LAWRENCE, Kan. (BRAIN) — Forty-six miles of riding — a good dusty chunk of it on gravel roads — brought the BRAIN Dealer Tour crew to visit two shops Thursday. One store was less than two months old in a tiny town that happens to be along a popular cycling route. The other is 47 years old in a historic brick block in downtown Lawrence, the home of the University of Kansas.
Our three-day tour of shops in the area wrapped up with a ride led by Dan Hughes, the owner of Lawrence’s landmark Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop. Besides running the store, Hughes is a legend in gravel racing circles, having won the Dirty Kanza 200 four times, as well as the 2014 Gravel Worlds. This year, Hughes is taking it up a notch, competing in the new 350-mile category at Dirty Kanza, which is held the first weekend in June.
Hughes led us nearly due west from our base in Overland Park toward Lawrence. Along the way we stopped off in Eudora, a town of about 6,100 people that now, as of a few weeks ago, has a new bike shop, Frontier Bikes.
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