Dirty Kanza renamed 'UNBOUND Gravel' after complaints term insulted native Americans

2019 Dirty Kanza
Races competing in the 2019 event (Image credit: Linda Guerrette (JC Photography))

Organisers of the popular Kansas gravel endurance event previously known as Dirty Kanza have changed the event's title after complaints that the phrase 'Dirty Kanza' is insulting to the region's indigenous tribe, renaming it 'UNBOUND Gravel' after a lengthy process of consideration.

The move came after a tumultuous year for the event and the United States, as unrest around police killings of innocent Black people led to widespread protests. A change.org petition to change the gravel event name preceded the summer of racial reckoning, with Cyclista Zine calling the phrase a racial epithet. Kanza is the official name for the Kaw people who populated the region before white settlers.

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