7x World Champion Completes 350-Mile Event in 28:27:02
Rebecca, a 7x World Champion, rode away victorious at the inaugural Dirty KanzaXL bicycle race held over the weekend of June 1, 2018 in Emporia, Kansas. New for 2018, Dirty Kanza event organizers added the Dirty Kanza XL event, an invitation-only 350-mile gravel bicycle race, for riders who found the standard 200-mile Dirty Kanza race too short. Rebecca was the first female finisher with a time of 28:27:02 and finished fourth overall in the highly competitive field.
“DKXL is Dirty Kanza, taken back to the very basics of gravel. It’s the DK that (we) first set out to create in 2006. It’s long. It’s hard. It’s Extra-Large. It’s totally rider-self-supported,” said Jim Cummins, the executive director of Dirty Kanza Promotions.
“I’d previously competed in and won five variations of Dirty Kanza, and I was excited to try my hand a sixth time and take on the challenge of DK XL after an invitation was extended to me.” said 7x World Champion Rebecca Rusch. “This win is huge! The feeling of coming back to screaming crowds of friends and hugs after more than 28 hours alone on the bike…this is the feeling of personal accomplishment and connection with community that is what this event is about for every rider out there.”
Rebecca first competed in the (standard) 200-mile Dirty Kanza six years ago and it ignited a passion in her for gravel riding and racing events. The participatory and communal approach to Dirty Kanza served as inspiration for her to create her ownRebecca’s Private Idaho event held annually in her hometown of Ketchum, Idaho. For 2018, Rebecca’s Private Idaho will be take place over Labor Day weekend (August 31st – September 2nd) and will include The Queen’s Stage Race (3-day Stage Race), The Big Potato (94-mile ride), and The Small Fry (56-mile ride) along with a host of family friendly participatory events. More information regardingRebecca’s Private Idaho can be found at rebeccasprivateidaho.com.
Photos courtesy of Linda Guerrette Photography