Formally named the Dirty Kanza, it is now known as Garmin Unbound Gravel and is promoted as the world’s premier gravel event.
The bumpy name change process is now a thing of the past, and bumps and climbs are now reserved for participants waiting to line up at Emporia.
This year is packed with riders from all disciplines of cycling, including round-the-world, mountain biking, cyclocross, triathlon and ultra-distance athletes.
Starting this Friday, June 3, they will launch a weekend of several distances ranging from a 25 mile jaunt to the breathtaking XL 350 miles!
You can follow the runners here: Live tracking: https://www.athlinks.com/
The complete start list of runners is here, but here is a shortlist of some of the well-known and lesser-known or recognized athletes who will be taking the start on Saturday. Of course, we tried to call out some big name mudders when starting out. With the unpredictable nature of long gravel races, we wouldn’t be surprised if the winner came from someone not on our list!
UNBOUND 200 Male:
HAUSWALD, Youri (Petaluma, CA.) Yuri Hauswald was the 20th winner of the DK 200 and was recently given the nickname; the “Gandalf of gravel”. Hauswald raced in all off-road disciplines, including cyclocross and mountain biking, and was instrumental in the growth and popularity of gravel racing. Hauswald turned pro at the age of 36 and is currently focusing on everything serious.
KING, Ted (Richmond, VT.) Ted King retired from professional cycling in 2015 after riding for Cannondale-Garmin only to enter the gravel scene and quickly become one of the sport’s top competitors. King now resides in Vermont with his wife Laura who will also be participating in the Unbound 200 event.
MCELVEEN, Payson (Durango, CO.) Payson McElveen is originally from Texas and now resides in Durango, Co. A five-time National Collegiate Mountain Bike Champion for Fort Lewis College, and two-time national XC champion, he also hosts the popular podcast The Stache adventure speak with a variety of athletes from different disciplines. He has also recorded FKT numerous times. Other notable results include 1st place at the Mongolia Bike Challenge 2016 and 1st place at Raid Tucuman Argentina UCI C3 2018. In 2020, McElveen won the Mid-South 100 mile event by beating Colin Strickland and Pete Stetina. McElveen comes to the event on antibiotics and some unwanted reduction time:
SIMMONS, Quinn (Durango, CO.) Quinn Simmons of Durango, Co was signed by Trek Segafredo at the age of 19 after winning the Jr. World Road and Time Trials Championships in 2019. Simmons would be the best chance at it. an American to win the coveted pavement of Paris Roubaix. Sadly, due to this year’s ‘Hell in the North’ being canceled due to Covid-19, we haven’t seen what could have been. The controversial runner has a lot of kilometers in the legs, including a few kilometers of gravel from Strade Bianche.
STETIN, Pierre (Santa Rosa, Calif.) Peter “Pete” Stetina is another former round-the-world racer turned “gravel cowboy”. After several seasons with Trek Segafredo, Stetina focused on off-road adventure racing where he found his new vocation. Stetina even now has her own event, Stetina’s Paydirt, and has a busy schedule for 2021.
STRICKLAND, Colin (Austin, TX.) Colin Strickland grew up on Texas farmland and actually turned down a world touring contract to focus on his love of gravel and off-road cycling. Go from single-speed lane races to Redhook live review races and then climb the runner seems like an unusual path, but as the defending Unbound champion he has a lot to prove.
TEN DAM, Laurens (Oudorp, NH.) Laurens Ten Dam is another rider in the world who has raced at the highest level of professional cycling, the Tour de France, while finishing 8th overall in the 2012 edition Vuelta of Spain. After a very respectable career with several professional teams including Rabobank, Giant Alpecin and CCC, Ten Dam retired as a professional in 2019 and moved to Northern California where he competed in several local events such as cyclocross racing. Rock Lobster Cup and the Grasshopper. Series, where he placed fourth. Ten Dam was clearly stung by the “gravel bug” and now even has its own event, the Gravel Raid LTD in September in Hellenthal, Germany.
WELLS, Jake (Avon, CO.) Former National Single Speed Cyclocross Champion and retired pro, Jake Wells has been a personal trainer and trainer for over 10 years. After several years of competing in several disciplines of cycling including gravel, mountain biking, road and cyclocross, Wells moved away from elite racing and traveled as much as possible to spend more time with his family, however. , he’ll be lining up this weekend. for the unbound 200.
WHITE, Curtis (Delanson, NY.) For cyclocross fans, Curtis White doesn’t need to be introduced. The two times Pan American Under 23 Champion, and 2018 Elite Pan American Champion, White has been a major force in the North American cyclocross scene for quite some time. In 2019, it was a Curtis White versus Kerry Werner battle in almost every race. White raced professionally for four seasons on the road with Optum p / b Kelly Benefits Strategies, Rally Cycling and Jelly Belly, as well as seven seasons with Cannondale p / b Cyclocrossworld.
