Fresh Gravel: DK Promotions Announces The DKXL- by Guitar Ted
The Dirty Kanza 200 was originally co-founded by Jim Cummins and the late Joel Dyke. In the meetings between the two where ideas for the inagural Dirty Kanza were hashed out, one of the ideas passed over was a longer, cross state version which would have been far over the 200 miles which is the longest distance offered now. However; a longer version of the event was still in the minds of the DK Promotions team, the organizational/promotional arm of the Dirty Kanza 200, of which Jim Cummins is still a part of.
Now we have news of that longer version dubbed the “DKXL”. The idea was to bring back a more self-supported, raw, longer version of the event for 2018 which is by invitation only. Invitations to be in the inaugural event were sent out to 34 riders late last year. The number of riders was chosen to match that of the very first field to take the start at the inaugural Dirty Kanza 200 in 2006. The DKXL will start a day ahead of the Dirty Kanza 200 and the plan is to have the riders finish alongside of the DK200 riders on Saturday evening.
The DK Promotions press release indicates that this year’s running of the DKXL will be a dry run to shake out any necessary changes and point to any tweaks that need to be made based upon their observations and feedback from the 34 riders invited to participate. Details on how entries to the 2019 DKXL will be handled and prices of those entries was not divulged at this time.
Stay tuned to Riding Gravel for any further updates to this story.