The 'original spirit of gravel' heads to Europe with Flanders Classics' Unbound qualifier in Belgium

Unbound Gravel
Unbound Gravel (Image credit: Life Time)

Unbound Gravel organisers Life Time and the heavyweight Spring Classics organisation Flanders Classics formed a unique partnership, bringing the 'original spirit' of the newest cycling discipline into the fold of a group charged with putting on some of the most historic races in road cycling.

It's not as unusual a pairing as it seems on the surface, however. Both groups focus on passion, community, and competitive racing in creating cycling events for the pros and the masses. Both offer a "monumental sporting goal and exceptional experience". 

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.