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    Dirty Kanza 200

    The NYT has a fun article on the Dirty Kanza 200; sounds like fun, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/sp...rty-kanza.html

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    Fun is a strong word. I did it this year. 204 miles, around 10,000- 12,000 feet of climbing. Gravel roads that range from nice and smooth to minimlly maintained surfaces that are better described as paths than roads. Brutal headwinds across the prairie with no tres to block it.

    I went off course and added 21 extra miles. Finished 51 in Masters men. Would have been a bit more respectible without the extra mileage.
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    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    A fellow I ride with seems to think the course was sabotaged. The signs were there for the leaders on a couple turns, then gone. No proof, just a gut feeling. He expected to do well, but a flat, then an off course excursion, changed that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    Fun is a strong word. I did it this year. 204 miles, around 10,000- 12,000 feet of climbing. Gravel roads that range from nice and smooth to minimlly maintained surfaces that are better described as paths than roads. Brutal headwinds across the prairie with no tres to block it.

    I went off course and added 21 extra miles. Finished 51 in Masters men. Would have been a bit more respectible without the extra mileage.
    What bike did you ride? And the set-up?
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    Jed

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    My cheap Bikes Direct cross bike:



    I upgraded the wheels, Hed Ardenne rims, chris king hubs, Psimet built.

    Tires are Schwalbe Marathon plus 700x40mm. They were the widest tire I could fit, and they have protective belts under the tread and behind the sidewalls as well. I had no flats, and must have seen a 100 people with flats. Greatest risk is cutting a sidewall beyond being able to reboot it, and these tires greatly minimized that risk.

    Gearing was 46/36 with an 11/28. If I had to do it again, I'd put a 34 inner ring on. Some of the climbs, while short, are very steep, and I'd liked to have had a lower gear, prticularly early in the race, when I was trying to go easy and not burn matches.

    Frame bag was for extra gear, and a extra water bottle. You are out in the middle of friggin nowhere, so you have to carry everything you need between the 3 check points, so multiple tubes, patch kit, boot, pump, C02, tools, food, water, head light, tail light, rain jacket, phone, compass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
    A fellow I ride with seems to think the course was sabotaged. The signs were there for the leaders on a couple turns, then gone. No proof, just a gut feeling. He expected to do well, but a flat, then an off course excursion, changed that.
    There were reports of a fair number of people going off course.

    I really doubt any competitors intentionally took the markers, but you're in the middle of nowhere: they could blow down, get knocked over by animals, taken by devious locals, etc.

    In the end, the course is only marked as a courtesy. You're given a map, and supposed to carry a compass, and it's the rider's responsibility to navigate the course. Part of the adventure.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    It's on my bucket list. I do some track racing (running) in Emporia. Not a bad town. I can't imagine grinding gravel for that long though.

    Still, I'd like to attempt it in a few years.
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    Emporia's actually a cool little place. The Town really turns out for Dirty Kanza, and its a big party.

    Downtown is quaint. There's a nice brew pub.

    The Granada theater is cool.

    They put Pianos out on the street for anyone to play.

    And the flint hills are beautiful.





    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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