Riders hit the dirt for the Unbound Gravel 2022 on Saturday morning, heading out into the Kansas sunrise for 200 miles (322km) of racing in the Flint Hills outside Emporia. Cyclingnews got a sneak peak at the top riders’ bikes.
The pros racing at Unbound Gravel have access to the top of the line equipment for technical and gnarly gravel races, so it’s no surprise that the bikes witnessed in Emporia were among the best gravel bikes of 2022.
Riders were sure to equip their bikes with the fattest tyres with good treads for the unusually wet edition of Unbound Gravel . The organisers were forced to make last-minute changes to the course after mid-week storms caused flooding at several river crossings, making them unsafe.
More wet weather arrived for race day, and EF-EasyPost WorldTour pros Alex Howes and Lachlan Morton equipped their Cannondale SuperSix Evo CX bikes with Vittoria Terreno Dry’s in 38mm.
“It looks like it’s going to be muddy this year so that’s definitely going to be a joker card," Howes said. "It could rain early on, it could rain in the middle and it could rain at the end so it really depends on when and where it rains on this course. Some spots it’ll be fine, and other spots it’ll make for some very tricky riding."
After hot and dry editions for the past few years, Howes welcomed the change in the conditions. “I’m mostly looking forward to the fact that it’s not going to be super hot,” Howes […]