Follow the Dirty Half-Dozen at the Dirty Kanza 200 THIS WEEKEND!

We will be sending 5 of our finest Virtusans and Adam to Emporia Kansas this weekend for the 2012 version of The Dirty Kanza 200.  Robby “The Darkness” Brown, Kate “Rage Kage” Geisen, Bob “BLD” Jenkins, Casey “The Anchorman / Pace Center” Lamb, Adam “The Prospector” Laffoon, and me, Luke Lamb will take on 200+ miles of gravel this weekend.

Robby and I teamed up last year, and Robby completed his half of the ride.  However, I was not man enough to thwart Mother Nature (read about it here), and we got a big, fat DNF.  Bob has attempted this race twice, in 2010 and again in 2011, and both times he pulled out at the second checkpoint at roughly 100 miles.  The rest of our rag-tag group of riders has never attempted the DK200 before.

We’re as ready as we’re going to be at this point, but can you really ever be ready for this event?  We’ve trained much more this year than we have for anything before, as evidenced by the video below, but will it be enough?

At least watch this video at the 5:20 mark for a good laugh:

At the Dirty Kanza, the heat, wind, and (God-forbid) rain can end even the strongest rider’s day.  Roughly only 20% of the riders finished the race last two years, so the odds are definitely stacked against.

One thing going for us, though, is our awesome support crew.  Austin Lamb (Casey’s son), Michell Hughey (Adam’s common-law wife), and Becca Lamb (my amazing wife) will be helping us at every checkpoint, and we can’t thank them enough.  They’ll have their work cut out for them, but we have the utmost confidence in them.

If you want to check in on the race, you have a few options.  First, you can check out our Facebook page and/or our Twitter page.  We’ll try to update it as often as possible.  You can also go to www.dirtykanzalive.com to see live coverage of the starting line, commentary, and other great stuff with a concentration on the final 40 miles of the race.  This should be very cool, so be sure to check it out.  Also, an Emporia radio station will be broadcasting live from the Checkpoints throughout the race, and you can listen to it live online by going to http://kiss1031.net/.

You should also keep an eye out for lots of our friends riding the Dirty Kanza on Saturday: Jim Smith from Monster Bicycle Co., the Orange Lederhosen Boys, Justin Nemeth, Travis Hammons, Jim and Wendy Davis, the Team Red Wheel crew, and I’m sure there are others that I’m forgetting.

We’re pretty damn excited.  Let’s just hope we have good weather.  Wish us luck!  We’ll definitely need it.

P.S. – For those of you new to this blog, I’d like to point out that we really like to have a good time at Adam’s expense.  We fire him from the team constantly, and he is the butt of many of our jokes.  I would like to make it known publicly that he is an asset to our team, and we really do love the guy.  It’s just too much fun busting his balls.  So he’s fired again for asking me to write this disclaimer.

Advertisements

About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on May 30, 2012, in Dirty Kanza 200 Training, Group Rides, Upcoming Races and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. …wait…we’re joking when we pick on Adam?…

  2. Luke “Team Captain” Lamb

  3. Asset indeed, if it weren’t for Adam I wouldn’t have anywhere to wipe off my excess Chamois Butter.

  4. I nominate Adam as the “Team Captain” Anyone second?

  5. Doesn’t the captain pay for the hotel rooms?

  6. James Browning

    Congratulations! Can’t wait for the details.

  7. Congrats to Luke and Adam for finishing the DK200 on single-speeds. You have achieved bad mother trucker status! Bob and Robby, your finishes on geared bikes was mildly impressive as well;)

    Casey, what happened??? You were supposed to block the wind for me.

    • I ended up in the ER was severe leg pain on Friday night in Emporia, KS. I could barely walk, let alone ride a bike. I trained my ass off for this race and came down with a leg issue Tuesday night before the race. I still made the trip hoping to still race. My expectations went from riding as well as possible, to just finishing the race, to making the second checkpoint, to making the first checkpoint, to starting the race, and ended up only being able to minimally support the race.

      I hope to get this leg thing straightened out, train my ass off all year, and be back with a vengeance next year. I’ll be your windbreak next year.

      Nice job to everybody that finished the race. You all did a great job.

    • Coming from a 3-time DK200 single speed finisher (top ten all three times I might add), that’s a pretty good compliment. I’m not sure I could have finished if it was 10 – 15 degrees hotter, though, but I guess that’s just part of racing the Dirty Kanza.

      Congrats on your strong finish. 15 hours is ridiculously fast… Especially on a single speed. Be prepared for me to hammer you with questions on training/nutrition/hydration/tips for next year’s Dirty Kanza. Hell, I think we need a monthly blog series – “Stoney Says” or something like that. You game?

  8. Way to go! Looks like all your training paid off! Wish I could have been there myself, however making our move was worth it. It’s great out here in Utah.

  9. Thanks for the compliment Stoney and congrats to you on another top ten finish. 15 hrs is simply insane. It doesn’t look like they want to go along with your idea of me not being fired for a year for finishing though. I’m sure it’s because I finished ahead of Luke and Bob although I’m still not sure how that happened.

What are you thinking? Leave a comment.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: