It was probably inevitable as the event caught on, but the Dirty Kanza has finally gotten so big, organizers had to re-think how event registration is done. To create the fairest process possible, the event is moving a registration lottery in 2018. The lottery will be open for the first half of December and entrants will be selected in January 2018. Read this release for more information so you do not miss out. 

Due to high demand, we are unable to accommodate everyone who wishes to participate in the Dirty Kanza gravel road bicycling challenge. Therefore, a lottery selection process will be utilized to determine who will be allowed to participate in the 2018 Dirty Kanza.


Registration will be conducted online and can be accessed from the “Registration” page on the Dirty Kanza website at Individuals will have the opportunity to submit their name for participation in the 2018 Dirty Kanza from December 1, 2017, at 8:00 am CST, until December 16, 2017, at 11:59 pm CST.

Registration for event entry selection will be free of charge. However, credit card information will be collected at the time you submit your name for consideration. Your credit card will be charged only if you are accepted to participate.

Selection and Payment of Entry Fees:

Winning entries will be selected on or about January 13, 2018. Subject to event eligibility requirements, the individuals whose names are drawn will be awarded entry in the 2018 Dirty Kanza. These selected event participants will be notified by email, per the contact information they provide. Each participant’s credit card will be charged the event registration fee, a small processing fee, as well as any additional fees for add-on items chosen by the participant.

Group Registration Option:

A group registration option will be available for those families, friends, and other small groups (up to 4 individuals) who ONLY want to participate if they can do so together. All group members must submit their name for lottery consideration using the same Group Name. If the Group Name is selected, each member of the group will be accepted to participate and charged the appropriate fees. Individual group members are not required to participate in the same event distance.

Kansas is not flat. Here's proof. 2017 Dirty Kanza gravel race. © Christopher Nichols

Kansas is not flat. Here’s proof. 2017 Dirty Kanza gravel race. © Christopher Nichols

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About Dirty Kanza:

Organized by Dirty Kanza Promotions, the Dirty Kanza is recognized throughout the cycling industry as the world’s premier endurance gravel road cycling challenge. Cyclists from all across North America, Western Europe and beyond converge on Emporia, KS each year to test their mettle on the remote and rugged roads of the Flint Hills region of east-central Kansas. The only remaining expanse of natural tallgrass prairie in North America, the Flint Hills have been called “the easternmost part of the great far west.