DK The Official Magazine of the Dirty Kanza 2017
200 WOMEN RIDING 200 MILES A record number of women will embark on the Dirty Kanza 200 this year
A unique tandem team will take on the Dirty Kanza, an ophthalmologist and a blind veteran Page 8
Gravel Grinding Capital of the World
THE WORLDâ€™S PREMIER GRAVEL GRINDER
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Becoming a destination for outdoor adventure was no accident Page 18
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Magazine Director Laci Rusco
Dirty Kanza Promotions Jim Cummins Kristi Mohn Tim Mohn LeLan Dains [Photo courtesy of Linda Guerrette]
Design Layout Justin Ogleby
Letter from the Director 4 Finding Independence 8 A unique tandem team will take on the Dirty Kanza, an ophthalmologist and a blind veteran.
200 Women Riding 200 Miles 14 It is no accident that a record number of women will embark on the Dirty Kanza 200 this year.
Emporia: Gravel Grinding 18 Capital of the World Discussion with Lauf Forks 24
Gravel Tires: Where the Rubber Meets the Road 30
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Adventure by Bike 34
Explore the Flint Hills 40
2016 Finishers 46 ON THE COVER
Amanda Nauman crosses the finish line during the 2016 Dirty Kanza 200. Photo courtesy of Linda Guerrette
Contributing Writers Matt Gersib Melissa Lowery Bobby Thompson
Eric Benjamin Jason Ebberts Matt Gersib Linda Guerrette Dave Leiker Kim Morris IM Design Group
Advertising Staff Cassi Ellis-Olinger Ronda Henery Tayler Lyons Leann Sanchez
Production Design Kelsey Barker Dan Ferrell Margie McHaley Phillip Miller Katie Potter
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From the Director Since Joel (Dyke) and I first formed Dirty Kanza in 2006, a lot has changed in the gravel scene. We could have never foreseen what was in store for the gravel culture in general… nor for Dirty Kanza in particular. Quite frankly, we never gave it any thought. At the time, that wasn’t our focus. We just knew two things… 1.) There were some cyclists up north riding their bikes crazy long miles on gravel, and it sounded like a fun thing to do... and 2.) Our lives had been enriched by cycling, and we wanted to give back to the cycling community. Before Joel and I began to determine the “what” of this new adventure we were about to create, we sat down to determine the “why”. My years spent in the corporate world had taught me the value of knowing one’s mission. Without a clear understanding of why you are doing what you do, how do you know when you are successful? Our conversations led to the creation of a Mission Statement. First penned in 2006, it remains unchanged to this day. It reads as follows... The mission of Dirty Kanza 200 is to provide the ultra-endurance off-road cycling community with a high quality event at an exceptional value. We will strive to effectively utilize the ruggedness and remoteness of the Flint Hills region to properly challenge the self-sufficiency of event participants, while at the same time provide an appropriate level of support, to ensure an enjoyable, life-enriching cycling experience. There is a reason those last four words appear in italics. These are the four words that guide everything we do here at Dirty Kanza Promotions. They determine how we structure the event, the Sponsors with whom we partner, the course layout, the distance between checkpoints, and on and on. Even our registration process… which we recognize is in need of improvement. These four words are on our minds when we get out of bed in the morning, as we come to work, and as we go home at night. They are the “Why” we do what we do. As Dirty Kanza has grown over the years, we have had to modify and adapt the “How” of what we do. However, we will never change the “Why”. As the gravel culture continues to evolve… as new events come and go… as “sanctioning” bodies inevitably creep in… one thing will remain constant. We will continue in our commitment to provide each one of our event participants with a life-enriching cycling experience. We hope you have such an experience this weekend. Happy Grinding, Jim Cummins Executive Director, Dirty Kanza Promotions
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Dr. Michael Reynolds an ophthalmologist from Emporia, and Timothy Hornik, a blind man from Lawrence, prepare to take on the DK200 as a tandem.
“Tandems are lots of fun, but it takes time to learn how to ride such a large ‘beast.’ Start out easy. Don’t go for a century ride on the first time out.” — Advice for new riders of tandems
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he Dirty Kanza is no stranger to tandem cycling teams, but this year the race will include a unique team: Dr. Michael Reynolds, Emporia, and Timothy Hornik, Lawrence. Reynolds is an ophthalmologist; Hornik is blind. Reynolds and his family moved to Emporia in 1994 after he completed medical school. He set up his ophthalmology practice and put down roots. He and his wife, Joyce, raised two daughters, Michaela and Caesie, and enjoy what Emporia and the Flint Hills have to offer. A bike rider as a kid, Reynolds’ interest in cycling returned during Lance Armstrong’s heralded career. He bought a bike and started riding again, joining a group of men interested in longer rides and gravel routes. In 2011, they decided to tackle the Dirty Kanza. “We figured we’d try the first two legs, the 100-mile race, and see how it went,” Reynolds recalls. “It was tough, but I knew I wanted to try it again, and I wanted to finish the full 200 miles.” He has raced the DK200 four times since then, finishing each time and beating the sun more than once. “One year I beat it by 11 seconds, but I beat it!” he said. Reynolds began spending so much time riding that his wife began commenting on his absences. He presented her with a unique solution. “My wife would say, ‘You’re always out on your bike.’ And she was right, I was spending a lot of time out there,” Reynolds said. “I thought, ‘Why not ride together?’ So I built a tandem.” The duo have since ridden tandem in Emporia’s FreedomFest and a few 100-mile races around the Midwest. In 2015, Reynolds and his youngest daughter, Caesie, rode tandem in the Dirty Kanza 200, finishing the race in less than 17 hours.
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In 2016, as he traveled the final leg of the Dirty Kanza, Reynolds found himself riding alongside some other cyclists whose GPS was down. Unfamiliar with the area, they relied on Reynolds to guide them to the finish line. “I’m not sure exactly how that led me to the idea of partnering with a blind athlete — you get euphoric at the end of a race — but it sounded like a great idea,” Reynolds said. “As an ophthalmologist, I felt like I would have a unique understanding of how to team with a blind athlete and be successful.” He spent the summer reaching out to blind stoker clubs (a stoker is the person who sits on the back of a tandem bicycle) without finding the right person. Then, in November, he heard that a tandem team with a blind stoker would be riding at FreedomFest in Emporia. Reynolds and his wife already planned to ride the event, so this would be the perfect opportunity to connect with a potential teammate. Hornik’s path to tandem cycling is different than most, the result of a unique challenge. Originally from the southside of Chicago, Hornik attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on an ROTC scholarship where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He commissioned into the Army in 2002, and deployed to Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division in September 2004. While serving in Iraq, Hornik was shot by a sniper. His injuries left him visually impaired, but he stayed on active duty for seven more years, working in acquisitions and programs management before electing to medically retire in 2011. Choosing to remain on active duty was a struggle for Hornik. He felt like he could not complete his “wartime mission,” yet he still wanted to serve to the best of his abilities.
