Dutch riders Zonneveld, Terpstra, Ockeloen try to focus on Unbound after helping injured Ivar Slik in 'critical situation'

Ivar Slik preps for a return to Unbound Gravel at 2024 Gravel Locos
Ivar Slik preps for a return to Unbound Gravel at 2024 Gravel Locos (Image credit: @velophoto.tx)

On May 21, Ivar Slik, 2022 Unbound Gravel champion, collided with a delivery vehicle on a dirt road in north-west Arkansas, sending him to hospital via an air ambulance with a severe concussion, broken nose and other injuries. A week on, Slik had been moved out of intensive care after several days, continued treatment for a severe concussion and underwent surgery for a broken nose earlier in the day on May 28.

“The operation went well,” fellow Dutch cyclist Thijs Zonneveld told Cyclingnews Tuesday afternoon. 

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).