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Dahr-tee Kan-zuh

Proper Noun, Proper Noun

Dirty Kanza is a 200-mile gravel race in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

Example usage: 'I'm training for the Dirty Kanza this year.'

Most used in: The United States, particularly in the Midwest.

Most used by: Mountain bikers and gravel cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 4/10

Also see: Gravel Grinder, Grinder Race, Gravel Race, Gravel Fondo,

What is the Dirty Kanza?

Dirty Kanza is an annual gravel cycling event that takes place in Emporia, Kansas. It is a one-day ultra-endurance cycling event that covers a total distance of 200 miles (320 km). It is the longest and most grueling gravel race in the world, typically taking 10-14 hours to complete.

The event is known for its challenging terrain, which includes steep climbs, sharp descents, and long stretches of flat gravel roads. It is also known for its unpredictable weather conditions, which can include heat, wind, rain, and even hail. The event has grown in popularity in recent years, and the 2020 edition had over 2,500 participants from around the world.

Dirty Kanza is a unique event that tests the limits of cyclists and rewards those who can endure the long hours of riding in difficult terrain and weather conditions. It is an event that challenges riders both mentally and physically and is a great way to explore the scenic beauty of the Flint Hills region of Kansas.


The Origin of 'Dirty Kanza'

The term 'Dirty Kanza' was first used in 2006 in a gravel cycling race in Emporia, Kansas. The event was founded by Jim Cummins and Joel Dyke, who sought to provide an extreme cycling experience for riders in the Flint Hills region of Kansas and the surrounding areas.

The event was originally called the 'Kanza Gravel Grinder,' but was soon nicknamed 'Dirty Kanza' due to the dusty, unpaved roads and challenging terrain. The event has since grown in popularity, and is now one of the largest gravel cycling races in the world.

The Dirty Kanza 200 is a 206-mile off-road race that takes riders through the Flint Hills region of Kansas. Riders must navigate a variety of terrain, including gravel roads, grassy hills, and dirt trails. The race is known for its challenging and technical terrain, and has become an iconic event in the gravel cycling world.

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