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“I had competing values about what the military culture was indicating and what I actually had to work with,” he recalls, “but that was my internal conflict. Externally I had lots of good support within offices and areas where I worked.” Recreational sports played a large role in Hornik’s transition from sighted to blind. The physical activity was beneficial, but it was the community surrounding the activity that was most helpful. “It’s not the activity itself that has the strongest impact in my own experience,” he said. “The activity draws people together, and that allows one to experience the most impactful piece, which is the ability to interact with other people in a peer-support setting with volunteers and staff and other community supporters where you can have concerns, your barriers, your successes normalized.” In 2010, Hornik and his wife moved to Lawrence. He returned to academia through the Masters in Social Work program at the University of Kansas, focusing on disability advocacy and medical social work. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work at
KU, focusing on recreational sports and their impact on individuals with disabilities. Hornik was a daily commute cyclist for years after his deteriorating vision prevented him from driving. “I started to really enjoy it as part of my recovery,” he said. “It was a method for me to find independence.” When he lost his sight completely, he began tandem riding. He teamed up with cyclist Matt Battiston for the 2016 FreedomFest gravel race, and it was there that Reynolds approached Hornik about riding together in the 2017 Dirty Kanza. “I had to think about it,” Hornik said with a chuckle. “It’s a unique challenge. I’m not all that fond of ultra sports — I am a recreational sports enthusiast — but hearing about the Dirty Kanza, I think it’s an interesting challenge. I want to try it, see how it goes.” “It was a few weeks before I got the call from Tim saying, ‘Yeah, let’s do this,’” Reynolds recalled. “I knew I had to let him take the time to think about it; this isn’t something you want to talk someone into doing.”
They began training at the beginning of the year, taking the tandem bike out for short distances in Lawrence on the weekend, building trust and getting used to the bike and to each other. Riding tandem is an adjustment. The strategies and skills are different than riding solo. You have more legs to power the bike, but you also carry more weight and someone shifting on the backseat at the wrong moment can topple the bike. But if you ask Reynolds and Hornik what the most important element of riding tandem is, they give the same answer. “It’s all about communicating,” Reynolds said. “Communicate. Communicate. Communicate,” Hornik reiterated. Reynolds is the captain — the person in the front seat — and Hornik is the stoker, sitting in the back and providing that extra power and support to keep the team going. “The stoker can’t really see what’s up ahead, even if they are sighted, so it’s up to me to let them know if there’s a bump or railroad tracks coming up or how long of a climb we have,” Reynolds said.
Meanwhile, Hornik passes up water and snacks to Reynolds to keep him fueled. The presence of a second rider can also be an advantage to the mental aspect of riding long distances. “The fun part about riding tandem is that you’re not riding alone,” Hornik said. “You do get into a groove with the other person that helps you connect.” “It’s a psychological advantage,” Reynolds concurrred. “Misery loves company. It definitely helps keep you motivated.” As training continued, they gradually increased the length of their rides, moving their sessions to Emporia and the surrounding gravel. This will be Hornik’s first time attempting a ride of this length, but he sounds excited to test himself against the famously grueling course. “I have every confidence that we’ll finish,” Hornik said. “Maybe not as fast as Mike has finished it in the past, but I know we’ll finish and I’m looking forward to having fun with it.” Advice for New Riders of Tandems: w w w. g t g t a n d e m s . c o m / t e c h / newriders.html
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200 MILES BY MELISSA LOWERY
Operations Manager LeLan Dains took that information and created 200 Women Riding 200 Miles, an initiative to more than double the number of women riding the DK200. “Most of this campaign is about encouraging and empowering women and giving them the tools they need to do the race,” Dains said. “Taking on the Dirty Kanza 200 is no small feat and it requires a lot of sacrifice and a lot of hard work to come down that finish line as a finisher, and that shouldn’t be an exclusively male experience. We want more women to experience it as well.” The Dirty Kanza is limited to 2,000 riders in 2017, with 1,000 spots available for the DK200 and the other 1,000 parceled out between the 100-mile and 50-mile races. Registration Day is a flurry of activity, setting records annually for the
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record number of women will embark on the Dirty Kanza 200 this year, and that’s no accident. After organizers reviewed the demographic information from 2016, as well as cumulatively through the race’s history, they found significant gender disparity. Only 95 women rode the DK200 in 2016, making up less than 10 percent of cyclists in that event. But other statistics showed capability was not the problem. “When we looked at the race stats, we found that women had equal finishing rates as the men and their average times were similar,” said Dirty Kanza Promotions Director Jim Cummins. “That tells us that the DK200 is gender neutral — men and women are equally equipped for it. The next question was, how do we get more women to participate?”
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speed at which the race sells out. Cummins and the Dirty Kanza Promotions team wondered if this was one reason fewer women raced the DK200. For the 2017 Dirty Kanza 200-mile race, organizers set aside 200 of 1,000 spots for women only, programming the online registration portal to release any unsold spots to the general public two weeks after Registration Day. A press release sharing the news was sent to industry magazines and online outlets. “The phone started ringing immediately,” Cummins said. “More than half a dozen major magazines did features, helping spread the word.” On Registration Day, all 200 spots sold out within two hours. Providing better access to the race is just part of the plan to encourage and empower women to ride the DK200. In addition, Dirty Kanza Promotions is partnering with local women’s cycling groups to hold mechanical clinics and seminars to help women riders prepare for the race. On June 2, the day before the race, Megan Hottman and Janel Holcomb, veterans of the DK200, will moderate the first ever Dirty Kanza Women’s Gravel Forum. “The purpose of the forum is to bring together an expert panel who can talk about the burgeoning gravel scene in the United States and help everyone attending learn more about how they can be successful at gravel events,” Holcomb said. “The hope is that the forum will also give new riders some tools to succeed on event day so, even if they can’t complete the event on this attempt, they will be hungry to try again.” The panel includes women who are experts in a number of areas: bike industry, gravel events,
equipment and mechanical knowhow, racing, coaching, fitness and nutrition. Hottman and Holcomb are excited to see a focus on inclusion and working through some of the obstacles women face when considering something like the DK200. Both praised event organizers for choosing to go the extra mile to make women feel included. “Reserving 200 spots for women sent a strong message,” Hottman said. “That action told women, ‘You are wanted, you are not only welcome here but requested, and we can’t wait to see you race our event.’ Inclusion is the message, and it was well-received.” “Women are built for succeeding at events like the DK200,” Holcomb continued. “We are endurance machines. But let’s be realistic: there is a lot that is intimidating about riding the DK200. Most people worry that gravel riding requires too many specific skills, and they have anxiety that prevents them from ever trying. The result is that we have two large mental hurdles to overcome before registering. But the fact that Dirty Kanza reserved 200 spots for women changed the game. It brought women into the spotlight and demonstrated that DK is committed to getting more women on gravel.” The impact of the 200 Women Riding 200 Miles initiative is poised to reach far beyond Race Day. Everyone involved hopes the result is women participating in gravel grinding in larger numbers than ever before. “I believe this action will have a ripple effect in the gravel community,” Holcomb said. “We will have 200 women who can go back to their clubs and cycling friends and say, ‘I did this. You can do this too. Let’s do more of this together.’”
