May 30, 2021
Historically, endurance gravel rides and races haven't had much broadcast media coverage - updates for fans have been limited to following a Twitter feed, or watching small dots representing riders crawl across a Google map. That's changing for 2021, however, with the recent announcement that FloBikes will be offering live coverage of the Unbound Gravel for the first time.
The 2021 Unbound Gravel will be offered live and as a replay on FloBikes June 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM PDT. FloBikes promises interviews, live on-course footage, and post-race celebrations.
I've previously written a review of the FloBikes service, which offers road and cyclocross coverage in addition to gravel cycling. If you're on the fence about subscribing, it will give you the pros and cons to help you decide in time to watch the Gravel Unbound.
Commentators are expected to include retired pro Frankie Andreu.
Unbound Gravel (formerly called "Dirty Kanza", prior to a name change announced last fall) takes place in Emporia, Kansas - that's where the "EMP" comes from in Donnelly's EMP adventure tire line. There are 6 routes for 2021, covering athletes of all ages and abilities, with accessible routes like 25 miles, up to the showcase 200 mile signature event.
Some athletes choose to go even further: I spoke with cycling coach and endurance athlete David Sheek a few weeks ago, while he was in the final stages of preparation for the super-endurance Unbound Gravel XL, clocking in at 350 miles. David shares training and equipment tips on the Inside Cyclocross podcast. Listen here: https://anchor.fm/ridecx/episodes/Mammoth-TUFF-with-David-Sheek-e117fus
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