Okay, there was no Kanza in Emporia, Kansas on May 30th. But for the love of cycling we rode DIRTY KANZELLED instead. We hoped that a lot of people would follow our initiative, but boy, what a surprise it was to see so many people joining us that day. All together, riding solo or in pairs, connected by #dirtykanzelled. One big community of gravel grinding cycling fans, that had set their alarms at 5.00 am to start their own micro adventures.
We loved seeing you guys and gals designing your own backyard gravel routes, meticulously prepare your bikes, rearranging all the bars and gels and enjoying the early bird sunrise moment. We saw it all: the bonked faces, the painful crashes, the fantastic views, but most of all: the happy faces. Not only after completing, but along the ride. Thanks for sharing it all.
Will there be another Dirty Kanzelled next year? We get the question a lot. Who knows what the world will look like one year from now. This year was special and demanded special ideas to get together. Next year is different, but with one thing in common: you don’t really need to travel for gravel. Just remember that.
By the way, there is a video of this beautiful day out on the bike: