Lottery selection system leads to bigger Dirty Kanza field

By Devon Swartz February 10, 2019 400
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This year's Dirty Kanza is going to see some changes to enhance the experience for riders in all races. 

The Dirty Kanza has become an iconic tradition in Emporia attracting cyclists from around the nation. Updates have come to the world's premier gravel grinder in the past, and will continue to come, says Lelan Dains, the Dirty Kanza's operations manager.

The biggest update came from the second annual lottery selection process. Registration started in early January, with the lottery selection on Jan. 19. Dains talks about how this format is affecting the race.

The 3,000 riders was up from nearly 2,400 riders last year and also ahead of the projected 2,700 for this year's races.

The Dirty Kanza began as just a 200-mile race but has now evolved into several separate races, ranging from 25 miles to 350 miles. The DKXL, which is the 350-mile race, premiered last year. Dains goes over how the race went.

Activities that will prelude the Dirty Kanza will begin on May 31st. All races, with the exception of the DKXL, will take off on June 1st. The DKXL will launch the day before at 3:00 pm. For more information on the Dirty Kanza, visit their website at or call (620) 208-2453.

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