Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
The Salsa Chaise at the start of the 2019 Dirty Kanza. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Riders lined up before sunrise eager to get rolling on their 200-mile adventure. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Taylor Phinney was a first timer at the Dirty Kanza. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Previous winners Alison Tetrick and Ted King were in good spirits at the start. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
And they’re off, 2,700 riders participated in the 2019 Dirty Kanza. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
The field rolled through downtown Emporia before hitting the gravel. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Gravel fans and Emporia locals came out to cheer on the riders. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Christian Meier attacked from the gun opening up a sizable gap just 25 miles into the 200 mile race. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
The lead group settled into a sustainable pace. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
This rider was bloodied but still motivated to take his pull on the front of his group. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Conditions were ideal in the morning, but the temperature would heat up later in the day. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Some riders just went at their own pace. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
35 miles into the race Christian Meier had a 3 minute lead. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Amanda Nauman lost contact with the lead group before the first feed zone. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
At the first feed zone the Cokes were being guzzled like water. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Not going out too fast, and staying on top of your nutrition is essential for a good ride at the Dirty Kanza. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Colin Strickland “Rolled the dice” with this attack more 100 miles from the finish. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Ted King led the super strong chase group, which perhaps underestimated the strength and endurance of Colin Strickland. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
After flatting earlier in the day Kiel Reijnen chased the leaders with the help of Jeremiah Bishop. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
2018 Dirty Kanza XL winner Matt Acker, restocked at a connivence store just outside Alma, Kansas. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
There were various hazards to overcome at the 2019 Dirty Kanza 200. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Colin Strickland held his lead through a water crossing. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Peter Stetina came through this water crossing a few minutes after Strickland. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Second-place Women’s finisher Alison Tetrick ran through this water crossing. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
On your left! Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Cole House took a dip to cool off. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Geoff Kabush chased the leaders by himself for five hours. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
As temperatures climbed, many riders took the opportunity to cool off at the water crossings throughout the day. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Jay Petervary won the DK XL setting a new record time for the race. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Colin Strickland was the first to cross the line and was greeted by Dirty Kanza co-founder Jim Cummins. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton rode together for the final few hours, crossing the line in 3rd and 4th place. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com
This rider crashed just 8 miles before the finish but she still had a big smile on her face as she received a little medical attention. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com