Dirty Kanza

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Dirty Kanza
Race details
DateJune 1, 2019, first weekend after Memorial Day (early June)
RegionFlint Hills around Emporia, Kansas, United States
DisciplineGravel cycling
CompetitionProfessional and Amateur
Race directorJim Cummins[1]
First edition2006[2]
Sunrise in Emporia

The Dirty Kanza are gravel bicycle races held annually during the summer in the Flint Hills of Kansas, starting and ending in the city of Emporia.[3] The race's organizers refer to the Dirty Kanza as the "World's Premiere Gravel Grinder"[4] Starting in 2006 with dozens of riders, it has grown to 2,750 registered riders in 2019.[5] The winners of the Dirty Kanza are awarded a belt buckle.[6]

Number of riders[edit]

In 2018, the race had 2,500 registered riders.[7]

In 2019 there are expected to be at least 2,750 registered riders.[5]


The route runs along desolate rural roads in the Flint Hills of Kansas. The ride is unsupported, with the exception of checkpoints for the riders spaced about 50 miles apart for longer races, so riders must carry water and food, as well as fix their own tires and bikes.[8] Difficulties on the route may include heat, wind, rain, mud, and rolling hills.[9] In some years the temperature on the route has exceeded 100 °F (38 °C), while other years have seen rain or hail.[10]


In 2019, the Dirty Kanza events consist of:[11]

  • DKXL - 350 miles (560 km) "invite only" race, started at 3pm on Friday, introduced in 2018.[12]
  • DK200 - 200 miles (320 km) race, started at 6am on Saturday. This race will go through Alma*, Alta Vista, Council Grove*, Americus.
  • DK100 - 100 miles (160 km) "half pint" race, started at 6:30am on Saturday, introduced in 2013. The race will go through Council Grove*, Americus.
  • DK50 - 50 miles (80 km) "lite fun ride" race, started at 8:30am on Saturday, introduced in 2013. The race will go through Americus*.
  • DK25 - 25 miles (40 km) "community fun ride" race, started at 9am on Saturday. The race will go through Americus*.
  • DKHS - 30 miles (48 km) 8th to 12th grade high school race, started at 9:30am on Saturday.[13] The race will go through Americus*.
  • Lunar Kanza - 50 miles (80 km) or 13.1 miles (21.1 km) "evening bike ride or run", starts at 6pm on Saturday, not a race.[14]

Cities with "*" next to the name are checkpoint locations, where bike riders can refill water bottles and meet with their support crews.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact". Dirty Kanza. 2010-12-11. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ Taylor Rojek (8 August 2018). "Gravel Rides are Saving Small-Town America". Bicycling.com. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. ^ Nick Legan (20 December 2017). Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking. VeloPress. ISBN 978-1-937716-98-1.
  4. ^ "Photo Gallery: Grit and Gravel at the 2018 Dirty Kanza 200". Cyclocross Magazine. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b The 2019 Dirty Kanza Could Be the Toughest in History; May 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Extreme Race's Allure Is Simple: 200 Miles of Gravel". The New York Times. Associated Press. 23 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Dirty Kanza 200 Quick Facts". Dirty Kanza. 2018-01-23. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  8. ^ Taylor, Tom (14 June 2017). "What it's like to race in the Dirty Kanza 200". Sports Illustrated.
  9. ^ Ian Dille (7 July 2015). The Cyclist's Bucket List: A Celebration of 75 Quintessential Cycling Experiences. Rodale. p. 120. ISBN 978-1-62336-446-5.
  10. ^ Farrel, Sean Patrick (11 June 2013). "Neither Wind Nor Gravel Will Stop These Grinders". The New York Times. New York Times.
  11. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Dirty Kanza. 2011-12-05. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. ^ Spencer Powlison (31 May 2018). "Dirty Kanza goes big with new 350-mile race". VeloNews. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  13. ^ "DK High School". Dirty Kanza. 2018-07-18. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  14. ^ https://dirtykanzapromotions.com/lunar-kanza/

External Links[edit]

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