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Gravel specialist Strickland foils WorldTour riders in Dirty Kanza

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Lael Wilcox won the women's DKXL 350, and came in sixth overall.

Lael Wilcox won the women's DKXL 350, and came in sixth overall.
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Past winner Alison Tetrick rode alone for much of day, and almost all of it as second female on the gravel.

Past winner Alison Tetrick rode alone for much of day, and almost all of it as second female on the gravel.
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Olivia Dillion worked hard to stay at front of race, and led the women's field through the middle of the day. Mechanical troubles sent her back to fifth by the end of the day.

Olivia Dillion worked hard to stay at front of race, and led the women's field through the middle of the day. Mechanical troubles sent her back to fifth by the end of the day.
(Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Lance Heidet expanded on his road and cyclocross programs with a top-twenty finish.

Lance Heidet expanded on his road and cyclocross programs with a top-twenty finish.
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The pursuit of Colin Strickland was left to Lachlan Morton, Alex Howes, and Peter Stetina.

The pursuit of Colin Strickland was left to Lachlan Morton, Alex Howes, and Peter Stetina.
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Colin Strickland escaped the lead group mid-race, and knew the following hours would be headwind, followed by a tail wind back into Emporia.

Colin Strickland escaped the lead group mid-race, and knew the following hours would be headwind, followed by a tail wind back into Emporia.
(Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Two hundred miles of this terrain tested body and machine.

Two hundred miles of this terrain tested body and machine.
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2018 winner Ted King stayed active at the front as the pace shed riders around mid-race.

2018 winner Ted King stayed active at the front as the pace shed riders around mid-race.
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Colin Strickland left the front of the race around mile 95 in a technical area with steep climbs and deep rock. He rode on own for the next five hours to take the win.

Colin Strickland left the front of the race around mile 95 in a technical area with steep climbs and deep rock. He rode on own for the next five hours to take the win.
(Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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The deep gravel can sometimes stop forward progress.

The deep gravel can sometimes stop forward progress.
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Sarah Max followed her podium ride at the Belgian Waffle Ride with a third-place in the 200-mile event.

Sarah Max followed her podium ride at the Belgian Waffle Ride with a third-place in the 200-mile event.
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Kiel Reijnen made the most of the early miles before racing got tough.

Kiel Reijnen made the most of the early miles before racing got tough.
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Amy Charity built a lead of more than six minutes in the women's field before mid-race, but a series of flat tires sent her backward in the standings by end of day.

Amy Charity built a lead of more than six minutes in the women's field before mid-race, but a series of flat tires sent her backward in the standings by end of day.
(Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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Chef Matt Accarrino was at the front of the race in the opening miles until a fall and broken collarbone ended his day.

Chef Matt Accarrino was at the front of the race in the opening miles until a fall and broken collarbone ended his day.
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The men's podium: Payson Mcelveen, Peter Stetina, winner Colin Strickland, Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton

The men's podium: Payson Mcelveen, Peter Stetina, winner Colin Strickland, Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton
(Image credit: Linda Guerrette (JC Photography))
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Early miles of the 200-mile event saw the gravel roads packed with riders.

Early miles of the 200-mile event saw the gravel roads packed with riders.
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Downtown Emporia's Commercial Street was filled with starters for the 200-mile event.

Downtown Emporia's Commercial Street was filled with starters for the 200-mile event.
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Payson McElveen awaited the start alongside other called-up riders.

Payson McElveen awaited the start alongside other called-up riders.
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Taylor Phinney at staging. Early-race flats sent Phinney to mid-pack for the duration of the race.

Taylor Phinney at staging. Early-race flats sent Phinney to mid-pack for the duration of the race.
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Exhibitor registration doubled from 2018 according to Dirty Kanza organizers.

Exhibitor registration doubled from 2018 according to Dirty Kanza organizers.
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Kirsten Walker double-checked her set bag full of snacks and gear before the DKXL.

Kirsten Walker double-checked her set bag full of snacks and gear before the DKXL.
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Competitors in the DKXL departed Emporia on Friday, the day before the start of the 200-mile event.

Competitors in the DKXL departed Emporia on Friday, the day before the start of the 200-mile event.
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Nico Deportago-Cabrera headed into the night during the DKXL 350.

Nico Deportago-Cabrera headed into the night during the DKXL 350.
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Jay Petervary and Jake Wells led the DKXL as night fell. Petervary would go on to take the win in 22:31.

Jay Petervary and Jake Wells led the DKXL as night fell. Petervary would go on to take the win in 22:31.
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Within an hour of the start, the front end of the race was getting stretched out.

