Unbound is one of the biggest things in cycling now, but I struggle to be interested in a race I can’t see

The American gravel race is a huge deal for the industry, and for our readers, and yet it still leaves me a bit cold

Scenes from the 2021 Unbound Gravel Race
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Adam Becket
Adam Becket

News editor at Cycling Weekly, Adam brings his weekly opinion on the goings on at the upper echelons of our sport. This piece is part of The Leadout, a newsletter series from Cycling Weekly and Cyclingnews. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. As ever, email adam.becket@futurenet.com - should you wish to add anything, or suggest a topic.

Kansas is known for many things. Err, there’s the Wizard of Oz, Brown v. Board of Education, being the home of Pizza Hut. Once a year, however, there is a new reason this Midwest US state attracts attention: Unbound Gravel.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.