Unbound Gravel Race Report

On Saturday June 5th at 6:00 am the town of Emporia, Kansas was the scene of the start of the 200-mile Unbound Gravel Race. Unbound Gravel has been held since 2006 and has grown into the most prestigious gravel race of the year. The 200-mile variant is considered the highlight of the several distances that are being held and the winners will be crowned king and queen of the weekend.


This year there were several riders part of the TACTIC friends on the start line. Live Slow Ride Fast founder Laurens ten Dam performed extremely well on the flint hills. After 200 miles in extreme heat on demanding gravel road, he and Ian Boswell prepared for a sprint finish for the win. The both never were sprinters during their time as World Tour riders and after more than 10 hours of riding a sprint isn’t the same anymore. After a nerve wrecking sprint, Laurens came in 2nd having been on the bike for 10 hours and 17 minutes.