It never ceases to amaze us. There are some awesome people in the gravel world. We want to welcome aboard Don Buttram and Jim Phillips as Cantu Gravel Ambassadors. Much like our other gravel ambassadors, these guys have a knack for crushing gravel and bringing out the smiles, even on the toughest rides. Well known in the gravel community and both getting ready for their upcoming event, DKXL. Two of the 34-riders invited to take on the new 350-mile challenge created by the Dirty Kanza promoters. Don will be riding the Cantu Rebel wheels. Jim will be on the Cantu Rova wheels. We are honored to have them on board and look forward to their adventure at DKXL. Get to know a little bit about them below.
Hometown: Lebanon, Missouri
Day Job: Process Engineer / Project Manager
Bucket list Gravel Events and why?: Belgian Waffle Ride: Because it Looks Brutal! :-)
Top Race Results/Resume: 016 TransIowa Finisher / 5 Time DK200 Finisher / 5 Time Leadville Trail 100 MTB Finisher (Sub 9 hr Finish in 2017-Big Buckle) / Time Gravel Worlds Finisher
Upcoming Races: Bantam Classic (Petaluma CA) / Hairy Hundred (olumbia MO) / DKXL (Emporia KS) / Gravel Worlds (Lincoln NE)
Gravel Bike Setup: 017 Salsa WarBird
Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
Day Job: Legal Assistant
Bucket list Gravel Events and why?: All of them. I love riding new roads and having new experiences.
Top Race Results/Resume: Placement is never my first goal. I like to have fun and I like to finish. When I finish I’m happy and when I don’t I’m sad.
Upcoming Races: DKXL, Gravel Worlds, Santa Fe Trail Race
Gravel Bike Setup: Lauf True Grit Race