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EMPORIA: GRAVEL GRINDING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
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BY MELISSA LOWERY
Over the course of a little more than a decade, Emporia, Kansas, has become known worldwide as a destination for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, thanks to the Dirty Kanza, a grueling 200-mile cycling race through the Flint Hills. Becoming the Gravel Grinding Capital of the World was no accident, but was instead the result of capitalizing on a natural resource and a vision to bring people to enjoy it. “Emporia is leading the charge, setting the course for gravel grinding,” said Jim Cummins, Director of Dirty Kanza Promotions, which produces the annual Dirty Kanza. “Our vision is that Emporia and the Flint Hills become nationally recognized as a preferred outdoor adventure vacation destination.” That vision is becoming clearer every day. Emporia and the Flint
Hills have become synonymous with gravel grinding, drawing people from around the world who come to ride where Tour de France competitors have ridden, to test their limits against the elements and experience the unique landscape. “Emporia has become such a popular name in the tourism world because of the Dirty Kanza and gravel cycling,” said Susan Rathke, director of the Emporia Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It’s become something to hang our hat on — to be the place to come ride gravel.” The impact of the Dirty Kanza is felt by businesses downtown during the event and throughout the year. Where before these businesses would reduce their workforce during the summer when Emporia State University students went home, now they gear up for events
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like the Dirty Kanza and national disc golf championships said Casey Woods, director of Emporia Main Street. “Because cycling and disc golf bring people into town to practice, it creates consistent traffic that’s highlighted by the Dirty Kanza,” he said. “The benefits to the local economy go beyond that oneday event when we have 7,000 people downtown. It offers brand recognition and sales when people all over the country and all over the world come for something they can’t get anywhere else.”
performance-enhancing drugs as well as complex governance and regulations. As the allure of road racing declined, cyclists searching for new challenges began turning to gravel. Now gravel is “the most important genre in the cycling industry,” Cummins said. “Gravel grinding is a way for people to just go out and have fun on a bike.” Part of the appeal of gravel grinding is that, by necessity, it takes riders to remote parts of an increasingly crowded world. Gravel roads connect isolated areas, sending travelers on expeditions through country they have probably never seen before. Often gravel grinders will ride 10, 20, even 40 miles without seeing another person. Gravel grinding is as much a mental challenge as it is endurance, if not more so. [Photo courtesy of Jason Ebberts]
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Gravel’s Popularity Increasing For years, elite road events such as the Tour de France drove the cycling industry. But interest has decreased in recent years as cyclists wearied of scandals involving
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“Riding gravel forces you to dig deep and discover things about yourself that you wouldn’t discover otherwise,” Cummins said. “It’s about finding your limit, then discovering that you can go even further.” Emporia as Gravel City The Flint Hills are uniquely suited to gravel grinding. Hundreds of miles of gravel roads cut through the hills with steep climbs and the fabled “wind sweeping down the plains” adding to the challenge of conquering the terrain. In 2006, a group of local cyclists organized the first Dirty Kanza race through the Flint Hills. A couple dozen people attempted that first grueling 200-mile event, starting and finishing the race in a hotel parking lot. A few more riders joined in each year until it became clear that the event had the potential to become something much larger. Dirty
Kanza Promotions was born and efforts to expand the event began. The race moved to its current home in downtown Emporia in 2010. Within a few short years, the Dirty Kanza became a phenomenon and a cornerstone of Emporia. Now the event draws thousands of riders and fans from around the world. The success of the Dirty Kanza goes beyond the terrain, however. Each year downtown Emporia hosts a finish line party. Vendors, live music and thousands of spectators fill Commercial Street. As riders turn onto the street and head toward the finish line, exhausted after hours of riding, they’re met with a cacophony of cheers and cow bells. “We have two things working in our favor: the Flint Hills and the people of Emporia,” Cummins said. “No community gets behind an event like the people of Emporia. Over the years so many riders have come up to me and said they feel
like rock stars when they cross the finish line and hundreds of people are there to cheer for them.” A Year-Round Sport Emporia’s gravel grinding cred stretches far beyond the Dirty Kanza. Official events include the Lunar Kanza, a nighttime ride in August, and FreedomFest, a run and ride held in conjunction with Emporia’s Veterans Day celebrations. Local groups set out from local bike shops for weekly rides and on any given day you’re likely to see at least a handful of cyclists heading out in search of gravel. In 2016, Dirty Kanza Promotions unveiled Iconic Routes, a set of 10 routes throughout the Flint Hills ranging from 13 miles to 140 miles. Some routes take riders through local history, like Murder Ordained, which traverses a bridge that was the centerpiece of a murder committed by a local pastor.
Native Stone follows the Santa Fe Trail with a stop in Council Grove, which boasts 24 national historical sites. Other routes showcase the unique landscape of the Flint Hills, like Ride the Chase which includes 60 miles of gravel roads across the prairie where cattle outnumber people and Teapot Mound, approximately 45 miles of open range and wide open vistas. Throughout the year, riders from all over the world travel to Emporia to test themselves against the Flint Hills and its fabled gravel. The Gravel Grinding Capital of the World provides ample opportunities for riders to push further than they’ve ever gone before. “We are about encouraging people to find their limit,” Cummins said. “We want you to explore beyond self-imposed limits, to test yourself and discover that your limit is further than you think it is. The Flint Hills is the perfect place to start that journey.”
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BY BOBBY THOMPSON
Gudberg Bjornsson [Photo courtesy of Lauf Fork]
AUF WAS THOUGHT UP
basement in Reykjavik,
Iceland, in December 2010, according to the company’s website. As the story goes, Benedikt Skulason — an avid mountain biker — was working for a high-end composite prosthetic feet company as a research and development engineer. After a ride on that fateful night, he pitched an idea to his good friend and fellow cyclist, Gudberg Bjornsson, for a lightweight suspension fork. Lauf was born.
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After years of hard work, in July 2013, the Lauf fork was ready for the true test — a race. In a competition of nearly 100 people, it came in first place. Since that time, the forks have become a favorite among cyclists around the world. It is also a new sponsor of the Dirty Kanza in 2017. Bobby Thompson, the Casual Cyclist, had a chance to talk cycling and success with Bjornsson, co-founder and chief designer of Lauf.
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“We’re focused on what it takes to succeed in the Flint Hills. Our product and the environment meld
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Casual Cyclist: Thanks for agreeing to answer a few questions. Let’s jump right in and get to the important stuff. Lauf is headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland. What’s the gravel/ backroad scene like over there? Are there many cyclists who primarily ride gravel or is road the primary cycling surface? Bjornsson: The gravel scene is basically non-existent in Iceland. Most ride mountain bikes and road bikes — road bikes being the largest group. There may actually be more fatbikers then gravel riders at the moment. That said, the biggest cross-country race (1,000 riders) should be labeled as a gravel race in terms of surface, but in terms of length, it is more cross country oriented (38 miles). Around Reykjavik there is an OK network of gravel stretches connected with paved roads. The further you ride away from Reykjavik, the amount of gravel roads increases so you can do
longer loops, especially if you are willing to ride a little cross-country terrain as well. For longer trips — perhaps a weekend or so — there are endless gravel roads with all sorts of surface: sand, rocky, hard-packed mud and loose gravel. Most of these roads are closed during winter because of heavy snow, so the gravel season is not very long, perhaps three good months. Casual Cyclist: You answered my next question about the length of the rideable gravel “season.” The Lauf Grit has 30 millimeters of travel. I ride with one now on my Salsa Warbird and have yet to “bottom out” with it. What kind of testing/riding/input led to the decision of 30mm being the choice of travel? Bjornsson: The 30mm travel is a result of few things: 1. All our other forks are 60mm and our gut told us that
somewhere half way we could have a good gravel fork. Initial tests using the cross country fork felt good — we made one with stiffer springs and put in a larger bump stop. 2. Desired stiffness vs. fatigue strength (the shorter the travel, the stiffer the springs become when maintaining the same fatigue life). We’re always developing in this area and making small steps in the right direction. 3. We tried a shorter travel fork (20mm) but we bottomed out quite frequently when riding over potholes and riding lighter cross country courses. As we see it, a gravel bike should be able to handle light cross country riding as well because it is such an all-around bike. And we wanted to filter potholes better than the 20mm fork did. Casual Cyclist: Makes sense. I’ve already put in miles out in the Flint Hills of Kansas and I can’t
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imagine needing more travel. I’ve really noticed the difference on small rapid hits like washboard surfaces and the rough rocky surfaces like the Flint Hills. I’m guessing this is exactly what you were going for?
had worked with it before, doing suspension designs for prosthetic feet. But we tested the springs quite a lot when we started out as we were going for different use and travel. It was a battle between visual appearance, fatigue life and stiffness.
