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Dirty Kanza 2018: Your Complete Guide

Posted on May 30, 2018

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The world’s most epic gravel cycling race, the Dirty Kanza, is happening this weekend in Emporia! This year’s event is bigger than ever with over 2,700 riders from 49 states and 16 other countries participating. 1200 of this year’s cyclists will compete in the signature 200 mile race event, which is a solo, non-stop endurance challenge through the Kansas Flint Hills. Other riders will test their skills on 100, 50 or 25 mile route options.  These participants will take off from the Granada Theatre in Downtown Emporia at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 1.

2018 also marks the introduction of a new challenge: the DKXL, a whopping 350 mile ride. For it’s first year, the DKXL is limited to 34 riders who were hand-picked by invitation of Dirty Kanza Promotions. 34 has a special meaning to the Dirty Kanza founders – it is the number of riders who rode in the very first DK 200 in 2006, and is a reminder of how much the event has grown over the past twelve years. The 34 DKXL riders will depart at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 1, from the All Things Gravel Expo in downtown Emporia. They’re expected back Saturday evening, around the same time DK200 riders are completing their 200-mile challenge.

Feeling the energy in the air this week, watching this event and cheering on the riders is an awe-inspiring experience. Come out, have a great time, and show these incredible athletes some love!

Dirty Kanza Starting Line Panoramic

2018 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, May 30th
11:00 AM – 7:00 PMGravel City Adventure Open716 Commercial St.
Thursday, May 31st
10:00 AM – 10:00 PMGravel City Adventure Open716 Commercial St.
Friday, June 1st
8:00 AM – 10:00 PMGravel City Adventure Open 716 Commercial St.
8:00 – 9:00 AMMeet GU Riders Rebecca Rusch, Yuri Hauswald, Alison Tetrick & Geoff Kabush728 Mechanic Street
9:00 – 10:00 AMGU Stroopwafel & Coffee Ride w/Granada Coffee and Gravel City Roasters728 Mechanic Street
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM“All Things Gravel” Outdoor Expo700 Block Mechanic St.
10:00 AM – 9:00 PMAll Rider Sign-In711 Commercial St.
10:00 – 11:00 AM“Singletrack High” – Film Showing807 Commercial St.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM#morekidsonbikes Youth Panel (will be live streamed via DK Facebook page)807 Commercial St.
12:00 – 12:45 PMDK Tips with Orange Seal riders Rebecca Rusch, Alison Tetrick, Amanda Nauman, and Payson McElveenOrange Seal Booth 700 Blk Mechanic St.
1:00  – 2:00 PMA Seat at the Table: Women in Cycling (will be live streamed via DK Facebook page) 807 Commercial St.
1:30 PMEmporia State University Campus Tour & College Experience EventFront of Plumb Hall
2:00 – 3:00 PMAdventure Iceland – Presented By Lauf Forks (will be live streamed via DK Facebook page)807 Commercial St.
2:30 PMEmporia State University Campus Tour & College Experience Event Front of Plumb Hall
4:00 PMDKXL Grand Depart (will be live streamed via DK Facebook page)Salsa Cycles Booth -700 Block Mechanic St.
4:30 – 5:15 PMRider’s Meeting (will be live streamed via DK Facebook page)807 Commercial St.
5:30 – 6:30 PMAdventure by Bike: Salsa short film hour807 Commercial St.
Saturday, June 2nd
5:00-7:00 AMGravel City Adventure Open
6:00 AMDK200 Race Start807 Commercial St.
6:20 AMDK100 Ride Start807 Commercial St.
6:40 AMDK50 Lite Ride Start807 Commercial St.
7:00 AMDK25 Community Fun Ride Start807 Commercial St.
10:00 AMDK High School StartAll Veterans Memorial
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM“All Things Gravel” Outdoor Expo700 Block Mechanic St.
10:00 AM – 10:00 PMGravel City Adventure Open 716 Commercial St.
11:00 AMKids Bike Parade8th and Commercial
NoonBlock Party begins; First expected DK100 Finishers807 Commercial St.
2:00 PMHigh School Awards700 Block Mechanic St.
4:00 PMFirst expected DK200 Finishers807 Commercial St.
MidnightBlock Party Closes807 Commercial St.
Sunday, June 3rd
3:00 AMDK200 Finish line cut-off807 Commercial St.
8:00 – 9:00 AMRock Star Awards Ceremony807 Commercial St.
8:00 AM – NoonGravel City Adventure Open716 Commercial St.

 

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