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Gravel Grinders


Why ride your bike for 200 miles on back country gravel roads that wind across some of the last stands of native tallgrass prairie in the United States? "Because I can," says Wendy Davis, who is one of the hardy bicyclists who pedaled all day and well into the night to complete the Dirty Kanza 200.

The Dirty Kanza is one of a growing style of bike races and rides some call "gravel grinders" that have made the Midwest a destination for endurance cyclists. The draw? Endless miles of gravel roads where there's little traffic, lots of scenery and a big challenge for seasoned pros and tough amateurs alike.

More in the story I wrote for the Sports section as well.

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