This year Salsa is sending the Dirty 13.5 to participate in the Dirty Kanza 200. Brian “Beardo” Hanson is Dirty No. 1.
Salsa Cycles: What is your goal at this year’s DK200?
Brian “Beardo” Hanson: Finish the same day I start. Finishing before midnight. I don’t want to roll into town at 2 a.m. again.
SC: What is your biggest fear going into the event?
BH: Not meeting my goal and heat. I finished last year, but it was abnormally cool. I don’t deal with heat very well. If this year proves to be a lot warmer, I’ll be more nervous at the start.
SC: What have you done to prepare and how are you combating that fear?
BH: Riding more. Even if it’s just a quick 20-mile spin, I’m trying to take advantage of every bit of open time I have to ride. I’m also bringing too much water with me. I don’t want to dry out in the sun like a raisin.
SC: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Dirty Kanza event?
BH: Drier conditions (fingers crossed) and getting back out in the Flint Hills. I miss those views. I’m also excited to get out there knowing I can finish this time.
Read more from the Dirty 13.5:
Dirty Two: Tim Ek
Dirty Three and Four: Scott and Laura Haraldson
Dirty Five: Matt Acker
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