Dirty Kanza 2020 Discussion, Training & Racing (DK200)

It’s that time of year to start training for DK 2020. That is if you haven’t already started! I started in the beginning of September. My main training occurs during the winter months of December, January and February and March I begin mixing in trainer and outdoor rides. I’ll do 50 to 100 km events every weekend in April, then do several 100 mile and at least one 150ish mile event in May. I’ll take a week off before DK and only do really light spins. This has worked well for me the past three years. If you are planning on going get your hotel reservation secured. If you don’t make the drawing then cancel your reservation or try to get in with someone who has to cancel. This will be my 4th year, hopefully!


I just checked and all Emporia hotels are sold out. Guess that shows how popular DK has become. Probably worth getting on waiting lists for the inevitable cancellations from people who don’t get in.

Those have been sold out for months now. People are reserving their hotels and then waiting to see if they get into the event.

Good times #facepalm

Last year I was able to get a room in Emporia in December/January.

Here are a couple of existing Dirty Kanza resources if you’re interested:

Good luck with your preparation!

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I’m hoping to make my first appearance at DK this year. I booked a room already just in case. I started ssb mv the first week of November. My full base, build, spec won’t work out without modification since I have surgery next week that will put me off bike for ~2 weeks.
My gravel bike is getting a new drivetrain and brakes in the next few weeks. Hmmm…I may be able to work on that while I’m not supposed to be riding.
In the event that I obtain an entry I’ve already started mapping out gravel routes from my house in lengths from 70-125 miles. I’d also like to get one nearer to 150 just to get outside of my comfort zone a bit further in regards to testing my mental state and equipment/comfort.

looking for suggestions on tire choice. I won’t be any lead pack so I don’t need something considered super fast but obviously a fast-ish tire with good durability and wide-ish (700 x40mm (42+ preferred)) and generally good in most conditions. I will be running tubeless of course. Here is my list so far

Kendra flintridge - size 40 or 45
heavy but reviews all seem to indicate very durable. wondering how the 40s typically measure installed

X’Plor MSO - size 40
seem to get generally good reviews and sound like they’re durable

Terravail cannonball - size 42
decent reviews but are heavy and complaints about ride feel.

I’m leaning towards the X’Plor MSO. 40 is probably the bare minimum size I want.

Other tires I’ve considered.
Specialized Pathfinder Pro
sounds like they’re bad in any mud.

Maxxis ramblers.
I have these in size 40 but they measure small for me. and read complaints about durability.

WTB resolute.
I have these in size 42. They’re okay. But again on this forum and others have read complaints about sidewall durability.

Maxxis Ramblers were great last year,700x40’s. But would recommend the 60tpi version, not 120. You will acrifice some rolling resistance but gain durability.

Would definitely consider the pathfinders, as well. Looks like a fast rolling tread with enough knobs on the edges for cornering / traction.

I’m wondering if the Rambler 45s measure small on my wheels as well. The Rambler 40s measure maybe 38 on my wheels. Yep. I’m definitely looking at 60tpi versions

My opinion on DK tires is to prioritize durability over weight or feel. You will a save a lot more time not flatting than to have a little lighter tire. I used the terravail cannonballs last year (38) and no flats. As for lack of feel, the only thing you are going to feel is tired, beat up and sore!

agree. durability is high on my list. of course, I want a tire that I will still be happy with later. But of course, I have enough tires sitting around for my day to day use that I’m fine with. generally speaking I’ve been lucky and don’t get many flats but DK has that reputation of cutting up tires.

Hi all,

I have my TR training plan all set but was wondering what events you all are doing to prepare for DK200? Everything from races to “personal milestone” type rides (ex: my beau and I are doing a 200 mile road ride next month). Thanks!