Unbound Gravel 2023 Highlights

Muddy roads for the Unbound Gravel 200 Emporia Kansas

Unbound Gravel 2023

has concluded and despite being completely caked with mud, we survived and some would even go so far as to say, thrived! Watch the epic highlight reel here:

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The muddy battleground of Unbound Gravel 2023

It was a sight to behold, unlike anything I had ever witnessed before. It wasn't just your ordinary mud—it resembled the consistency of peanut butter, clinging to every step like a solidifying cement. Regardless of one's status as either a professional or amateur, every participant was destined to confront this challenging mud-field. It transformed this section of the race into an arduous 4+ mile hike-a-bike ordeal, adding hours to competitors' already demanding day. Even the brave pro men and women attempted to power through, but the consequences were dire—tires, drivetrains, and cleats became encased in a layer of mud, rendering them useless.

No one was spared from the relentless grip of the concrete-like mud. For an insider's look on the grueling struggle, don't miss the highlight reel showcased at the beginning of the blog.

Laurens Ten Dam racing Unbound Gravel Emporia Kansas 200 2023

Despite the mud-induced chaos, the pro men's field at Unbound Gravel 2023 experienced a remarkable turn of events. Laurens Ten Dam defied the odds, bridging a 2.5 minute gap back to the lead group all by himself, even after encountering a flat tire. His unwavering determination and resilience left a lasting impression on all, and landed him in 4th place.

In the face of a relentless 200+ miles of mud, dirt, hills, and rain, the pro men's race at Unbound Gravel proved to be an epic showdown that defied all odds. Despite the challenging conditions, the race culminated in an exhilarating sprint finish. Keegan Swenson, who narrowly missed out on victory in the previous year's sprint finish, found redemption and emerged as the triumphant champion. 

Congrats to Carolin Schiff who solidified her place in Unbound history as the women’s 200 mile winner, and congrats to all finishers and participants.

For all the race results, click here!

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