Gravel 200 unbound, female:
CHARITY, Amy (Steamboat Springs, CO.) Amy is a professional cyclist, trainer, published author and speaker. Her racing record is impressive and includes 1st in the 2013 Colorado State Road Race Championship, 5th in the 2015 Tour de Feminin stage race, 3rd in Rebecca’s Private Idaho 2019, 4th in the 2019 Crusher in the Tushar and 7th in the Dirty Kanza 2019. Look for Charity to have a good ending this weekend.
CROMWELL, Tiffany (Chinnor, OXF.) Tiffany Cromwell is a professional UCI Women’s World Tour cyclist for the Canyon // SRAM Racing team. His racing record is extensive to say the least. However, apart from the competition in Strade Bianche ‘, gravel is a new challenge for the Australian.
DILLON, Olivia (Fairfax, CA.) Originally from Ireland, Dillon worked in the financial world before becoming a racing cyclist and is currently Sales Director at Velocio Cycling Apparel. Dillon won the Lost and Found gravel race in 2018, then migrated east to tackle the Kansas race in 2019. Dillon suffered several punctures in 2019, allowing Amity Rockwell to claim the victory. She will undoubtedly seek to improve this finish.
DVORAK, Andréa (Longmont, CO.) Dvorak, a former professional road racer who finished 2nd at the U.S. National Road Championships and was part of the 2012 Long Olympic Team, now retired Dvorak helps create of the NICA program in Virginia while training to face 200.
FAHRINGER, Rebecca (Bend, OR.) Becca Fahringer is one of the best female cyclocross racers in the United States and is obviously very comfortable when it comes to running on dirt. Fahringer posted some of the best results of any North American rider in international cyclocross competitions, taking a very respectable 8th place in Namur on one of the toughest courses on the World Cup circuit. The Unbound Gravel is a bit longer than the 40-50 minute cyclocross events it tackles in the fall and winter, but “Go Fahr” should have no trouble going the distance in Kansas.
ROCKWELL, Friendship (Oakland, Calif.) Rockwell finished second at the 2018 150 Mile Gravel World Championships and is the reigning Unbound Champion. Rockwell, a former college cross-country racer, returns in 2021 to repeat her solo victory. This year, Rockwell will drive a Pinarello Grevil for the Scuderia and Easton Overland team.
TETRICK, Alison (Petaluma, CA.) A former road racing pro and self-proclaimed “Cowgirl,” Tetrick was the winner in 2017 and second in 2019 behind Rockwell. With a third place in the DK200 2018 and a third in the Belgian Waffle in 2018, Tetrick who seems in great shape, will undoubtedly seek to climb on the top step of the podium.
UNBOUND Gravel XL 350 mi Male:
STAMSTAD, John (Seattle, WA.) John is a legend in the ultra-endurance world. Having participated and won the Iditasport on several occasions, this will be his first attempt on the 350 mi Unbound XL, and according to him his first cycling event in 20 years.
VIKERY, Sam (Durango, CO.) Sam is out of Durango, CO, rides mountain biking, cyclocross and singlespeed for the Segment 28 team, in addition to being a coach for the Durango Devo program. This will be his first attempt on the 350 mi Unbound XL.
KERKOVE, Jeff (Buena Vista, CO.) Jeff is originally from Buena Vista, Colorado, and is an athlete and team manager for Topeak-Ergon team.
UNBOUND Gravel XL 350 mi Female:
CARELOCK, Ashley (Dolores, CO.) Ashley is originally from southwest Colorado and has competed in long distance cycling events since 2015. This will be her first attempt at the UNBOUND Gravel XL 350 mile event. https://www.instagram.com/p/CPoFmxpBB8g/
NAUMAN, Amandine (Lake Forest, CA.) Amanda “Panda” Nauman is a former winner of the 2015 200 mi event. This will be his first attempt at the UNBOUND Gravel XL 350 mile event.
WILCOX, Lael (Anchorage, AK.) Wilcox just might be the “queen” of ultra-endurance cycling. Known for racing events such as the 4,400-mile Trans-Am Bike Race and the 2,750-mile Divide Tour, Wilcox has decided to participate in the second edition of the DKXL as a “practice tour”!
Unbound gravel 100
Mountain bike legend David Weins, six-time winner of the Leadville 100 and 2000 Inducted into the Hall of Fame, Weins will compete in the Unbound 100 with his son Cooper in the Unbound 100.
Three-time national cyclocross champion Stephen Hyde, who intends to compete in more gravel events this year, will also be on the starting line of the Garmin Unbound 100.
All the runners are ready for a hot weekend and some lively races: