Dan Hughes

Lawrence, KS



Work: Owner of Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop

Athletic Background: Distance runner as a kid and ran a marathon at the age of 15. Then picked up a bike and never looked back.

Baggies or Lycra: Lycra
Race or Ride: Race

Post Ride Treat: Beer


Local Gravel: The Midwest is a real mix of gravel types and has everything from smooth and fast, to chunky and loose roads. There aren't a bunch of big climbs, but there are a ton of rollers, and wind...lots and lots of wind.

Shimano Gravel Dream Build:

Specialized S-Works Diverge

50/34 chainrings with an 11-32 cassette.

700x38 or 650bx42/46


“In my opinion you want 2x in Kansas because with the wind you're either "hauling" or "crawling."



“My first Dirty Kanza 200 (way back in 2006) was a transformative moment. Firstly, I was unsure if I could even complete the distance. Secondly, I loved the self-sufficient nature of it, and the long periods that oscillated between "this is awesome" and "this is terrible." You come through the other side of those experiences a changed person. Lastly, it introduced me to the gravel family and some of those folks are my best friends to this day.”