The DK 200 is a 200 mile long ultra-endurance bicycling challenge, held on the gravel roads through the Flint Hills region of east-central Kansas.
The event will occur on Saturday, September 12th, 2020 and will start in front of the historic Granada Theatre, 807 Commercial St., in downtown Emporia, Kansas. Participants will leave the starting line under police escort at 6:00 am.
More info coming soon!
Each rider will be responsible for printing out their own maps and cue sheets. These maps and cue sheets will guide the rider to each checkpoint along the route.
Upon arriving at a checkpoint, each rider is responsible for checking in. No one else can check in for a rider. Official Event Checkpoints are the only spots along the entire route where participants are allowed to meet their support crew to re-supply and fix equipment. As a general rule, checkpoints will occur every 45 to 90 miles along the route.
NOTE: This is an extremely remote area. You will likely not pass through any towns, and therefore no convenience stores between checkpoints. Always be aware of the distance to the next checkpoint, and be prepared to travel that distance with the supplies you carry.
DK 200 is not an event for entry-level cyclists. Participants are solely responsible for their personal well-being, will have to make their own informed decisions, and suffer the consequences of those decisions. Please be aware… if you break down or become injured, it is YOUR responsibility to contact your support crew to come get you. DO NOT CALL US. WE WILL NOT COME RESCUE YOU. EVENT PROMOTERS AND SPONSORS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SAFETY AND WELL-BEING. If you sign up for this event, make sure you have a support crew with a well thought out emergency backup plan. If you do not feel you are prepared to meet such a challenge, please consider a shorter route option. If you do not have your own support crew, consider our support crew for-hire option, as described on our online registration page. All DK event participants, regardless of event distance, are required to have a Support Crew present.
GPS links, maps and cue sheets will not be made available until Monday, May 25th, 2020.
As our official bike shipping partner, we recommend using Bike Flights to ensure your bike arrives safe and sound to Emporia. Click here for more information
Ship your bike to Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co., the official adventure retailer of DK, offering professional assembly. GCAS will assemble your bike as well as tune all parts to make sure you are prepared to succeed at camp. Assembly includes front and rear derailleur adjustment, wheel truing, brake adjustment, along with checking chain, cassette, and brake pads for wear. GCAS will provide a complete package, so when you tackle the training rides, you do it without any mechanical difficulty. Having a professional mechanic go through your bike can be the difference between a good and bad ride. Additionally, GCAS will professionally repack your bike for you and ship it. The training camp cost for build and repack is $120. (Shipping charge separate.)
Please ship your bike so it arrives AT LEAST three days before training camp starts- that way if a part is damaged in shipping there is time to order a replacement if necessary, and you won’t miss a minute of riding. Gravel City Adventure & Supply Company is excited to help support DK training camp and is excited to see everyone. GCAS: “Building community one adventure at a time.”
The DK Youth Cycling Fund has been established as a way to raise funds to promote youth cycling in the state of Kansas and throughout the Midwest. DK is committed to seeing #morekidsonbikes. This fund will allow us to continue assisting with clinics locally for youth, and begin working on the establishment of an Interscholastic Cycling League in the state of Kansas and throughout the Midwest. It will take a lot of work and money to make this a reality. DK is committed to leading the charge on both fronts. The proceeds from our High School event will be put in the DK Youth Cycling Fund. More help will be needed. If you are interested in helping us see this mission come to fruition, please email us using the contact us link above. If you’d like to make a monetary contribution, you can do so online, by clicking here. Please remember to include “DK Youth Cycling Fund” in the memo to signify where the money is going.
Or by sending a check to:
Emporia Community Foundation
527 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS 66801
* In the memo line write: DK Youth Cycling Fund
How do you Kanza? It takes a village to make an amazing event like this happen. Link to sign up coming soon!