Within an hour of the start, the front end of the race was getting stretched out.
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The rocks of the Flint Hills look inncouous but can defeat the best tires.

The rocks of the Flint Hills look inncouous but can defeat the best tires.
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Street signs are a rare sight on the dirt and gravel roads at Dirty Kanza. The course is unmarked and riders must use GPS or cue sheets and maps.

Street signs are a rare sight on the dirt and gravel roads at Dirty Kanza. The course is unmarked and riders must use GPS or cue sheets and maps.
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Peter Stetina grabs one extra sandwich on way out of the first checkpoint. Riders typically swapped their hydration packs with a new, pre-filled pack as mechanics triaged the bike for critical needs. A minute or two and riders were back on course.

Peter Stetina grabs one extra sandwich on way out of the first checkpoint. Riders typically swapped their hydration packs with a new, pre-filled pack as mechanics triaged the bike for critical needs. A minute or two and riders were back on course.
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Amy Charity built a lead of six minutes over the rest of the women's field before a series of flats deflated her lead and podium chances.

Amy Charity built a lead of six minutes over the rest of the women's field before a series of flats deflated her lead and podium chances.
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A creek crossing in the later miles brought welcome cooling on a day where temperatures exceeded forecasts and wore down riders.

A creek crossing in the later miles brought welcome cooling on a day where temperatures exceeded forecasts and wore down riders.
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Colin Strickland was congratulated by Dirty Kanza founder Jim Cummins after taking the win and setting the first sub ten-hour DK200.

Colin Strickland was congratulated by Dirty Kanza founder Jim Cummins after taking the win and setting the first sub ten-hour DK200.
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Alex Howes told Lachlan Morton "I suppose I owe you a beer," after their finish. Morton waited when Howes flatted around mile 130.

Alex Howes told Lachlan Morton "I suppose I owe you a beer," after their finish. Morton waited when Howes flatted around mile 130.
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Amity Rockwell was in disbelief as she crossed the line for the win after working her way up through the women's field.

Amity Rockwell was in disbelief as she crossed the line for the win after working her way up through the women's field.
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Ted King at the start

Ted King at the start
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Amity Rockwell, winner of the Dirty Kanza 200

Amity Rockwell, winner of the Dirty Kanza 200
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Amity Rockwell, winner of the Dirty Kanza 200

Amity Rockwell, winner of the Dirty Kanza 200
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The men's podium: Payson Mcelveen, Peter Stetina, winner Colin Strickland, Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton

The men's podium: Payson Mcelveen, Peter Stetina, winner Colin Strickland, Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton
(Image credit: Linda Guerrette (JC Photography))
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Lachlan Morton backstage

Lachlan Morton backstage
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Lachlan Morton (EF Education First) after Dirty Kanza

Lachlan Morton (EF Education First) after Dirty Kanza
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Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton finish in the top five

Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton finish in the top five
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Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton finish in the top five

Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton finish in the top five
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Peter Stetina after taking second in Dirty Kanza

Peter Stetina after taking second in Dirty Kanza
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Colin Strickland's winning gravel bike

Colin Strickland's winning gravel bike
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Colin Strickland, winner of the 2019 Dirty Kanza

Colin Strickland, winner of the 2019 Dirty Kanza
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2019 Dirty Kanza

2019 Dirty Kanza
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2019 Dirty Kanza

2019 Dirty Kanza
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2019 Dirty Kanza

2019 Dirty Kanza
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2019 Dirty Kanza

2019 Dirty Kanza
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Alison Tetrick

Alison Tetrick
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Ted King

Ted King
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Amity Rockwell's winning gravel bike

Amity Rockwell's winning gravel bike
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Colin Strickland (Meteor X Giordana) won the 2019 men’s Dirty Kanza gravel race, crossing the finish line in Emporia, Kansas with his bike raised above his head as he walked across the finish line after just shy of 10 hours of racing.

Strickland was part of a group of eight riders that formed earlier in the race, which included Lachlan Morton and Alex Howes (EF Education First) and Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo).

The lead group eventually split up with the Red Bull athlete Strickland riding away solo for over 150 kilometres to finish 9:06 ahead of Stetina. EF Education First duo of Howes and Morton finished together nearly 20 minutes behind Strickland, after Howes suffered a mechanical, to make up the top-four riders.

Speaking to Velonews after the race, Strickland said: "I rolled the dice and was betting on discord and a lack of cohesion behind. I knew I had to get through 40 miles of headwind, and then I would have a ripping tailwind.

