DK200 2014: The Dirty Five - Tim Ek

200 miles of tough Kansas gravel looms. My bike and my goals for this year's Dirty Kanza 200 are as simple and straightforward as they've ever been.

I aim to:

1. Finish before sunset.

2. Enjoy it!

3. Finish in under 14 hours.

In an effort to accomplish these three goals I have decided to utilize all the tools at my disposal. I will travel lighter than in past years, opting for no frame bag on my Warbird Ti other than the Revelate Designs Gas Tank. I plan to take advantage of the support offered by Chamois Butt'r by shipping drop bags ahead to the checkpoints, as well as to accept any assistance they may offer in the way of nutrition and/or bike maintenance. In an attempt to stay on pace I will look to use my GPS in order to closely monitor my average speed relative to my goal of a sub 14-hour finish. Finally, a race wouldn't be complete if I didn't include a low-tech mechanism designed to assist me in the meeting of my goals; I will tape a strip of athletic tape to my toptube that includes the time of day I need to be at each checkpoint in order to meet my goal.

I plan to keep my head up and take in the beauty of Kansas while remembering to enjoy the journey, with one eye to the sky as I "Race The Sun" once again.


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Tim (Eki) Ek

Tim Ek was born and raised in Duluth, Minn., and still calls it home. He’s always had a passion for competition and seeking his own extremes. Tim's true love is the woods: Out in the wild is where he clears his head and finds his peace, and he prefers getting there by bike. Tim Ek: The Eki Chronicles,


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Kent | May 27th, 2014

Enjoyed the video a lot.

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Jl | May 27th, 2014

I’ve got exactly the same goals, see ya there

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Greg Y | June 3rd, 2014

A very inspiring video.  I want to race the sun one day.  I’ve become infected with the need for the sound of gravel crunching under my tires.  I did the lite 50 mile ride this year and will do the DK Half Pint 100 next year, with as many in-between gravel rides as I can make.  Your passion and experiences have put the need for the feel of the prairie and wind in my blood.

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Tim | June 4th, 2014

Thank you Greg and Kent. Greg your note means a lot to me. Clearly you “get it”. You’ll be racing the sun before you know it. In fact, in many ways you already are. Thanks again.

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