Saturday’s Dirty Kanza 200 started with a literal bang, as the thousands of riders getting ready to ride through Kansas’ Flint Hills awoke to thunder outside Emporia, and then a torrent of rainfall as they awaited the start of the race. After a 30-minute rain delay, the impressive field of cycling talent ripped down Commerical Street and out onto the gravel roads between Emporia and Eureka.
The Women’s race went to a gravel newbie—but familiar name to CXM readers—Kaitie Keough. Keough hung with the lead group early on and outlasted two-time winner Amanda Nauman and 2017 winner Alison Tetrick to take home the title of Queen of the Dirty Kanza in her first every gravel race. Nauman and Tetrick traded spots several times during the last 100 miles, with Nauman ultimately grabbing second. Tetrick finished third to round out the podium.
Top honors in the Men’s race went to a Dirty Kanza veteran. Last year, 2016 winner Ted King had his title defense marred by flats. In 2018, the only thing that stood between him and victory was a tough challenge from Josh Berry. King escaped from Berry in the last 50 miles of the race and rode solo into a strong headwind to get his second win in three years. Berry finished a strong second, and Geoff Kabush took third after a sprint finish against 2017 winner Mat Stephens and Ian Tubbs.
Top 20 Women’s and Men’s finishers are below. Stay tuned for a race report, full results and much more from Kansas.
Women's Top 20: 2018 Dirty Kanza 200
|7||Anna Grace Christiansen||15.9||12:56:03|
|8||Jamie Van Beek||15.7||13:09:00|
Men's Top 20: 2018 Dirty Kanza 200