SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — On the heels of the Dirty Kanza, which took place last weekend, Interbike – The Podcast talks to the Emporia event’s organizers including Jim Cummins and LeLan Dains about how the sold-out event went off this year. Joining the discussion was Dan Hughes, owner of Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, who’s raced in the DK since it’s beginning back in 2006 and is a 10-time finisher.
Cummins talks about how he was inspired to start the Dirty Kanza after seeing other events north of him including the Trans Iowa, which started in 2005.
“A couple of us were intrigued by that and thought somebody ought to put on a race like that in Kansas,” he said on the podcast. “2006 was our first year and we had 34 riders. We were pretty pleased with that. We didn’t think there were that many people who would want to ride 200 miles in a day on gravel. We’ve grown every year. The 2018 event that took place just last weekend we had 2,700 riders from 49 states and 16 countries who converged on Emporia, Kansas, to ride their bikes through the Flint Hills.”
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