On Saturday, June 2nd, the Dirty Kanza 200 will be held in the small town of Emporia, Kansas and is set to cover a large swath of the gravel roads running through the Flint Hills. To say the event has re-defined what we view as an over-the-top challenge would be an understatement considering riding the 200-mile gravel event is now considered a rite of passage in what is the quickest growing segment in cycling. This year, 2,600 cyclists will compete at Dirty Kanza and a total of 10,000 people are expected to be in attendance on race day.
To see where Dirty Kanza is today after such humble beginnings is something event founder Jim Cummins could never have imagined. Listen to Jim discuss the roots of the event and why so many people are coming to rural Kansas to spend their vacation.
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