Bikes of Unbound Gravel 2023: The rigs taking on the world's biggest gravel race

Custom paint jobs and the pinnacle of gravel tech is on full display in Emporia, Kansas

Alexey Vermeulen's Custom MOG
(Image credit: Samantha Nakata)

Unbound Gravel  is the world's premier gravel race and an event where riders come to prove themselves and brands come to show off their latest, and sometimes unreleased, gravel bikes

Bike setups for Unbound can vary wildly with the event offering distances from 25-miles all the way up to XL 350-miler in which riders can be on the course for up to 35 hours. Riders need to be able to be self-reliant, to stay on top of nutrition and be able to be prepared for any damage the notorious flint gravel might inflict. 

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Henry Lord

Henry Lord is a Cycling Weekly Intern. He grew up in southern Maine and was introduced to mountain biking by his dad. Lord grew up racing mountain bikes and cyclocross across the East Coast as well as downhill and XC skiing. He moved out west to Durango, Colorado to start college at Fort Lewis, where in the last two years he has focused on road racing in addition to studying Communication design and marketing.

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