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2017 DK200 winners both first time competitors, set new women's record

The 2017 Dirty Kanza saw thousands of people flocking to Emporia, 2,300 of them riders alone.


First time Dirty Kanza racer and the overall DK200 champion was Mat Stephens from Dallas, Texas. Stephens finished the race just before 5 p.m. with an official time of 10 hours, 49 minutes and 8 seconds. While that is not a new record for the race, it is still quite a feat.


This is not the only race he has competed in, or will compete in this year, but this is what he calls "the big one."


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Jake Wells came in second at 10 hours, 51 minutes and 51 seconds.


Setting a new record for women's time, beating out previous Queen of Pain and 3 time DK200 winner Rebecca Rusch's record, was Alison Tetrick of Petaluma, CA. The new record set for women competing in the DK200 is 11 hours, 41 minutes and 40 seconds. It was a tight race against previous DK200 women's winner was Amanda Nauman, who finished with a time of 11 hours, 41 minutes and 45 seconds.


Tetrick says that this is her first time for a lot of things, not just competing in the DK200.


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Tetrick is a close friend of Rusch's, in fact they share the same coach. Rusch won the DK100, and did not compete in the 200 this year. She says that she will return but right now was not the time.


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Steven Baxter was the overall DK100 winner, with a time of 5:13:47, beating Rusch by a minute.


Casey Woods, director of Main Street in Emporia, says that the growth of the Dirty Kanza event over the years is just phenomenal. He explains that there is something for everyone, regardless if they're bicyclists.


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People from all over the world came to compete, and some came from other states just to celebrate.


A full listing of winners can be found at KVOE Sports.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 08:50