Lael Wilcox is, arguably, the world’s best ultra-endurance cyclist. She’s humble. She’s nice. She loves to ride her bike. This is, I think, what sports heroes, if such a thing properly exists, should look like.
Unbound Gravel has a twisty kind of history, but having shed its former race director and its old name, its making a unique claim to be the world’s premier gravel race. And I’ll be honest with you, I’m not even sure how I feel about gravel races, and I’ve done a few of them.
All of that aside, Lael Wilcox is the bomb, and this race is, especially in its XL version, testing the limits of human effort on the bicycle.