Pop-Up Shop in Emporia, Kansas

We are taking this show on the road and opening our second annual Pop-Up Shop in Emporia, Kansas! We operate this shop to serve the flood of riders that pour into Emporia for the well renowned Dirty Kanza 200-- the world's premiere endurance gravel road race.  After the amazing time we had in Gravel City, USA last year, we're absolutely thrilled to bring a little bit of Sunflower back to Emporia.  

We'll be located in the Dirty Kanza Expo area at the intersection of 8th and Commercial Street. Come see us for your last minute service and equipment needs and to cross any remaining items off of your "must haves" list. We'll also have some great brand new swag and limited edition gear made just for the pop-up shop!  

Pop-Up Shop Hours:
Thursday, June 2: 12pm-8pm
Friday, June 3: 10-8pm
Saturday, June 4th: 5am- all day
May 27, 2016 by Andrew White

Dirty Kanza Clinic #2: Pit Crew Pro-Tips

 

So you have a friend or loved one tackling the Dirty Kanza and they've talked you into pit crewing for them? ...Don't freak out! We're here for you.

This clinic will be led by the guru of gravel wrenching, Collin Earhart. Collin has pit crewed for a combined 7 DK200 victories between Rebecca Rusch and Dan Hughes. He'll share helpful insights and pro-tips on taking the very best care of your DK rider and organizing for a successful day in the Flint Hills.

Join us here at the shop on Thursday, March 24th at 7pm.  You can RSVP on the Facebook event page here.

February 12, 2016 by Andrew White

Dirty Kanza Clinic #1: Training, Equipment and Strategy

Do you feel it? The Kanza draws near! With registration filling up in record time it is clear that folks are still in love with this race-- and those who haven't yet conquered it are eager to have their chance.

There are many factors to consider if you wish to complete the Kanza. Training, nutrition, equipment, navigation and strategy all play a crucial role. Dan Hughes (4-time King of the Kanza) will be presenting knowledge that will help you in your quest to crush the Kanza! Following the presentation there will be a Q&A session, so don't be shy. This event will be geared toward riders of all levels, and the info will be beneficial for all Kanza participants, no matter their event distance.

Information and helpful tips for support/pit crew members will be covered at the Dirty Kanza Clinic #2 on March 24th. This clinic will be lead by the guru of gravel wrenching, Collin Earhart. Collin has pit crewed for a combined 7 DK200 victories between Rebecca Rusch and Dan Hughes. He'll share helpful insights and pro-tips on taking the very best care of your DK rider.
Join us Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 here in the shop!
January 21, 2016 by Andrew White

Rebecca's Race Rendezvous

 

Living legend, Rebecca Rusch will be joining us for an evening of Dirty Kanza prep time and will be conducting an endurance racing Q&A. This is your chance to get the tips from the very best in the biz! Because Rebecca is such a beast on the bike, her sponsors go above and beyond to make sure the Queen is outfitted with everything she needs to CRUSCH (see what we did there?) her competition. She and her sponsors wanna pass this love along to all of you, so we'll also be joined by some special guests eager to share some knowledge and of course some goodies...


Specialized Road Product Managers Don Langley and Chris Weahan will be on hand to talk details about Specialized road bikes. These guys are in charge of some of the most famous bikes Specialized makes, like the Crux, Allez, Dolce, and Don's own namesake, the Langster. Any questions you have, they have answers.

Garmin guru Tyson Willoughby will in house ready to set up your personal Garmin with current firmware and the ever-so-handy Dirty Kanza course map. Your navigation will be on point for any ride, whether it be the DK or some other adventure. Let the satellites do the work so your brain can think about the ride.

Progold will be hosting a product demonstration and giveaway for all in attendance. Don't even think about tackling your next gravel ride, let alone the the Kanza, without a clean and lubed drivetrain.

GU will have nutrition product and advice for race-day fueling-- something that can make or break an epic ride.

Light and Motion, Smith Optics, and Redbull will also all be in the house to put the finishing touches on your race prep. You can't afford to miss this!

ALL ARE WELCOME! There will be a lot of Dirty Kanza talk going on, but the event is open to all who are interested in having fun on their bike, and is totally FREE! 

Want to join us for a little gravel shakedown ride? We'll be leaving the Sunflower at 4pm (5/29) to hit the Lawrence gravel-- casual pace, just for kicks. Then we'll meet back at the shop with plenty of time to get the presentation underway at 7pm. It's not everyday you get to ride with a World Champion. We're absolutely stoked and you should be to!

We'll see you for Rebecca's Race Rendezvous here at Sunflower on Thursday, May 29th at 7:00pm.

May 12, 2014 by Andrew White

Sunflower Kanza Clinic

Are you entering the infamous Dirty Kanza 200 this year? Maybe the slightly less grueling Dirty Kanza Half-Pint? Registration opens January 11th, so it's time to buckle down and commit! Don't fret as you hit the "submit" button on your registration form though, we are here to help!

Join us in the shop on January 9th at 7:00pm for the Sunflower Kanza Clinic. This clinic will cover many topics related to gravel riding and racing, but will focus specifically on the Dirty Kanza. The evening will be led by Dan Hughes, four time winner of the DK, and Collin Earhart, who has wrenched and pit-crewed for 6 total DK wins, including World Champion Rebecca Rusch. We'll be discussing equipment, nutrition, training, mental toughness, pit crew preparation and execution, followed by Q&A.

You do not have to be a Dirty Kanza participant to enjoy this clinic. It is open to all!

December 28, 2013 by Andrew White