Bjornsson: That’s right. We wanted a fast rebound for the washboards and then the long-ish travel for roots and rocks, etc.
Casual Cyclist: And we’ll end it with this one — I definitely can’t wait to see you at the Dirty Kanza Finish Line in 2017. I’ll be attempting to Race the Sun as well so save a beverage for me. Lauf now has forks in almost all segments of cycling. Other than a unicycle model, I have to ask: what’s next for Lauf? I promise I won’t tell a soul.
Casual Cyclist: What can you tell me about the material the springs are made of? Was there testing of different materials or did you pretty much know going into design, “this is the material we’re rolling with?”
Casual Cyclist: Love it! Dirty Kanza Unicycle Category! Gudberg, thank you so much for your time. I’ve had an absolute blast talking with you and can’t wait to see you in a few months at The Dirty Kanza.
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Bjornsson: The material we use is S2 Fiberglass, which is a very flexible and durable material — sometimes used as armor on tanks — so military spec. We basically knew that this was the material we wanted to use as Benedikt (the other founder)
Bjornsson:: I have a feeling it will be the other way around, though. You saving a beer for me. We got some cool stuff up our sleeves that will definitely benefit the gravel crowd as well as the other maniacs already riding Lauf. But for now, I must zip-it. On the unicycle note, though. We “made” one a few months back, ha!
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The Lauf suspension fork has become a favorite among gravel riders around the world.
Casual Cyclist also had a chance to catch up with Dirty Kanza co-founder Jim Cummins about the new sponsorship. Casual Cyclist: Jim, thank you so much for agreeing to steal some of your time. Lauf is a new sponsor to Dirty Kanza in 2017. Can you give me a little insight as to how that partnership developed? Seems to me a natural fit with the type of rough surface gravel roads we have in the Flint Hills. Cummins: I was introduced to the gang at Lauf Forks by Dirty Reiver Promoter, Paul Errington. Lauf is a sponsor of Dirty Reiver in England. Evidently a conversation between them was struck up at some point (probably over beers) that Lauf should hold a gravel event in Iceland. (That’s where they [Photo courtesy of IM Design Group]
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get to ride in it. I say fortunate because we’d all rather have you directing it. SO...what events on your calendar in 2017 are you most excited to ride the Lauf fork in?
are from.) It’s my understanding their concept for this new event would include inviting top riders from Dirty Reiver, and top riders from Dirty Kanza. Kind of a “North America meets Europe” sort of thing. Well, one thing led to another, and Paul wound up introducing us to Lauf. But you are correct — Lauf forks is a perfect fit for Dirty Kanza. Casual Cyclist: I’d love to see a race like that. OK. I’ve seen you riding around with Lauf forks on your Salsa Cutthroat and your Salsa Warbird. Different forks though, correct? Initial thoughts on the forks? Moments in riding where you’ve really felt them excel? Cummins: I’m fortunate enough to have a Salsa Warbird and a Salsa Cutthroat — both amazing machines. I’m additionally blessed to have both now equipped with a Lauf fork.
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My Warbird is graced with the Lauf Grit, a no-maintenance, short-travel engineering marvel, designed specifically for going really fast on gravel. The added comfort and control of this fork is nothing short of amazing. What’s more amazing is that it is totally transparent. What I mean by that is, I forget it is even there. No bobbing. No flexing. It just works. The Salsa Cutthroat is basically a drop-bar mountain bike. The frame is designed to accept a 29’er suspension fork. So the Lauf Trail
Racer is a perfect match. At 60mm of travel, the TR has twice the amount of travel as the Grit, but could still be considered a “short travel” suspension fork. As a result of the added travel, movement of the fork is more noticeable while riding than the Grit. But only when standing and mashing a huge gear. While seated and hammering, the Lauf TR just soaks up everything in its path. Casual Cyclist: The Dirty Kanza is coming up soon. Fortunately for all of us, you don’t
Cummins: Well, I just competed in Land Run 100 last weekend. A totally brutal mudfest. The Salsa Cutthroat / Lauf TR proved fully up-to-the-challenge and both performed flawlessly all day. My next “A” event on the calendar is Dirty Reiver in April. I’m still undecided on whether I will take the Warbird/Grit... or the Cutthroat/TR. After that, I’m looking forward to riding the Cutthroat with Trail Racer fork in Iceland in July. The Lauf crew has invited me over, and I’m really looking forward to that adventure. Casual Cyclist: Awesome! Jim, thank you again for your time. Always a good time chatting with you.
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WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD BY MATT GERSIB
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Until recently, tire selection for gravel use was limited. Today most manufacturers, like Maxxis, offer a wide range of tread patterns and sizes. Left to right, Maxxis Pace 2.1”, Ravager 40c, Rambler 38c. All three offer reliable tubeless performance, but each tire offers a different balance of speed, traction, weight and ride quality.
As gravel bicycles have evolved, so too have the tires they’re running. Never before have so many great tire options been available, which is a great thing, but it makes choosing the right tires more challenging as well. Fellow gravel cyclists often ask me which tires I’d recommend they use, and quite frankly, there’s no one “right” answer. Everybody looks for different qualities in their tires, and most seasoned cyclists have a pretty good idea of what they think makes a good tire great. Tires, much like saddles and pedals, are a very personal choice. As such, take my guidance for what is: my opinion based on the tires I’ve ridden, on the mostly Midwestern gravel roads I’ve ridden them on. So, with that said, the first question I ask when somebody inquires about which tires to use, is what bike the tires are going to be mounted on. This helps me understand what’s possible in terms of tire size. If a bike can only fit a 38c tire, it immediately narrows down the field of potential tires. For example, there’s a considerable difference in available tire clearance between a firstgeneration Salsa Warbird and a Salsa Fargo of any generation. While both models are drop bar ‘adventure’ bikes, I’d never consider running a 38c tire on the Fargo (I’d run a larger tire). But a 38c tire is all you can fit on the rear of the Gen 1 Warbird with sufficient clearance, so you’d be looking at a different field of potential tires for that bike.
