The weird and wonderful of the 2018 Dirty Kanza

Prototype gravel bikes from Salsa and Giant, funky suspension forks and more from the world's premier gravel race

Gravel riders from around the world descended upon the small Kansas town of Emporia this past weekend for the 13th running of the Dirty Kanza. This year, races ranged in length from 25 miles to the 32mi high school race up to 50-, 100- and the ever-popular 200mi (actually 206mi) competition. For the first time, promoters invited 36 select riders to tackle the XL, a 350-mile completely self-supported race. BikeRadar was on hand to race the 200mi event and check out some of the latest and greatest gravel gear.

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a close look at prototype gravel bikes from Salsa and Giant, the 350mi XL setup for Yuri Hauswald, and much, much more.

Stay tuned for a 'Road to Kanza' video we made about preparing bikes, bodies and brains for racing 200 miles of Kansas gravel. 

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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