Robin Carpenter a late entry for his first Unbound Gravel 200

Robin Carpenter (Rally Cycling)
Rally's Robin Carpenter in a breakaway with Peio Goikoetxea (Fundacion-Orbea) at the Vuelta a San Juan (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Rally Cycling's Robin Carpenter is a late entry for Unbound Gravel 200 on Saturday and isn't taking his introductory foray into the "Super Bowl of gravel racing" lightly. The American roadster took an unexpected opening in his race calendar to schedule a visit to Kansas, which he sees as not only a challenge but a distraction from looming East Coast concerns - US Pro Road Championships in Knoxville, Tennessee and a move to Boston, Massachusetts.

"This is my first gravel event. I don't think anyone knows I am in the race," Carpenter told Cyclingnews. "I'm looking forward to seeing what it is like with a big mass start race, the madness and the never-ending dusty column of riders. There's a lot of really high-level athletes competing too. It's the Super Bowl of gravel racing.

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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).