(Photo: Dorothy Sullivan)
And it can always be worse…With 30 miles to go, the finish line seemed so near, but yet still so far for some.
Even if the race didn’t pan out like I had hoped for, I had a truly amazing time and couldn’t have been happier when I finally finished with a time just over 15 hours. Overcoming my broken rear derailleur and getting to have my name on the list of finishers was a victory in itself. As for next year, I’m already looking forward to my trip back to Emporia. If Dirty Kanza 200 (there is a 100 mile version too) is on your radar you’ll need to plan ahead since registration is likely to fill up within hours of it opening. Dirty Kanza is also a CTS Bucket List event, where they’ll take care of logistics and provide race support during the event itself. This year, CTS had 30 riders as part of the Bucket List, with all but two of them finishing. The right support can make all the difference.