'I had visions of Tour de France type status' — an interview with Unbound's Co-Director Kristi Mohn

One of gravel's most influential people talks about the growth, diversity and the future of gravel racing

Picture of Kristi Mohn, Co-Director of Unbound
(Image credit: Timothy Mohn / @mohnstandard)

As the co-director of the biggest gravel event in the world, few have defined what gravel racing is as much as Kristi Mohn. The Emporia, Kansas native joined the Unbound Gravel team early on and has helped the event grow from just 34 participants in 2006 to more than 4,000 in 2023. In doing so, she’s also helped revive Emporia’s local economy and established the Flint Hills as one of the world’s top gravel destinations. 

All the while, Mohn has been a champion of underrepresented groups and is credited for increasing female ridership. In 2022, she was recognized for her effort with an induction into the Gravel Hall of Fame.

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