1) Watch the website for when race
registration opens. The 2017 race sold
out in less than a minute.
2) Emporia has a great Mexican
restaurant (Casa Ramos), but the city
sure could use some Airbnb housing.
Rooms are not plentiful in town, so book
early or expect to commute.
3) Be sure you know what you can
eat after eight hours in the saddle.
You need to always be eating, and
Trust us, we’ve lived through enough to know better
sometimes your standard
energy bar just won’t cut it.
4) This race is mentally hard, and
there are periods where it feels like time
is passing artificially slow. Be prepared
to fight with yourself and push past the
tough (physical and mental) moments.
5) As silly as we think they look, a
set of short clip-on aero bars could be
a game-changer—not to be more aero,
but to provide an alternative hand
position. The ability to comfortably rest
on your forearms for periods of time
might be a deal-maker for us next year.
6) Start testing out equipment and
making lists of what you’ll need for the
DK 200 as soon as you are registered.
There are the big decisions (e.g., bike
choice, gearing, tire selection) and minor
ones (e.g., do I have an external battery
to charge my lights and computer, and
where will it go? What tire pressure feels
best on rough gravel? What spare parts
do I want with me on course and where
do I store them?). When it’s the week of
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