The choice of bicycle also tells me a bit about the owner’s intent. Using the two bikes mentioned above as an example, I’d say a Warbird-mounted rider is likely more interested in outright speed, or in going for the win at an event like the Dirty Kanza. So having a light, fast rolling tire is perhaps going to be a higher priority. On the other hand, many Fargo riders are looking for more traction, comfort and reliability in rougher conditions, with outright speed a bit further down the priority list. I rarely choose a tire that’s less than 40c in actual size for my gravel bikes. I say “actual” size because some tires such as the Arisun Gravel Plus 38, actually measure out at 42c, while a 40c Maxxis Ravager is dead-on 40mm wide. If you’re pushing the limits of tire size on your personal bike, it’s a good idea to try before you buy if you can. Again using the first-generation Salsa Warbird as an example, if you bought tires based on the size printed on the sidewall hot patch, you might be inclined to think an Arisun Gravel Plus 38 would work. But mount the tires up and you’d quickly see the difference between claimed and actual size. For reference, here’s how my three gravel-oriented bikes are currently set up:
Singular Gryphon A drop-bar, sloping toptube mountain bike frame with clearance for up to 2.2-inch tires, I use this bike for long gravel rides and races from 50 to 300 miles. It’s increased tire clearance makes it a great choice for long rides and wet or unpredictable gravel conditions. After years of riding the Bruce Gordon Rock ‘n Road 43c tires on my Gryphon, today, I’m running the excellent WTB Riddler 45c TCS tires. While I loved the RnRs, I’ve yet to find a tire that suits the character of the Gryphon better than the Riddler does. It rolls fast and corners with a confidence that’s rare in such a fast tire. Salsa Ti Fargo (prototype) For the past 6 months, I’ve been testing this bike with 29+ wheels built around 39mm wide (internal) Velocity Dually rims. While the bike doesn’t have clearance for a full 29+ tire/rim setup, the wider rims make the most of the tires that do fit. For example, the 29x2.1-inch WTB Nano fitted in the rear of the bike measures 57mm/2.25-inches at its widest point (the casing) when mounted on the 39mm Dually rim. On the front, I’m running a 29x2.3-inch Bontrager XR2 Team-Issue tire, which measures a full 2.5-inches wide mounted to the Dually rim. Though heavier than more narrow rims, the 29+ wheelset lets me run much lower tire pressure (15-18psi). This gives me a better ride quality and easy, confident handling, particularly in loose
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Dust from a recent gravel adventure adorns Matt Gersib’s Singular Kite.
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Matt Gersib’s Dirty Kanza 200 steed: a Singular Gryphon running 700x45c tires.
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With wide 39mm (internal) Velocity Dually rims and fast-rolling 29” tires, Matt Gersib’s Salsa Ti Fargo prototype rips through twisty singletrack, yet is surprisingly fast on gravel as well.
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Singular Kite A traditional steel ‘cross bike with clearance for up to 40c tires. I use the bike primarily for dry gravel rides of less than 100 miles. Today, I’m running a 40c Maxxis Ravager on the front, with a WTB Nano 40c on the rear. The faster-rolling Nano fits and rides well on the rear wheel, and I appreciate the added cornering bite the Ravager gives me up-front due to it’s shape and more pronounced side knobs. That said, it’s hard for
me not to wish the frame had just a little bit more clearance, so a 42c (actual) tire such as the Gravel Plus 38, or the Terrene Elwood 40c would work on both ends of the bike. Fortunately, I have this next bike...
[Photo courtesy of Matt Gersib]
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Gravel cyclist Matt Gersib feels wider tires are a distinct advantage on a race like the Dirty Kanza.
or fresh gravel conditions, or when ripping through our local singletrack trails. Of the six bikes in my current stable, this is the bike that gets used in the widest variety of conditions. So, my tire selection reflects this broad range of use. So, which tire should you choose? Heck, some riders choose 28c road tires for gravel rides, and I can’t say they’re wrong. Even I used to occasionally put 32c Clement MSOs on my Singular Osprey road bike for a fast gravel jaunt. But today I enjoy the increased ride quality and more surefooted handling of wider 40-45c tires on my gravel rides. And while it’s true I don’t race as much (or as fast) as I used to, I don’t ever feel handicapped by my choice of wider tires. In fact, in a lot of conditions, I feel wider tires are a distinct advantage. For fast cornering, riding in soft, moist conditions, or rough, fresh gravel, I’d choose a wider tire every time. Or, in a race
like the Dirty Kanza 200, with its prevalence of exposed flint rock that eats smaller tires alive, where wider tires can be the difference between finishing and calling for a ride. And while it’s true I’ve finished the ‘Kanza on 35c tires, based on my experience, my body likes me a lot better and I have a lot fewer tire-related problems when I run wider tires. Take the time to ask the gravel gurus at your local bicycle retailer what tires they’d recommend based on your bike and your cycling goals. Also, look around at what other gravel cyclists are running on local group rides. With the perspective you can gain from those two sources, dialing in the right tires for your ride should be much easier. Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on RidingGravel.com and is republished in edited form with permission.
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ravel City Adventure & Supply Co opened its doors at 716 Commercial Street in October 2016, offering customers a selection of products geared toward gravel grinding and outdoor adventure. “Our vision is to be more than just a bike shop; we want to be a full-service outdoor retailer,” Manager Adam Blake said. “Bikes are our primary focus, but we also carry camping supplies and plan to add other outdoor adventure supplies as we grow.” The store takes it’s official motto — “Building community, one adventure at a time” — to heart. Helping both the Emporia and cycling communities get the most out of their outdoors experience is central to each decision made. Most of the products the store carries are offered by the companies who support Dirty Kanza — Salsa Cycles, Kask, Maxxis, Chamois Butter. Doing
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so neatly intersects the desire to provide quality supplies for the cycling community and additional value for the sponsors. “We opened the retail store because we felt there was a need to show Dirty Kanza sponsors that their support had benefits beyond the event itself,” said Dirty Kanza Promotions Director Jim Cummins. “They helped make Dirty Kanza a success — which helped us build this local cycling community — so we carry their products and make them available to the community year ‘round. It’s a win-win.” Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co. offers a full selection of bicycles designed for gravel — from entry-level to high-end models for cyclists looking for that last piece of the puzzle to give them an edge over the competition. Although they offer custom builds, Blake said
many of their bikes are ready to go Blake said. “Our product and the environment meld into one. off the rack. “Salsa does a great job speccing Whether it’s something like the their bikes for the Midwest gravel Dirty Kanza or bikepacking or just riding out scene,” he said. further than “They have a “We’re focused you’ve ever good finger on gone before, we the pulse of on what it takes can outfit you what it takes for your next to succeed on to succeed in adventure.” gravel, so a the Flint Hills. Our “ W h e n Salsa Warbird, s o mebody for example, is product and the comes in here, ready to go out environment meld not only can of the box. You’ll we get an idea want to do some into one.” of what kind fitting, but it’s of riding they ready to rip.” Located in one of the best want to do and what kind of bike places on earth for gravel grinding they want to get on; we can gear meant specializing in gravel cycles them up for a specific ride, get them ready and get them on their came naturally. “We’re focused on what it takes way,” Blake said. Less than a year after opening to succeed in the Flint Hills,”
its doors, Gravel City Adventure & Supply Co. has become a gathering place for the cycling community. The bike shop shares space with The Mohn Standard, a clothing store operated by Tim Mohn. Separating the two shops — when space permits — is a lounge area where friends meet to discuss the latest events and innovations in the cycling world. Blake is proud of how the shop is evolving into something more than a place to purchase quality outdoor adventure gear. “If you see something in a catalog or online, I want you to tell me about it so we can discuss its impact on the general riding community,” Blake said. “We want to be a place of the right products, but also a place of education and information. We’re all about finding your limits, and that goes beyond gear.”
