Emporia, KS will host the 14th running of Dirty Kanza in 2019. Dirty Kanza has grown from a single, 200-mile event with 34 participants to an event weekend offering 6 ride distances ranging from 25-350 miles with over 3,000 participants. It truly is the World’s Premier Gravel Race. With the expansion of the “All Things Gravel” Expo, there is truly an opportunity for gravel enthusiasts of all abilities and fans alike to enjoy the hospitality of Emporia and experience why the Flint Hills of Eastern Kansas are the ideal location for gravel adventures.
2018 Event Recap (Words by LeLan Dains): “We are happy to report that the 2018 Dirty Kanza was a great success and included the additions of a competitive High School class, as well as the DKXL, a 350 mile ‘extra large’ version, in addition to the 200, 100, 50 and 25 mile offerings. Nearly 2,700 riders were registered from 49 different states and 16 foreign countries across all events. Matt Acker of Grand Rapids, MI won the DKXL in a time of 25:10:02, while Ketchum, ID native, and Queen of Pain Rebecca Rusch, was the first female finisher in a time of 28:27:02. Ted King of Mill Valley, CA repeated his 2016 win in the DK200 this year and has now won the event twice in three attempts. Dirty Kanza and gravel rookie, Katie Keough from Colorado Springs, CO, won the overall women’s title. We are excited to see gravel being thrust into the limelight as we have known for quite some time that it is an amazing place to adventure by bike. We are also very clearly motivated to continually push our limits and explore more with the DKXL. We think gravel, especially here in the Flint Hills of Eastern KS, has an untold potential for bikepacking trips.”