Peter Sagan to ride Unbound Gravel in Kansas
Peter Sagan will make his first foray into the world of gravel racing next weekend, signing up to race Unbound Gravel 2022
The three-time road racing world champion will not run the flagship 200-mile course, opting instead for the 100-mile version. The route totals 167 km and 5,270 meters of elevation gain through the Flint Hills of Kansas.
Sagan has been seen on the gravel before, with one of his own Gran Fondo events in Truckee, Calif., with plenty of dirt road sections. He was also part of Specialized’s Diverge gravel bike promotion.
His appearance at Unbound is tied to his sponsorship deal with Specialized but nonetheless represents a step into the nascent gravel scene. The 32-year-old has previously spoken of his desire to hit the gravel, hinting it could happen once his road career is over.
The Garmin Unbound Gravel presented by Craft returns for a 15th edition with its tire-scorching, sun-kissed routes on the rugged Tallgrass Prairie roads in the middle of the United States. While the early years featured modestly sized courses before the gravel racing explosion took hold, it now has over 4,000 entrants across five distances. The 200-mile event is the second leg of the inaugural Life Time Grand Prix presented by the Mazda Series.
Last year’s Unbound Gravel 100 winner in the men’s division was Stephen Hyde, while Lauren Stephens won the women’s title.
Sagan is currently at an altitude training camp in Utah and is scheduled to travel from there to Emporia, Kansas on June 3 in order to ride Unbound on June 4. He will then return to Europe the next day, with a few days at home. in Monaco followed by a return to racing in the Tour de Suisse.
Sagan will then head to the Tour de France, his first for TotalEnergies, to try to clinch an eighth green jersey.