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Dirty Kanza 200: 1% At A Time

If you’re into gravel riding, you’ve heard of the Dirty Kanza. You’ve heard stories of beautiful landscapes in East Central Kansas, you’ve heard of amazing people, and you’ve heard of mental and physical perseverance like you’ve never experienced. And after my first try of the Dirty Kanza, I can tell you the stories are true. The Flint Hills of Kansas are uniquely beautiful, the people of Emporia are unbelievably kind, and I had to dig to a level inside myself that I’ve never experienced before. My Dirty Kanza journey started on a cold January morning where I was continuously clicking refresh on bikereg.com to try to snag one of the coveted 1300 positions for the 200 mile event. As 8am hit I was already clicking through to the checkout page in hopes of getting a position. 2000 total positions sold out in a record 8 minutes and I was very fortunate to have snagged one of them. Within 2 hours the excitement had worn off and the first thought of ‘Oh no, what have I done’ set in. By the ti…
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We're starting to think about cyclocross

If you don't know what it is, check out this video about the pro scene from the Global Cycling Network.  We amateurs can only wish for so many tires, bikes, and fantastic venues, but Lincoln and the surrounding region has a lively CX community.  In fact, Iowa City will host a WORLD CUP race this September. If you'd like to learn more about our team, please message us on Facebook. To learn more about CX and how to do it, get connected with Star City CX. This organization puts on some training races in the fall and has skills clinics at the start of the season for new riders.


Jingle Cross 2015 Mud Fest

In my experience, Jingle Cross is either mud or frozen mud.  This year was no different.  Warmish temperatures made for a festival of mud.  This, on top of three days of formidable courses and large field sizes, put GPCTCX racers to their toughest test yet.

Emmett "Just finished the last race of the cyclocross season. Jingle Cross was an epic way to finish the season. Thanks to all of the good friends and teammates that made this season a total blast!"
Emmett made the most of his handling skills in the huge cat 4 fields and finished 34th on Friday night, then moving into the top 25 for Saturday and Sunday.  
Licki "Jingle Cross was muddy and nasty and hard and a hell of a lot of fun. Despite being frozen (my first race was scheduled right after sunset and I didn't expect the temperature to just drop like that) and a panicked few minutes in the pit clawing mud and grass from my general derailleur area, and some dropped chains all around... It was a really fun course …

State Championship Results

Twas a cold, blustery afternoon with temperatures hovering around freezing.  Fortunately, the sun was shining and the race tent zone was somewhat sheltered.  The course favored the powerful and the fleet of foot as it featured sweeping curves, mushy grass and a long, gradual ascent.  A short, steep descent with a sharp, off-camber right turn at the bottom tested the courage of newer riders.   However, the Goldenrod Pastries team did well.
Women Cat 4 We had four riders in the women's category 4 race.  Cristina took the state championship, placing second to Iowa's Michelle Cleasby in the overall race.  Rachel sped to the silver medal.  Licki missed the podium by one, placing fourth, and Amy, hobbled by pre-dissertation defense nerves, still rode to a seventh place finish. 
Men's Cat 4/5 The men's category 4/5 was the last race of the day and the largest field with 29 riders vying for the win.  After a less than stellar start, Paul rode his new Focus AX to a state champ…

Head Games

It may seem counter-intuitive, but sports are far more mental than physical. You can train all you want, but if you don’t have your game face on for the race, things will not go well. Case in point: Seacrest #2.

I like to show up to races early. Plenty of time to prep, ride through the course, and calm myself down
before the race starts. Last week, we showed up later than planned and as I was unloading my bike, an announcement stated that my race started in 5 min. This was exactly enough time to register, make a guess about proper tire pressure, and get some advice about the course from those smart enough to
show up early.

Basically, I was in panic mode. As we lined up to start the race, I noticed that everybody else was wearing gloves. Mine were locked in the van halfway across the parking lot. Not good. Did I mention
that it was raining? Shortly after this revelation, the race started and about 200 yds later, when I finally got clipped in properly, I was firmly in last place.

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Cristina

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved all types of human-powered transportation -- rollerblades, scooters, skateboards and, most importantly, bicycles. I’ve been a bike commuter for my entire five years at UNL, where I am studying journalism and environmental studies.

I bought an All-City Macho Man to commute on a few years ago and my boss at UNL Outdoor Adventures encouraged me to try out cyclocross. This is my second season racing and I’m loving every second of it.

My favorite part about the races is the rowdy, awesome community of people that shows up, the friendly competition and the physical challenge of testing my endurance.

Besides riding my bike, I’m an all-around outdoorsy geek and enjoy rock climbing, running, backpacking and canoeing. I hope to graduate this December and move out west to find a job and be closer to the mountains.

Sara

Sara sometimes describes herself as a cyclist who ran for a while.  That's saying something since she ran cross country and track for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln when she was college.

"The bike makes me calm and mentally sparky - and keeps me out of trouble."

Sara's health issues make it difficult for her to ride as much as she'd like, but she believes she might put her life out of balance if she were able to.  Nonetheless, she loves competing and excels in races where technical prowess makes up for raw power.

"I try to find technical areas in the course that can gain me a few seconds on my rivals," she says.

As  a category 3 racer who is also a masters racer, Sara often finds herself wishing she had more age-group peers against which to test her mettle, but she loves a good race whether that takes place at the front of the field or elsewhere.

"I define success as pushing my body to the edge and making a worthy effort - no quitting, being …