FLOODING FORCES LAST-MINUTE UNBOUND 200 COURSE CHANGES

Unbound Gravel race organizers have announced last-minute changes to the 200-mile marquee event. Severe weather with over an inch-and-a-half of rain this week have raised water levels from ankle high to nearly waist high marks at some crossings prompting cause for concern. The original 204-mile route has been reduced to 200.14 miles which cuts out the overflowing crossings at the south end of the route.

UNBOUND 200 COURSE CHANGE ANNOUNCMENT

“We have an IMPORTANT UPDATE on the 200 and XL courses! Due to some heavy rain and river flooding, certain parts of the XL and 200 courses are impassable. Don’t worry- we’re working with local emergency services and still keeping plenty of your favorite water crossings. We’re just taking out the UNSAFE ones.

“There are a few minor changes on both, but the main change will be heading EAST out of Eureka instead of SOUTH.

“Please check your emails ASAP and make sure you RE-DOWNLOAD the course maps!

“We know it’s not ideal to change the course this close to race day — but hey, that’s gravel! And it’s why we love it.”

 

NEW 2022 UNBOUND GRAVEL 200 COURSE

 

TEN DAM’S TAKE

Former WorldTour pro and full gravel convert Laurens ten Dam posted a video from a ride this week with another former roadieThomas Dekker.  Ten Dam carries his bike through waist deep water as he attempts to cross one of the flooded crossings.  His caption read “I got a new bike Wednesday. It’s not so good at swimming…”

 

 

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Good luck to all the racers.

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