'It's like riding Unbound five days in a row' - how a former track champion is tackling a 1050-mile ultra gravel race

Former track World Champion and record holder Ashston Lambie aims to complete the course in just 5 days

Ashton Lambie at the Unbound 200 in 2022
(Image credit: Marc Arjol Rodriguez / Velophoto.tx +)

On August 18, 2021 Ashton Lambie became the first person to break the four-minute barrier in the 4k individual pursuit. This feat was trumped by Filippo Ganna last fall by just 0.294 seconds but Lambie remains one of only two people to have ever gone sub-4 minutes.

Lambie's short but impressive track cycling career saw him become a national champion twice, a Pan-American champ twice, world champion and world record holder. But in 2022 he decided to take a break from turning left to take on gravel racing. The Nebraskan native is no stranger to the dirt, having previously won the 100-mile Unbound Gravel race and at one point held the Trans-Kansas world record, when he completed the 400-mile ride in just 23 hours and 53 minutes in 2015.

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