Broken gear, barbed wire, mud wreak havoc on Unbound Gravel 200 favourites

2021 champion Lauren De Crescenzo DNF'd sometime between mile 145 and 166
2021 champion Lauren De Crescenzo DNF'd sometime between mile 145 and 166 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)

No edition of the Unbound Gravel 200 is easy. The 200-mile signature event, actually 205.5 miles this year, consistently delivers rough, rolling terrain through the Flint Hills of Kansas to make sure that winners earn the titles of the King and Queen of Unbound. 

Still the enormity of the challenge seemed to build to a whole new level year, with ‘peanut butter mud’ in the very first hour of racing unravelling the plans of even the best riders. There were endless mechanicals, lost positions, long chases and DNF’s (plus probably a few WTF’s as well) from debut riders and seasoned veterans alike.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.