When I read about Ted King's DIY Dirty Kanza, I was intrigued. I couldn't wait to watch what I knew would be a very inspiring video. It wasn’t until I started watching it till I realized exactly the level of crazy it actually is: a 310 mile romp across Vermont completed in less than 24 hours. That’s just nuts!
I was talking about the Ted King ride with someone else the other day. After telling them about it, their response was one of absolute amazement. It’s like taking three days of the Tour de France and condensing it into just one day.
Plus, what Ted King did was actually longer than the Dirty Kanza, which maxes out at 200 miles and around 10,000 feet of climbing on remote areas of Kansas. By comparison, Ted completed 310 miles on his own in Vermont with over 34,000 feet of elevation! As Ted explains in his post on Strava it was 90% gravel and, with a funny hashtag, an #accidentalEverest.
What was inspiring for me about watching Ted was the bike setup he used, specifically his tire choice. Ted rode on a set of Rene Herse Switchback Hill 650×48mm tires. I personally ride on a Barlow Pass 700x38mm tires with my road wheelset, which can handle more than just road terrain for sure. But I also have a set of WTB Horizon 650bx47mm tires which are quite similar to the Switchback Hill tires. It’s interesting to see Ted ride on a tire that doesn’t have all that much tread. Makes me want to get out more with my Horizon’s and push them to see what they can do.
Obviously, the ride itself is inspiration enough. Granted, Ted is a professional rider whereas I’m not. But that doesn’t mean I can’t get something out of it and apply it to my own goals. I have a 100 mile DIY century road ride planned for this year. Now that I’ve watched this ride, as Matt Damon might say, “I’m going to have to Ted King the shit out of this!”