"Catch me if you can in a tailwind, I love to go fast."

Former race winner and WorldTour professional Ted King and Stetina’s Trek-Segafredo teammate Kiel Reijnen also finished in the top 10.

Amity Rockwell (Easton Overland Gravel Team) won the women’s race after being part of the two lead groups that broke ahead after 64 kilometres of racing.

Rockwell, Olivia Dillon (Velocio) and Alison Tetrick (Specialized) were within aronud 10 minutes of each other in the final quarter of the race before Dillon punctured and allowed Rockwell and Dillon to pass before Rockwell then pressed on to move into first place and win solo 16:25 ahead of Tetrick, with Sarah Max in third.

Early race leader Dillon eventually finished in fifth place, nearly an hour down on Rockwell.

The 324.6-kilometre event is a gravel/mixed terrain event through the Flint Hills region of Kansas, USA. A total of 2,700 riders took part in the various races in this year’s edition.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Colin Strickland9:58:48
2Peter Stetina0:09:06
3Alex Howes0:19:47
4Lachlan Morton0:19:48
5Payson Mcelveen0:36:40
6Joshua Berry0:39:52
7Ted King
8Kiel Reijnen
9Noah Granigan0:54:05
10Tristan Uhl1:03:39
11John Borstelmann
12Michael Sencenbaugh1:08:55
13Nicholas Diniz1:10:16
14Geoff Kabush1:18:05
15Mat Stephens1:23:27
16Mike Barton1:33:08
17Nate Whitman1:36:49
18Jesse Moore1:36:50
19Lance Haidet1:42:29
20James Walsh1:48:02
21Jon Okenfuss1:48:28
22Christopher Bagg1:51:33
23Michael Morgan1:53:43
24Joel Brazil1:56:05
25Oliver Young2:04:14
26Jeremiah Bishop2:04:15
27Cory Wallace2:08:44
28Ed Cork2:12:13
29George Piepgras2:12:48
30Yannick Eckmann2:14:52
31Scott Witthoff2:15:40
32Noah Tautfest2:16:03
33Neal Harrison2:16:07
34Nathan Keck2:16:47
35Scott Tietzel2:17:42
36Jake Pantone2:18:32
37Addison Zawada2:19:06
38Tim Ahern2:21:05
39Joel Spalding2:21:06
40Blake Anton2:24:06
41Jacob Duehring2:24:07
42Hafsteinn Geirsson2:28:10
43Jason Judy2:29:01
44Sigurður Stefánsson2:29:40
45Ben Raymond2:29:42
46Thomas Turner
47Hart Robinson2:30:00
48Seth Bitting2:33:19
49Adam Ventling
50Glenn Kirk2:34:33

Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amity Rockwell11:59:53
2Alison Tetrick0:16:25
3Sarah Max0:29:31
4Kae Takeshita0:42:25
5Olivia Dillon0:57:32
6Amanda Nauman1:02:20
7Amy Charity1:08:29
8Judah Sencenbaugh1:19:09
9Sarah Swallow1:22:54
10Vicki Barclay1:32:28
11Peta Takai1:39:38
12Elizabeth Mccalley1:50:48
13Cynthia Frazier1:54:50
14Eleanor Joice1:57:52
15Jamie Henningson2:00:00
16Betsy Welch2:06:03
17Hillary Allen2:10:13
18Leah Lemke2:15:17
19Katharine Welling2:20:23
20Christina Bonnington2:25:13
21Mary Penta2:31:31
22Michelle Hance
23Kristina Vrouwenvelder2:32:30
24Sara Siems2:33:49
25Rachel Wills2:36:57
26Anna Grace Christiansen2:54:51
27Hailey Moore2:55:50
28Sami Sauri2:58:33
29Marieke Dechesne3:02:23
30Stephanie Wurtz3:04:17
31Celine Oberholzer3:07:24
32Andrea Briedé3:10:49
33Karen Pritchard3:11:21
34Caesie Reynolds3:17:20
35Claire Shurtz3:18:01
36Nan Lueckert3:25:24
37Angie Kennedy3:31:03
38Christine Thornburg3:31:11
39Courtney Morgan
40Erin Ayala3:35:40
41Marcella Toldi3:39:31
42Janice Tower3:41:37
43Christina Grande3:46:16
44Kimberly Paez3:55:21
45Jennifer Barbour3:58:29
46Kelly Kowalczyk4:02:07
47Claire Law4:04:49
48Sara Mcdowell4:05:36
49Jennifer Summers4:05:38
50Dana Zimmel4:08:38

 

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