Location: Emporia

Dirty Kanza 2008 Wrap-Up

The Dirty Kanza, which is a challenging ultra-distance bicycling marathon event covering 200 miles of blacktop, gravel, and dirt roads through the scenic Flint Hills of eastern Kansas, ran on May 31st, with a field of 66 riders.

When the race finally ended, over 20 hours later, 42 riders had crossed the finish line, which is a remarkably high percentage for such a grueling event.

The race was won by Cameron Chambers in a record time of 11:58:32. Averaging nearly 17 miles an hour, for 12 hours straight, over some of the roughest and hilliest roads in the state, is an incredible pace, and beat the old course record by a significant margin.

The top five was rounded out by Dan Hughes (of Sunflower Outdoor and Bike), Tim Mohn (High Gear Cyclery), Jim Cummins (High Gear Cyclery), and Matt Gersib (Salsa/Monkey Wrench Cycles), all of whom finished in under 14 hours.

Endurance cyclists love to share their stories, and here are a few you can read for yourself:

Read more: full results, MBTR discussion

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this epic event — wish I coulda been there!


About The Author

By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web’s premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

One response to “Dirty Kanza 2008 Wrap-Up”

  1. Randy says:

    Another DK200 write-up: Salsa Cycles