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Kansas,” DKP Operations Manager LeLan Dains said. “We are taking advantage of a very attractive course that takes people out into the Flint Hills and showcases our natural resources and small communities.” A finish line party in Council Grove caps off the event that organizers hope becomes an annual tradition. Scott Allen, a member of the Kanza-Rail Trails Conservancy that manages the trail, hopes the grand opening introduces the Flint Hills Nature Trail as a destination for year ‘round adventure. “Ultimately the goal is to complete these trails and get people outdoors to enjoy what Kansas has to offer,” he said, “as well as have a positive economic impact on the communities that the trail runs through.” The Flint Hills Nature Trail is the seventh-longest rail-trail in America,
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Although most of the Flint Hills Nature Trail is open now, a grand opening on Oct. 7, 2017, will celebrate the completion of the trail. The event, produced by Dirty Kanza Promotions, will include a range of activities to showcase the multi-use trail, including rides of various distances, and a timed relay run. Running relay races are growing in popularity around the country, yet Kansas hosts just a handful. Organizers saw this event as an opportunity to introduce relay runs while simultaneously highlighting the communities along the Flint Hills Nature Trail. Teams of four and eight will compete in the 93mile race, beginning in Osawatomie and ending in Council Grove with hand-offs at towns along the way. “Relay runs are very popular right now, but there are few in
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The Flint Hills Nature Trail — which traverses 117 miles through five counties — is slated to open in October 2017. It will be the seventhlongest rail-trail n the nation.
and the longest trail in Kansas. It follows the general route of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and forms a component of the coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail. Developing the Flint Hills Nature Trail has been a decadeslong process. The trail is built on an old railroad corridor originally developed in the late 1880s, as the Council Grove, Osage City & Ottawa Railway. It later became the Missouri Pacific Railroad. MoPac discontinued railway service on the line in the 1980s, and the route was abandoned. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy acquired and railbanked the corridor in 1995 and later transferred ownership to the Kanza Rail-Trails Conservancy. Since then, volunteers have worked to transform the former railbed into a multi-use trail for cycling, running, hiking and other outdoor activities. In 2012, they partnered
with Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to continue developing the Flint Hills Nature Trail and the Landon Trail, a 40-mile trail south of Topeka. Allen, who has spent years working with the Kanza RailTrails Conservancy on this project, is excited about showing it off to the general public. From the spectacular views to the different ecosystems along the trail to the vastness of the landscape, Allen is ready for others to experience the Flint Hills Nature Trail. “There’s a section of the trail that cuts through the Flint Hills and it’s some of the most beautiful views that you can have in the area,” he said. “You’ll be cutting through a hill then come out on top of a berm overlooking the Flint Hills. In my opinion, it’s the most isolated you can get in Kansas without permission from a private landowner. It’s something special.”
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Mark Symns John Boyd Jason Smith Scott Moses Gary Hamer Timothy John Klausutis Jennifer Talley Andy Phillips Scott Harding Kimberly Nuffer Annie Fox Allie Corlett Scott Rogers Ben Weaver Petr Ineman Reuben Bakker-Dyos Jennifer Barr Bruce Stephenson Kent Tuxhorn Evan Simula Brian Geshel Kurt Barclay Thomas Peddy Kevin Ehrlich Henry Mccullough Eric Nelson Marty Killeen Paul Dennis Brian Vaughan Douglas Tice Kyle Monroe Martin Meyer Jeffrey Brandhorst Kirsten Mcdaniel Ted Philip Preston Jackson Steven Wright Douglas Vaskas Mike Brown Dan Gadbery Jeff Anderson Jason Zoll Andrew Thompson Paul Heimbach Jay Robinson Ron Dempsey Zachary Tracy Paul Carroll James Nixon Grant Fay Bill Blankenau Robert Sack Jim Bruer Gage Owens Stan Prutz Matthew Bleckman Douglas Klahsen Chad Mills Thad Whalen Gene Selkov Clint Westhoff Chuck Coderko Kelsey Regan Colin Jaworski Ian Jackson Tim Harris Dean Bushnell Nicole Schmidt Bill Hill Chris Knight Scott Kozicki Brian Bickell Jack Christian Dale Carley Scott Carew Steve Rivard Marco Govoni Nick Paschal Jeff Mccool Eric Kimber Amy Kimber Andy Mitas Michael Somers David Pryor B. Newbrey/A. Zmuda Bobby Thompson Jacob Dogotch Scott Rockwell Tyler Branine Jordan Sembler Paul Toigo
16:01:36 16:05:00 16:05:13 16:05:15 16:05:36 16:06:07 16:06:08 16:06:08 16:06:28 16:07:11 16:07:11 16:07:12 16:07:54 16:07:55 16:07:57 16:08:08 16:08:19 16:08:21 16:09:01 16:09:37 16:09:38 16:09:38 16:10:04 16:10:10 16:10:15 16:10:19 16:10:25 16:10:25 16:11:01 16:11:25 16:15:06 16:15:06 16:17:44 16:22:19 16:22:38 16:23:01 16:23:45 16:23:46 16:27:43 16:27:45 16:28:41 16:28:41 16:28:42 16:28:43 16:28:53 16:29:36 16:32:20 16:32:33 16:33:05 16:33:06 16:33:42 16:33:49 16:34:30 16:37:21 16:37:21 16:37:35 16:37:41 16:40:08 16:40:24 16:40:27 16:40:31 16:40:32 16:40:40 16:42:02 16:43:24 16:43:45 16:43:45 16:43:46 16:44:49 16:44:50 16:44:57 16:45:31 16:49:42 16:50:21 16:50:25 16:50:41 16:50:41 16:50:50 16:52:28 16:52:28 16:52:31 16:52:36 16:52:39 16:53:10 16:54:14 16:57:03 16:58:19 16:58:20 16:58:22 16:58:35 17:00:00
