THROWBACK THURSDAY, 2018: JON HORNBECK’S DIRTY KANZA 200
Following his 2017 top ten finish, the former RBA editor re-thought his effort
In 2016 Jon Hornbeck was like many other aspiring American pro road racers; training hard, racing harder and struggling to get by. So for 2017 he quit and came to work for Road Bike Action. Less than a year later we had him signed-up for his first ever gravel race…a little ditty known (then) as the Dirty Kanza 200.
Although Jon didn’t know much about gravel riding, he did know how to suffer in the drops and in his rookie dirt run he finished an incredible 7th place – the best finish of any RBA editor ever.
JON & JENSIE SHARE NOTES
For his follow-up performance in 2018, Jon’s gravel bike of choice was an Ibis Haka MX . And although he started with aspirations of another high finish, it was at around mile 150 that things changed. After riding the flint rock roads of Emporia, Kansas alongside former WorldTour pro Jens Voigt where the two discussed the meaning of life and what it meant to be a former road pro, Jon decided to enjoy the last 50 miles as rider and not a racer.
As this year’s Unbound Gravel race is about to head-out of Emporia, Kansas this weekend, we thought to share this photo gallery from the 2018 event featuring Hornbeck as the main protagonist.
Photos courteous of Ian Matteson / Enve Composites