From the moment you feel the crunch of the Flint Hills gravel under your tires, you’ll know you’re in a special place. The Garmin UNBOUND Gravel is the marquee event that has earned Emporia, Kansas the name Gravel City, USA.
This event will bring to life that indomitable spirit that lives within each and every one of you. Along your journey, you’ll travel to the furthest depths of your psyche and unravel the reasons behind why it is you’re here in the first place.
So many challenges will be thrown at you during your day in the saddle, and the UNBOUND Gravel gives you all the opportunities to find just what you are made of. As you work through the beautiful journey through the Kansas Prairie, we know for certain that you’ll be a different person when you cross that finish line. And we will be there to welcome you home.
Join us. Become, UNBOUND.
About Unbound Gravel
Unbound Gravel is a premier gravel race that takes place annually in the rolling hills of Kansas. The race, which covers a distance of approximately 200 miles, is known for its challenging terrain and unpredictable weather.
Nearly 4000 participants in the Unbound Gravel race must be prepared for a variety of conditions, including steep climbs, technical descents, and potential mud and rain. The race route winds through the scenic Flint Hills region of Kansas, offering stunning views of the rolling hills and tallgrass prairies.
One of the unique aspects of the Unbound Gravel race is its format. Instead of a traditional mass start, the race uses a “choose your own adventure” approach, allowing participants to select their own route and pace. This allows for a more personalized experience and allows riders to push themselves to their limits.
Despite the challenging conditions, the atmosphere at the Unbound Gravel race is one of camaraderie and support. Participants often form impromptu support groups, helping each other through the tough stretches of the race. Many also take advantage of the fully-stocked aid stations along the route, which offer food, water, and mechanical support.
The end of the race is celebrated with a massive finish line party, complete with live music, local food and drinks, and a sense of accomplishment for all of the participants. In addition to the main race, the event also features a variety of other activities, such as group rides, clinics, and a kids’ race.
Overall, the Unbound Gravel race is a truly unique event that offers participants a challenging and rewarding experience in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. Whether you’re a seasoned gravel racer or a newcomer to the sport, the Unbound Gravel race offers something for everyone.
Entry is by lottery, so if you want to enter, you need to throw your name in the hat in January.