This year Salsa is sending the Dirty 13.5 to participate in 2016's Dirty Kanza 200. Danielle Musto is Dirty No. 10.
Salsa Cycles: What is your goal at this year’s DK200?
Danielle Musto: My goal is to cross the finish line with a big smile on my face, knowing that I pushed myself as hard as I could the entire time. That being said, the fatbike division is co-ed, so I'm also hoping to beat all the boys!
SC: What is your biggest fear going into the event?
DM: My biggest fear going into the event is that something will happen during the race prohibiting me to finish, like a horrible mechanical.
SC: What have you done to prepare, and how are you combating that fear?
DM: Instead of worrying about the “what if's,” I'm focusing on things that I can control. I'm training on my fatbike, focusing on nutrition, and dialing in my gear. These are all things that will help ensure that I get to the finish line.
SC: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Dirty Kanza event?
DM: There is so much that I'm looking forward with the Dirty Kanza. The race is an awesome event, and the course is incredibly beautiful. I can't wait to spend an entire day on my fatbike and soak it all in.
Read more from the Dirty 13.5:
Dirty One: Brian “Beardo” Hanson
Dirty Two: Tim Ek
Dirty Three and Four: Scott and Laura Haraldson
Dirty Five: Matt Acker
Dirty Six: Ben Weaver
Dirty Seven: David Markman
Dirty Eight: Andrea Cohen
Dirty Nine: Justin Michels
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These are a few of my favorite things: Mountain biking, good coffee, good food, and hanging out with my husband, family and adopted greyhound. It really doesn't take much to make me happy. Of course, winning a race every now and then is good too! www.daniellemusto.blogspot.com