Shane Heiman completed his fifth Dirty Kanza 200, the ‘World’s Premier Endurance Gravel Road Race’ on June 2. Completing the grueling 206-mile gravel race in the Flint Hills Region of East Central Kansas earned Heiman a place in the Gravel Grail 1,000-mile club. The award-winning 2nd grade educator in the Lawrence (Kansas) Public School System is an avid gravel bike athlete who finished in 19 hours, 52 minutes and 34 seconds.
The Dirty Kanza drew riders from across the United States and from 17 nations around the world to participate in the DK XL 350-mile and DK 200-mile competitive races, as well as the 100-mile, 50-mile, and 25-mile non-competitive personal challenge rides. Since 2005 when 34 rode the first year, Dirty Kanza has grown to 2,700 registered riders in 2018.
The accompanying photo was taken near the end of Heiman’s ride out on the course sponsored by Salsa Cycles’ “Chase the Chaise” promotion.