M35-39 M50-54 M40-44 M50-54 M45-49 M45-49 F30-39 Single Speed M45-49 F40-49 F50+ F29 And Under M40-44 M35-39 M35-39 M29 And Under F50+ M45-49 M50-54 M29 And Under M35-39 Fat Bike M45-49 M45-49 M55-59 M50-54 M35-39 M40-44 M45-49 M50-54 M30-34 M55-59 M29 And Under F40-49 M50-54 M40-44 M50-54 M35-39 Single Speed M55-59 Single Speed Single Speed M40-44 M40-44 M45-49 M50-54 M29 And Under M45-49 M29 And Under M45-49 M50-54 M60+ M30-34 M29 And Under M55-59 M30-34 M40-44 M40-44 M45-49 M29 And Under M45-49 M45-49 F29 And Under M30-34 M29 And Under M50-54 M50-54 F29 And Under M35-39 M40-44 M29 And Under M30-34 M60+ M50-54 M50-54 M50-54 M45-49 M35-39 M40-44 M45-49 F40-49 M55-59 M55-59 M45-49 Tandem M40-44 M35-39 M35-39 M30-34 M30-34 M55-59
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Benjamin Storch Mike Kozlowski Stephen Hackett Claire Beckmeyer Hunter Henry Mike Johnson Tod Turley Jamar Martin Carl Newberg Andrew Coetzee Shawn Ledford Jason Phillips Danny Roos David Dyer Leonard Forkas Jr. Laura Haraldson Tom Mueller Brendan Sheehan Michael Piet Lance Tobey Matthew Battiston Brett Platt Kathryn Stevenson Steve Heal Mindi Hoffmaster Drew Friestedt Dillon Clapp Hal Hunt Jeff Sona Emily Korsch Scott Erlandson Lyn Blubaugh Michelle Knight Rebecca Bale Paul Dowding Todd Nix Peter Merrick Randall Smith Patti Schmidt-Iverson Dana Zimmel Chuck Wyckoff Chris Harkey Lori Harkey Chris Conser Thomas Mckenzie Jamie Henningson Noe Espinosa Wendy Davis Roy Liu Kenny Sipes Bernardo Casillas Ian Penner Andrew Escandon Steve Cannon Shawn O’mara Andrea Cohen Seth Wood Bobby Wintle Don Buttrum Jay Womack Andrea Storck Brian Broomall Matthew Korsmo Marc Brown Jay Smith David Wood Carlos Soler Nan Doyal Gillian Forsyth Scott Logue Steve Bell Robbie Ventura Randy Sommerfeldt David Harriff Todd Sublette Curtis Burton Patrick Peddy Chuck Remboldt Enrico Lagman Dustin Berry Douglas Barnes Sean Keithly Sarah Flauding Alex Flunker Jason Meyers James Kennedy Jeff Eckert Sean Gibson Eric Howser Collin Little Luke Caldwell
17:00:14 17:02:44 17:02:47 17:02:57 17:02:58 17:03:34 17:04:47 17:04:54 17:05:07 17:05:21 17:05:37 17:06:16 17:06:17 17:06:32 17:06:33 17:06:34 17:06:35 17:06:44 17:06:54 17:06:54 17:08:31 17:09:07 17:09:32 17:09:33 17:11:07 17:12:13 17:13:07 17:13:08 17:14:59 17:15:05 17:15:07 17:16:08 17:16:09 17:16:09 17:16:43 17:16:44 17:16:53 17:20:19 17:20:19 17:20:20 17:21:25 17:23:11 17:23:12 17:23:12 17:23:13 17:23:13 17:23:16 17:23:17 17:25:08 17:26:59 17:27:07 17:27:27 17:28:07 17:28:19 17:28:48 17:28:49 17:28:50 17:28:50 17:28:50 17:29:22 17:29:22 17:29:28 17:29:29 17:29:30 17:29:37 17:29:37 17:30:16 17:30:16 17:30:16 17:30:17 17:30:18 17:30:18 17:30:27 17:30:51 17:31:09 17:31:25 17:31:27 17:31:39 17:31:49 17:35:31 17:38:12 17:38:18 17:38:21 17:38:22 17:38:44 17:38:59 17:39:18 17:41:24 17:41:24 17:41:50 17:41:55
M40-44 Single Speed M45-49 F30-39 Single Speed M50-54 M55-59 M35-39 M50-54 M55-59 M45-49 M35-39 M40-44 M60+ M55-59 F30-39 M50-54 M50-54 M35-39 M45-49 M45-49 M45-49 F30-39 M35-39 F40-49 M40-44 M35-39 M55-59 M50-54 F30-39 M45-49 F40-49 F40-49 F40-49 M45-49 M45-49 M40-44 Fat Bike F40-49 F50+ M45-49 M45-49 F40-49 M29 And Under M30-34 F30-39 M45-49 F40-49 M35-39 M50-54 M40-44 M45-49 M29 And Under M50-54 M40-44 F29 And Under M35-39 M30-34 M50-54 M45-49 F40-49 M30-34 M45-49 M45-49 M45-49 M50-54 M50-54 F50+ F40-49 M50-54 M50-54 M45-49 M50-54 M35-39 M45-49 M55-59 M45-49 M50-54 M40-44 M35-39 M55-59 M35-39 F30-39 M29 And Under M30-34 M30-34 M40-44 M45-49 M40-44 M35-39 M29 And Under
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Jacob Schwyn Dr. Mark Gomez Jason Bruce Michael Lowden Russell Clark Ken York Mark Henson Zach Butler Marty Regan Thomas Huber Michael Bland Vincent Scales Felipe Borja Kevin Bullock Joe Stiller/Tina Stiller Stephen Buchwalder Tony Mcgrane Sally Broadaway DJ Painter Mitch Faddis Brett Baker Matt Graves Andy Ording Marc Duran Ryan Flynn Carly Heron Kyle Krohmer Troy Ockerman Steve Matyas Rick Presser David Penrice Daniel Goentzel Drew Read Armando Garza Armando Garcia Josiah Dermyer John White Jay Horton Allen Dennison Mark Kucza Carolyn Franzone Shannon Neary Randall Ney Matthew Miller Steve Dodge Corey Godfrey Tony Hersberger Chris Bailey
17:41:55 17:41:55 17:41:57 17:41:58 17:42:07 17:42:13 17:42:23 17:43:54 17:44:06 17:45:46 17:47:26 17:52:51 17:52:55 17:52:57 17:53:23 17:53:24 17:54:49 17:54:55 17:55:28 18:01:59 18:02:50 18:02:57 18:03:01 18:03:12 18:03:50 18:04:46 18:08:08 18:08:08 18:08:12 18:08:25 18:08:25 18:08:37 18:08:54 18:09:21 18:09:43 18:11:13 18:13:29 18:13:30 18:14:02 18:16:31 18:17:04 18:17:04 18:18:26 18:18:27 18:18:27 18:18:29 18:18:33 18:18:39
M29 And Under M29 And Under M40-44 M50-54 M45-49 M50-54 M55-59 M30-34 M50-54 M45-49 M45-49 M30-34 M40-44 M50-54 Tandem M55-59 M50-54 F30-39 M40-44 M50-54 M30-34 M60+ M55-59 M40-44 M29 And Under F40-49 M45-49 M45-49 M60+ M55-59 M55-59 M29 And Under M45-49 M50-54 M50-54 M35-39 M45-49 M45-49 M45-49 M30-34 F50+ M30-34 M50-54 M40-44 M45-49 M40-44 M45-49 M45-49
412 413 414 415 416 417 418 419 420 421 422 423 424 425 426 427 428 429 430 431 432 433 434 435 436 437 438 439 440 441 442 443 444 445 446 447 448 449 450 451 452 453 454 455 456 457 458 459
Brian Edeker Scott Mcdonough Martin Bunge Steve Tafelsky Rich Worth Paul Outka Keith Albers Ken Davis Chris Hill Alex Morse Dylan Stagner Timothy Shafer Hunter Williams Jon Teisher JB Barnhouse James Bleakley Judd Rohwer Michelle Jack Peter Williams Josh Lederman Ed Poremba Thomas Prehn James Allen James Gross Steve Rode Robert Ellis Tom Gutmann Jim Brull Sean Trainor Tim Oordt Scott Misplay Branden Taggart James Lamb Alan Swanson Lindy Carroll Jed Spencer Michael Myers Brad Raper Jordy Turner Bryce Shaver Phil Barton Walter Edwards Bruce Currin Scott Bigelow Tina Fleecs Brian Kruse D. Wood/B. Gillies Melanie Bateman
18:18:51 18:18:53 18:18:56 18:19:34 18:19:35 18:22:44 18:22:46 18:23:16 18:25:59 18:29:35 18:29:35 18:29:37 18:30:28 18:31:32 18:34:12 18:34:13 18:34:14 18:34:20 18:34:33 18:34:42 18:34:56 18:37:41 18:37:58 18:38:27 18:38:35 18:38:39 18:39:40 18:39:43 18:42:06 18:42:06 18:42:07 18:42:07 18:42:11 18:42:21 18:42:40 18:43:03 18:43:14 18:43:24 18:43:32 18:43:33 18:48:14 18:51:14 18:52:44 18:52:44 18:54:42 18:54:42 18:54:44 18:56:58
