Altangle at Unbound Gravel: Conquering the Flint Hills with Innovative Cycling Solutions

by Will Russell on Jul 05, 2023

While Altangle may not have been on the saddle for the heart-pounding races of Unbound Gravel, we were privileged to witness the incredible spirit and determination of gravel cyclists conquering the Flint Hills. The event left us exhilarated and inspired, prompting us to share some captivating moments captured during our time at Unbound Gravel. Moreover, as a company dedicated to innovative cycling solutions, we want to highlight why our products are perfect companions for gravel cyclists, offering convenience, functionality, and enhanced experiences on the challenging gravel roads.

As we immersed ourselves in the event, we couldn't help but reflect on how our innovative cycling solutions, specifically the Hangar Connect and A2, perfectly complement the needs of gravel cyclists.

Hangar Connect: Empowering Your Gravel Travel Adventures Gravel cycling is all about embracing the unknown and seeking out new adventures. Altangle's Hangar Connect is the ultimate companion for gravel cyclists on their travel expeditions. Its compact and lightweight design ensures that you can effortlessly pack it along with your bike, allowing you to set up a secure and convenient workspace wherever your gravel adventures take you. With the Hangar Connect, you can easily perform bike maintenance, make adjustments, and prepare for your next ride, no matter where your travels lead. It encourages you to explore new routes, discover hidden gems, and embark on unforgettable gravel cycling journeys.

A2 Tire Lever: The Efficient and Trustworthy Companion for Unbound Gravel When it comes to participating in an event as demanding as Unbound Gravel, having the right gear is crucial. Altangle's A2 lever head is specifically designed to be efficient, reliable, and space-saving, making it the perfect choice for gravel cyclists tackling the challenging terrains of Unbound Gravel. The A2 lever head's compact size ensures it takes up minimal space in your cycling toolkit or saddlebag, allowing you to carry other essential gear without compromise. Its robust construction and trustworthy functionality guarantee that you can rely on it when encountering punctures or other unexpected situations during your Unbound Gravel journey. With the A2 by your side, you can ride with confidence, knowing that you have the right tool for any tire-related challenges that may arise.


The Basics Of Unbound:

Unbound Gravel, presented by Craft and powered by Garmin, is a legendary gravel cycling event that takes place in the rugged Flint Hills of Kansas. This thrilling race draws cyclists from around the world, challenging them with its unique terrain and distances. In this blog post, we will dive into the exhilarating world of Unbound Gravel, exploring its race options, remote routes, and the passionate community that makes this event one of a kind.

  1. Unleashing the Grit: The Signature 200-Mile Mass-Start Race:

At the heart of Unbound Gravel is the iconic 200-mile race. Participants gather in downtown Emporia, Kansas, for a mass-start event that sets the stage for an unforgettable adventure. Cyclists brave the rocky roads and hilly terrain of the Flint Hills, experiencing the raw beauty of the Tallgrass Prairie as they push their limits to conquer this demanding distance.

  1. Unbound Gravel 100: A Stepping Stone to Greatness:

For those seeking a shorter yet still challenging experience, Unbound Gravel offers the 100-mile race. Designed as a stepping stone towards the 200-mile event, this competitive race allows riders to test their skills and prepare for the ultimate Unbound Gravel experience. It serves as a gateway to the longer distances, providing a taste of the Flint Hills' demanding landscape.

  1. Embracing the Unpredictable: Remote Roads and Checkpoints:

One of the unique aspects of Unbound Gravel is the use of remote roads that wind through vast prairie lands. Cyclists navigate these rugged paths, encountering breathtaking scenery and encountering their own personal journey. Along the way, participants must locate checkpoints to ensure they follow the correct course, adding an extra element of adventure and strategy to the race.

  1. The Life Time Grand Prix: A Series of Elite Gravel Racing:

Unbound Gravel is more than just a standalone event; it is part of the prestigious Life Time Grand Prix. The Grand Prix consists of four gravel races, with Unbound Gravel being the second stop in the series. An exclusive field of 35 women and 35 men competes for an equally-split prize purse of $250,000, creating an intense and high-stakes competition among elite riders.

  1. Past Champions and Memorable Moments:

Unbound Gravel has seen incredible displays of athleticism and determination. Last year, Sofia Gomez Villafañe claimed victory in the women's division with an impressive solo effort across the final 80 miles. In the men's 200-mile race, Ivar Slik emerged as the champion, showcasing his exceptional endurance and skill. The event continues to attract remarkable talent and deliver unforgettable moments.


Unbound Gravel is an extraordinary gravel cycling event that pushes cyclists to their limits amidst the untamed beauty of the Flint Hills. With its challenging distances, remote routes, and passionate community, this race offers an experience like no other. Whether you're a seasoned gravel rider or looking to embark on your first endurance challenge, Unbound Gravel promises an unforgettable adventure that will test your mettle and leave you with lifelong memories.

 So, saddle up, embrace the grit, and prepare to conquer the Flint Hills in the ultimate gravel cycling experience—Unbound Gravel.