Kiel Reijnen: Unbound Gravel is like racing three back-to-back Grand Tour stages

Kiel Reijnen on the gravel in 2019
Kiel Reijnen on the gravel in 2019 (Image credit: Wil Matthews)

Kiel Reijnen and Quinn Simmons will represent Trek-Segafredo in next week’s Unbound Gravel race in Kansas. A stacked field is expected for the 200-mile gravel adventure with 2019 winner Colin Strickland looking to defend his title against a host of WorldTour riders and other gravel experts.

Reijnen has been preparing for the event for the last few months and posted a top-10 in the race the last time it took place in 2019. That experience will help the 34-year-old with his hopes of lasting well into the race when the main selections are expected. Two years ago the American was struck by bad luck and saw his chances evaporate in the early stages due to a mechanical. He spent most of the race chasing and riding alone. 

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.