Rebecca Rusch crossing the Dirty Kanza finish line

Rebecca Rusch crossing the Dirty Kanza finish line
Rebecca Rusch crossing the Dirty Kanza finish line

Dirty Kanza

The Dirty Kanza 200, known as the “World’s Premier Gravel Grinder” is the top gravel endurance cycling race in the US. It’s 200 miles of hilly and rocky roads through the Flint Hills, and if you think Kansas is flat and barren you are sorely mistaken. This race is beautiful, remote, and incredibly difficult.

The DK200 is all about self-sufficiency and pushing through brutal terrain and weather. Riders can go for miles without seeing another person, a car, a source of water or food.

The fastest riders finish in 11-12 hours, with some participants take up to 19 hours. Many who start the race reach their breaking point and drop before reaching the 200 mile goal. However, those who conquer this event are rewarded with the glory of an EPIC finish line party in Downtown Emporia.

Over 2,000 riders participates in the Dirty Kanza each year, and many thousands more descend on Emporia to witness this incredible feat of human endurance.

Thousands of fans wake up before sunrise to watch the riders take off from the Granada Theatre at 6 am. Downtown Emporia hosts special events throughout the day, with the finish line party, beer garden, and music kicking off in the afternoon and going late into night.

Dirty Kanza