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America's Premier Gravel Race Sells Out in Seconds
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Americas Premier Gravel Race Sells Out in Minutes

The Dirty Kanza 200 is the “Worlds Premier Endurance Gravel Road Race”. The 12th edition takes place on June 3rd and 4th in Emporia, Kansas, in the Midwest of the U.S.A.

2,500 people logged on secure an entry with only 2,200 spots were available. The 200 specially allocated spots for women filled up in just 1 hour, indicating a record setting year for the ladies.

Last year in 2016, 1,098 cyclists from 44 states and 10 countries pedaled off from the historic Granada Theatre on a 200-mile endurance race through remote tallgrass Prairie rangeland.

 
Dirty Kanza Registration Opens this Saturday, Jan. 14th at 8am CST
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Dirty Kanza Registration Opens this Saturday, Jan. 14th at 8am CST

The Dirty Kanza 200 is the “Worlds Premier Endurance Gravel Road Race”

The 12th edition takes place on June 3rd and 4th in Emporia, Kansas, in the Midwest of the U.S.A.

Dirty Kanza 200 is an ultra-endurance off-road cycling event that is extremely challenging, but at the same time possible to complete. It's run over the ruggedness and remoteness of the Flint Hills region. The event promotes self-sufficiency of participants, while at the same time providing an appropriate level of support, to ensure an enjoyable, life-enriching cycling experience.

Last year 1,098 cyclists from 44 states and 10 countries pedaled off from the historic Granada Theatre on a 200-mile endurance race through remote tallgrass Prairie rangeland.

 
Top 10 Toughest Gravel Grinders Out West
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Top 10 Toughest Gravel Grinders Out West

Whats the toughest challenge in cycling? For weekend riders looking to test their mettle, it just may be Gravel Grinding.

Gravel Grinding is an emerging style of cycling that's done on paved, unpaved, backcountry roads covered in crushed limestone, granite, flint, or whatever rock happens to be around. Imagine pedalling over jagged marbles, or if it rains, through chunky peanut butter. In some places, gravel roads are like rutted, bone-jarring washboards.

Here's our guide to the toughest events on the West Coast of the U.S.A., that have announced 2017 dates.

 
Prepping for Haute Route – An Idiots Guide, Part 1
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Prepping for Haute Route – An Idiots Guide, Part 1

Haute Route translates to “High Road”.The concept is the highest, toughest and most prestigious amateur stage race in the world. It's one week of seven timed and ranked stages with professional-level event organisation including medical teams, mechanical support, rolling road security, film crews and, of course, massages.

Next year see’s Haute Route coming to the U.S. with the inaugural running of the Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2017, which is limited to only 600 riders and is expected to sell out well in advance of its date of 24th – 30th June.

Written by Jim Cotton, the Idiots Guide is a series of articles helping cyclists to prepare for, and take part in Haute Route. As a Haute Route ambassador, Jim leverages his passion and experience to provide real world tips.

 
Dirty Kanza 2016 sees 1,000-plus cyclists take on the Flint Hills
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Dirty Kanza 2016 sees 1,000-plus cyclists take on the Flint Hills

Two Californians were crowned king and queen of Kanza on Saturday:

Ted King of Mill Valley won the mens field with a time of 11 hours, 50 minutes, and last years champ, Amanda Nauman of Laguna Hills, easily defended her title with a 13 hour, 11 minute ride.

Report, results and photos.

 
Le Grand du Nord Route Scout 2016
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Le Grand du Nord Route Scout 2016

We have dreams about a course like this (that’s how nerdy we are about Heck courses). Lake Superior, forests, rushing streams, hills, sustained climbs, sweeping descents. Remote. Really remote. Moose sign, wolf sign, spring frogs, broad winged hawks, merlins, white throated sparrows. The occasional hay field. More woods. 

The roads are mostly dirt with glacial gravel on top. 

Heck of the North Productions have completed the mapping of both the 100 and 50 mile courses for the inaugural Le Grand du Nord. Here are some thoughts to consider before taking the start line this Saturday, May 28.

 
2016 Fire Road Cedar City Rescheduled for August 27, 2016
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2016 Fire Road Cedar City Rescheduled for August 27, 2016

The Fire Road Cedar City, a gravel grinder race, will not be held on its original date of June 25, 2016.

According to Rapid Cycling Racing’s Jordan Bracken, the event won’t be held in June due to circumstances beyond their control.

More details.

 

 

 
Conquering the Dirt – The Hell of Hunterdon
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Conquering the Dirt – The Hell of Hunterdon

I marvel at the pros in races like Paris Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, bouncing around on dirt and cobbles, still riding at speeds of 25+mph, pushing their road bikes to the limit of what they were meant to do. They have to have complete faith in their skills and just keep their heads up and their eyes on the road ahead, pushing on through any obstacle that comes their way.

The cycling pros who race in these one-day spring classics have to contend with dirt, gravel and cobblestones all while still riding their skinny tire road bikes.

These races are a test of strength, skill and grit.

 
Over 3,000 cyclists descended on Hastings for the 8th annual Barry Roubaix Gravel Bike Race
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Over 3,000 cyclists descended on Hastings for the 8th annual Barry Roubaix Gravel Bike Race

It's the Largest Gravel Road bike race in the world, and has put the Michigan city on the map. In downtown Hastings, restaurants were packed with riders, and their families. It's something business owners look forward to year after year. The spokes were spinning in Hastings, as a battle of bikers took over the city.

The Barry Roubaix had three different races - 22, 36 and 62 miles and more than $32,000 was given away in cash and prizes!

Full results and link to thousands of official photos.

 
I Ride For Her
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I Ride For Her - Dirty Kanza 200

The finishing line of the Dirty Kanza, a 200-mile bicycle race through the Flint Hills of Kansas, is a place where personal discoveries are made and raw emotions reveal themselves.

There are a handful of gravel grinders that are shaping the future of the Gravel Grinder genre. The Dirty Kanza 200, a 200-mile gravel road race through the Flint Hills east central Kansas. It is hard, but not impossible even while you’re struggling to turn the pedals over into 20mph headwinds and stay hydrated despite blistering temperatures and oppressive humidity, you can still enjoy the rolling hills and prairie skies.

Check out the latest video courtesy of Salsa Cycles.