With our DK Training Camp wrapping up, it’s a great time to re-visit some things that you should each be doing in order to be prepared for this arduous challenge. In no particular order of importance, here are some things to be considering…
- A mechanical mind – This is often a leading cause of anxiety for Dirty Kanza participants. Let us put your mind at ease, you will likely incur some kind of mechanical failure at Dirty Kanza. Now that you know to be expecting it, you can get to work on learning how to make those repairs.
- Fix a flat – Don’t have a flat tire? Make it flat. Simply let the air out and practice. Then practice again. Then take it out at night with your head lamp and practice. Stop in the middle of a ride and practice on the side of the road.
- Convert to Single Speed – enlist the help of your local mechanic on this one. Or, click here to watch Adam Blake of Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co. as he walks you through the process.
- Tune your engine – You are not too late in the game if it was a challenging winter to get on the bike. However, you’ve also got no time to waste. RIDE YOUR BIKE! Seems easy enough. Dirty Kanza requires sacrifice. You must sacrifice time doing other things in order to spend the necessary time training. There in lies the reward when you achieve something great, like crossing that finish line. Check out these static training plans if you are unsure where to start.
- Find your way – GPS is great, when it works. Learn to read a map and cue sheets. Want some routes to practice on? Pay us a visit in Emporia and check out these iconic routes, many on Dirty Kanza terrain.
- Know your stuff – Yeah, yeah, nag, nag. Seriously folks, we put this stuff out there so you can be successful. Please take the time to READ THE RIDER’S BIBLE. Check out our informational (and inspirational) videos on Youtube. Learn from The Casual Cyclist and LeLan Dains on “This is Gravel.” Still have questions? Shoot us an email through our “Contact Us” page. We want you to have a successful ride at Dirty Kanza. You can do that by helping yourself out and learning all you can about the event.