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Stephen Hyde wins Unbound 100

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The finish of the Unbound 100 2021

Stephen Hyde wins the men's 100 (Image credit: Unbound Gravel)
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The finish of the Unbound 100 2021

Lauren Stephens gets a face full of champagne as she wins the women's race (Image credit: Unbound Gravel)

Former US and Pan American cyclo-cross champion Stephen Hyde (Steve Tilford Foundation) rode solo across the line for the men's title in the Unbound Gravel 100 on Saturday and Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) repeated as women's champion.

Hyde was more than three minutes behind John Croom at the 54.5-mile time split, in a three-rider group alongside David Wiens and Nate Maddox. He dominated the second-half the course through the Flint Hills of Kansas to win in his inaugural appearance. Maddox would finish seven minutes later in second, followed by Croom and Wiens, respectively to complete the top four.

"This is an incredible course, there's some rough stuff out there. We weren't sure this team would happen," said Hyde, who's team is based in Kansas. "Ever since I've been coming out to Kansas for the last year, it gets better and better and better, and here we are."

Stephens, who finished second overall in the 100-mile race when it was last held in 2019, crossed the line a little more than 21 minutes behind Hyde, claiming her second consecutive women's win and seventh overall. Finishing nine minutes behind her as the second-placed woman and eighth rider to finish was Emma Langley.

"We hit the doubletrack about 20 or 25 miles in and I went in about fifth or sixth wheel. There was a crash a few wheels behind me, and that made the split. It just shows it's about positioning at critical points," Stephens told Cyclingnews at the finish.

"I got dropped out of the lead group at a creek crossing, at that point I thought my day was pretty much over. I picked up one guy at the checkpoint, and another guy after the checkpoint and we rode the rest of the day together."

Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephen Hyde (Steve Tilford Foundation) 5:20:13
2Nate Maddox 0:06:56
3John Croom 0:08:49
4David Wiens 0:16:20
5Shadd Smith 0:21:09
6Chris Brown
7Nat Ross
8David Juarez
9John McKone
10Mike Marchand
11Kevin McGill
12Drew Medlock
13Judah Gustafson
14Will Cox
15Justin Bowes
16Cooper Wiens
17Chris Lyman
18Chris Ellis
19David Cox
20Jim Husk
21Nicholas Nichols
22Lucas Forche

Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lauren Stephens (Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank)
2Emma Langley
3Jessica Cygan
4Marisa Boaz
5Karen Jarchow

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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 for people of all abilities and ages. Tyson has been recognized for communications excellence with 10 Phoenix Awards, presented by the Georgia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp - and was recognized by a national media outlet as the first female depicted in a pro baseball card set (Ft. Myers Royals). She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times. Her favorite road rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in  Provence (France). Her favorite mountain bike rides are in Park City, Utah (USA).

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