Dirty Kanza 200 To Reserve 200 Race Entries For Women


Dirty Kanza 200 To Reserve 200 Race Entries For Women

#200women200miles – by Guitar Ted

There has been an effort by some promoters to raise awareness of the inequality between women’s status in racing and men’s racing. That is most often focused on payouts, with the idea that women should be receiving equal payouts as the men and as far down the placings as the men. However; in terms of the gravel racing scene, it is often the case that women do not enter in the numbers that promoters and race directors would like to see. This inequity in participation is reason for efforts made by various events to raise awareness about the low numbers of women racing. Today it was announced that the promoters of the Dirty Kanza 200 are going to make an unprecedented move and reserve 200 spots for women to enter the Dirty Kanza 200 in 2017.

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This commitment extends to getting stories of women who have met challenges, overcome them, and come out on the other end with enriched lives and other tangible and intangible rewards out to potential female participants. The promoters of the Dirty Kanza are also going to be empowering women “through educational clinics, seminars and trainings, and will be encouraging others to do the same.”, according to their press release.

To learn more see the release here: #200women200miles

Stay tuned as RidingGravel.com will have an updated Dirty Kanza 2017 thread in our Forums and an upcoming Riding Gravel Radio Ranch podcast featuring more on #200women200miles soon.

Note: Information and images used for this post courtesy of the Dirty Kanza Promotions

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Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004, he has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and backroad events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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3 thoughts on “Dirty Kanza 200 To Reserve 200 Race Entries For Women

  1. NOTE: This comment has been edited by the moderator: So, shall we further complicate things by asking why gender, then nationality, then age, then religion? Why not a level playing field? If you want to be there, put in the work, get the points, show the xxxx up. Not being sexist, being equalitarian.

    1. @Crank- I don’t think that where you are taking this is where it should go. Encouraging women in what has been a traditionally male dominated (in terms of participation) sport is what it is all about. I think that if you knew why women do not enter the event, (your comment, actually, is a good example of one of the reasons), you might take a different viewpoint.

      Maybe.

      However that is for you, the bottom line is this- If you don’t agree with what the DK200 is doing, you don’t have to go enter it.

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