Tech to expect at the 2023 Unbound gravel race

Lauren De Crescenzo (Cinch Rise) uses the aerobars in front of a group during 2022 Unbound Gravel 200
Lauren De Crescenzo (Cinch Rise) uses the aerobars in front of a group during 2022 Unbound Gravel 200 (Image credit: Snowy Mountain Photography)

June is upon us, and that means the 2023 Garmin Unbound Gravel presented by Craft is only a few days away. The athletes have been preparing for this moment for months and years, and at this point the preparation is essentially done. With only a few days before the starting gun goes off, all that's left to worry about is the weather. The likely thunderstorms, and subsequent mud, could very well change the outcome of the race. The rain could mean a change of tactics or a different tyre choice and, especially for those competing in the 350-mile Unbound XL, the best waterproof jackets could become an important part of the technology choices for this year's race. 

In fact, as Unbound has gained status over the years the race has become a place where technology choices have become more and more interesting. Greater status means more competition and more fans. The increasing scrutiny has opened an opportunity for brands to call attention to gravel technology of all kinds. At the same time, tighter competition means less room for error. With such a high level of competition, even small choices could prove to be the difference between a win or a loss. So, what can we expect to see for 2023?

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx