Gravel’s signature event, Unbound Gravel, announced a return to the south for the 2022 edition. Officially known as the “Garmin Unbound Gravel presented by Craft Sportswear”, or simply Unbound;  the race has embraced the support from parent company Life Time and is expecting upwards of 4000 riders making this year the largest event in its history. On June 3 and 4, riders will have the chance to take on the classic 200-mile event, the ultra-endurance 350-mile Unbound XL, a 100-mile “stepping-stone” as well as 50 and 25-mile courses.

“The new course has been a labor of love for us and we’re incredibly excited to unveil it,” said Life Time Race Director Ben Sachs. “After two years traveling north of Emporia, riders will appreciate the fresh change of scenery on a challenging yet freeing course which creates that exhilarating, unique-to-the-flint-hills feeling of being ‘unbound’.”

Defending champions Ian Boswell and Lauren De Crescenzo are returning to the 200-mile event along with Unbound XL winners Taylor Lideen and Lael Wilcox.

Photo: 400 North Creative/ Doug Barrett


For 2022, Unbound moved forward with an initiative to improve participation with a new para-cycling category. It joins the existing pro, age group, fat-tire, single-speed, tandem and non-binary categories.

“Now more than ever, gravel is home to inclusivity,” noted Kristi Mohn, Marketing Manager at Life Time. “We are very excited to continue inviting riders of all backgrounds to join the community. Athletes and spectators can expect to see this reflected throughout the weekend at the expo, group rides, and start line and from industry partners and support crews – all are truly welcome.”

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