UNBOUND GRAVEL 2022–PHOTO EDITION
June 8th, 2022
Words & Photos: Taylor Chase | Lezyne
Thunderstorms and flooding set the stage in Emporia, KS for Unbound Gravel 2022. Every type of rider quickly filled Commercial Street at 5 AM on June 4, 2022. WorldTour pros, first timers and five-time finishers all lined up shoulder to shoulder at the start. A train blows through town and the race begins. 200 miles to win, to ride, to have fun, to get lost and to find your way. Unbound tests all and favors none. The following 50 photographs are my experience of Unbound 2022, chasing athletes and Lezyne products for 200 miles.
Lance Haidet and fellow L39ion of LA teammates stage at the front of the start; strategizing to the last second if they are carrying too much food, not enough or just the right amount. A top tube bag is tossed aside right before they roll out, proving the fuel wasn’t worth the weight.
Alison Tetrick is all smiles, a Queen of Unbound. Her goal this year was to lead a group on a pace to “Race the Sun” and raise money for the local NICA Coyote Composite team with the sale of her bandanas.
The race tip toes through open roads, and some riders adorn LEDs alongside their helmets for extra safety.
LEZYNE ON COURSE
THE RACE IS ON
Alison Tetrick beats the sun to the finish. Her KTV Rear LED illuminates the way for her pace group.
Not even the Kansas Mud can dull down the shine of Ali’s Neo Metallic CNC Cages.
"...the day was amazing, I really enjoyed it, and you know what? I was using the
Lezyne Mega XL GPS
. BOOM! I have like over 70% battery life still left and I just did a 14 hour ride!" -
Alison Tetrick served as a pace leader for Race The Sun, raising money for Outride and the Coyote Composite (Emporia's local NICA Chapter)