Fat Bike Single Speed M55-59 M40-44 M35-39 M50-54 M30-34 Fat Bike M45-49 M30-34 M30-34 M55-59 M29 And Under M40-44 Fat Bike Single Speed M40-44 F40-49 M55-59 M50-54 M60+ M55-59 M40-44 M45-49 M60+ M50-54 Single Speed M45-49 M45-49 M45-49 M45-49 M35-39 M40-44 M55-59 M45-49 M40-44 M60+ M30-34 M29 And Under M29 And Under M55-59 M40-44 M60+ M50-54 F40-49 M29 And Under Tandem F40-49
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Doug Smith Chris Clark Joseph Perry Pete Matschiner Jeff Maassen Zach Dorsey Shane Bruski Brent Terkeurst Jack Carpenter Perry Morris Stuart Barrington Mark Parrish Brian Sanders Kris Kasprzyk Crystal Jacobson Steve Tyrrell Scott Eads Marty Hoskins Troy Butcher Doug Christie Daniel Coogan Christopher Greene Steve Kerr Mike Ross Jonah Creasy J. Kraxner/J.Kraxner Eric Wendt Addison Killeen Brandon Todd Pete Lira Jesus Flores Bill Welch Kris Tilford/Rita Robben Jonathan Kuthe Brett Ashton Derek Steer David Krumme Chris Scorsone Herb Mantel Gary Justis Terri Collins Stewart Mulford Tim Voegeli M Scott Hickman Gregg Eichorn Meaghan Jennings Terry Jennings Charlie Wilson
18:56:59 18:57:00 18:57:06 18:57:08 18:57:08 18:57:09 19:03:27 19:06:38 19:06:42 19:09:00 19:09:10 19:10:47 19:10:47 19:11:27 19:11:27 19:13:19 19:13:49 19:17:50 19:23:38 19:23:40 19:23:44 19:23:47 19:29:24 19:29:24 19:29:45 19:33:34 19:34:41 19:34:41 19:35:11 19:46:03 19:46:03 19:47:44 19:47:46 19:47:50 19:47:57 19:47:57 19:48:31 19:48:42 19:48:43 19:48:47 19:49:09 19:49:12 19:49:19 19:49:21 19:50:17 19:51:48 19:51:48 19:52:00
M40-44 M45-49 M45-49 M45-49 M40-44 M29 And Under M29 And Under M30-34 M50-54 M40-44 M45-49 M45-49 M35-39 M40-44 F30-39 M45-49 M55-59 M50-54 M45-49 M50-54 M50-54 M60+ M35-39 M50-54 M30-34 Tandem M40-44 M30-34 M30-34 M55-59 M45-49 M45-49 Tandem M30-34 M30-34 M30-34 M60+ M45-49 M45-49 M50-54 F40-49 M55-59 M60+ M45-49 M45-49 F30-39 M45-49 M60+
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Steve Mcguire David Derfel Greg Mckean James Gutsch Steve Haycock Art Clervi Matt Lynch Charles Mayden Jacqueline Hill Christine Springer Craig Pruitt Chris Peters Dawn Piech Anthony Wozniak Aaron Kennedy Derrick Boos Christopher Zwolenski Matt Hoffmeyer Sasha Digges Jason Downs Nelson Estrada Jonas Estrada Steve Jensen Neil Taylor David Thomas Scott Mullen Christina Hergott Cody Mathias Sandie Mullen John Decker Art Morales Philip Jamandre Dave Halferty Mike Teske Joseph Greaves Steven Williams Xavier Koenig Cynthia Bryan-Williams William Williams, Jr. Jason Duncan Justin Eddings Shawn Mckinney Kristin Loman J.c. Mock Greggory Corum Robert Johnson Mike Albrecht
19:53:51 19:53:53 19:57:18 19:57:18 19:57:23 20:05:30 20:06:19 20:06:45 20:07:22 20:07:23 20:11:49 20:17:49 20:20:30 20:20:31 20:20:38 20:23:01 20:23:02 20:23:06 20:27:11 20:27:12 20:28:02 20:28:13 20:28:21 20:29:54 20:30:59 20:31:00 20:31:09 20:31:10 20:32:18 20:37:55 20:40:50 20:40:50 20:40:58 20:40:59 20:41:01 20:41:04 20:44:58 20:46:29 20:46:31 20:48:45 20:48:48 20:48:55 20:48:55 20:49:14 20:55:12 20:55:13 20:55:48
Fat Bike M50-54 M50-54 M60+ M50-54 M55-59 M40-44 M55-59 F40-49 F40-49 M55-59 Fat Bike F40-49 M55-59 M30-34 Single Speed Single Speed Single Speed M45-49 M40-44 M55-59 M30-34 M55-59 M35-39 M60+ M50-54 F30-39 M29 And Under F50+ M45-49 M35-39 M35-39 M45-49 M45-49 M55-59 M40-44 Single Speed F50+ M50-54 M30-34 M35-39 M50-54 F30-39 M50-54 M55-59 M45-49 M60+
Rider Cards Every year, The Emporia Gazette and Dirty Kanza Productions team up to produce trading cards featuring riders of the Dirty Kanza 200. You can pick up your set by visiting these sponsor locations. Bluestem Farm and Ranch Supply - 2611 W. US Hwy. 50
Longbine Auto Plaza - 3012 W. US Hwy. 50
Bobby D’s Merchant St. BBQ - 607 Merchant St.
Lyon County State Bank - 902 Merchant St. and 1202 Industrial Rd.
Brown’s Shoe Fit - 603 Commercial St.
Maud’s Tattoo Company - 720 Commercial St.
Cliff’s Super Service - 115 E. 5th Ave.
Newman Regional Health - 1201 W. 12th Ave.
Clint Bowyer Autoplex - 2815 W. US Hwy. 50 Commercial Street Diner - 614 Commercial St. Community National Bank and Trust - 701 Merchant St. and 1440 Industrial Rd.
(Entrance F -Visitor Information Desk)
Orange Leaf - 1114 Commercial St. Plumbing by Spellman - 821 Commercial St. Riddle’s Jewelry - 1670 A Industrial Rd. Salsa St. Mexican Grill - 1120 Commercial St.
Emporia Convention and Visitors Bureau - 719 Commercial St.
Studio 50 4 - 504 Commercial St.
Emporia Main Street - 12 E. 5th Ave.
Subway - 2301 Industrial Rd. (Inside Walmart)
Express Tire & Auto - 806 E. 12th Ave.
935 Industrial rd.
Flint Hills Mall - 1632 Industrial Rd.
1128 Merchant St. Ste. D
Granada Coffee Co. - 809 Commercial St.
Williams Automotive - 3105 W. 6th Ave.
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Emporia Arts Center - 815 Commercial St.
EVENTS SCHEDULE TUESDAY, MAY 30TH 6-9pm
DK Night @ Flint Hills Lanes
Gravel City Adventure Open
1519 W. 6th Ave.
716 Commercial St.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31ST 11am-7pm
Gravel City Adventure Open 716 Commercial St.
THURSDAY, JUNE 1ST 11am – 8pm
Gravel City Adventure Open
Rev. Horton Heat
716 Commercial St. 807 Commercial St.
FRIDAY, JUNE 2ND 10am – 7pm
“All Things Gravel” Expo
10am – 9pm
All Rider Sign-In
10am – 9pm
Gravel City Adventure Open
First Rider’s Meeting
Second Rider’s Meeting
Third & Final Rider’s Meeting
11 W. 8th Ave.
711 Commercial St. 716 Commercial St. 807 Commercial St. 807 Commercial St.
807 Commercial St.
SATURDAY, JUNE 3RD 6am
DK200 Race Start
DK100 Ride Start
DK50 Lite Ride Start
DK25 Community Fun Ride Start
Kids Bike Parade by ERC
10am – 10pm
Gravel City Adventure Open
Block Party begins
First expected DK200 Finishers
Block Party Closes
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807 Commercial St. 807 Commercial St. 807 Commercial St. 807 Commercial St. Circle Drive – ESU
716 Commercial St.
First expected DK100 Finishers 807 Commercial St. 807 Commercial St. 807 Commercial St.
SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH 3am
DK200 Finish line cut-off
Rock Star Awards Ceremony
8am – Noon
Gravel City Adventure Open
807 Commercial St. 807 Commercial St. 716 Commercial St.
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