It was a long, hot day in the saddle for Jamey Driscoll at the 2018 edition of the Dirty Kanza 200 gravel race: 11 hours 39 minutes and 118 seconds to be exact. This was the first race start, and finish, for a Donnelly bike and we could not be more proud of Jamey's effort and how the bike performed. Here's a look at the bike and how it looked at the finish line. Special thanks to FSA, K-Edge, Lizard Skin, Wend and Asend Nutrition for helping us along the way.
The rules of Dirty Kanza number plates are not to be tested with the chip embedded in the plate. It cannot be cut, folded, or altered in any way. Doing so will get you a time penalty.
We outfitted the G//C with FSA SL-K Light cranks (175mm) and 46/36 chainrings. Jamey kept tabs on his engine with a Stages power meter and a Garmin computer secured with a K-Edge Race Mount.
Race course conditions seemed smoother than previous years so Jamey opted for the fast-rolling Strada USH 700 x 40 Tubeless Ready clincher. Front tire pressure was set at 34psi.
This G//C was spec'ed with the FSA K-Force WE electronic groupset. We got smooth and tidy shifts from the front derailleur.
Here's a look at the FSA K-Force WE brake/shift lever. This one shows the hydraulic road disc brakes.
Slam that stem; we had to go long and low to get Jamey's race position dialed. #slamthatstem
With 200 miles of rough gravel a little extra padding goes a long way. We looped the FSA Energy bar with Lizard Skins DSP 3.2 bar tape.
Jamey used the ultra-reliable Shimano 105 road pedals for maximum power transfer, pedaling efficiency, and to avoid hot spots. Three Titanium King Cages and bottles filled with Asend Nutrition were a must due to the extreme heat at this year's race.
The Donnelly Strada USH 700x40 Tubeless Ready tire packs a punch, even on rough gravel. The rear tire was set to 37psi. Team Mechanic James Sullivan opted for Stan's Race Sealant for maximum protection and no fuss.
We had the new FSA K-Force WE hydraulic road disc brakes with 160mm disc rotors with cooling fins. (available soon, and in 140mm, too!)
The FSA K-Force Light AGX carbon fiber tubeless ready wheelset took a beating in Kansas, and kept coming back for more. These wheels blend lightness and durability in to a nice 1464 gram set. Internal width is 21.5mm and 26.1mm external, which keeps the Strada USH right around the claimed width of 40mm.
To comply with Dirty Kanza rule stating all riders must have a front and rear light, Jamey opted for the lightweight MSW Cricket USB lights. Blending function with performance.
200 miles. Not flats.
Jamey's been riding the Pro Logo Scratch saddle for several years now. No need to change that up before and 11 hour ride!
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