ideas… we kicked things around a bit… then Josh made a few more phone calls to further sweeten the deal. Forget everything you might have… 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

Sponsor Highlight… Salsa Cycles

We are happy to announce that Salsa Cycles will be returning in 2011 as our “Premier Sponsor”, and they are coming back in a HUGE way. All of us here at Dirty Kanza Promotions want to publicly state what a privilege it is to work with the fine folks at Salsa Cycles. The best bikes in the business, designed and produced by the best folks in the business. Mike,… Continue Reading

Announcing the 2011 Dirty Kanza 200 Video Contest

Win a free entry into the 2012 running of the Dirty Kanza 200. Create a video (or digital slideshow) documenting your preparation for, your participation in, and your recovery from the 2011 running of the Dirty Kanza 200. Post your video online. (On your personal blog, YouTube, etc.) Then send us a link to your creation at We will post that link here on the Dirty Kanza 200… Continue Reading

Two Weeks and Counting…

Well, we are just a little more than two weeks away from the 2011 running of Dirty Kanza 200. The books are now closed on Rider Registration & Transfers… T-Shirts and prizing are rolling in… Number Plates are at the printer… Maps are printed and stuffed into baggies… We have even taken delivery of the first-ever Dirty Kanza Trading Cards!!! All the pieces are falling into place for our… Continue Reading

Read This Awesome DK200 Race Recap…

I was hoping this one would come, and it finally did so today via email. It’s from Curt Shelman, our good friend at Chamois Butt’r… and recounts his day on the bike, along side his son Colin. I was at the Finish Line when Curt and Colin rolled in together. From the look on their faces, it was obvious they had just experienced something very special… and it was… Continue Reading

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