The Garmin Unbound 200 surpassed last year’s thrilling finale when Ivar Slik was the fastest in the four-man sprint finish. After 206 filthy and furiously ridden miles, the Dutchman outpaced Keegan Swenson and 2021 champion Ian Boswell. Another former WorldTour pro, and last year’s runner-up, Laurens Ten Dam came home five seconds later.
European beach racing champion Slik rode a Wilier Rave SLR to a provisional winning time of 9:22:04, a course record despite the gloopy conditions.
Sofia Gomez Villafane took a resounding breakaway victory in the women’s 200-mile edition on a Specialized S-Works Crux . The 2022 Cape Epic mountain bike race winner finished in 10:27:40, good enough for 45th overall out of more than 1,000 entrants.
Lauren De Crescenzo was 10 minutes behind, dropping down a place from last year, while Emily Newsom rounded off the podium.
The developing discipline of gravel racing throws up a variety of bikes, so we’ve rounded up an appropriately eclectic selection of machines ridden at the 2022 Unbound. Ivar Slik’s Wilier Rave SLR
The Wilier Rave SLR is the brand’s all-out gravel racer with near road-bike geometry and impressively low weight. And for Slik, the bike’s Profile Design aero bars made the already speedy bike faster still.
Wilier has built them into the integrated one-piece Filante cockpit. This features 440mm-wide bars and 140mm-long equivalent stem.Aero or TT bars are an example of road and triathlon tech being adopted by long-distance racers and bikepackers for aerodynamic and comfort purposes. At a staggering average speed of 21.37mph, Slik […]