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Dirty Kanza 200 Rider's Bible 2014

Mar 30, 2016

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The complete biker's guide the the Dirty Kanza 200 gravel cycling race in Emporia, Kansas.

  • 2014 RIDERS BIBLEDIRTY KANZA 200

  • To all Dirty Kanza Participants, Fans and Followers;

    On behalf of the entire staff here at Dirty Kanza Promo-tions, I want to say Thank You for your interest in and support of Dirty Kanza 200. It was nine years ago that we held the inaugural DK200 in 2006. Inspired by stories of some of the early gravel grinder events, we found ourselves saying Someone ought to put on a race like that in Kan-sas. We felt as though we had the best gravel roads to be found anywhere, right here in the heart of the Flint Hills. It only seemed right that someone share them with the rest of you folks.

    Well, the more we discussed it, the more we began to real-ize that Someone didnt exist if it wasnt Us. So we scouted out a course, printed up a few maps, then got the word out the best we could about our new little adventure. With little more than a single lawn awning and a clipboard, we set up shop in a motel parking lot and hoped a few rac-ers would show up. As it turned out, thirty-eight racers did show up, and everyone had a blast. So much so that we decided to do it all over again the following year.

    Somewhere along the line, this whole gravel grinding thing decided to take off in a way nobody could have ever predicted. Each year we increased the limit on our field size and each year the DK200 sold out in record time. And although we certainly enjoyed the growth and success each year, we inten-tionally throttled that growth back by setting our field limits not by what we perceived the current demand to be but rather what we felt we were capable of supporting. You see, we have always been and intend to always be a grass-roots promoting group, putting on a grass-roots event. We ourselves are bike racers. Our lives have been enriched through cycling. Dirty Kanza 200 is simply our attempt to give back to the cycling community.

    In the pages that follow, you will find what we hope to be all the information you will need to prepare for a successful Dirty Kanza experience. Please read this information completely and carefully. It is our most sincere hope that your DK experience will be one that rewards you, inspires you and en-riches your life in ways that exceed all your expectations. Should that prove to be the case, then we will have been successful in our mission to serve you, our friends and fellow cyclists.

    Most Sincerely Yours,

    Jim Cummins Jim Cummins Executive Director, Dirty Kanza 200

  • Mission Statement

    The mission of the Dirty Kanza 200 is to provide the ultra-endurance off-road cycling community with a high quality event at an exceptional value. The event will be structured in such a way to be ex-tremely challenging, but at the same time possible to complete. 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 ap-propriate level of support, to ensure an enjoyable, life-enriching cycling experience.

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    What the Kanza does to you (is) it surprises you. Its tougher than you think its going to be. Its prettier than you think its going to be. The community is more suppor-tive than you think theyre going to be. And, ultimately, its more rewarding than you thought it was going to be. Dan Hughes Lawrence, KS (4-time Overall Cham-pion)

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  • Course DescriptionThe course will be a 200 (plus) mile-long, single-loop route through the Flint Hills region of east-central Kansas. This area, once home to the Great Kanza Nation, is quite scenic and rich in his-tory. It is also very rugged and remote. Often times, riders will see no signs of civilization for miles on end, other than the gravel (or dirt) road upon which they are riding. The course will be flat on occasion. At other times it will be extremely hilly. (Hint: It will be more hilly than flat.) The entire course will be on open public-access roads. Although some blacktop roads will be necessary from time to time, the vast majority of the course will be on gravel and dirt roads. Some of these roads receive little, to no maintenance throughout the year and can be quite primitive in nature. This course will require a high-quality, well-prepared bicycle with a wide gear range and good tires. Participants should be prepared to suffer, and to have their physical, men-tal and emotional strengths tested to the full.

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    The prairie, in all its expressions, is a massive, subtle place, with a long history of contradiction and misunderstanding. But it is worth the effort at comprehension. It is, after all, at the center of our national identity. - Wayne Fields

    The event 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. 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.

    Upon arriving at each checkpoint every rider is responsible for checking in. No one else can check in for a rider. As a general rule, Check-points will occur every 45 to 60 miles along the route, and are normally located near a convenience store. Note This is an ex-tremely remote area. You will likely not pass through any towns, and therefore no c-stores between checkpoints.

    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.

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  • Event Registration

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    So much to say about this event It's awesome It's brutal Its' relentless. I love Emporia, Kansas. The event blew me away on all fronts: the organization, the kind-ness and enthusiasm of the locals, the challenge of just completing it. It was one of the greatest cycling experi-ences of my life. Paul Errington Newcastle, United Kingdom

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    Participation in Dirty Kanza 200 and Dirty Kanza Half-Pint will be allowed on a pre-registered basis only. Registration will begin on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:00 am (CST), and will be conducted on-line at the following website: www.bikereg.com. Participation will be limited to the first 750 en-tries in the DK200, and the first 450 entries in the DK Half-Pint. (For a total of 1,200 participants.) Event registration will close once this limit is met, or on Saturday, May 3, 2014, whichever comes first. Note: Act quickly. We may sell out sooner than you anticipate. Registrations will not be ac-cepted after the field limit has been reached, nor after the May 3 deadline. No refunds. No entry transfers after May 3, 2014.

    DK200 COMPETITION CLASSES & ENTRY FEES:

    Men 29 & under.......................................................... $95.00Men 30-34 ................................................................ $95.00Men 35-39 ................................................................ $95.00Men 40-44 ................................................................ $95.00Men 45-49 ................................................................ $95.00Men 50-54 ................................................................ $95.00Men 55+ .................................................................. $95.00Women 39 & under .................................................... $95.00Women 40+ .............................................................. $95.00Single Speed (Open gender / age) ............................... $95.00Tandem (Open gender / age) ...................................... $180.00 per Team

    (We reserve the right to add, combine and/or delete classes.)

    DK200 PRIZING & SWAG:

    *All registered participants will receive a swag bag, chock full of goodies from our sponsors.*All DK200 finishers will receive a custom DK200 Pint Glass and "200" window sticker.*All DK200 finishers will receive one drink voucher, and one meal voucher for Saturday evenings Fin-ish Line Block Party.*All DK200 riders who finish before sundown (8:42pm) receive a special "Race the Sun" award.*Top 3 finishers in each class will receive a custom podium award.*Top Overall Male will receive a custom belt buckle and title of "King of Kanza".*Top Overall Female will receive a custom belt buckle and title of "Queen of Kanza".*All registered participants will receive one meal voucher for Sundays Rock Star Breakfast.*Merchandise prizing will be randomly awarded at Sunday's breakfast / awards ceremony. (Must be present to win.)

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    DIRTY KANZA HALF PINT (100-MILER) CLASSES & ENTRY FEES:

    Open Men (all ages) .......................................... $80.00Open Women (all ages) ..................................... $80.00

    Dirty Kanza Half-Pint is a non-competitive classification, designed to serve as an introduction to endurance cycling. If you are new to endurance cy-cling and hope to someday compete in Dirty Kanza 200, but feel a little in-timidated by the thought of 200 miles of gravel in one day, then this class may be for you. Get 100 miles of gravel under your belt this year. Then go for the full 200 in 2015. No prizes will be awarded for top finishers in the DK Half-Pint. However, all riders completing the entire 100-mile route will receive a special Finishers Award. All DK Half-Pint entrants will also be eli-gible for our multitude of prize drawings and give-aways. Dirty Kanza Half Pint riders will be subject to all event rules noted within this document; in-cluding the requirement to have a support crew present at the event.

    DK HALF-PINT PR