I'm fresh back from a successful finish at Dirty Kanza 200. I offer my perspective.I was very happy to be able to ride this event and finish it. I'm not a racer, just a rider. This event is epic. It's in a beautiful location like few others and is a wonderful area to ride in. I really enjoyed my time there last weekend and will never forget it. This was my second year as last year I did the rider's camp and the DK 100.This said, it was a poor value. It cost $200 to enter an event that is unsupported. You essentially get nothing just to ride public roads (well mostly). Some simple swag (socks, bar tape, water bottle) when you register and a pint beer glass and a patch when you finish. DK Promotions collected $300,000 in registration fees alone! Then add in sponsor fees, bike shop revenues, clothing sales, etc and I'll bet they are pushing north of a half million dollars easy. Yes there are expenses, insurance, overhead costs, etc., But those costs also apply to the organizers of the Almanzo 100 and that event is FREE! Go figure.Having been there the year before I noticed a huge difference. Last year there was much more free stuff, more swag, more supplier handouts. This year, not much. They had/held a Expo. 50 manufacturers were present. No one was selling anything. OH you could buy if but only from Gravel City Adventure and Supply. And the prices were list, no deals. And it wasn't just DK Promotions. I felt that just about everything cost more this weekend. The whole town was in on it. And why not, if folks are willing to pay.So, good for them. It's a free country and they are obviously in it to make a living and that's OK. One of the DK mottos is "Find your Limit". I think they are trying to find there limit too, just in a different way! I will expect the cost for DK to increase next year. Why not? The training camp went from $800 in 2017 to $2600 in 2018. I don't know if they sold the camp out but if they did then raise the price again next year. It's often said that You get what you pay for. But it's also true that you pay what they can get from you. When I consider the travel distance I had to do from MI to Kansas, the cost of food, lodging, and other expenses, I spent around $1200 to do this event. There is no regret, I did it freely. but it's done and so I'll move on. Lots of free roads to ride out there and lots of other better value events to ride in!
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