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Dirty Kanza 2016

Old 06-05-16, 05:22 PM
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Dirty Kanza 2016

I completed the 100 miles course. The back half was particularly brutal with the north wind and some nasty steep little climbs. I finished in 221 st positon which was in the top 50% so, I'm happy.

How did the rest of you do.
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I would really like to see photos of bike setups from the Dirty Kanza 2016, anyone who has any please share!

Also, what tires were commonly used in the event?

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I did the 100 as well. Was really shooting for under 10 hours, which didn't happen (the back half was indeed brutal!) But the bonus was I arrived shortly before the winner of the 200, so there were lots of cowbells greeting me at the finish.

I was surprised how many 100/200 riders got sidelined in the first few miles going through the flooded-over roads... apparently a few dozen had to call it quits right there. Saw lots of roadside repairs throughout the first 40 miles or so, mostly tires. I was fortunate and had no maintenance/repair issues. Overall it was a lot of fun and very challenging, but I don't expect to ever do the 200

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Originally Posted by KonaRider125 View Post
I would really like to see photos of bike setups from the Dirty Kanza 2016, anyone who has any please share!

Also, what tires were commonly used used in the event?
I'd guess 75%+ were riding drop bar equipped bikes with tires in the 30mm to 40 mm range. The rest were mostly 29ers with the occasional tandem or fatbike.

I personally rode a recently purchased bikesdirect 29+ bike, though I swapped out several of the stock components. I'll try to get some pics up of the bike in a separate thread (been meaning to). It wasn't my fastest bike, but I was willing to trade speed for low gears and wide tires.
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I did it, got the sticker (200).

That was a long ass day!
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Originally Posted by HOWSER View Post
I did it, got the sticker (200).

That was a long ass day!
Good for you! After how I felt after the 100, I can't believe people finish the 200.

My biggest takeaway was to be better about hydrating. Despite drinking every time it occurred to me, I lost significant weight during the race...probably around 4% of my weight, which contributed a lot toward the fatigue. I've even thought that if I do an event like this again to have my support team bring a scale for weigh-ins at each checkpoint.
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Ted King won using a single strut front fork Cannondale of some type.
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200 mile finisher. Missed the sunset by a hour. Don't have any pics of my rig readily available, but probably 85% are on cross/gravel bikes. I ran 700x38 Specialized Trigger Pros - 2nd year running them. No flats this year, one flat last year. Why mess with success?

It was difficult this year in a different way than last year, mainly because of the heat. My computer shows it in the 90s most of the afternoon and since it's been a mild spring I haven't acclimatized to the heat yet. I drank lots of water/skratch, got leg cramps anyway, and ran out of water twice.

Ted King was on the new Cannondale Slate, lefty 30mm travel suspension fork and 650b tires.
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Originally Posted by GravelGuy View Post
Ted King won using a single strut front fork Cannondale of some type.
Btw he was on a Cannondale Slate.
I saw his ride on Strava and his stats are absolutely out of this world, I'm not surprised he won.
Great blog from him:
Dirty Kanza vs. Paris-Roubaix | Strava

258w for 11+ hours. That's not human.

https://www.strava.com/activities/598702994/overview
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
200 mile finisher. Missed the sunset by a hour. Don't have any pics of my rig readily available, but probably 85% are on cross/gravel bikes. I ran 700x38 Specialized Trigger Pros - 2nd year running them. No flats this year, one flat last year. Why mess with success?

It was difficult this year in a different way than last year, mainly because of the heat. My computer shows it in the 90s most of the afternoon and since it's been a mild spring I haven't acclimatized to the heat yet. I drank lots of water/skratch, got leg cramps anyway, and ran out of water twice.

Ted King was on the new Cannondale Slate, lefty 30mm travel suspension fork and 650b tires.
I'm assuming he was running stock tires? If so I might have more reason to run wide slicks.
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Originally Posted by DarKris View Post
I'm assuming he was running stock tires? If so I might have more reason to run wide slicks.
Not sure what's stock on the Slate; from the pics it looks like a Schwalbe something or other with a typical moderate gravel tread.

https://www.sram.com/stories/dirty-kanza-clean-slate

edit: Schwalbe G1 650b x 38

https://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/gea...ro-bike-47195/

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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
Not sure what's stock on the Slate; from the pics it looks like a Schwalbe something or other with a typical moderate gravel tread.

https://www.sram.com/stories/dirty-kanza-clean-slate

edit: Schwalbe G1 650b x 38

Ted King?s Cannondale Slate gravel racer - BikeRadar USA
I just found that also, thanks. Not slick but not super knobby either. Seems like a good balance.
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