Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 | by ergonusa
After an exhausting application process, Ergon is proud to announce its partnership with 4 riders who be competing in the 2014 Dirty Kanza 200 gravel road race aboard the new Ergon CF3 Pro Carbon seat post. Designed to kill road buzz and soak up imperfections in the road surface, the CF3 Pro Carbon presents itself as a product that is ideal for the 200 miles of rough and rocky terrain of the Kansas Flint Hills region.
All registered riders of the Dirty Kanza 200 were invited to apply for a chance to train and race on the CF3 Pro Carbon. After a 60 day process, Ergon has picked 2 female and 2 male riders to receive, train, and compete on the Ergon CF3 Pro Carbon in the 2014 Dirty Kanza 200. Below, see who we chose and get to know the riders.
Andrea Cohen is a 24 year-old bike shop employee and school bus driver from Iowa. Andrea has always been an active person, competing in rowing throughout high-school and at a collegiate level. Once she decided Big 10 sports weren’t for her she explored triathlons and Crossfit in efforts to stay active. Already a bike commuter the cycling aspect of triathlons seemed to fit the best. So she simplified everything, decided to start wandering country roads she typically avoided and discovered a whole entire community of people she fit right into. Gravel, b-roads, and Casey’s pizza. She had found a seemingly hidden community of like-minded people and uncomplicated races to fuel her need for adventure. This new path began in 2011 and still in 2014 Andrea is learning more on every ride, meeting wonderful people, and achieving more than she ever imagined. Andrea is a past finisher of the Dirty Kanza 200 and Trans-Iowa….a rider we should all be keeping an eye on this Spring.
“I want to prove to my husband that I can kick is ass!” That was a strong statement that caught our attention in the application process. Michelle was signed up for the Dirty Kanza 200 by her husband without her even knowing. Now, here she is preparing for one of the hardest single day gravel events in the World. This 40-year old mother of 4 is on a mission to crush Kansas gravel and her husband. “I turned 40 on New Year’s Eve and so far the theme of this year has been “adventure”! I began with climbing Bobaquiviri in Tucson, AZ. In March I will be mountain biking in Moab. Later on I will be competing in two 70.3 Ironman events and the biggest on the list is Dirty Kanza 200. I’m so FIRED UP!
Lover of tacos. His name is Chad Ament, and has lived in the corn fields of Nor-ILL all of his 27 trips around the sun. Chad was infected by bicycles at the young age of 10, and nothing he has discovered since has been as fun or therapeutic. When Chad is not riding bikes, he’s building bikes at North Central Cyclery in Dekalb, IL. Chad is a huge advocate of the gravel scene in his area, hosting multiple events and group rides throughout the year with the non-profit organization Axletree. In addition to riding the Dirty Kanza 200 single speed this year, he will be riding Trans-Iowa, Chequamegon 100, SSUSA, a few local events, and volunteering at numerous Axletree events.
Hailing from Missouri, Mike likes to set lofty goals. 5 years ago, being overweight and quite lazy, biking was the last thing he wanted to do. A destroyed knee from a dirt bike accident changed that. Looking to rehab and stay active, possibly shedding a few pounds in the process, Mike started riding. Today, 70lbs lighter, Mike gets on the saddle as much as possible, whether road, MTB, or commuting. He doesn’t take any race or activity too seriously. At the end of the day, he just make sure he’s enjoying it. With friends that offer a great support system he signed up for the 2014 Dirty Kanza 200. His severe type-A team mate has put together a training program that is going to get him to the finish line before sunset… 14 hours and 47 minutes, or something crazy like that! “Truly, finishing will be an awesome accomplishment as it seems half the field every year drop out. So the official Kanza goal: beat the sun. But as long as I cross that line under my own power, I’ll be happy.” stated Mike after he learned he was picked to race on the CF3 Pro Carbon.
Let us all wish these riders the best of luck! Over the next few months, these 4 riders will share their experiences with the CF3 Pro Carbon as they prepare to ride 200 miles through Kansas in a single day. Stay tuned to our blog and social media links as we follow along with these 4 highly motivated riders.
Ergon Blog: http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/blog/
The CF3 Pro Carbon is available now direct from Ergon USA and fine bike shops across the USA.