Colin Strickland shattered the old Dirty Kanza 200 record time Saturday.
The 32-year-old from Austin, Texas was the first rider in the event's history to cross the finish line in less than 10 hours. He did so with his first title at a time of 9:58.49.
Amity Rockwell made a late push to become the 2019 Dirty Kanza 200 women's champion. The 26-year-old from San Francisco was near the front most of the day, but didn't hold the lead they were inside the final 50 miles. She finished in 11:59.53.
Peter Stetina took second place among the men with a time of 10:07.54. Strickland and Stetina, a 31-year-old from Santa Rosa, California, were among the front-runners from start-to-finish. Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton, both of Louisville, Colorado, tied for third. The 19-year-olds came in at 10:18.36.
Alison Tetrick of Petaluma, California, was the second woman to cross the finish line at 12:16.18. The 34-year-old was in second pretty much all day.
After being in third place for much of the day, Amity Rockwell moved up to first by the Americus water oasis to lead the women's division. She clocked in there at 11:24.41. Alison Tetrick was still holding strong in second, 12 minutes off the lead. Sarah Max was in third.
Strickland already had reached the home stretch of the race by 3:25 p.m., hitting the Americus water oasis with a time of 9:25.23. Stetina was not far off his pace, just six minutes back at the final timestrip. Howes and Morton were already in a dead heat for third at 9:45.43.
Strickland was the first rider to hit the second checkpoint in Council Grove. He checked in at 7 hours, 38 minutes and 16 seconds. Stetina was just a little more than three minutes behind him in second. Morton and Howes came in tied for third.
Olivia Dillon of Fairfax, California, was the first women's rider to reach the second checkpoint with a time of 8:58.28. That time is good for 27th overall. Tetrick was just three minutes behind in second. Rockwell was in third place among the women, 10 minutes off the leader's pace.
The first riders to hit checkpoint no. 1 in Alma reached it shortly before 9:30 a.m. with Christian Meier in the lead. Stetina and two-time champion Ted King were in second and third, respectively. Amy Charity led the women coming into Alma. Dillon and Max were close behind.
Riders started reaching the water oasis in Alta Vista, still a little ways out of Council Grove and the second checkpoint, shortly after 1 p.m.. Strickland was in the lead. Stetina and Howes cruised in shortly after him for second and third.
At just a little more than seven hours, Dillon was the first women's rider to Alta Vista. She had a seven-minute lead over second-place Tetrick with Amity Rockwell in third.
Mitch Brekke, who you will meet in today's Emporia Gazette, reached Alma in 3 hours, 39 minutes and 50 seconds. He made it to the water oasis in Alta Vista at 9:01:48.
Jay Petervary reached the finish line in 22 hours, 31 minutes and 41 seconds to claim the 350-mile DKXL championship. Brian Hayden came in just 12 minutes later for second before defending DKXL champion Matt Acker claimed third at 22:53:32.
Ashton Lambie, who was featured in the May 4 edition of The Emporia Gazette, won the DK 100 with a time of 5:05.36 — 22 minutes faster than second-place Lauren Stephens, the women's winner.
Keep it here all day for photos and progress on the ride.
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