Sunday, June 12, 2016

Cyclists brave tough terrain in increasingly popular Dirty Kanza race

EMPORIA — Cyclists battled hot sun, wind and tough road conditions in the Dirty Kanza bicycle ride through the Flint Hills of Kansas on June 4, 2016.
Andrew Escandon, 24, of Topeka, suffered six flats over the 200-mile course. On the third flat, he was riding 30 mph downhill when he heard a hissing sound from a tire, the inner tube had been pinched and needed to be replaced.
“That was so disappointing,” Escandon said. “It took me 17 hours to finish. My time was comparable to last year due to the flats and trying to play catch up to the other riders in the DK200.”
The theme for the 2016 Dirty Kanza was appropriately called “Find Your Limit.” About 1,900 riders had an opportunity to test themselves in the 200-mile course, the 100-mile, 50-mile or 20-mile fun ride, said Jim Cummins, founder and executive director of Dirty Kanza Promotions LLC.

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