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It’s almost here — Unbound Gravel 2023.
Bigger than ever before, the ‘Super Bowl’ of gravel will see thousands of cyclists and their support crews descend on Emporia, Kansas this weekend. While much about the event will remain the same — a bustling expo, plenty to do off the bike, and a guaranteed memorable ride — there are also some big changes this year.
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Notably, event organizer Life Time will debut a separate start for elite racers in the 200 mile category. Elite men will roll out at 5:50 a.m. on Saturday, and elite women will follow two minutes later. The rest of the 200 mile racers will begin at 6:00 a.m. Kristi Mohn congratulates Emily Newsom on her third place finish in 2022 (Photo: Life Time) 140 men, 70 women, and one non-binary rider will compete in this year’s elite category. However, according to Life Time’s director of brand and content for events Michelle Duffy, qualifying for the category required more than just signing up.Riders could self-select to be in the elite category, but Life Time vetted each applicant.“We vetted it based on results,” Duffy said. “If we didn’t find credentials obviously, we reached out to everyone with the […]