Unbound Gravel 2024, Jonathan?

Per the Pod today, @Jonathan 100% and emphatically committed to Unbound next year :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:.

I’m no graveleur, but FIZZ for the racing content!

@Nate_Pearson will you be support crewing?

I’m very much hanging out for the ST6 content and excited to get the racing back on the Pod.

Choo Choo :steam_locomotive:


Oh boy :skull_and_crossbones:

I don’t know if I can train enough to go fast there. Life kinda has me limited to low and miv-volume training these days. That could make it “extra interesting” though :joy:.

Update on the ST6 content: Ivy is officially IN!


Whoop Whoop!!

@IvyAudrain the MTB shredder!

What’s the build up looking like? Any races locked in (both of you)?


I’ve been thinking I’m going to try to get in to Unbound for 2024. Singletrack 6 looks pretty sweet too. Hmm, 2024 could be fun.

(Must get through Leadville first, Must get through Leadville first…!)


I’m in. Cya all in 2024


Just train to be fast for the 25 or 50 mile then when you finish you can run out to be on Ivy’s support crew.


Unless you’re at the pointy end Unbound is about survival. Even at the pointy end it’s about survival, but at a higher NP.

OMG… Unbound is the most un @Jonathan, of the un @jonathan events…lol. However after vowing to never do Leadville, Jonathan took it on and excelled and seemingly had a good time doing it! He then crushed Cape Epic. I have to think all of Keegan’s and Finsty’s exploits on the gravel have maybe helped light a spark here. Excited for the year long build up. I’m heading to Unbound this year and it Jonathan’s words it may very well be a “one and done” event for me…


Unbound 200 on LV only, now that’s a topic I’d like to see explored!


Didn’t I hear once that you did an Everest? :wink:

I’m sure 200 miles can’t be any harder.


I’ve gotta work out how I can do this with balancing professional and family commitments (working on those logistics now), but my enthusiasm is building!

I’ve also been entertaining the idea of doing IM Cozumel at the end of the year (the full, not the half). That’d be a big year and a huge challenge to balance all of that training with life, but the two long events could complement each other well…


You can do unbound with a lot of indoor training and going outside for some 100 mile rides. Your the master as pacing, setting a good pace and not going above it is the key for success.


Just realized I’d have to get a bike for this as I don’t have a gravel bike anymore. Which means… that enduro bike I was planning on getting next year would have to wait :cry:

I think I’d go with something like the Diverge STR. Comfy is fast on a day that long, and in terms of weight, it’s only ~90sec slower than a comparable spec Crux at Unbound, according to some simulations I ran with BBS.


Counterpoint - get a suspension seatpost, which is pretty much all the STR is, IMO. Doesn’t have to be a bulky / heavy one either. I used the below USE post for literally decades on various bikes…simple, lightweight and comfortable.

Unfortunately, the bushing finally gave up the ghost last year, so I now have an Ergon leaf spring post on the way to me as we speak.

ETA - I realized after making this post that I needed to check the status of my post…it is “Out For Delivery”. :raised_hands:t2: :raised_hands:t2:


Borrow the Chamois Hagar. It’s gravel and enduro all in one!

If you’re going to have a bad time at Unbound you may as well have a really bad time.


I’m heading out for my 4th unbound this year. So far I’m 2 for 3. And hope to get the 5x (1,000 mile) chalice. I’ve probably averaged about 8 hours a week of training. I’ve done various TR plans and a coach one year. Definitely a doable race on 6-8 hours with some occasional long rides. I’ve never gone longer in training than 120 miles. (Check out my calendar/profile from 2019 until now). If you can do 10 hours even better, but you don’t have to have 12+ hour weeks. This year my longest ride was a century two weekends ago. I’ve found nutrition, heat acclimation, and general body strength (I address with 2x a week yoga) as the critical factors if you have a good base of training. And you will think the “rough stuff” is a piece of cake @Jonathan compared to your mountain biking trails. They will likely go “north” next year and the roads are definitely worse that direction.

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lol, it would look like a 5yo borrowing his dad’s bike. I think it’s an XXL Chamois Hagar? Not a pretty thing to look at :face_with_peeking_eye:


Any specific info as to why they’re likely to go North next year? Just due to the pattern they’ve followed in previous years?

They rotate direction after 2 years

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I think northern route has tail wind at the start and then cross or head wind the final 2/3, it also has a little more climbing and some chunkier gravel.