Yet again, Dirty Kanza and Tour of Kansas City fell on the same weekend. Big D Cycling has talent across many disciplines, and that became apparent in the first weekend in June.
May was a wet month in the area, but the week leading up to Dirty Kanza had the gravel roads drying out. Mother Nature decided to make things interesting at Dirty Kanza this year, though, by providing a thunderstorm a few hours before the start to soak the first several miles of the course. She also provided riders with an unusual (for this time of year) wind out of the Northwest, along with some warmer temperatures, which provided riders with a headwind and heat for the last half of the course. Many veteran riders commented that this was one of the toughest editions of Dirty Kanza.
When the dust settled, Cody Jones overcame a mechanical to finish before sunset with a time of 14 hours, 0 minutes, 04 seconds. That put him at 40th overall! Tim Herre and Joe Kleidosty dealt with their own challenges and were not able to continue much past the third and final checkpoint. Herre still had a great experience, and Kleidosty had a personal best with mileage with 166 miles and learned valuable lessons to assist him with future endurance events.
We had several teammates that completed the 100-mile course: Michael Fiola and Ken Wiebke had been training together prior to the event, and finished the event together with a time of 9 hours, 7 minutes, 45 seconds, overcoming physical challenges along their journey. Alvaro Gamarra led a motley crew on his fat bike, completing the course in 10 hours, 45 minutes, 48 seconds, along with Andres Suarez on a fat bike, and Christian Vila and Reinaldo Barrera on gravel bikes. They assisted a mutual friend to complete his first century ride – on Dirty Kanza gravel, no less!
In a land not so far away, Big D Cycling was also letting its presence be known at Tour of Kansas City, which featured a new downtown location for the criterium course.
Chip Zimmer and Greg Vaught went 5th and 6th in the circuit race at Cliff Drive. Nigel Vaught used his climbing prowess to take 2nd in the circuit race. Nigel, with his performance in all three race formats, won the omnium at Tour of Kansas City. In addition to this, Greg and Nigel have competed at two Midwest Flyover events to-date, with Greg now in 5th place overall in that series in Men’s 50+ and Nigel in 3rd place overall in the series in Junior Boys 13-14.
Jay Raupp performed admirably in all his races, earning 2nd in the omnium for Masters Men’s 60+.
Our Masters Women’s team is currently in the lead for the KBAT competition. Kathy Johnson and Kathleen Raupp are the big contributors to that effort. Raupp earned 3rd in the downtown criterium at Tour of Kansas City. Mary Thompson gutted out the brutal climb at the Cliff Drive course to earn 2nd in her category. Great job, ladies!
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